The Athletic did a lengthy piece on what the Pac-12 must do to become relevant in college football.
Tucked inside the story is this quote:
“I think Clay Helton is a hell of a guy,” said a Pac-12 assistant coach. “I don’t think he’s the guy for that place, and the fans know it, the high school players know it. He’s a good guy, but something’s missing.”
Let me help: Helton doesn’t have the know-how, the gravitas, the nouse, the leadership to run a any football program, let alone one the size of USC.
Example A: When three of the four team captains asked Helton in 2018 to keep Jack Sears as the starting QB over JT Daniels, Helton said, “My hands are tied.”
Would Nick Saban say that?
Example B: Helton has fired 14 assistant coaches since he took over at USC.
Where else does a coach get to blame everyone but himself for poor performances?
Example C: He can’t even get the players to dress alike for games.
There’s a lot missing and USC needs to do something about it.
Instead, Mike Bohn gave a mealy-mouthed answer that ignored Helton when asked why he stood by the embattled coach.
“It wasn’t really about taking an existing model,” he said. “It was looking for opportunities that fit us where we maybe had some opportunities to recruit some wonderful staff members that want to be part of the great USC tradition. It’s staff, it’s graphics, it’s videos, it’s academic support personnel, it’s recruiting staff, it’s evaluation — it’s a little bit of everything. And so we worked to build a comprehensive support base to help our coaches, and ultimately support athletes.”
So Bohn is too embarrassed to say why he kept Helton? Because he had no choice and Carol Folt wouldn’t let him make a change!