I had a conversation with a friend this morning, where I said the big fear should be that Clay Helton wins enough games next season to save his job. Or retain the support of Carol Folt, which is the same thing.
The problem is it will set up a potentially rocky 2021 because that is when these indifferent recruiting classes start catching up with USC.
You will see even worse offensive and defensive linemen playing in 2021.
The hope is USC loses enough games to fire Helton this season. But the Pac-12 is not a good conference. Helton also has better assistant coaches now. And Kedon Slovis is not JT Daniels.
Throw in Helton’s reputation as the luckiest man alive with no accountability and it is not far-fectched to see him surviving next season. Also, Coach Bohn probably wouldn’t mind keeping him and having an “I told you so” moment to fans if USC does not implode next season.
But what kind of future does USC have if Helton returns?
You could have three straight poor recruiting classes by USC standards with Helton in command. We’ve already seen Korey Foreman (No. 1 player in the nation) and Beaux Collins (No. 24) select Clemson. The SEC and Oregon keep raiding Southern California too.
USC is digging a hole that gets deeper and deeper for itself to climb out of and that makes it even less attractive for potential coaching replacements.
Things are bad right now but could be worse in 2021.