Way back about eight days ago, Mike Bohn made the following statement:
“Heading into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to take a hard look at all aspects of the football enterprise and will make the tough decisions necessary to compete at a championship level.”
That could mean anything. But after everything that happened, you might think USC would approach the Holiday Bowl in an aggressive manner to set the tone for next season.
Instead, the season ended Nov. 23 and the first bowl practice will be held Dec. 13. That is nearly three weeks off. There were only be 11 practices. The players have run some 7-on-7 workouts in that span but no official practices (with tackling) were held.
I get taking this week off. USC has final exams. But what about last week? USC knew it was going to the Alamo or Holiday Bowl, which are in late December. It could have practiced a couple times.
But recruiting is more imporant, you say?
You can still run practices without Clay Helton. Or Johnny Nansen. Besides, Clancy Pendergast looks like he is having a root canal on home visits. And Graham Harrell had time to recruit and interview with Texas.
It just doesn’t feel like USC is attacking the day. Now I don’t really care about the Holiday Bowl. But Bohn and Helton are the ones talking competing at a championship level. So when does that start exactly?
- Maybe what is really disturbing is that there will be only three times that the media can interview players. Helton probably doesn’t want players answering too many questions about his return.