I get the sense the powers-that-be at USC athletics would like nothing more than to go into bunker mode and seal themselves off from scrutiny.
Lynn Swann doesn’t speak much to the media but does release tin-ear statements.
Clay Helton only speaks once a week during spring practice.
And I’ve heard Helton is considering ways to cut down media/public access in the fall. He might close practices entirely to the media. He might not want to speak every day. He might think of ways to make the players even more off limits.
That good-old persona Helton displays is feeling the effects of a 5-7 season. Lane Kiffin tried to restrict access after going 7-6 in 2012. When he got fired, Ed Orgeron immediately did away with all the restrictions.
What Swann and Helton don’t realize is hiding doesn’t mask doing a bad job. Especially when you are over your head.
They don’t want to answer questions. No one at USC does. Especially if people want to know why there seats cost more and are getting moved? Or why tuition is going up far more than inflation? Or why USC is completly out of the national conversation in football despite being one of the nation’s marquee programs?
And finally, this video might explain why Swann decided to attend an autograph show last weekend despite running a program in flames.
Targeting! Oh man! Bradshaw led Lynn Swann right into that de-cleater. https://t.co/U1a4rxMtL9
— Shutdown Man (@ShutdownMan) April 4, 2019