USC Morning Buzz: What Can Clay Helton Do?

What exactly can Clay Helton do?

  • He can’t have USC take a snap under center in the victory formation.
  • He can’t punt the ball at midfield in the fourth quarter with 2:44 remaining and a 31-23 lead.
  • He can’t get his kick return team to avoid having two players wear No. 7 to start the game.
  • He called a timeout that allowed Fresno State to set up for a field goal.
  • It is genuinely fatiguing to catalog all of his errors during the season. And there were many more than what I listed above but for a game against a double-digit underdog, this was atrocious.
  • Does Helton call Jack Sears today and ask him to return to the team? If I am Sears, I say “sure thing” provided Helton makes Sears the starting QB vs. Stanford.

But in Sears’ transfer statement last week, he did say, “I am available if the team needs me.”

Why come back for scout team?

  • JT Daniels will get an MRI today to confirm what sure looks like a torn ACL.

“Gut wrenching,” Helton said. “You see a kid that’s poured so much into the game and into this team and him becoming better, physically and mentally as a quarterback.”

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87 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: What Can Clay Helton Do?

  1. Masterful game plan by Clay. Unfortunately he’s snakebit once again with an injury to his trigger man. Clay can’t control that stuff. More patience will be needed this year.

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      1. Pudly a.k.a Bidet –

        Why aren’t you in here throwing around some of your “big” words like “dolt” or stupid salutations like “Ha Ha Ha Ha?” I’ll tell you why, because you’re a drive by poster whom is tantamount to a jailhouse snitch.

        Pull up your pants, sissy.

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    1. Pudly –
      You’re a gutless kabuki girl. You ran your big mouth all off season about how all of the “trolls” knew nothing about the program. You’re a two bit idiot. Nothing more.

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      1. The following is an excerpt from last night’s conversation between Helton and Pudly…

        Helton: “I can’t call Jack Sears back to the team because if he plays well I’ll be exposed for being a subservient pussy to JT Daniels dad”.

        Pudly: “You’re right, Clay.”

        Helton: “I need to regurgitate the following talking points… How proud I am how the team competed, how we’re going to clean things up, and how were going to look at the tape and fix things.”

        Pudly: “You’re right, Clay.”

        Helton: ”I have an odd sensation in my genital area”.

        Pudly: “I’ll be right over”

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      2. Pudly –

        Show yourself, you half a geisha, You’re a loud mouth, punk. You act is if you’re “connected” to the program. What a joke. The only thing you’re connected to is the ball gag that Helton has attached to you.
        You need to take a shower and then go to confession.

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    2. Where is that house boy, Pudly? Please privelage us with more of your “insider” bullshit and stupid links on offensive line rankings and air raid concepts. We’re all waiting for you so please post something after you get home from the bathhouse .

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  2. A prophet is not respected in his own backyard says religious scripture.

    The guy who runs the WeAreSC website prophesied that SC would not make it to half the season before having to replace the QB. SC didn’t make it to half the game. (Not that I know what I am talking about, but I questioned whether JTD was best suited for football and should instead try baseball as a pitcher both for the money and his future).

    Now Helton is in another dilemma of again possibly starting another freshman for the year and wasting the season when he has (or had) two experienced QB’s sitting on the bench he isn’t going with (but one has already entered to transfer portal). Helton is sticking with the Air Raid no matter what, rather than shifting to match the talent on the team. So Helton doesn’t want to win but wants to stick with his scheme.

    The coaching was again sloppy and game management was over the head of the coach. If I were coach, Pendergast would be relieved right now. Poor tackling once again perhaps because Helton was once more spending the last two weeks in light practices without tackling to avoid injuries.

    Another year where even the wins feel like losses?

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  3. The first thing Clay Helton should’ve done upon arrival, was to admit that he’s an idiot, and go hire the two best coordinators that he could buy . Oh, and btw, one thing we know for sure, and that’s Lynn Swann bought himself a couple of new excuse yesterday, as to why the team will be 1-5 at the half way mark .

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    1. True, the ruin head coaches Toledo and Mora both became millionaires hiding their incompetence for 3 years with good coordinators before their basic laziness, stupidity and incompetence was eventually exposed.

