I was talking to a former USC coach today about whether the Helton era has the worst coaches in memory?
Here is one way to gauge it:
In the past, even if USC was awful like during the Paul Hackett era, it had well-respected coaches like defensive line coach Ed Orgeron or secondary coach Dennis Thurman who developed players.
During John Robinson’s awful final two years, there was offensive line coach Mike Barry who went to Tennessee after Robinson got fired and also was on Colorado’s national championship coaching staff. In 1996, Robinson had Mike Riley on his coaching staff as offensive coordinator.
Fast forward to 2016-18: Who was/is on those staffs to develop players? No one.
You can argue Tee Martin had success with the wide receivers but all the star receivers I saw showed up ready to go, whether it was Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, JuJu Smith-Schuster, etc.
After that who else?