We can praise/criticize Mike Bohn for the next eight months but the only thing that really matters from a football perspective is what he does with Clay Helton.
If USC manages to win 9/10 games and Bohn has the guts to fire Helton, he will deserve praise and the “you all just needed to patient while Bohn fixed things” crowd in the athletic dept. will be proven true. If Bohn hires Luke Fickell, as some as saying too, even better. USC will be ready to roll.
But . . . if the a 9/10 win season is used as a reason to bring Helton back, then everything will just have been propaganda. The fact that Bohn wants time to fix the athletic dept. is no excuse if he retains Helton. And Carol Folt won’t be a valid excuse either.
She may have kept Bohn from hiring Urban Meyer, but if he can’t make a change in November/December because of Folt, he should resign.
There are a of excuses at the moment. USC doesn’t have the money. The athletic dept. was in disarray. Bohn got hired too late. Folt didn’t want to hire Meyer.
But this is a new season. No more excuses.
- USC received a commitment from four-star tailback Brandon Campbell from Katy, Texas on Saturday. The Class of 2021 has five commitments with four that are four stars.
This is good for the future. But it’s also what a marquee program with a tradition of greatness should do routinely. So if you see someone from USC tweeting in celebration, they should realize this should be par for the course to get four stars. Even worse is when people who had a hands-on role in the disastrous recruiting class of 2020 celebrate. What have they been doing the past year?