USC Question Of The Day

Is USC going to be able to overcome its internal issues or will everything fall apart if the Trojans lose a couple games in the first month or so of the season?

I think the biggest issue for a team with weak leadership is what happens when it deals with adversity?

That will be a key question next season.

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37 thoughts on “USC Question Of The Day

  1. Everything depends on beating Fresno State and Stanford. It’s a huge “IF” —but IF the Trojans can get to 2-0, they could wind up a big surprise. The biggest impediment —-as Bruce Feldman pointed out recently —is that Coach Graham doesn’t have his own O-Line coach (there’s a REASON why Harbaugh let Drevno loose —and, let’s just say, it’s not because Harbaugh felt his Head Coaching job was threatened by Drevno’s talent). Helton’s past mistakes could drown Harrell.

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      1. Aw…funny little man. I’m glad you like the avatar so much that you’re fixated on it. I’m just wondering if I’d used a cartoon character if you’d believe it too.
        Maybe a foil hat is just what you need!!

        Hahahahaha

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      2. Chris —Forgive me for me telling you what you undoubtedly already know: There is no way on earth USC would EVER hire somebody as genuine and as smart and as imaginative as Coach Leach. In fact, if Leach called and offered his services for FREE, or, better yet, offered to PAY USC a million a year to coach, USC would turn him down in a New York minute. We want a “nice man” —-a man who always knows what to say (after he loses).
        #AndWeAlreadyHaveThatCoachCourtesyOfHaden
        #[TakeItEasyOnPudly]

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      3. Pudly —You SHOULD put up a photo of a cartoon character (maybe somebody like Woody Woodpecker —– though I don’t condone his placing dynamite on the sheriff’s tongue as a joke). Please think about it, ok? I’m already looking forward to people saying stuff about yanking your red crest or slugging you in the beak, or breaking your little webbed feet, etc., etc.
        #ItWouldOpenUpSoManyCleverAvenuesOfHumor

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      4. I can’t imagine the intellect it takes to assume an avatar is real. Just to make it clear, this pic was chosen as a tribute to the publisher of this site who is always able to mind meld with numerous unnamed players or coaches. And if you seem my avatar at other sites, I’m not Jerry Garcia nor a smiling skeleton either.

        Actually Michael, I was thinking Magpies.

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    1. Pudly —It’s probably smart for me not to guess why Drevno’s not with Harbaugh anymore —but, as Doc says in Back To The Future, “what the hell?!” Listen to Drevno’s interviews when he was coaching at San Francisco. He had an edge to him. Listen to his slap happy interviews since he came to USC. It’s like he’s a different guy. My guess is the ultra competitive Harbaugh didn’t like the direction Drevno was going. Had he been pleased, they’d still be together.

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      1. I think it was the fact their qb sucked and they had no offense. Drevno was OC only 1-2 yrs as I remember and when harbaugh brought in the former gator’s coach, Drevno said sayonara. Either way. Matters not. If his guys don’t get it done, then we’re in big trouble again.
        As far as Harrell goes, I think he brought in 2 analysts/consultants so he won’t be totally on his own.

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      2. Pudly — IF Harrell can communicate to Drevno what he needs and IF Drevno can communicate that to our o-line, we could be a lot better than most people think. Amon, J. T., Pittman, & Carr have the goods —we just need to put them in position to do their respective things……
        #…AndHarrellHasTheRunningBackCoachHeNeeds….
        #….AndILikeWhatISeeOnTapeOfOurD-LineCoach…
        #…It’sNotAllDarkness

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    2. I used to think that the Cal State teams were beneath USC, but Fresno handed USC an embarrassing loss in a bowl game. And San Diego kicked SC all over the field when we had a good coach. What chance do we have when we don’t have a good coach?