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  4. To those living in denial – have no doubts, you are a passenger on the Titanic…or the Hindenburg is you prefer…this will not get better until real change is made…go watch baseball, NFL football…even better hockey…go hiking…sailing…surfing…go to the zoo…but don’t waste a penny on this garbage…

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    1. Man, I hate to agree with you, James. But in your smart and civilized way, you’ve been warning us for months that this is what’s coming. [By “this” I’m referring, of course, to the lack of big boy football under Helton —if this man had the slightest “love” for the team he would submit his resignation to Swann, give a nice little parting speech to the team and let Harrell finish this year’s experiment on his own —at least, Harrell’s personality is not so soul rotting that the team would have a chance of coming out of time out’s with the head coach with a play that worked and the energy to execute it].
      #MessageToTeam:StayClearOfHelton…
      #…He’sBadNews
      #TimeToRe-Read”TheCaineMutiny”

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      1. P. S.
        I just listened to Helton’s post game presser. He actually said:
        (1) “I want to thank Clancy for his stout defense.”
        (2) “Fresno’s advantage was that their quarterback could keep plays alive with his feet —he hurt us repeatedly with his runs.”
        As to #1 — it’s never good when a coach is playing happy face politics instead of facing brutal facts. Helton should not be allowed to coach one more game.
        As to #2 —no comment.

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      2. MG,
        I’m late to this party & you prob will not catch this post. SC has talent. But is so incredibly ill prepared & poorly coached that I truly feel for you guys.
        When asst coaches can’t tie their shoes & look like slobs…well that sends a message to the troops.
        Players wearing swag under their jersey? Phones on the sideline in practice? Two # 7’s on the field to call back the 60yd return? Last year a player getting in Daniel’s face on the sideline?

        I don’t see any discipline improvements from last year. Football is a game of inches. Attention to detail gets those inches.
        You guys have too many coaches sleep walking with those salaries. You guys need to go get a couple of DI’s.

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      3. Cal75 —I like what you wrote —and it’s rather amazing to me that today —people I ordinarily respect — are writing lengthy quasi defenses of Helton. As though yesterday was an aberration and we can’t blame it on Helton. There comes a point where even a myopic, over indulgent parent has to agree with the folks who are telling him or her that his or her kid is a fuck up. …
        #….We’veReachedThatPointWithHelton
        #..AndWe’reNotDoingTheTeamAnyGoodByPretendingNotToSeeIt…
        #..We’veHadEnoughPretendingAtUSCToLastALifeTime…

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  5. Presuming Daniels is done-and-out, do you want Slovis, Fink or the Portal Guy as your quarterback against Stanford? When Slovis threw long they were floaters, although one did go through to set up a key touchdown. He is a raw rookie and played the part, appearing nervous and dazed too often. That kid Jorge for Fresno was a kick as he made some rookie mistakes but he is a player. SC could use him.

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      1. Last night Helton sent word to Sears that “it would be distracting to the team if you said or did anything for the next 12 weeks —please know that I only tell you this because I consider you “family.”
        #LetterWasHandDeliveredByFolt…Wearing”Joker”Mask

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    1. Hello John.
      Jorge Reyna is no rookie. He is a 5th year Senior who played previously for West Los Angeles College where he was very successful doing the exact same thing he did against USC. Unfortunately for Fresno State he is a 1 and done player having no more eligibility.

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  6. The best was watching a half empty new Coli just yawn their way through another display of ineptness.

    57K my ass.

    All the folks sitting in my section were basically calling the plays out… So predictable. I will say Velus Jones is a player and needs more time.

    How about losing both guys on a game saving interception to the short side of the field on a simple combo route. The guy in the flat was wide open and so was the potential score.. Real nice play from Pao Malo but it should have never come to that.

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      1. Yeah, gt —that seems the only way USC seems to know how to go these days……
        #HappyFace,Spin
        P.S.
        Listen to Helton’s presser —he adds insult to injury by actually using the phrase, “it’s all good.”
        #No,Coach,ItReallyIsn’t….

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  7. Flow, can you even control your boner wondering if JT did in fact tear his ACL? Man, if he did, watch out opposing cheerleaders! Oh wait, you’re not allowed at games anymore.

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  8. How many times does Helton need to prove he is over his skis?

