The pitfall of an easy schedule is that it makes losses even more devastating. We sort of saw that last season when the Oregon loss infuriated many fans.
Of course, if you are Clay Helton, you don’t think you are a lousy coach, and you’re No. 1 priority is survival. So you take any advantage you can get.
One of the biggest dangers I see is off the field: Fans should be back in 2021.
That means the nation will see how many USC fans are choosing not to attend games. And I suspect a good portion of the fans who do attend will have an even lower tolerance for mistake-ridden coaching after a year off from venting at the Coliseum.
That could create an ugly atmosphere if everything does not go swimmingly.
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