USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Says Why He Is Right Coach Going Forward

USC coach Clay Helton was asked last night why he was the right coach to lead the Trojans going forward?

“Thank you for that question, I appreciate you,” Helton said. “I’ve been here 10 years, and I believe in being a servant to this university and to the young men that are here.

“Each and every day I wake up and represent them and our school, and I will continue to do that each and every day. I will fight like hell with the people I believe in and the people that I love until they ask me not to do it anymore, all right?

“I’ll continue to do the only thing I know, which is to fight. Thank you for that question.”

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69 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Clay Helton Says Why He Is Right Coach Going Forward

    1. Gomer also said this last night

      “I’m not worried about me. I’ve coached and played enough ball for 10 lifetimes. I’m worried about helping them win a Pac-12 South championship and try to get to a Pac-12 championship. Whatever is written is already written. God already has that plan. Until then, I’m going to dang fight and help them to try to win the Pac-12 South. We’re in a hole right now. We’ve got to do our job to win the next three games and hope for a little help.”

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    2. When DAN WEBER pleads with you to resign ASAP —you know you’re through. Dan Weber. Mr. Sunshine himself. Keely Eure let the not very well kept secret out of the bag last night when she actually said, “Dan, you’re the lighthouse —what can you tell fans tonight?” So, Dan is not really a journalist —he’s a lighthouse who tries to give fans something —anything —to hold on to. Nice to know.
      #SayWhatYouWantAboutScott….
      #…AtLeastHeDoesn’tLieToUs….

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  1. Dan Weber in his latest article said it best, “Time to let go Clay, Time to go Clay” Not snarky (like Scooter) but precise indictments of Helton’s failings.

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    1. you can fool some of the people some of the time…pretty obvious at sc
      you can’t fool all the people all of the time…sorta’ …considering it is sc ,and numbnuts still fools some into supporting him even after yesterday,or vs BYU,or vs
      et NAUSEUM…

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  2. USC coach Clay Helton was asked last night why he was the right coach to lead the Trojans going forward?

    “Thank you for that question, I appreciate you,” Helton said. “I finished this game with both of my shoes. I am teaching the kids how to take care of their belongings. These are life lessons.”

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    1. Papapep — The questioner was being insulted for asking the most obvious question in the world. Helton is so used to being treated with kid gloves at those post game pressers that he was actually getting passive/aggressive with someone for asking the ONE question on everyone’s mind: “When in the hell are you going to stop being so selfish and egotistical and get the fuck out?” The questioner should have said “I’m sorry. I thought maybe you’d be thinking that same thought yourself after a 50 to zip run by Oregon in your home stadium. Was I out of line?”

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      1. James –Helton’s practiced and petulant response tells you what his team and his assistants are dealing with — a Flower Nazi. He acts real super sweet until he’s the least bit challenged and then something happens. Helton himself is not particularly interesting or complicated —but his neuroses run rich and deep.

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    1. Actually —in retrospect —Pudly was the wisest among us. He left USC behind after the Washington fiasco….
      #PudlyKnewHeltonHadAssembledAShipOfFools

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      1. MG

        You know better than that – he was the biggest rah, rah apologist on this site – the classic sunshine pumper (I often wonder if he was actually Shotgun S. from the P)…he epitomized much that was wrong during the Age of Helton…the same kind of individual that accepts whatever is presented to them by government, family, teacher, institution…

        There is an opposite type that just hates that is equally bad, and like everything in life, it’s those of us that fall somewhere in the range between, or off the chart as I personally like to think of it, not wed to any prefabricated position…you, I, 75, 04, 67, BK…none of us are the same at all, but we’re not on the Island of Misfit Toys, or frozen in orbit with Dr. Evil…

        One reklama I’d admit on this is if you want to say that he simply loved the program and players so much that he was willing to overlook…okay, I’m a sucker for that line of reasoning…but only to the extent of being understanding…not agreeing with (ie Carthage Must Be Destroyed! Helton Must Go!)…

        Okay, back off the soapbox, which I probably should stay off of…

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      2. Nope. The soapbox was kinda begging for you to stand on it, pardner. Well said….
        #Onwards&Upwards…
        #…Maybe….
        #[DoYouThinkClayWillResign&HandThingsOverToSomeoneElse…
        #[…OrHaveAllHisGutlessAssistantsAlreadySaid,”No,NotMe!]??

