USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell spoke at the San Diego Trojan Club last night.
And a fan asked an interesting question: If Harrell picked Jack Sears as the starter, would Clay Helton “sign off” on it?
HARRELL: “As an offensive staff we will get decide that . . . Coach Helton will weigh in on that . . . Coach Helton, just like everyone else, will want to football games. Whoever gives him the best chance to win football games, he will want out there. i think whoever we decide he would agree with.
“He has veto power over anybody. Except I’m sure he has a boss too somewhere. He has final say. He hired us for a reason. I imagine whoever the staff as a whole thinks gives us best chance to win he will be fine with.”
REACTION: Harrell admits Helton will have final say. However, he was clear that if the staff agrees on a quarterback, he expects Helton to go along with it.
But the fan hit the nail on the head: Will Helton go along with it if the staff picks Sears?
P.S. — I liked when Harrell said, “I’m sure he has a boss too somewhere.”
Does anyone find it extraordinary that Harrell has been at USC since early February and he still doesn’t automatically say Lynn Swann is Helton’s boss? Harrell probably rarely sees Swann too.