USC Morning Buzz: What Will Todd Orlando Do Next?

Is Todd Orlando going to fire any defensive coaches or bring in his own staff?

It’s still unknown although I hear USC defensive coaches have been subtly putting out feelers for other jobs during Clay Helton (and Mike Bohn’s) search for a defensive coordinator.

I would be surprised if Orlando doesn’t want to bring in some of his own guys.

One thing you can be assured about is USC is not paying Orlando the $1.71 million he made at Texas each of the past two seasons. His Texas contract expires in March.

Remember his first game at Texas? The Longhorns gave up 51 points to Maryland in a 51-41 loss to the Terrapins two weeks before losing to USC, 27-24, in double overtime at the Coliseum.

  • I hear Ron Orr, who was fired last week in the mini-purge of USC administrators, is worried whether the Swim with Mike event will continue that he started in 1981. Let’s hope so, since it provides academic scholarships to physically challenged athletes.

46 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: What Will Todd Orlando Do Next?

    1. Well, Gomer already switched Nance to special teams and that wouldn’t have been Orlando’s call to begin with, and no one has a coach for only CB’s

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    1. Helton goes out of his way to hire Fired assistant coaches with embarrassing track records.
      Do you really think this guy will change USC’s current non contact, pussy Philosophy at practices?
      Not a Chance with Dimwit Helton around!
      We need to flush these guys out, and replace to Head Coach that knows the game and knows what it takes to be a champion.
      It’s simple, copy Clemson, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.
      Better yet, Hire Urban Meyer and you’ll immediately change the direction of the program.

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      1. How insightful! You should be the coach. Until now I’ve never heard anyone with the thought of trying to copy successful models of other programs. Better yet, you could just poach coaches from those successful staffs and create that same model and success at your school. I’m surprised nobody has tried this. That seems like it would always work, it is so easy. Thanks!

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      2. Great strategy! Or you could say, “USC should just win more games.” The only thing missing is Michael Guarino and the rest of the ass clown gang cheering each other on about how copying successful programs is there winning idea too.

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      3. Let’s just go 14-16 without Sam and get mauled by Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa…Oregon…even UCLA & Jonathan Kelly to the tune of almost 300 yards two years ago…buh, but….butt…hurt…me love Clay! you meanies!

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      4. I, for one, am Proud to be part of MG’s gang especially since a lot of us use our real names and not someone else’s as part of our own.

        Now what are the chances that you insult me with a racist response.

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    2. Or just hire a coach who knows what they are doing…since it takes utter incompetence to lose at USC…and from your comments, apparently that is now true of being a fan…Mrs. Helton, et al…

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      1. Yeah, James! I mean how much more obvious can it be? You have a once proud football program that’s now a national joke —USC needs to replace their ‘happy talk’ coach with one who knows how to win National Championships immediately —Donors at USC say they’ll front whatever $$ are necessary —Urban Meyer is available —Urban says on national television that he considers the USC Head Football Coach position one of the most desirable in the country —-Urban has never taken photos of naked co-eds at the Medical Center or admitted 4 foot tall football players as walk ons —- MAKE THE DEAL!

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      2. Yes sir – we’re not talking about rocket science (hearkening back to our “friend’s” insistence on sullying the First Man)…just about doing the couldn’t be more obvious right thing…I keep hearing basic training drill instructors, with veins sticking out in their necks, yelling “Joe Willy, you musta bumped your head as a child…drop, just drop MFer, and beat your face!”

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      3. James,
        It’s such an obvious answer, it’s so doable, all the ducks are lined up in a row, anyone with half a brain knows it could and should be done—and yet we don’t do it –I don’t get it…
        #AsAHistoryBuff,You’veSeenItBefore….
        #ToynbeeCalledIt”TheDeathSpiral”
        #GenerallyItHappensToEmpires…
        #…ButIGuessItCanHappenToUniversitiesToo

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      4. We generally tend to reference Roman history…and for good reason…but probably the better example (as I think Steven Pressfield was trying to point out in “Tides of War”) was the end of classical Athens (which to the Greeks was the “Evil – Delian League – Empire”)…essentially, self-inflicted wounds that seem to be intentional that even the strongest body can only absorb for so long…

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      5. Good point, James. Such “suicides” are always painful to contemplate — even if observed from a distance of multiple centuries……
        #WhichIsHowFutureHistoriansWillFeelAboutTheFoltAdministration….

