USC Morning Buzz: Focus On Discipline

 

I don’t know what is worse about this graphic USC posted on Instagram. The quote, which has the nerve to reference the “discipline of the game,” for the most undisciplined program in the nation. Or the picture of Clay Helton, where even he looks at the quote with skepticism. Amazing.

  • Meanwhile, USC gave new offensive coordinator Graham Harrell a two-year contract worth $1 million per year. That gave Harrell the knowledge he would be paid for a year even if Helton gets fired next season. It also means Lynn Swann will be paying Tee Martin and Harrell in 2020 and both could be working elsewhere.
  • I bet Harrell’s buyout is more than $150,000.
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29 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Focus On Discipline

  1. Few there be that have the ability to truly change….discipline is not in Helton’s skillset. He’s too nice a guy and the world is full of ‘nice guys’. He knows he has one year left before he is out. The program is in free fall. Yesterday Petros Papadakis put most of the blame on Swann on his radio broadcast on 570 AM….No this mess is Haden’s. He gave us Helton and Helton is a complete disaster

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    1. An experienced athletic director would have waited to see what Clay Helton could do without Sam Darnold, before extending his contract. It’s Lynn Swann’s ignorance, that will cost USC millions of dollars, when it’s all said and done. Pat Haden took a gamble on Helton, and he clearly proved to be incapable of handling the job, but Swann extends him ?!! Petros Papadakis is 110 % correct in blaming Swann

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      1. I agree about what we have today due to Swann’s obvious way beyond his pay grade. Understand Haden is the one who pushed for Swann to replace him i.e. ‘…need to find someone who is even a more clueless and indolent than I am/was…I know Lynn Swann! Nikias will do whatever I tell him to do and I can get out the door ahead fof the Mayr Foundation expose..’

        Hayden gave us Swann he (Haden) also put Helton in – I get the awful extension that ass Swann did but it still is all Haden’s.

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  2. Helton is making good moves. The air raid offense slightly proven vs Notre Dame and with our skill players will be potent. With a passable defense we will have a good year. He must know about the severe criticism and knows his head is on platter.

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    1. That’s exactly Helton’s plan, Fighton. With the money he was allowed to spend (not much), he figured, “”Already -on -the- payroll Clancy’ can do his thing effectively (if not spectacularly), ‘already -on -the- payroll Drevno’ will get the o-line playing better (if not at their best), every once in a while ‘already- on -the- payroll Baxter’ will come up with something brilliant (even though he’ll probably cancel that out with something boneheaded)—- So Graham Harrell is worth whatever he wants if he can maximize the talent at receiver (something ‘already- on -the -payroll me’ tried to but couldn’t do!”)…..
      #Yes–HeltonHasManyParentheticalThoughts

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      1. Just wondering, Michael, if Harrell brings his playbook and adds from the playbook we got when KK was hired, it should be a very entertaining if not efficient offense. So in essence we got KK’s playbook for free.. and people here say Swann isn’t a genius.. as a matter of fact they (Arizona) paid us $150k to get it!! Wow, now I call that a deal…

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      2. Pudly —-We did come out ahead if you look at it that way… (but did Kliff REALLY leave us his playbook)?…..
        #….IKnowHeLeftHisHollywoodSunglasses……
        #…InThe”Office”HeVisitedOnce…ToMakeAVideo…..

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  3. Discipline is not who Clay Helton is, you can’t wave a magical wand over a coaches head , and make him be something that he’s not . If that were the case, then coaches would never get fired . Helton is a head football coach in title only, he has no leadership skills, identity, or direction. Every time the PAC 12 hires a new football coach, the USC football program drops a notch . Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, and UCLA have recently surpassed SC with the hiring of experienced people, who know how to run a program .

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  4. I just don’t get the obsession with getting an Air Raid OC. Why not just hire Leach from WSU? You’ll weaken a rival, you’ll get a damn good HC, you’re guaranteed to light up the scoreboard, and we know he’ll play the best players. With the quick possessions of an air raid offense, Clancy’s defense is going to be exposed. I bet Gomer doesn’t realize it.

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    1. Calabasas,

      I like what you wrote. If SC is going air raid, then hire Leach. He is doing a great job up at Washington St. You wonder what he could do with the talent SC has. But the question is, would he come to SC. I say yes and I say no. yes, because it is easier to recruit here, but no, because he might want to try and build his own dynesty up there.

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      1. Pasadena —Mike Leach could NEVER coach under Swann ( or maybe under ANY USC Athletic Director). Coach Leach admires pirates, he makes fun of players publicly when they screw up, he’s not in the least politically correct, he speaks his mind wherever and whenever he feels like it.
        The fact that Coach Leach is probably the best coach in the Pac 12 (and his Air Raid offense woulda killed Washington if not for a freaking snowstorm) DOESN’T matter to USC. He’s not our kinda guy.
        #Now,IfGeorgeClooneyWentIntoCoaching……

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  5. the game…he knows little to nothing about, and discipline? being a disciple of one who knows the subject matter and how to teach…forget about that…all helton knows is how to skip real practices and run around denying what he has done to embarrass this program.

