If Clay Helton were smart, he would treat the Notre Dame game like his Super Bowl.
What does he have to lose by taking risks? USC is a double-digit underdog. A loss will only make the players more uninspired. A win might reverse course on the season.
- Run some trick plays (which Graham Harrell seems allergic to)
- Fake a punt (Ben Griffiths will thank him)
- Throw to the tight end (Yes, I mentioned it earlier today)
- Start Markese Stepp (Play the best players, imagine that)
I’m sure these suggestions would make Helton cringe. He’s not creative enough and stubbornly thinks things will just work out. Plus he is not a boat rocker (Lay low, let Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian self-destruct and become USC coach!).
It’s too late for Helton to convince fans he can be a good coach. But he might earn some grudging respect if he leaves everything on the field at Notre Dame Stadium.