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      6. The Aztec Empire succumbed to gun powder, greedy, but daring, Spaniards, smallpox, and their own omens and portents. You could argue that there is an element of greediness and self righteousness that clouds the university ( as an outsider, you guys would know better than I) and that the invaders – the SEC, Clemson, Ohio State and Oregon- are daring, greedy and have gun powder ( negative recruiting). The question is, what is the deadly disease and who is spreading it?

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      7. Arturo-another good take – obviously in terms of recruiting there are “invaders” … as I recall, the undoing of the Americas also involved the native inhabitants failing to recognize the threat until it was too late (and in some cases being hospitable to a fault)…

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      8. The Aztec Empire could easily have survived the Spanish invasion if not for internal disagreements…… which, in retrospect, are hard to fathom….
        #StayUnited

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    3. And since the coach’s wife and friends don’t like the too critical meanies on this site…then here’s food for thought from another chef…but no matter who’s combining the ingredients, or how much heat they apply, or for how long…the outcome remains the same, as long as the same turd remains in the stew…
      .

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      1. James — Trojan Football lover and astute observer, Greg Katz, has arrived at the exact same place as the majority on this site: complete disgust with Helton, Bohn and Folt. I mean how could it be otherwise after Helton got his ass wiped again at the Holiday Bowl? But the Big News is Daniel Imatorbhebhe is coming back. Every time I watched Daniel being interviewed I always thought the same thing: “what a great young man —so glad this born leader is part of the team!” Slovis needs leaders like Daniel on the field —- we’ve got plenty of young, talented players on offense but leadership has been missing. Daniel brings it. As well as tremendous skills as a receiver (who’s almost impossible to bring down and loves playing physical football)!
        #NowIt’sUpToHelton&HarrellToUseHim

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      2. The talent alone, as with at least two of Helton’s previous teams, is capable, with some luck (to include injuries, but as with luck so often, it is of your own making…want to get lucky on injuries? prepare your players better…if it keeps happening year after year, it’s not the cosmos) of winning 10 games…but the trend and disarray say otherwise…not to mention the schedule…Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame, Arizona State…minimum…the players are good enough, but coaching matters…and it matters in recruiting, which is why talking only about the present or upcoming year is fruitless…the underlying issue has been fully exposed during this recruiting cycle…players now know going to USC is not the best route to the NFL…on the west coast, it’s Tempe and Eugene…this has happened during down periods before, as those of us without our heads up our own asses know…the answer is obvious…

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  1. Great programs not only develop players, but also develop coaches. Look at the coaching trees from the top coaches: Saban, Meyer, even Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz.

    For example, think how good the SC defense could be if Phil Parker, the Iowa D-coordinator was hired. Iowa defense is in top 15 every year. Highly disciplined. No arm tackling. No over pursuit. They contain the edge. They play smart. The prepare well for the opponent.

    We saw that when they held Trojans to under 300 yards total offense, and about 35 yards rushing. I don’t think it would have been much different had Slovis played the whole game.

    And if Parker wasn’t available, there is a lot of other coaching talent out there.

    Hopefully Orlando delivers, but his record is inconsistent. Some good years, some awful years, like last year.

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    1. The offense is still the Air Raid, the same offense that taxed the defense last year. Gomer has no idea what he’s doing, if he did, he would DEMAND that Opie run the ball more and that ain’t happening, good luck Orlando

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      1. Agreed. And look at what “could be” next year:

        Stepp is a special talent, and perhaps Christon as well. If (and this is a big if) they could coach up the O-line, the talent with the skill players suggests that they could run for around 150-200 yards per game, pass for 250 plus yards per game, and should go 11- 2 with the schedule that they have.

