The answer if Clay Helton returns as coach is “yes.”
But here is a pretty good case why in many ways USC is not providing much value for season-ticket holders in the next few years.
Let’s take a closer look: You can join a donor group like the Committee for $10,000. Four season seats is another $3,000 plus renovation fees.
Now look at the home games for 2021-23 and examine your viewing options, which will be split between traditionally attractive games and bad games in parentheses.
2021 – Stanford, UCLA, Utah (UC Davis, BYU, Arizona and Oregon State)
2022 – Notre Dame and Cal (Rice, Fresno State, Arizona State, and Colorado). This might be the worst home schedule ever.
2023 – Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington (Nevada, BYU, Arizona)
Let’s say you get 40-yard line seats for at worst $500 a seat or $2,000 a game on the secondary market.
You save yourself between $5,000 and $9,000 per season.
You could even donate the money you save to academics and get full tax benefits, which you don’t get with athletic donations any more because of the new tax rules.
Maybe Mike Bohn should consider this before he makes his decision on Helton.