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  2. Why did it take Harbaugh so long to figure out that Drevno sucked? He was his OL and OC at San Diego State, OL while at Stanford, OL while at San Francisco, and OL 1st year and OC 2nd year while at Michigan. I never followed SDSU, but Harbaugh had so pretty physical running teams while at Stanford, SF, and at Michigan. He, Drevno, was fired while he was the OC at Michigan after Roman was fired. It’s hard to judge someone when the team does not have an identity, but I think coaches should be butting heads with CH over his mismanagement of the team and identity. That’s one thing I don’t understand, unless it’s kept behind closed doors.

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      1. Pusley the o/u on your IQ is – 5.

        UCSD has not fielded a FB team since 1968, obviously prior to your mother dropping you.

        Pusley didn’t you scream “Facts matter” to Mr. Wolf. And yet again, w/o any basis of fact, you Pusley, arrogantly and falsely correct USCdude’s comment facts.

        Stanford hired Harbaugh as its HFBC based on H’s SDSU FB success.

        As I richly recall, Harbaugh/Stanford, a 41 point ‘dog vs SUCC, punked Little Petey 21 -20, at the Crumbling Mausoleum. Hilariously, Little Petey was speechless and extremely flushed after the bozo loss.

        Ding goes the Vic Bell.

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      2. To paraphrase dan akroyd from snl “owns you stupid slut”, no one said UCSD. Read it again. I guess your reading comprehension doesn’t extend to three or four letter names?? Hahahahaha

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      3. Oh, and just as you should’ve, I actually did a fact check PRIOR to posting. So yeah facts matter and I gladly accept corrections when offered (rather regularly).

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      4. Rented Mule…so sad…your grasp of reality in such a Bill Walton/Grateful Dead-ish bowl of mush (since that’s the only bowl a UCLA fan can contemplate)…

        The Booty Man was injured, and Harbaugh made his fortune as a coach by authoring the biggest upset according to the betting line in CFB history, and ignited the most bitter coaching rivalry of modern times.

        The important facts (which of course you ignore): that USC team still won the Pac, went on to rout Illinois in the Rose Bowl…the next year Pete laid a beatdown on Harbaugh as USC again won the Pac and the Rose Bowl (I know all these references to winning the Rose Bowl must be stupefying to you)…Harbaugh did return the favor the next year (the Matt Barkley/Aaron Corp experience) presumably after Pete’s head was already Sleepless in Seattle…Harbaugh went on to coach the 49ers to a Super Bowl…but Pete coached the Seahawks to a Super Bowl championship with a blowout of a record-setting Payton Manning-led Broncos team (that was good enough in its own right to come back and subsequently win a Super Bowl)…he then led the ‘hawks to the verge of back-to-back championships…and yes, most fans would suspect that Marshawn Lynch didn’t get the ball in that game as a ghost in the machine moment hearkening back to Lendale White getting stopped in the championship game against Texas…

        But while that obviously tickles the fancy of a donkey/horse hybrid such as yourself…hee-haw…let’s just consider for the moment what your chuckle stems from…Pete being in a position to win 3 consecutive national championships at USC, and back-to-back Super Bowls with Seattle…

        I think he sleeps okay…you? Go get me a refill on my drink…and make it snappy!

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      5. Addendum:

        It should also be noted that Pete essentially drove Harbaugh out of the NFL and back to college coaching…I don’t think…and if you could think, you wouldn’t either…Harbaugh was really all that eager to trade the Bay Area for Ann Arbor and the opportunity to absorb annual beating from Urban…to the point where his golden boy status has long since expired…

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      6. I kinda like Owns —but, fuck, can you write, James! And do you know your football (at least all of it having to do with the immortal Pete Carroll)!

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      7. MG

        I like Owns too (and have said so a couple of times)…but sometimes we have to remind him about how often the ding-ding on the vic bell has been on the other side of the equation! He makes good points far too often…particularly when he attacks the institutional leadership disgrace that has been unfolding (I try to stick to what I still don’t know but know a little better)…but about that refill?

