I will start the week off with football, not scandal.
The question this season is how many games Clay Helton needs to win to keep his job? Or force Lynn Swann to do his?
Will eight wins in the regular season save Helton? How about seven? Maybe the number of victories might be less important if the fans voice their opinion by staying away from home games. Swann won’t exactly impress new president Carol Folt with 45,000 fans at the Coliseum.
What if the Trojans’ fourth loss is to UCLA at the Coliseum? You know that would be a brutal atmosphere. No one would feel good about a bowl game with a loss to the Bruins. Swann would not want to fire Helton with an 8-4 record but a lot depends on when and where those losses take place.
Of course, I’m aware many of you reading this think USC will do worse than 8-4. And that is hardly a crazy thought with Helton’s loose grip on the players.
- Can Helton surpass expectations with a secondary that relies on cornerbacks Greg Johnson, Isaac Taylor-Stuart, Olaijah Griffin and true freshman Briton Allen? Or specials teams that rely on John Baxter?
- After just six games, the USC baseball team is tied for 8th place in the Pac-12 standings (8-14, 2-4). Swann could have made a move two years ago and did not. He could have made a move last year and did not. Meanwhile, the baseball program sputters along. So sad.
- Maybe USC men’s volleyball should move back to the old North Gym permanently. The Trojans handed No. 1-ranked Long Beach State its first loss of the season, 3-0. The Kids’ Choice Awards should be held every weekend at the Galen Center apparently.
- By the way, Swann allows the song girls to attend men’s volleyball games at the Galen Center.
- I asked a Mountain West Conference basketball coach what he thought of new USC recruit Ethan Anderson: “Just OK.”