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  3. Gomer was never the right man for the job but you can thank lazy Haden for that and you can thank Swann for extending Gomer when NO ONE else wanted him.

    That said, Gomer has shown zero interest in becoming a better coach. He has never gone to another school ( Bama, Clemson, Ohio St ) to see how they run their program. He hung on to his daddy’s buddy Calloway until he just couldn’t cover for him anymore. He has a DC that is so arrogant that he won’t recruit and refuses to adapt and his special teams coach should have been fired long ago. He could never attract top assistants and when one did fell in his lap, he left ASAP before the Gomer stench ruined his career.

    His other faults have been stated over and over, soft practices, lack of discipline, playing favorites, game management, lack of conditioning, etc etc, he came in stating that USC would be a power running team and now he’s running the Air Raid with a green OC from some backwater school.

    The recruiting is in the tank, it’s gotten worse every year he’s been at USC, when was the last time USC was 64th in recruiting ?

    Gomer just refused to make changes that might have saved his job and that’s all on him, he needs to go before the early signing period and Meyer needs to be contacted NOW and if he’s interested hired NOW.

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    1. Buddha,

      How would u feel if SC got Tedford? It is an honest question. Maybe I’m not the sharpest tool in the woodshed, but with Tedford he is a proven Pac 12 coach and with Myer u don’t know if his health will last or if he would do the same things that he did at Ohio st and Florida. Let me know

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      1. Tedford is a step up (actually, there are so many fine high school coaches that would represent a step up). But we need to do better than that, pt. Just ask yourself: What happens when Tedford starts his tenure with an earth shakingly huge loss to Saban?
        #NewCoach—-BrandNewDeathSpiral

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      2. Tedford would be OK, I would take him over Del Rio, he fixed Fresno quickly, he was pretty good at Cal who doesn’t give a shit about football or much else athletic wise. He can develop QB’s, he will run the ball, he’s smart enough to hire good assistants and he could attract them to USC.

        You do know he has 2 stents in his heart, so his health is a concern. Hell, anyone over 40 has health concerns.

        I just think you start with the best, hell, call Saben or Sweeney and ask them if they want the job, it’s worth the call

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      3. karma — The problems we’ll have getting a new coach are (1) we’ll be looking for some squeaky clean second rater to please the ‘unwitting’ and (2) anybody really good is going to think twice about their ability to undo all Helton’s damage to USC’s football culture [by encouraging players to feel safe, entitled and loved no matter what they do on or off the field]…..

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  4. Memo to Gomer

    It’s November and you’re 0-1, and it was an embarrassing ass kicking on national TV, AGAIN

    You no longer control your destiny, Utah finishes with ucla at home, at UA and home against Colorado, how do you like your odds ?

    You need one more win to be bowl eligible and right now that looks like a 50-50 proposition.

    Your team QUIT last night, QUIT.

    Your QB has gotten worse, AGAIN

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  5. You guys realize that the score would’ve been reversed if Oregon was missing all their running backs, right?

    Clay’s just snakebit. He won a rosebowl a few years ago. Cut the guy some slack

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      1. I think Miguelito’s tongue is in his cheek, PJM.
        Yes, you could say Helton’s team lost their pride and collapsed when Oregon scored in 12 seconds before the half. But you could also say that, deep down, they were fed up watching Helton’s Ship of Fools mismanage the game. Deep down they want “Daddy” to find a new “Family” to fuck up. And the second half was how they expressed that feeling.
        By the way, did you get a chance to listen to Harrell’s post game interview? It was way dumber and odder than any interview Callaway ever gave. I hope karma —-who’s played the Callaway ‘goodbye’ video multiple times—saw it. I’ve never used the word “callow” before in my life but that is the only word to describe it. This dumb fuck —who had been GIVEN the game plan to defeat Oregon by Mike Leach the previous week—- stuffed power bars into his unshaven face while grunting “execution” to every question. It’s obvious he knows he’s washed up as an ‘offensive genius.’

