If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

Mike Bohn was a real twitter warrior when he first got hired at USC, with 25 tweets between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, when he announced Clay Helton was retained.

You know how many tweets he wrote since then? Zero!

If bringing back Helton was such a great decision, why has Bohn stopped tweeting? Is it because he knows the fans will attack him? Yes. Is it because he is privately frustrated? Yes. Is it because he is upset with Carol Folt? I hear he is.

He took the job. He went along with the Helton decision. Now he is reaping the whirlwind.

  • I pointed out yesterday that the sons of three former USC players have chosen to go to Stanford. USC recently offered a scholarship to Dyson McCutcheon, the son of former USC star player Daylon McCutcheon.

Dyson McCutcheon is only a junior but under the current coaches, why on earth would he want to come to USC?

  • With USC playing Iowa in the Holiday Bowl, the best game between the teams was probably in 1961, when the Trojans nearly upset No. 1-ranked Iowa, who held on for a 35-34 victory.

USC went for 2 points at the end but Bill Nelson’s pass to Hal Bedsole was tipped away.

“Once in awhile (John McKay) would say I’m not going for tie, let’s go for the win,” his long-time assistant, Dave Levy, said this week. “Billy (Nelson) was a good quarterback. He didn’t throw a pretty ball, it wobbled, but that’s because of the way he held the ball.”

Here are highlights of that game:

USC sent out this email for men’s basketball this week.

Who will buy tickets after looking at that smile on Andy Enfield’s face? Enfeild has won two NCAA Tournament games in six seasons. He won that many games in one season at Florida Gulf Coast when he went to the Sweet Sixteen.

And then the ad includes Kevin Porter. What did he do at USC?

23 thoughts on “If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

  1. More unsolicited advice: Teaching fundamentals is the most important thing the coaches can be doing to make this program better. Spending time throwing and catching is not the way to improve your team’s overall performance and the fundamentals are the things that provide the stage/foundation that allows superior talent to shine.

    Much has been made about the team’s inability to tackle, and rightfully so, as we all understand that tackling is a fundamental part of football. However, if we accept making a tackle as being fundamental to the game, doesn’t it follow that avoiding tackles should be fundamental to the game as well? What is more basic to football than a guy with a ball in his hands (with or without a blocker) against one or two other guys? How good are we in those situations and how do we get better in every aspect of those situations? Is that very fundamental situation something we ACTIVELY and CONSISTENTLY practice getting better at? People can talk about who the coach is, what schemes are being run, what’s happening with Admin and what not, but if ‘SC can just be better than average at the fundamentals, they will be a Top 5 team. None of that other stuff would matter if this talent could be as solid as it is talented. Unfortunately, and for whatever reason, they are not.

    I’ve mentioned that the “NFL U” tag was a desirable one, and I think that eventually NFL people should come to understand that players who are special in those fundamental situations are standard issue at USC. What else is so much more important to be teaching? I think coaches (and fans) can get too caught up in what they can get from a player when a college coach should be thinking about what he can give to a player. It’s an investment of yourself that you make when you actually have it in you and you’re fully invested. I think the teaching of blocking, tackling and the defeating of such should be job 1 from now on at USC. I think that if I have a kid for 3 years and there are fundamental parts of his game missing when he gets here, I should give them to him before he leaves. Beyond the fact that I can use those skills immediately to win for my own purposes, the kid is in school to learn things that will serve him well when he leaves. I could talk about the whole team, but I’m thinking specifically about Kedon Slovis being in situations where he has been one-on-one in the open field. It’s funny that since I first wrote about that, it seems like they have been trying to keep him out of those situations. It’s funnier how situations seem to find you on the football field when you’re trying to hide from them. It’s funnier still how these situations tend to find you at important moments when you play against special coaches.

