If you ever listen to Clay Helton give an interview, it can quickly slide into rehearsed talking points.
Helton spoke to CBS Sports on Monday and once again showed how shallow/delusional he can be.
“We played our best ball at the end of the season,” Helton said. “We walked away going, `Wow, this is a team that can do some special things.’ Everybody in the building had that feeling.”
Does that include the four assistants he fired? How about the defensive line coach and defensive backs he hired and then let Todd Orlando cast off after a single season, long after most college jobs had been filled?
Best ball at end of season? USC beat Arizona State without its quarterback, Cal without its quarterback for most of the game, beat Colorado after its quarterback got hurt and beat awful UCLA. Then it got manhandled by Iowa.
“I believe in the men around me right now,” Helton said, referring to the assistant coaches. “I’m only as good as the men around me . . . I’ve always believed, you show me your friends, I’ll show you your future.”
Rich words from a guy who has fired 13 assistant coaches at USC. Who are his friends?
“I’ve worked my whole life to be able to be in a situation, to be at this level of football,” Helton said. “At the most elite level of college football there is.”
Does he really believe this stuff or does he repeat it so often that he thinks it is actually true?