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      2. karma — Sorry for the mis-attribution. But —PLEASE —go on YouTube and check out Harrell. You actually CAN’T imagine how bad it is. He’s literally spitting food at the interviewer (shit, even Callaway never sunk that low) while he mispronounces “execution.” Not one word about the backs and the tightend not being able to pick up the blitz, not one word about why he hasn’t inserted an athletic linebacker into the lineup for first and goal situations (ever notice how fast our big defensive players play —especially on the rare occasion one of them intercepts a ball?), and not one word about the obvious lack of discipline that is absolutely pervasive on this team (which took a giant fucking step backwards in their biggest Pac 12 game).
        #LikeBaxter,HeDoesn’tCareToChangeAnything…
        #EasierToThrowTeamUnderTheBus…

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    1. you are correct, Miguelito, can’t blame Helton for bad luck.

      he is a class act and dozens of teams, some in the NFL, would KILL to hire Helton.

      trOXans never know when they have it made.

      #malagradecidos

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      1. Charlie — The choice of Helton himself was an historical accident. He just happened to be sitting in the next room when Sark was carried off to the Metro drunk tank. But the selection of someone of Helton’s TYPE was no accident. USC is —right at this moment —- looking for another “Good” man to replace him. They’ll pass up Meyer in their protracted search for someone who’s chubby, light headed and obedient. Someone who will get his ass handed to him in next year’s opener. Someone who can continue the Helton Family Tradition…..
        #NoBadBoyUrbanForUs….
        #…We’reTooHoly…

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  6. We got a beat at home by a better team that had better talent, was better coached and did not play above themselves. Home attendance, the real number, could not have been above 30,000.
    Unfortunately our head coach is still selling used cars.
    When will our numb nuts admin do what is necessary to create a program we can be proud to watch.

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      1. Buddha,

        I don’t think it will happen Monday. Hopefully Bohn has Myers, Cristobal, Tedford, or Herman signed by today. Then the split second the ucla game is over, the AD will walk Helton up the tunnel and then the magical words will be, thank you for your services, but they are no longer needed. Then on Sunday Nov. 24, the AD announces the new head coach.

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  7. There is no sugar coating last night’s game, the loss was proof of inexperienced coaches. The rushing ends hitting our quarterback should have brought in tight ends, but pass protection isn’t an important thing to our coaches.
    The fact that our coach wasn’t calling the refs on bogus calls, I mean on the field getting an explanation for the call, tells me he isn’t an emotional leader. We lost a game we could have won easily.

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  8. I get that most on here are frustrated to no end and come here to vent and to pile on. Everyone knows beyond any shadow of doubt that Clay is not the guy, no need to look for any further reasons to let him go. The new AD is aware of the fan base frustration and lack of attendance. Clay is out, everyone now knows it for sure, including Clay and his staff and players. The question will be if they rally around him to send him out on a high note or fold up. Rooting for the former, we don’t need any more losses to prove a point. It’s proven.

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    1. I totally agree with the sentiment, Chris. One small problem, though: Chip Kelly’s team is thinking the same thought….
      #…AndTheyPlayLikeATeam…

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    2. Chris,

      There is no guarantee until we see the new AD announce the new coach, if there will be one. Bohn is brand new, so my question is, does Bohn do what he is to to do by the BOT’s or does he do what he is supposed to do and run the dept. We have not seen how it will be, yet

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  9. No one will confuse Oregon’s 2019 team with USC’s 1974 team and yet last night was Oregon’s version of USC- Notre Dame in ’74. After being down 10-0 to start the 2nd quarter, Oregon outscored SC 56-7 over the next 32 minutes of game clock. Sad.

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    1. The difference is: USC did this to itself at HOME…on the same field as that memorable 55 -24 victory…
      #Helton’sShadowFellOverUSC’sProudestMoment

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  10. Helton has never been anything other than a buffoon (or has BK refers to it “a lazy hire”), unfit for the position (albeit not guilty of having hired – or extended – himself…ie no one should ever forget to include Haden and Swann in their memories of how this disaster unfolded…or how they were aided and abetted to an extent by apologists and sycophants in the press who value access over objectivity and truth…and that segment of the fanbase foolish enough to continue shelling out money for tickets and merchandise).

    Those of us who saw this from the beginning and have been vocal restate (and for those of us past a certain age, as a point of no return): hire someone befitting for what has always been or potentially been the premier opportunity in all of college football (reminder – the current generation/iteration of that someone is ready, willing, and able, if you give him what such a commitment deserves in terms of salary, budget, support, and authority)…or don’t, and walk the plank to crash on the rocks with the Miamis (and to a certain extent, Notre Dames)…that is all…this public service message brought to you by Urban Renewal, Inc.

