Clay Helton says the coaching staff came to USC because they believe in what is happening with the football program. Or maybe they just believe in him.
“Why would Graham Harrell stay if he didn’t believe in what we’re doing?” Helton told the Associated Press. “Why does a Donte Williams leave a Rose Bowl champion Oregon to come here to USC? Why does Vic So’oto, who has been raised by (Virginia coach) Bronco Mendenhall, I mean, that’s as close to a son as (Mendenhall’s) got, leave his mentor to come here? There’s something special that is going on here. We all feel it as coaches.”
They came because it’s USC, they significantly improved their salaries and preferred living in Southern California to Eugene, Ore., or Charlottesville, Va.
Also, they aren’t working for a taskmaster like Nick Saban. They are working for a figurehead with no football gravitas.
Who wouldn’t want to coach at Disneyland (USC) instead of Jurassic Park (Alabama)?
Especially when Disneyland offers multi-year contracts.