One of the stereotypes for Clay Helton is that he is a players’ coach. That no matter how bad USC might play, the players love and respect Helton.
Well, based on conversations I’ve had with players on last season’s team, that is a charade.
Quite a few players are pretty fed up with Helton and do not respect him. Players routinely yell at staff members. There is no discipline. No one thinks USC has leadership.
That is the key: Helton is not a leader of men.
So how will USC get markedly better if the players have no leadership.