    What can Helton do?
    1. Resign
    2. Admit that he has no clue what he is doing
    3. Get out of coaching to spare players, fans, and other coaches
    4. Apologize to USC players and fans
    5. Go to church and pray for forgiveness
    6. Look in the mirror and say, “I am an idiot, I have been kidding myself, I am going to be honest about my inability to coach from this point forward.”
    7. Return anything he has with USC on it and promise never to be seen with anything USC in the future…or to ever mention USC
    8. Admit that the time has come to upsize the smedium attire
    9. Consult an oral surgeon about why his mouth hangs open
    10. Refund USC his salary

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    1. I can think of a few even more ignominious additions to your list —-involving Helton abasing himself in Berkeley’s People’s Park at midnight —but yours will do for now. [Weird that you would come up with the exact same language NCAA used in relation to Reggie]……

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      1. He might not have dirt on the Clintons —but it’s not too much of a stretch to think he knows something about the degree of Swann’s negligence with regard to walk on admissions….

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  9. Not a fan of Daniels but I would never want to see him get hurt, and he looks like he’s done for a long time.

    If Slovis is better than Sears, and he isn’t, than Harrell has a worse eye for talent than Gomer and that’s saying something. Stanford or BYU will bend and break Slovis, or is it slowfoot ? Hello Finkster !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    How long before Stepp is in the transfer portal ?

    #2 acts like he’s Deion Sanders but he plays like Col Sanders and # 8 will be known as burnt toast by game 6, he can’t cover anyone !

    This ” new ” offense worked fine for about a period, FSU played our WR’s like they were all Jerry Rice, teams with more talent will not give them a 10 yard cushion and the QB will not stand in the pocket forever like last night.

    Gomer was his usual incompetent self, blowing timeouts like he has an unlimited supply of them. Had FSU tied the game SC would have had no TO’s left thanks to Gomer Bozo. And you look at him on the sideline and you can see his pea brain trying to process what’s going on but he has that deer in the headlight’s look like ” What ? ” I can’t even imagine Gomer playing chess or even checkers, he can’t thik one move ahead. Wolf is right, you’d get exhausted listing all of Gomer’s missteps last night.

    But, if Chuck and Duck is out for the year, Gomer probably gets another year because Swann will say he had to play a true freshman, blah blah blah when anyone with common sense knows Gomer ran off the best QB he had.

    If SC is better than 1-5 after six games it will be a miracle because they very well could and maybe should have lost last night.

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    1. Helton ALREADY got his season allotment of miracles last night, karma. The interception in the endzone and the 100 yard return. He’s used up his 2019 supply…..
      #AllRemainingWinsDependOnHis Coaching….
      #[Yes,ThatLooksLike1-5ToMe,Too]

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  10. I’ve never seen a team with so much speed, and talent at the skilled positions, be so horribly coached. And btw, somebody please tell Clay Helton, that you need dominance on the line of scrimmage in order to make things click

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  11. Fresno St. has recruiting classes somewhere around 90 and gained 450 yards. So many missed tackles on their QB, Reyna.

    This game should have been a blowout. Long season ahead.

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    1. 67 —It’s exactly the team that Helton promised we WOULDN’T see this year —the one that would get “the bad taste out of our mouth” …..
      #HeltonIsSuchAFraud….
      #..He’sSoLuckyThatSwannIsImpotent…..

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  12. Now Harrell’s butt is on the line, and it should be. According to Clown Helton, H believes Slovis is one of the most talented freshman he’s seen. That’s not saying much, since H hasn’t been coaching (or alive) for very long. It’s a catch 22. CC and H are forced to use a true freshman–which won’t end well–or make a switch to their 3rd string QB early-on and expose their stupidity, poor judgement, and dishonesty. CC is the source of his own undoing, and H is looking more and more like his b&^%ch.

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  13. Clay Helton embarrassed himself on national television last night, because he clearly had the talent advantage, and depth over Fresno State. He looked like a confused idiot at times, and argued with the referees, when his players were clearly guilty of the infractions . What a buffoon idiot, clown he is .

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      1. Correction, karma. Clay is only aimless & confused 99% of the time —- when he’s spinning his bullsh*t in post game pressers, he’s laser focused……
        #Everybody’sGoodAtSomething…
        #…TooBadClay’sThingIsn’tFootball….
        #[ClayWouldMakeAGreatMayorOfSanFrancisco]…..

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  14. Pendergast’s schemes could not pressure the Fresno St. QB without blitzing, and against an O-line without one highly recruited player.

    Really hope Daniels is ok, but I don’t think the game outcome would have been all that much different if he had not been hurt.

    That 4th down call with 2:33 left really took the cake.

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    1. 67 —That call was the worst I’ve ever seen. It’s actually okay with me to go for it on 4th — but it helps if you’ve got a special PLAY that you’ve practiced a zillion times for that specific situation. I can guarantee you this was just Helton saying “get back in there and overpower ’em up the middle—the game’s on the line.” That’s not what we do, coach. Helton reminds me of those dumb managers in boxing who say to their fighters, “we’re way behind on the cards —we need a knockout.” It helps a little bit if you can tell the guy “I want you to slide right and throw the left uppercut.”

