I’m running this picture above of Clay Helton’s press conference Friday because as you can see, a measly two TV stations showed up for practice No. 1. That’s an awful turn out from the electronic media.
I went back and checked the previous four years and there were always 3-4 TV stations at the first practice since 2017. But maybe interest in USC football has changed. Thanks, Helton!
Isn’t the goal to maximize interest? Especially in the NIL era?
Here’s how it looked the first practice of 2017:
- Here’s the first thing Helton said Friday: “I can’t credit (new strength coach) Bobby Stiner enough for producing a really conditioned football team. A strong football team.”
- Here’s the first thing Helton said after practice No. 1 in 2019: “I commend (new strength coach) Aaron Ausmus, for the team him and his staff put together. These guys are in shape. They’re strong.”
- Helton counts on us all not noticing these types of things.
- Meanwhile, wide receiver Jake Smith, who transferred from Texas, will be “out for an extended period of time” according to Helton and may require foot surgery.
So a receiver some expected to contribute immediately is damaged goods?