    Anyway, with that said, if I was trying to help Kedon be more elusive and better in the open field, I would go about it in a very specific way. It would involve nothing but two-hand touch without any tackling as to avoid injury to the QB. I would borrow St Brown, T.V, Pitt, S. Carr (and anyone else who wants to clown him) and I would actually put Kedon on defense against these guys. I would then put down 2 pads that are maybe 12-15 yards apart and have these teammates run loops juking the hell out of Kedon for several minutes every day. Why do I want to put Kedon on defense against some of the most elusive guys on the team? Because I’m also going to be talking to him about being observant, thoughtful, circumspect, introspective and sensitive with regard to what it is about what they do that’s making him do what he’s doing when he misses them. I want him to know the feelings and mechanics that are inspired in someone when they are being faked out by someone who can do it. “What are they using and how are they using it to fool you? Where is your weight, your momentum and your balance? Where are your feet, your eyes and your thoughts?” There’s a lot to see and feel and it’s time that his mind spent some time in this facet of the game. It’s painfully clear that he has never been taught anything along these lines. I know he’s capable because of the way he moves in the pocket, but he needs to develop some facilities other than taking a knee in the open field. It’s clear that just standing in the pocket will not make you as competitive as you could be on the QB market these days. I’m not recommending he change his game, but I would suggest that he add to it. We can develop that part of his game and seeing/feeling it from the other side is a good way to start working on it. Eventually, he’ll start stealing stuff from these guys and he’ll want to turn it around and try it out. If I can ultimately get him good at avoiding two hands, I can get him good at avoiding giving the body and chin up to shoulders and helmets. I owe it to him and his parents to give him this as a defensive weapon as much as an offensive one. It’s something that can be taught, but not if you don’t know and you’re just trying to avoid it.

    Sorry, not sorry.

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      1. All the stuff people will spend the next 8 months complaining about are less important than what I just suggested. Many of the people saying Helton can’t judge talent thought that Matt Fink and Jack Sears were the 2 best QB’s on the team. This team could be in the playoffs next year if they spent the next 8 months getting better at the basics. The winning, recruiting and bitchy fanbase would take care of themselves if we could be better than average fundamentally.

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      1. Just puke,

        You can’t even write a half a sentence without grammar mistakes. Thank you U Clowns Lose Again for a tip top education received by Just Puke.


    1. Thanks for the analysis, Clay.
      On a positive note, OT Austin Jackson is being touted by some as a top 10 NFL pick. While much of this is based on his inherent talent level, I must wonder (WONDER?) if Drevno did some decent “coaching up” of AJ after the years of Calloway not coaching.


      1. The line seemed to get better as the year went on, but I know they’d like to spend more time initiating contact rather than accepting it.

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  2. I find it hard to believe that Mike Bohn accepted the position blindly, he had to know that Carol Folt wasn’t going to give him complete control of the athletic department, because that would be breach of contract .

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    1. What if I came to the understanding that I needed to give a kid something, but I really didn’t have it myself and therefore wasn’t really able to give it? Can I give someone true game if I never really had it or understood it on a deep level myself? I’ve heard coaches try to explain things and tied it back to being something I already learned from trial and error, but it would take a while to figure out that it was the same thing. I always realized that the reason I didn’t immediately recognize what they were saying was because THEY didn’t have a true understanding of it and weren’t speaking to the essence of it. I knew that they weren’t explaining it in a way that other people would truly “feel” what they needed to understand about whatever it was. This would happen when I’m listening to someone who is repeating something they have heard or seen somewhere, but have never truly “felt” it for themselves. The irony is that the people who have “felt” it at some point, generally aren’t thoughtful, introspective or expressive enough to really know or share the essence of it either. Coach Helton needs to make some really good hires and fill his gaps.


  3. Scottie, Dyson McCutcheon is a 3 star cornerback, and is just 160 lbs. Sounds like the type of recruit that you would rail against if he committed.


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  4. That was almost an exact reply McKay gave the snickering LA Times reporters after USC’s loss to Purdue in Jan 1967 when asked why he didn’t kivk the PAT. “You’re tied when you go out there…I went for the win.”

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  5. Players would be stupid to come to USC. Who would want to play for these shortsighted people. Bohn and Folt screwed up. You would have to be on the stupid side of the equation to retain the preacher(Helton).


    1. What stupidity. I keep shaking my head and wondering … USC appears to generate itt theses days. How do you find the nerve to insult a fan base. Maybe they think we are stupid and have no pride or backbone. How disrespectful.

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    1. McKay on OJ carrying the rock 40+ times a game:

      “He is not in a union; he can carry the ball as many times as we want him to… anyway, the ball doesn’t weigh that much.”


      1. Or after a heart-breaking loss, McKay once said to his downtrodden team, “Relax. There are a billion Chinese who don’t know anything about this game.”


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