Morning Buzz: Getting Answers At USC Can Be A Real Chore

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I am starting off this morning with this announcement from the New York Jets. It has nothing to do with USC but it does show refreshing transparency as the NFL team admitted it interviewed someone a second time.

Meanwhile, at USC, we still know nothing about Kedon Slovis except that he has a “shoulder injury” nearly a month after the season ended. There wasn’t much more information after Slovis hurt his shoulder last year in the Holiday Bowl.

Maybe it wouldn’t be such a big deal if Slovis didn’t throw so many poor passes in 2020.

USC has kept a lid on Slovis’ health since the Oregon loss. How long would have been out if the injury occurred in Week 1?

It didn’t always used to be that way. Matt Leinart was the biggest name in college football in 2005 when USC disclosed he had a sports hernia and underwent elbow surgery. I remember seeing Leinart do rehab sessions with the trainers at Howard Jones Field that summer before his final season.

But there’s a big difference between 2005 and 2021 in more ways than one at USC.

Pete Carroll liked to be open and transparent. Clay Helton offers word-salad answers. Helton’s laid-back demeanor conceals that he is the least accessible coach in USC history. His practices are pretty much closed to the media (unlike Carroll) and he can basically offer any answer he wants regarding injuries, especially when players are rarely available.

Worse is that people at USC who were around during the Carroll era coddle Helton and allow him to close up the shop even though fan interest is at one of its lowest points in memory.

Getting answers with USC football can be trying whether it’s the quarterback’s injury or the head coach’s philosophy.

Instead, all the fans get are graphics telling everyone how much players can make at USC with the image rights. It’s never about winning games . . . on the field.

45 thoughts on “Morning Buzz: Getting Answers At USC Can Be A Real Chore

  1. Maybe some of you saw the Seahawks wire after the Seahawks lost to the Rams in the playoffs. P C’s comment was “we couldn’t run the ball, we gotta fix that”. Subsequently they fired Schottenheimer.

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    1. Breaking (Good) News for Folt & (Not That It Matters) Bohn: USC just lost any prospect of getting Urban Meyer —-he’s heading to the NFL.
      #Folt&Bohn:”Whew!”
      #”WeDodgedABulletOnThatOne!”

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      1. You racist fucktard! They should reopen every case you ever participated in involving people and conduct an immediate retrial! You racist fucking asshole. You will surely burn in hell!

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      2. Regarding the rant about Michael’s trial record. I know that as DA he was about as compassionate of a person as one could ever hope for in that position. He was principled, fair and looked beyond the narrow scope of cases to try to help those, including the accused.

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      3. Thanks, 67. There were times when I had to stand up for criminal defendants as lazy judges were about to over-sentence them [and their public defenders weren’t fighting back]. I took a lot of crap for my view that prosecutors should seek justice rather than simply try to get as big a piece outta a defendant as they could get—- so it’s a little weird to hear someone who’s never been in the arena telling me I wasn’t fair.

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  2. The question for Scott is this, why do your brethren in the media allow Gomer to say nothing ?
    Where are the tough questions ?
    Where are the in depth articles picking apart the glaring shortcomings in not only Gomer as a coach but the USC football program as a whole ?
    The LA Times has no trouble exposing every USC scandal but where are they when it comes to Gomer ?

    And Scotty, could HIPPA policies be involved with USC and player health ? I have no idea, maybe you should research this, you know, be a reporter

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      1. FY… hate to say it but it looks like you have an Anger Management problem…Count to 10 or sing the “Soft Kitty” song before each post.

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    1. Plaschke, who was a big supporter of hiring Helton back in ’15, has written a few damning columns of the village idiot in the last 2 years, but the beat writers don’t seem to understand that he is the village idiot.

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      1. It’s worse than that, 67 — If Clay gets a tough question all he has to do is drop the phony country boy smile and these chicken shit beat reporters get too scared to ask the follow up question…..

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  3. It’s strangely connected. The LAT gets the scoop on USC problems because the BoT uses it to air grievances and take shots at each other from their various little factions and tribes. Otoh, the folks mostly in charge see USC football as one of the areas that should die off, as a vestige of old SC, a more conservative alum base and culture, etc. just like they’ve declared war on the Row or anything that was that, and the legacies, and everything else they can think of. USC, California, Trojan athletics, etc. were all very special places but goodbye to all that.

