The best part about today’s USC coaches’ press conference is Clay Helton did not speak.
The assistant coaches said all the right things and gave the impression things will be a lot more physical . . . and there will be an actual spring game.
What is really apparent is that Helton is a head coach who does almost nothing.
Todd Orlando hired all the defensive coaches. Graham Harrell hired his buddy (John David Baker) as tight ends coach.
I’ve always said a mannequin would do a better job than Helton because the mannequin won’t harm the program. It looks like Mike Bohn followed my advice too.
Special teams coach Sean Snyder gave away another example of Helton’s incompetence today, when Snyder said he had to contact Helton to get hired.
Let’s see, Snyder got demoted a year ago and was not even an on-field coach at Kansas State. And it never occurred to Helton to call him? Snyder had been the special teams coach at K-State for years. Even I heard of him. But Helton didn’t, apparently.
It’s like USC leaking that it almost hired Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator. Well, Aranda wanted to be USC defensive coordinator after the 2015 Holiday Bowl. But Helton wanted Clancy Pendergast.
Bottom line: USC’s odds for success are increased based on the impression made at the press conference.
Mike Bohn is basically holding Helton hostage and having his new band of assistants run the program.
The caveats are Harrell was inconsistent last season, doesn’t run the ball or protect his QBs; Orlando talks a good game but got fired at Texas and his defenses got worse every season; and we don’t really know how good a coach Williams is or what he can do other than recruit?
But it is better than last season.