The suspension of USC spring practice means fans are deprived of reports how the new coaches are “doing work” and making an impact and energetic and vocal and bringing more discipline and making the right moves.
This is the standard write-up when new coaches come to USC. It happened last year and it was going to happen even more this year. Todd Orlando yells! Craig Naivar is full of energy! And in Texas accents! Vic So’oto is a strapping figure! Donte Williams recruits!
Are these coaches an improvement? Yes.
That’s all you need to say until the season starts. Who cares about antics?
“Being loud can be immature,” said an NFL coach I spoke to this week.
Do media have to act like the new assistants invented coaching and enthusiasm? No.
But it’s a standard ploy to generate enthusiasm for readers.
Remember what past USC coaches would say when a player overcelebrated: Act like you’ve done it before. That applies to administrators too.
Overall, be careful what you wish for because if USC wins 10 games, how does it fire Clay Helton?