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    1. James —I truly fear your wise words are falling on deaf ears. Instead of hiring Meyer, our ‘braintrust’ is RIGHT THIS SECOND trying to think of a ‘wholesome’ alternative to him. Instead of telling all the holy rollers “yeah, we hired Meyer —so what?!”, they’re sheepishly looking for someone sweeter & nicer but not quite as good….
      #…ThatShouldBeEnough,Right?

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      1. MG
        One of those times that reaches the threshold of phenomena … would be shocking, but equally, not shocking … shocking to be that obtuse and dysfunctional … not shocking because it’s not as if we haven’t seen it before … my main point is: you could get away with that (e.g. Tollner, Hackett…even Kiff/Sark to a lesser extent), but only because you got lucky (Carroll) in addition to the obvious “you sit on the golden goose’s eggs” in terms of recruiting…but those days are gone, and Miami has/had the same advantages, and shares many characteristics with USC…and they are nothing now…these types of programs are always just a great coaching hire away, I guess…but the sport and kids playing it and the way they are developed/progress, is changing…and they have all but exhausted the generation of youth who grew up as Reggie Bush fans…when a program becomes tarnished to the extent that USC has…they’re probably have one last chance, and what a chance it is, to right this ship…but if they do what you’re suggesting (and I fear you may well be right…hey, here’s Smedley Pussbag, our new PC coach, and he’s going to make everything better little kiddies! Like the episode of the Jetsons where George had to learn the hard way that Astro might not be perfect, but he beat the hell out of ‘Lectronomo)…

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      2. Michael,

        If SC was smart they would get Tedford or Cristobal. McKay and Robinson came from Oregon. Tedford is good. Get him SC quality players and he would be very good

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      3. James —What does it say about me that I actually get the Jetsons’ reference?
        #AsJonahHillWouldSay,”ThatIsSoTight,SickReference,Dude!”

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      4. I don’t disagree, pt. I just think we could do a few degrees better…
        #[ButYou’reRightAboutThemBeingAheadOnThePac12RecruitingCurve]..

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      5. I agree Tedford might be very good…but I would think of it (since he has been in the news recently due to health and my obsession with how much USC and Miami are alike) as a Mark Richt hire at Miami…want the very best…but Tedford with the right defensive coordinator? Who’s to say that he wouldn’t become the very best (but I mean an F’ing Belichick paired with Bill Parcells defensive coordinator)…

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      6. James — The Jetsons show was ahead of it’s time (I made a funny)!
        [Actually, if a guy wants to get all Einsteinian about this, the Flintstones and the Jetsons existed contemporaneously in different dimensions —which is why it was okay for them both to be on television at the same time]…..

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      7. MG-that’s the second time in less than a week that I’ve heard that theory (one of my work colleagues, a dude with a sky high IQ but whose sweet tooth extends to pop culture said that same thing!)…that’s brilliant…

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    1. The ‘baggage’ your friend was referring to mostly has to do with Meyer not reporting double hearsay to the ‘appropriate’ authorities. If USC doesn’t have the balls to deal with that, we deserve what we get….
      #[IMean,Shit,EvenNetworkTelevisionExecutivesCouldDealWithIt…]

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      1. Frankly, when your own wife is aware of a potential ugly family problem and tells you and mind you said incidents were some time in the past and you deny ever knowing it seems you have a lot to unleanr since the previous stint at FL – not the same exact allegation(s) but the response is identical. Meyer isn’t coming

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    2. Then they couldn’t hire Saben because he has baggage as well. He’s yelled at female reporters, he’s had players arrested, he sucked in the NFL, who does this guy want to hire, another Gomer ?

