One theory I hear gaining steam is that with Clay Helton a mere figurehead this season, the table is set for USC to hire Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell for 2021.
The basis is that Fickell was hired by Mike Bohn and they already worked together. Maybe Fickell would also accept keeping some of the recent coaching hires easier than other candidates.
It’s worth noting Fickell turned down Michigan State last month, which also makes people wonder about USC reaching out to him.
Of course, the biggest caveat is what happens if the figurehead actually wins enough games to survive? You cannot discount that happening, especially in a conference as inconsistent as the Pac-12.
But when people keep talking about Fickell, it’s worth mentioning it.