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    1. Yes, there’s a war on against the Old USC. It would be nice if Caruso, Folt and Company knew what the plan was for the New USC….
      #FirstRuleOfRenewal:MakeThingsBetter,NotWorse

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      1. Yeah, karma, I guess they think giving lip service to wokeness will be enough to keep things going….
        #Unfortunately,ItWon’t…
        #…ItCan’t…
        #There’sNothingBehindThatPhrase

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      2. 67-
        You should stay in your lane you stupid piece of shit! What do you know? You guaranteed Trump would win easily! You are a orthotic old bag of dog shit! And you are a LIAR because MG is and always will be a racist cocksucker!!! And so are you 67

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  4. Impeach Helton. He has committed fraud on the grandest scale. And he used the same words the evil president has used. ” We must fight like hell to win.” Surely the administration cannot sit by and allow such inflammatory rhetoric. He must go… Nancy Pelosi for athletic director!

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      1. I rarely engage in conversations with people who do not merit consideration and in due course will not engage competently outside of species. However, in light of your accusations I feel I should defend myself. First you are absolutely right I am a racist. I believe that everyone I conduct business with should be human. Which is why I shall most certainly be unable to do business with you. I have never indulged in fellatio and admonished my wife against such behavior because I didn’t think she would derive pleasure from such activity. We have survived 35 years without a conversation about the subject. I am not now, nor have I ever been a bundle of sticks, a bassoon or cigarette, ( the three most common uses for the word faggot) I will surely die as death comes one per customer. And finally I am not a female of the canis genus.
        Now would you please answer a question or two for me? Does you touch your partner with the hands you type with? And do you have all of these rage behaviors already typed in MS Word so you just have to cut and paste them into this blog?

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      2. He used to pick his position like a fanatic and defend it like a philosopher —now he’s going straight fanatic all the way….
        #InterestingLifeChoice

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  5. pasadenatrojan

    How about you leave you stupid little bitch! Take another cock up your funky little ass bitch! Burn faggot!

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  6. “I definitely want to be the playcaller. I will be the playcaller,” Sarkisian recently told the Austin American-Statesman. “I made that mistake one year of my career [in 2015 at USC]. It won’t happen again,
    At least he admitted his mistake, something Helton does not do

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  7. I’ll be happy to ‘meet up’ with you eff U. I sells guns and ammo at gun shows. When do I get to meet you? I’m just a pussy cat. My crew, however, can be a bit abrasive.

    #LookForwardToMeetingYou&YooperErBruinBob

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    1. Oh no, Kal ’86 is low self-esteem muscle flexing.

      According to Harry Callahan ” A man’s got to know his limitations.” In your case ’86, a loud, macho Mouth and pea brain.

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    2. I don’t give a fuck about you selling guns! I don’t need a crew! I will gladly empty a clip in your skull!
      #onelesspussy

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  8. These posts are rich coming from 2 avowed Trumpturds willing to defend the Jan. 6, Capitol insurrection.

    trojan1967
    JANUARY 14, 2021 AT 7:26 PM
    Regarding the rant about Michael’s trial record. I know that as DA he was about as compassionate of a person as one could ever hope for in that position. He was principled, fair and looked beyond the narrow scope of cases to try to help those, including the accused.

    Michael Guarino
    JANUARY 14, 2021 AT 8:08 PM
    Thanks, 67. There were times when I had to stand up for criminal defendants as lazy judges were about to over-sentence them [and their public defenders weren’t fighting back]. I took a lot of crap for my view that prosecutors should seek justice rather than simply try to get as big a piece outta a defendant as they could get—- so it’s a little weird to hear someone who’s never been in the arena telling me I wasn’t fair.

    I’ll wager MG was called Asst. DA Atticus Finch or Scout for short.

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    1. Hey ’86, how about the Kal (1 – 6 in conf.) BB team. Talk about Cheesy. Maybe Kal BB could use some help from the “protal.”

      Hooray for Kal’s intramural rugby program.

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  9. Owns, no Fucla alum, keep stretching for material. Eff U on the line for U. Vaseline in the medicine cabinet.

    #SorryBruinBobYooperGoGetMyCoffee

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