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      1. Michael, On a 4th and 1 call at midfield, 8 point lead, 2:33 to go, you typically aren’t looking for a 3 stooges routine with guys running into each other and losing 4 yards on the play.

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  15. I understand why JT was smiling on the sidelines……..its over…….next year Bryce will probably start for a new coach. JT gets his USC degree and quietly goes off as a Trojan that is fighting on in a private career. Next up…….and next year Bryce…….if he likes to run more than pass. If its listen to Harrell and pass first he needs to get his life insurance paid up. More slow linemen have been recruited. The few from prior years are going to start leaving.

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    1. Yep, 3 really good running backs.

      Stepp didn’t get in one play as far as I can tell.

      But, hey, who needs a 235 pound running back who runs a 4.4 40 in the game?

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      1. Pudly mentioned that coaches feel his pass catching is not where it needs to be. But if you have a guy who runs a 4.4 and is 235, I dont think you leave him on the bench the whole game…

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      2. How did Stepp get in dog house? Helton asked him whether he thought the season ending losses were a result of (a) bad calls, (b) bad luck or (c) or a combination of the two —and Stepp said “I think it was a result of you being a fucking idiot.”

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  16. So where does SC go from here? There really are no good options.

    1-5 is likely a given. And from there the players could throw in the towel completely. I actually think the players will check out at halftime of the BYU game.

    With such a pathetic coaching staff, who is the interim guy once Helton goes (I assume he is gone after Utah game)? Pendergast? He better be gone, too. Harrell? He helped let Sears quit the team. Baxter? Haha. Bring back ucla’s towel swinger.

    I would have Jack Del Rio replace Pendergast today or be the interim coach. Of course, this is fantasy because Del Rio would never work as an assistant, nor would Helton want a real coach on this staff. Del Rio would also would want the permanent gig, which would be an upgrade but not a good solution if we want to compete nationally again.

    I only throw out the Del Rio thing as SC is in desperate times. A one win season is very possible if 1-5 unfolds.

    The sad thing is that there is talent, size and speed all over the field. Even the o-line has some horses, who if coached up could be a good unit.

    I’m rambling now. We all know what needs to happen and it will happen. I would just like to see someone at SC do something dramatic this year to try and salvage a winning record while focusing on recruiting and getting ready for next year. Anyone else have a Del Rio like idea to try and stop the bleeding?

    And finally, the JT experiment is over. The kid looks a little better this year but he still locks in on one guys (that shoulda been Falo TD is just one example) and he physically isn’t a D1 athlete. I feel awful that he got hurt but it didn’t affect outcome of the game. He was regressing with each series.

    Above all, our pathetic athletic department and leader will likely do nothing. It is going to take a house cleaning, which SC never really likes to do.

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    1. USC should begin serious negotiations with the best coach available for 2020 (that would be Meyer if he’s dumb enough to walk into the USC hellhole) and let Harrell take it from here this year (meaning we essentially write this year off). It’s Harrell’s experiment —and he couldn’t possibly be any worse than Helton…..
      #…RegardingNextYear’sOpenerW/Alabama….
      #ItCouldBeAProgramEndingLoss…..
      #[…UnlessItsTakenOffTheSchedule]…

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      1. I agree but who coaches the defense balance of year? Should we keep Pendergast once Helton is gone? No way but there is no one on his staff ready to take the job in interim basis.

        Helton won’t see Notre Dame. Will be interesting to see who coaches rest of the way.

        Another year lost. Thanks Swan!

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    2. Philo —Like all lazy, incompetent managers, Swann took the path of least resistance—- accepting the status quo rather than putting his ass on the line and making a change. He closed his eyes, made a wish and hoped his dart would land in the bulls eye. Now his ass really IS on the line —and there’s nobody to bail him out. In answer to your question, let Helton go NOW, make Harrell Head Coach NOW and try to outscore everybody we play from here on. As bad as it is, Clancy’s defense isn’t going to kill us if we score every time we get in the red zone [and I’m not saying we’ll win all our games with that strategy —-but at least we might win a few while we’re negotiating with Meyer or somebody first rate]……
      #IAmFrickingDreadingThe2020AlabamaOpener….
      #ItWillProbablyKillUSC’sRecruitingForADecade….

