Some quick thoughts on USC at the moment:
- Does USC even have an offensive philosophy? It was going to switch to an Air Raid offense. Now what? Still Air Raid or something else? The program has no core beliefs about anything so the offensive dilemma is not unique.
Here are some examples of why Lynn Swann has no clue as athletic director.
- He gave Clay Helton a 5-year contract when no other school in the country wanted him last year.
- He gave Kliff Kingsbury a $150,000 buyout that would never stop anyone from taking him away.
I don’t blame Kingsbury for taking an NFL head-coaching job but the guy never impressed me with his folksy Texas drawl and Mr. Genuine persona.
If you want to say he knew it would always be a one-year job, he should have thought about how he toyed with all the high school kids he visited in the past month and pretended like USC was their best option . . . with him as offensive coordinator.
Kingsbury was greedy. He should have waited a month to get an NFL offensive coordinator’s job, which would have been pretty easy. Instead, he messed with some kids and gave them a false impression he would be their coach because he wanted USC as a safety net and just maybe Clay Helton’s job.
Kingsbury figured it was worth disappointing some recruits to live in Manhattan Beach for a month.