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  3. The year Drevno was our o-line coach was probably one of, if not the best our offensive line has done the past several years since PC. Last year he didn’t have a decent chance taking over at the end. How he does with this style of offense, not sure. We shall see.

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    1. Pudly —Can you give us a summary? [I don’t want to pay for the article and it looks like I have to]. My own personal observation is we’re still okay (without depth and in need of help from the football gods when it comes to injuries —but still okay) at all positions with or without the players planning to leave. And, hopefully, SOMEDODY wants to come thru the portal in our direction (but I don’t like the fact I haven’t heard ANY names yet).

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      1. MG

        I have no idea, but unfortunately strongly suspect there is little interest in coming to USC as long as things remain as they are (95% meaning Helton remains, 5% meaning matters have sorted themselves out with Helton remaining such that the program looks viable, which is highly improbable to come about). Helton’s silence other than at the mandated events…the mass exodus of players…the difficulty filling positions on staff…the Kinsbury/Harrell drama…

        Pretty certain you and many of the others on this site have experience with organizations that strongly suggests that as bad as this looks from the outside, on the inside it is gut-wrenching terror in progress for Clay and lots of prayers for salvation by those who have stepped on the boat with him…

        Not sure if it’s a Columbus, Leif Ericsson, James Cook, or Hernando Cortez, or Francisco Pizaro event…each being somewhat different…but I suspect we won’t be conquering any lands and looting gold…but we might be in the midst of getting lost and bumping into something…

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      2. If I were in Helton’s shoes, I’d have key players call a meeting and address things right now (before practice). Everybody needs to know that there are 2 ways to go from here —-(1) give all your critics and USC haters the happiest season of their lives (and screw your own chances for doing anything professionally in the sport) or (2) show up Big Time in the first couple of home games and prove you’re not a joke.

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      3. No, actually Michael it’s not a very positive piece at all.
        The one mistake most make when discussing the WR’s is the fact that John Jackson will be on the roster this year too. Other than that, it just restates the obvious.

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      4. MG

        That’s an excellent point – we’ll see if he finds that in himself (haven’t really seen it before, or if we have it was intertwined/disguised with the Sam syndrome such as to be unrecognizable)…if he were to find it, that would be the one play that could absolutely lead to improved results…but the players would have to buy in, and players are rarely fooled…but if he has it (to include changing practices), they buy it (to include greatly increased discipline – ie eliminate unnecessary penalties, turnovers, botched simple things like snaps, running plays and tempo that are situationally aware as to down/distance/score/time), and injuries don’t exacerbate depth issues…well, we’ll see…

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      5. Helton has (unintentionally) recruited 2 entirely different sets of players. The first set (let’s call them the Trojans) want to fight for starting spots and do whatever is necessary to win football games. The second set (let’s call them the Pretenders) are talented high school players who came to USC because they thought it meant automatic success. The latter group wants nothing to do with our program once there’s the slightest whiff of trouble. A lot of people on this site are saying “good for them!” as they depart. I say “good for us!”

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  4. Every year, on every college team there are transfers. Guys think that the grass is greener.
    In reality, only a select few make it to the next level & very few of those get to the five yr level to qualify for that big pension.
    A lot of guys think(from my limited experience) that SC is a pipeline into the NFL. If Helton is using that pitch then it’s a dead bang looser. He might tell these 18yr olds how tough it is & unless they can accept a challenge beyond their current comprehension to go to a JC first & SC will greyshirt them.

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    1. Cal75 — “Tell them how tough it is!” That is such a better pitch. I know it’s way different, but in another life I was a law school dean —and I never told incoming students about the money they’d make if they entered. I asked them to tell me about the hardest thing they ever did and I told them, no matter what their answer, law school would be infinitely harder —it would be the hardest thing they ever did in their life and they would have numerous nights where they questioned themselves and their abilities —-but, if they dared to keep daring, they’d come out on top in the end. You only want the kind of people YOU CAN’T SCARE OFF on your team —the rest are as common as rats.

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