Before the NCAA had football players sign a letter of intent, they were not bound to a college until the first day of classes.
At USC, the coaches used to take it easy on the freshmen during training camp and then on the first day of classes, legendary USC assistant coach Marv Goux (pictured) would tell them, “no more prime rib or apple pie at Julie’s (restaurant), you guys belong to me now.”
That would send a scare into the freshmen because no one was more intimidating that Goux.
Even in the USC athletic dept., an employee told me how in the early 1960’s Goux would gruffly kick them off the “ditto machine” when he needed to use it.
I mention all of this because as of today, there is not a shread of evidence there is any more discipline within the USC football program than three weeks ago. Despite Lynn Swann’s statement about the football team’s shortcomings, nothing has changed.
Clay Helton has not hired anyone who will bring discipline to the program and the holdover assistants are not going to change anything.
Where is the Marv Goux? Or even Ed Orgeron?
Clay Helton just wants to be the players’ friends. Kliff Kingsbury seems like a nice, soft-spoken guy. Clancy Pendergast has no personality.
The culture has to change at USC and someone has to shake things up. Right now, there is no one to do it.
Something better happen or you will see JT Daniels smiling on the sideline while his team is losing to Notre Dame in the final minute again next season. And worse, the players, who do not listen to Helton, will do whatever they want.