Has Mike Bohn mentioned who the silent commits are that didn’t commit on Signing Day?
Has he tweeted since Clay Helton was retained? Has he spoken to any booster groups? Has he done anything outside the carefully managed bubble at Heritage Hall?
- I spoke to a USC assistant coach who said five-star linebacker Justin Flowe was never close to choosing the Trojans.
“He wanted to eat well and hang out last weekend,” he said. “But he was going to Oregon.”
- One college coach told me USC should have tried to get some junior-college offensive linemen so it had someone who could play immediately. I hear offensive tackle Austin Jackson is going pro.
- USC recruiting is so bad that when four-star cornerback Clark Phillips of La Habra decided not to sign with Ohio State, he chose Utah.
- Pete Carroll offered scholarships to 53 players and signed 18 in 2009. Clay Helton has offered scholarships to 174 football players in the 2020 class and signed 11.
- In case you missed this week’s podcast on the USC recruiting class, you can listen here.
- Former USC halfback Rex Johnston died Sunday of heart failure. He was 82. Johnston had the distinction of playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1960) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1964). He led USC in rushing in 1957.
- If you hear someone say USC fans are always unreasonable and always want the coach replaced, time for a history lesson.
In 1950, USC students staged a rally supporting football coach Jeff Cravath.
Can you imagine USC students coming out to support Helton?
That’s one of Helton’s biggest problems: He has no base of support. Not the donors. Not the alumni. Not the students. Not the fans.
But he did give game balls to Carol Folt and Mike Bohn after the UCLA game, so he has two supporters.
By the way, the rally did not work and Cravath resigned despite four conference titles and four Rose Bowl apperances in the 1940’s. But he went 2-5-2 his final season.
Jeff Cravath (above left) talks to Jim Hardy in 1944. Hardy was MVP of the 1945 Rose Bowl and died in August at the age of 96. He was still driving in his 90’s to USC once a week from his home in the desert to watch practice at Howard Jones Field.