USC coach Clay Helton has a new policy.
“We won’t even have a depth chart until the day before each game because players will be competing for playing time on a weekly basis,” Helton said in the spring media guide.
The idea is that players will compete harder and no one will own a starting spot.
But let’s face it: That idea is pervasive because of Helton. He is the one who stubbornly clung to Toa Lobendahn and JT Daniels last season (among others).
Also, this idea of not releasing a depth chart seems kind of cowardly, coming from Helton. It really just gives a coach who hates to offend players one less way to do it.
And if a depth chart is released on Friday to the team, will the public get to see it? All of us might want to know who will start at QB? Or tailback? Or defensive back?
This feels contrived. Somehow, Pete Carroll teams competed with a depth chart released on the Sunday before games.