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  17. So many great coaches on this thread. When Helton is let go you should all submit your resumes if you haven’t yet been picked up by other programs or NFL teams by then.

    What a boring thread full of poser USC fans. Keep bowing at the altar of the unemployed and worst beat writer in America. It seems like a great place to be.

    And here come the homophonic insults, it’s one of the constants on this board full on manly men coach in waiting types.

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    1. Yikes –
      Of coarse in your “new world” view, we “average folks” couldn’t possibly have anything relevant to say about the SC football program. We should just keep our mouths shut and listen to what the “authorities “ are telling us to believe. As far as homophobic insults, please leave your personal life out of the conversation.

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      1. It’s not that you aren’t capable of relevant thoughts about USC football, it’s that you consistently do not.

        You can’t help it, you just don’t know Jack squat. Someday you might. Until then, stay on this board.

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  18. “It is my firm belief that we have a good team returning next year and a solid foundation in place, and that Clay Helton is a good coach,” Swann said. “Let me be clear to everyone, our players, our recruits and our fans. Clay Helton is our head coach and he will continue to be our head coach.
    “I am a strong advocate of consistency within a program, sticking by a leader, supporting them and helping them and their team improve.”
    “We see top programs across the country have down years and the fans want to change coaches. In fact, it happened a few years ago with Notre Dame, but that administration remained committed to their head coach, who made some key changes, worked hard to fix things and got his team to improve markedly. That will happen here at USC.”

    Lynn Swann November 2018

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    1. Ha! As if we needed to be reminded. [All Swann’s empty words —and he’s uttered tens of thousands of them over the years he’s been here —can’t change what fans saw last night]….

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      1. Swann HAS to go otherwise he’s libel to hire someone as bad or worse than Gomer, and yes that’s possible

        There is ONE coach out there right now that is capable of turning this dumpster fire around ASAP and that’s Meyer, but I doubt SC would ever consider hiring him, he has no USC ties and would’t get USC, I could see them hiring Del Rio, who I am not crazy about but he’d be an upgrade over Clueless Clay

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  19. For the record, I predicted that USC would rout this team and they didn’t. The seeds of a rout were there in the first half, but what happened? I guess it was lucky for me that I saw a lot of bad football across the country yesterday and I was somewhat prepared for more in the game I’ve been waiting an eternity for. Given that, I’m happy to get the win and know that we are finally no longer 5-7. Try to forgive me, but after last year, I’ll take 1-0 right now.

    With that said, clearly there are some problems here that need to be fixed. Everyone will agree on that, but the difference for me is that I’m not going to blame everything on the coaches and thereby let these players off the hook. A coach can put me in a position to make a play, but he can’t make the play for me. If it’s 3rd down, the coach calls my number, calls the right play, I’m wide open beyond the marker, the ball hits me in the hands and I drop it to end a drive… how is that the coach’s fault? The coach will take the heat for not having a team that can sustain drives, but what more does the coach need to do for us in that situation for us to succeed? Does he have to come off the sideline and make that catch for me in order to keep his job?? I don’t come to USC so that a coach can teach me how to catch a football when I’m wide open and the ball hits me in the hands. Supposedly, I could do that before I got to USC or I wouldn’t be at USC. Similarly, if the coach calls my number on a blitz, I get there, I have my hands on the QB and let him get away… do I actually need the coach to go get that sack for me? Do I not understand how to take a good angle and be under control just from playing football my whole damn life? Do I really need a coach to tell me how to succeed when I have a clean shot at the quarterback? Am I not a fuckin’ PLAYMAKER??!! WTF?? I’m actually waiting to see Helton on the sideline holding a Kleenex over someone’s nose while telling them to blow. Seriously, how much help do you guys need to soundly beat people you’re better than?

