Make sure to sign up for the new USC newsletter here, where I have detailed coaching friction and the weird culture of the program this week.
Speaking of the odd culture, a coach told me one reason there was no significant change last season despite the massive coaching overhaul is that no matter what happens, the players still know they can get their way with Clay Helton.
“You can only do so much when (Helton) wants to be Father Flanagan to the players,” a coach said. “That makes it hard to institute real change.”
Maybe that is why USC played down to the level of its opponents. Only the homers (and some media) cling to stats to say things were different when USC was lucky to beat Arizona State, Arizona and UCLA.
- Meanwhile, look at this USC schedule from 1954. Four night games was a record!
And look at the non-conference schedule: Pitt, Northwestern, TCU and Notre Dame.