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.