No spring practice means he has a few more months with zero scrutiny. And he still collects his $3.5 million!
No NCAA Tournament means USC can spin away that the season was a success. What does it say when the signature wins were over 19-12 UCLA?
USC baseball coach Jason Gill
The Trojans got off to a good start and did not have to go through the always grueling Pac-12 schedule, which would have made the season seem a lot less successful. But now the narrative is established that the program was turned around.
USC women’s basketball coach Mark Trakh
He has not made the NCAA Tournament in his past six seasons at USC. No one cares but he last took USC to the NCAA Tournament in 2006, which was a couple months after the Trojans lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl. That’s a long time ago.
Former USC men’s tennis coach Peter Smith
He “resigned” unexpectedly last summer but his team was ranked No. 1 when the season was abruptly cut short.
No spring practice means he can’t talk endlessly to the media about the renewed energy, attention to detail and fantastic new coaches.
USC was probably planning about 10 hype videos of the drill sergeant routine at spring practices. Now it has to wait until August. Hopefully.
Nothing to hype without spring practice and recruiting in a dead period until April 15.
USC athletic dept.
They already had the daunting task of creating enthusiasm with a disgruntled fan base that properly identified the head coach as a buffoon. Now the coronavirus is going to make some fans even more reluctant to spend money on season tickets.
What’s the over/under for the New Mexico game? An announced 44,000 with 30,000 actually in the Coliseum?