The fact wide receiver Velus Jones and cornerback Greg Johnson, two players who had no business transferring, would leave just days before USC opens spring practice provides a stark example of why I repeatedly stress how much unhappiness exists behind-the-scenes inside the McKay Center.
When Bru McCoy left in January, I was told older players told him they wanted to leave too but were scared. Not all of them are scared as Jones and Johnson demonstrated. Remember this blunt reason I provided on Jan. 29 on what McCoy told another USC receiver what could cause him to return to USC.
Imagine what happens with all this unrest if USC loses some early games? How quickly will players give up or blame each other?
Again, I listed countless examples of how things deteriorated last season, highlighted by the USC-Cal game, when cornerback Isaiah Langley went after quarterback JT Daniels on the sideline.
And where was Clay Helton while his program continued to meltdown Friday? In Portland for a Nike coaches’ clinic. Hey, he hired Aaron Ausmus as strength coach, who cares if a couple guys transfer?
- USC lost to Grand Canyon, 4-2, on Friday night at Dedeaux Field. The Trojans are 3-5 overall and have played all eight games at home. Grand Canyon is 4-5, in case you wondered.