June is almost the perfect month for USC.
The optimists can point to all the recruiting visits; the commitments and find positive preseason prognostications.
In other words, performance is completely secondary.
No one asks a recruit about Clay Helton. They just want to talk to the recruits about Donte Williams or another assistant.
Does anyone see this as a problem?
You think a marquee programs like Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State or even Notre Dame run recruiting as a subsidiary that is wholly independent of the head coach?
Then again, it doesn’t seem to bother too many recruits. USC is so attractive a destination that a head coach can be deemed irrelevant. At least on a short-term basis and when you do not expect to make the College Football Playoff.