    Tyler Vaughns and Michael Pittman… I understand that you guys are still in college, but please understand that you are ALREADY playing for money. T. Vaughns, you made some nice catches last night, but you dropped a pass on 3rd down as described above and you also had a fumble. You’re getting extra balls on punt return and I hope you appreciate that. You had a fair catch in the first half where you were trying to be too cool for school. You were way too nonchalant for a scout to appreciate bro. Why are you standing there flat footed, catching the football off of your shoulder pad? Why aren’t you towards the balls of your feet, catching the football with your hands? You probably don’t know it, but shortly after that, the camera had an isolation shot of you at the line of scrimmage and there’s a gold chain hanging out of your uniform. Next, you try to return a punt that you should’ve been fair catching or letting go into the end zone. Michael Pittman, part of your edge is your size and strength. The fade pattern they called for you on the play before JT’s interception was there. Why are you not more aware of where you are on the field? The defender was not even trying to knock you out of bounds, you just ran out of bounds on your own. Even if he was trying to force you out, you’re too big and strong to let a DB do that to you. Why were you not able to stay on the route and hold your line? The only reason that interception happened is because your OC and/or QB we’re trying to manufacture a TD for you. You should be absolutely unstoppable in single coverage, against a smaller DB with his back to the ball near the end zone. That should be easy money, but for some reason you don’t know where you are, you’re running out of bounds and doing the guy’s job for him. I guess some fans would blame that on coaching, but you and I know better. If you two were first year guys I wouldn’t even say anything, but you’re team leaders, important pieces for the program, future pros and you’re hurting the team and messing with your money doing this stuff. I don’t matter, but what I’m trying to tell you guys is that people who do matter are watching you and seeing these things too.

    As fandom, Wolf and the rest of the media fixate on your coaches, I’m looking at you players and wondering when you’re going to take ownership of this program. Coaches are guides, but this is YOUR team, YOUR performance, YOUR moment and YOUR future. I’m not going to let you guys hide behind the cover everyone seems to want to give you by blaming everything on Helton, Swann, Administration, the conference, the price of tea in China and what not. Why are you guys LETTING people who couldn’t hold your jock straps in high school take you to the limit now? Don’t look at your coaches, look in the damn mirror.

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    1. Yes, it’s nice when players transcend bad coaching. And, yes, players who can’t transcend bad coaching see their NFL stock fall. But let’s not blur the fact that sloppy play (which is a constant on this team) is the direct result of Clay’s “can I be your mommy?” coaching style. I don’t even want to envision the way Saban would have reacted if there had been 2 #7’s on the field for the opening kickoff or a a guy fielded a ball on the 10 yard line instead of letting it go into the endzone. All I can say is it wouldn’t ever happen again. Players know that Helton is weak and confused (hell, they can read it on his face —which turns green and gaped mouth as the game wears on) —and, as a consequence, they lack the edge that well coached, well disciplined players show play after play after play. Watch Clemson or Alabama — those kids play with a purpose …and it starts with superior coaching. Let’s not let Helton off the hook. He absolutely breeds ‘lost in space’ players…
      #ItsNoAccidentThatWeLookLikeLastYear

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      1. Also, catching the ball when it hits you in the hands is not transcendent, it’s what you’re supposed to do at this level. That’s not on your coach.

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    2. Clay Russell, lots of good stuff here. What I would add is that these guys need the right training and leadership. This doesn’t take the onus off of the players, but it seems to me that the talent that is on this team is not being optimized, and that they need a leader. Lots of coaches can understand X’s and O’s, but there are relatively few who can coordinate a team and the assistants and get the best out of everyone.

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      1. i was more concerned about execution than coaching decisions last night. My feeling is that if you’re in a position to make a play and you’re a playmaker, make the damn play. If not, blame the coach or something.

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  20. Wow I haven’t seen this much flap since last season. We won guys. We won, and the mistakes were minimal. Is it easier to point out the mistakes we made than the progress we showed?
    It was pointed out last night that 4th and 1 play was so predictable it was wrong to try it. Helton should have known better. Our line isn’t there, where we go out and blow people off the line like Alabama or Mater Dei’
    What Helton did was expose a weakness that was disguised by the quick offense. The defense blew past our center before the ball reached our quarterback. Who knew? Just everyone including the vendors down the street. If the play was successful Helton’s a genius. But obviously he is not.
    IMHO the only thing that saved us was the fact that Fresno had a quarterback chucking balls like a kid at county fair trying win a stuffed Baxter doll. And while I’m on Baxter I guess stupid rules should not be ignored two jerseys with same number is a stupid archaic rule, but it was costly. This is the same coach who sent out a captain with instructions to say, “we want to kickoff” (not deferred) and even after the ref gave the kid a chance to change wording, USC wound up kicking off both halves of the game.
    So we won, there’s a lot to fix and Helton and Baxter (might as well throw in Clancy) can’t coach.

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  21. Between Wolf and every other poster on this board, I think the “fire Helton and Swann” narrative is being covered fairly well. Why do I need to add my voice to the chorus? If you guys are telling me that Dr Folt should fire the AD and the football staff today, I disagree.

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