What else can happen at USC before it hits rock bottom?
Even some of the most die-hard USC fans are finally losing their patience.
What could possibly go wrong in two weeks for Bru McCoy to flee USC?
I will tell you because it is obvious to those who are able to gain access to the McKay Center, which does not allow the public to visit.
- The football program has no discipline and a questionable work ethic. It is not unusual for players to ignore coaches, quite a few of whom are not respected. It would not surprise me if McCoy thought USC workouts were easier than Mater Dei workouts.
- USC coach Clay Helton and his staff are viewed within the athletic dept. as being afraid of the players. In short: No respect.
- There is no offensive coordinator and no clear plan on what type of offense USC will run next season.
- There is a universal distrust of special teams coach John Baxter, whose main duties seem to be currying favor with Helton.
- There is no player development. Look at how offensive tackle Chuma Edoga missed games and practices last season but suddenly is getting good reviews at Senior Bowl practices this week. Sources said he was unhappy being coached by Neal Callaway last season and now he is motivated to perform.
- Three of four USC captains went to Helton during the season and asked him to start Jack Sears at quarterback. Helton said his hands were tied.
Do you think McCoy can imagine Tom Herman saying that at Texas? I previously said McCoy should have known what he is getting into but still . . .
- And what is Lynn Swann’s job? He was supposed to address several areas after the season (culture, discipline, schemes, personnel and staff.
Instead Swann is doing very little. Other than going to Augusta National Golf Course for a weekend.
Swann is apparently friends with McCoy’s father. Maybe that’s why Swann released McCoy from his letter of intent but tried to block Kliff Kingsbury from interviewing with NFL teams.
- Before USC had Heritage Hall or the McKay Center, its athletic offices were crammed into the Student Union building and the football and baseball teams practiced at Bovard Field, which was located behind Bovard Auditorium.
One day, the coaches of several sports were together in the coaches’ locker room when John McKay entered the room. Trailing behind him was a man in a his famous houndstooth hat, Alabama legend Bear Bryant.
“I don’t know how you win around here with these horse—- facilities,” Bryant said.
- I hear two USC assistant strength coaches are going to join Ivan Lewis with the Seattle Seahawks. One of them, Mark Phillip, was the strength coach at Nebraska under Mike Riley.