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      1. BK as always you are right – if a person isn’t acquiring “baggage” by the age of 12 they are at best just going to be average (perfectly fine) folk…not the kind who are destined to be successfully entrusted with the reins of power at the highest level of any profession…and that includes coaching…in the end we found out about all of them (personally, I’m waiting for the entire collective sports journalism profession to make amends on the part of their predecessors in interest and make “The Barry Switzer Story” where they let him give to them for how they savaged him while praising, as he put it in “Bootlegger’s Boy” the ‘St. Joe Pas’ of the sport – yeah, I know, fat chance)…and that isn’t a condemnation…there is simply no way to be successful in such an endeavor without being driven to go beyond the limit…and Meyer embodies that…Carroll embodied that…McKay embodied that. Julius Caesar embodied it. Alexander Hamilton supposedly corrected Thomas Jefferson for his hanging of three portraits of the ‘greatest men in history’ by pointing out that if he wasn’t displaying Caesar, he either wasn’t being honest, or was simply wrong. I hope someone does something like that with Dr. Folt, and with the highest sense of alacrity and urgency.

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      2. James — In my opinion, you couldn’t be more right on this. The “let’s play it extra safe” approach at USC that gave us Haden and Swann (and what they, in turn, gave us—which was even worse) should teach us that’s probably not the way to go. BUT….Trying to get Folt to hang a painting of Caesar …or Meyer…in her office is, to put it very mildly, an uphill battle….
        #AVeryUphillBattle..
        #[i.e, Don’tExpectCharlesMartel,TheHammer]….

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      3. Yeah, and that’s sad. But you’re right…and we as a society have long been plagued with that (something apparently inherited from our Greek, Roman, and British forebearers…ie the kind of people that loved a good Marius smashing to Teutones and Cimbri, but then wanted him to disappear…we I’ve read are the same way – hey George, we need someone to defeat these enemies…then go away…the Cincinnatus mythology)…

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  11. ESPN article with players coming to Heltons defense. Saying USC a “big time program”. We have the capability to be one, but we really havent been a big time program or acted like one since Pete left. Thats a decade ago .

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    1. Pac 12 —Can you imagine how the players must feel about getting a REAL coach? Can you begin to imagine how players must feel about the idea of tackling at practice? Or getting benched for hitting an opposing player right in front of the ref? Or not being given a pass for playing sick all semester to get out of practicing? They will say anything to keep Helton in place. He’s their no-nothing substitute teacher….
      #..AndThey’reNotWiseEnoughYetToSeeThey’reBeingCheated….

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      1. MG
        You’re right…but you also know that most of them are just like us, and can’t wait to get Meyer or a great coach in place. Like the Union army at Shiloh, they are just waiting for the right general to show up to give them ammunition and point them in the right direction…

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    1. Maybe we’ll hear the answer in “Sunday Nite with Helton”, pt…..
      Will it be—
      #Ladies&Gentlemen,ThisIsMyLastPressConference…
      #YouWon’tHaveNixon(IMeanHelton)ToKickAroundAnymore”..
      #Or…
      #”IWillNotGiveUpBerlin!!!”

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    2. He knows, if he doesn’t he’s dumber than we all think he is.
      I posted this up top

      “I’m not worried about me. I’ve coached and played enough ball for 10 lifetimes. I’m worried about helping them win a Pac-12 South championship and try to get to a Pac-12 championship. Whatever is written is already written. God already has that plan. Until then, I’m going to dang fight and help them to try to win the Pac-12 South. We’re in a hole right now. We’ve got to do our job to win the next three games and hope for a little help.”

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  12. Be gone with the BS. just give him his walking papers. This hand wringing is unnecessary. Arien’t you tired of the excuses ? Plainly it is incompetence and incpmpetence is unacceptable.

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    1. Ah, but Helton has shrewdly surrounded himself with such losers that the Athletic Department doesn’t know exactly who to turn to for the next 3 games……
      #…ThereTurnsOutToHaveBeenAMethodToHisMadness…..
      #[Helton:AGenius—NotAtFootballButAtSurvival]….

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  13. It really does not matter who they turn to, Could turn it ovet to you and I qould feel just fine with that. But, I am sure any USC football grad would welcome the chance to help. Fisher, Peete, Del Rio, Allen, Bush, Linert, etc. lose all? probably, but with dignity. Dignity counts . We all could relax and have fun, think about it!

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  14. I think it’s great Clay Helton would do anything for his players and he’s such a nice guy but he must realize that this is USC and you have to be successful winning the preponderance of the games you’ve coached. Last time I went into a major grocery store to see if I could get free groceries. I told the manager of the store that I was a good guy and I would do anything for my family. I still had to pay for the groceries I had in my cart. Good intentions are great but they don’t makeup for poor coaching and lack of wins. His time to go has come. He wore out his welcome and usefulness.

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