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    1. Hey Tim: Since Helton’s credibility is less than zero in my opinion, it doesn’t matter what he iterates simply because it means absolutely nothing. His overall performance, demeanor and skillset as an HC is laughable to the college football coaches throughout the country, as well as, to ardent fans, students, and alumni of SC.

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  6. The Last Chance Saloon. CH gets one last chance to:
    1. Assemble a cohesive and effective offensive attack.
    2. Field a squad that is never physically dominated for an entire game.
    3. Field a squad that doesn’t consistently draw yellow hankies.
    4. Hell, just play a decent second half every game.

    Perhaps foolishly, I’m not so worried about CP’s defense, or Baxters special teams being the ball-n-chain in the upcoming season.

    Posters and slogans and mantra’s and tee-shirts and platitudes and hugs and devotion to a higher omnipotent power are all well and good……..just win baby.

    8 wins probably saves his butt. Unless a few of the losses are outright curb stomping beatdowns. Swanny may even tolerate those.

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    1. I hope you’re gonna be happy with getting one outta four on your list, Trojan83.
      #”AssembleCohesive&EffectiveOffensiveAttack”…..
      #WillItBeEnough?

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    1. I wouldn’t say USC has no defense. I think the defense will be good enough to NOT be the reason for sinking the USS Helton. Is it spotty and occasionally atrocious? Unfortunately, yes. But I do like the new DB coach, which I think is an underrated change.

      Another nuance GH brings to the table (much like Kilff would have) = the USC defensive staff gets to go to school on how to better defend an Air Raid (or similar hybrid) attack by knowing exactly how same is constructed and executed.

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  7. Buyouts of coaches, when necessary, can be a financial burden to a college, especially with the ones that may be struggling financially. Sometimes buyouts can take a while since the buyout total could be quite high. A case in point would be what happened at Notre Dame. When Charlie Weiss got axed and they brought in Brian Kelly to turn it around, they had to shell out
    big bucks for Kelly’s contract and at the same time pay Weiss. To my understanding, Notre Dame is still paying Weiss for the buyout ( I will stand corrected if wrong about that).
    SC set a precedent with retaining a losing coach and bringing in a dynamic and young offensive mind to help recover from the catastrophe created by the HC. It appears that the objective was to eschew the buyout and try and rectify the horrendous problems surrounding the football program. I guess you can call that “wanting your cake and eat it too”. The way it went down at SC was “unorthodox” and it may or may not come back to haunt and/or bite Swann on the laurels. And, if Harrell’s performance as OC falters and SC does not do well conference wise and on a national scale, then we are confronted with having, Swann, Helton, and Harrell going into the 2020 season. Talking about being “discombobulated”. Now if we shine overall, then will that change the image of the undynamic duo? I will not speak for the student body, alumni, and community, and we will see how all of this plays out.

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    1. Very good stuff, drjess. Best case scenario for USC? The offense under Harrell leads the Pac 12 and is top ten nationally. USC’s defense and special teams remain average and cost us some (but hopefully not too many) games. It becomes obvious to everybody [yes, even Swann] that Harrell is the New Hope. Harrell replaces Helton & brings in his own crew in 2020. USC starts to climb to the top of the ladder again.

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      1. MG: It’s my sincere hope that your projection comes to fruituon. It will be nice to smile again while watching the games on Saturday and see our Trojans play impressively and kick some ass.(especially with Stanfurd, FUCLA, and Cal). This will be, of course, to the chagrin of my wife (Cal alum) if SC comes back during the season and demonstrates retribution with an attitude!

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      2. Rest assured, my friend —-The day of the Cal game (November 16th) will bring great joy to one member of the drjess household (namely, drjess) and “chagrin” to another.
        #MaybeStartPreparingYourBetterHalfNow

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  8. “Air Raid” offense? Lets not overlook the fact that Helton’s offensive line couldn’t block anybody if their lives depended on it.

    USC better hope that this Harrell guy knows something about offensive line blocking schemes because if he doesn’t and he’s relying Helton to fix the Trojans offensive line mess then his “Air Raid” offense won’t get off the ground.

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  9. MG: But I suspect Cal75 may not be very happy if the Bears go down in flames. But you know the expression Cal75: It’s better to be pissed off, then pissed on 🤓😇

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  10. I imagine CH holding a flower and plucking out its pedals saying, Stanford, Wazzu, Stanford, Wazzu. When he plucks the last pedal he says, “Wazzu! 🎼 I wanna be like wazzu, 🎶 I wanna be like Wazzu! 🎵 “

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  11. REAL FOOTBALL practices , starting with Spring ball and then Fall camp could make a real difference…aka…no shorts, but full pads and real tackling and blocking; they might actually win 8-10 games,and if the q/b situation is resolved too!!!

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