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      2. 67 — May I say it’s a bummer to just get outta bed in Maui and see that our Inside USC Gang has already had to endure “Mrs. Helton” for a few hours? May I also say you and karma and James have totally nailed it? The coaching situation is actually a bigger hodgepodge than it’s ever been. Drevno is NOT gonna have the O-Line ready to stop the Alabama rush or blow holes for Stepp. On the other hand, there is evidence that Orlando —as a coach —is not the lame-ass that comes across in that video. If Helton doesn’t get in his way (another Big “If”), he might have the D-Line & Linebackers ready to go against Alabama. And that alone would keep us in the game…
        #HopeSpringsEternal…
        #..ButIfIt’sAnotherBlowOut,2020WillTurnIntoADeathMarch

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      3. Yes, it’s me they have to endure. You keep good company with guys who post homophobic rants and obscene thoughts about other commenters wives and daughters.

        By the way, I wish Pudly were here more often. He is a significantly better source of info than the blogger and the other SW fanboys on this blog.

        #youusedtobeclassyguy
        #thecompanyyoukeep

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      4. 67,
        Stepp and Christon could be the new Thunder and Lighting, but the OC is so one dimensional that this will never come to fruition. On top of having a joke for an OL and recruits that were ” coveted ” by MWC schools, if that, it will more of the same, pass, pass, pass, pass, pass and pass some more and pray Slovis doesn’t get killed, that’s if Chuck and Duck doesn’t get named the starter by Gomer this Fall.

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      5. J. T. the starter? The guy who justin wilcox & chip kelly rolled? Even Helton wouldn’t dare something that patently suicidal with his sorry ass on the line……
        #….OrWouldHe?
        #[“Martyrdom:TheUltimateProofOfIntegrity”….]

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      6. BK, exactly. It was surprising at the start of the season to see the Fresno State D-Line dominate the Trojan O-line. I thought, “First game, they will get better.” But they really didn’t, and it showed against Iowa.

        Last year, one starting tackle was a 4 star, the other was a 5 star. The line should have performed much better.

        Now, those guys are gone. I still believe that the guys they have could be effective, if the coaching and strength and conditioning is where it should be. Other programs have quality O-lines with 3 star guys. But we still have the O-line coach and strength and conditioning coach.

        Because of that, let’s hope they can outfit Slovis with a kevlar jacket. He will need one. And hopefully Stepp won’t blow out a disc in his back, carrying 3 guys with him.

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      7. MG,
        Gomer kept using a center that couldn’t snap a ball to save his life and almost cost a QB his because he ” loved ” him. He would still have Clancy and Baxter if he wasn’t forced to can them. C n D has a real chance to start the season if he can walk. And with a new DC and the re-upping of the OC, I don’t see Gomer going anywhere unless he can’t win 7 games and that’s not hard to do in the WAC South

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      8. 67 — I loved Greg Katz’s reply to the question “Are you worried about the O-line in 2020?” ….
        #Katz:”NotAsWorriedAsSlovis’Parents”

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    2. Love your argument and logic, 67, except that things are not so linear. The Iowa D- Coordinator could do well in the SEC, but it is not a sure thing as the SEC is more athletic, dynamic and the Iowa Coordinator did have a month to prepare for SC’s offense. Indeed, B10 football is different than SEC football, and PAC12 football. Just look at the former Wisconsin Head Coach who was successful as the Badger’s lead man, then stunk it up at Arkansas.

      You’re right, coaching trees are successful when a school creates the environment for that success to permeate throughout the program,

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  2. Mrs. Helton, totally agree about the homophobe, etc. stuff, and also about getting more posts from Pudly, who routinely scoops Scottie. If Pudly is posting, there is much more Trojan info on the blog.

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  3. QB Sears a Duck?

    He was not in classes at SDSU!!

    Come on Flow, why do we have to do your job.

    We are all doing this pro bono and you get paid via clicks.

    Ugh, at least we don’t have to leave with Owns or Bucket.

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  4. Sad sad day for LA sports fans. Kobe defined a generation of basketball. Ultimate competitor and a someone who really grew as a man. Will be missed for sure.

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  5. if i was a remaining Defensive SC coach, i would send Orlando a voice message that says:
    Knock thee times on the ceiling if you wa-ant me!
    (oh-oh)
    Twice on the pipe, if the answer is nooooooo!
    (Oh My DARLIN”!!!)

    #He’llAlwaysBeTonyToME

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