Remember last year, USC was going to be successful because it followed the Brian Kelly model?
Even Clay Helton made the comparison because Kelly had fired 17 staff members and Notre Dame went 4-8 in 2016, won 10 games in 2017 and bounced back to go 12-1 and make the College Football Playoff in 2018.
It didn’t quite work out that way.
But this year, we have a new model. Helton will follow the Ed Orgeron model, which is to let his coordinators and assistant coaches do the work and just be a supervisor.
But Kelly actually hired a new offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, special teams coach after the 2016 season so maybe Helton is now really following Kelly again.
Back to the Orgeron model. I covered him and discussed his coaching philosophy about letting coaches do their job without interfering. People who make this comparison miss one thing: Orgeron is a leader of men.
Orgeron inspires the team. He brings energy. He brings direction. He might not be a micro-manager but he plays a vital role.
Helton is none of these things.
Players want to go through a wall for Orgeron. USC players think Helton is nice because he lets them do what they want.
Keep in mind, I have said several times I expect USC to win around nine games next season.
But Kelly went to the College Football Playoff multiple times. Orgeron just won a national championship.
The buffoon in charge at USC will do neither.