Clay Helton has a new policy where he only speak to the media after Saturday practices during the spring. He also spoke at the first practice, which means he is available for 6 of the 15 spring practices.
This is unprecedented at USC, where coaches are accessible. Even Lane Kiffin spoke after practices unless he happened to get mad at something someone asked.
Why would the new, sterner Helton speak less?
Maybe he just doesn’t like the scrutiny after going 5-7 and knowing he might have some explaining to do although the questions are generally pretty soft after as spring workout.
It signifies he can’t take the heat. Big surprise, I know.
And his athletic director doesn’t care so it’s all good.
Why does it matter? Because the media is pretty much the only chance to hold a coach accountable or offer a conduit for the fans, who deserve someone to ask questions.