I said last week’s press conference with Mike Bohn was mainly a rehash of old information about staff hires within the football program.
Well, here’s another stab to pin Bohn down on football, this time from the Daily Trojan.
DAILY TROJAN: Football head coach Clay Helton has been adamant that he loves USC because it’s a place where you’re expected to compete for championships. First, do you share that expectation? Second, what would you consider satisfactory progression this year in terms of the program?
MIKE BOHN: I certainly embrace that exact vision. I mean, that’s why I came here. I know that that’s why we were able to hire coaches like Coach (Lindsay) Gottlieb. All of our head coaches understand the stature here. We won three national championships last year. I didn’t get a chance in our opening statement to talk about how awesome that was. All three of them were in women’s sports, but we clearly embrace the high expectations for Trojan football here. I’m looking forward to an exciting season. I know how hard these young men are working.
REACTION: A reference to women’s basketball coach Lindsay Gottlieb and NCAA titles in three women’s sports is the go-to response for a football question.
No, it’s just not in the cards to get a direct answer regarding football. Everyone is supposed to go with the flow and trust Bohn to do the right thing, even if he won’t say this is a make-or-break year for Helton. It’s the non-answer, answer.
Meanwhile, here are some team updates:
- Helton said 119 USC players have been vaccinated.
- Linebacker Jordan Iosefa (knee) is not ready to play and might not play this season. Helton referred to him as “Coach Iosefa” on Tuesday.
“He’s going to have an unbelievable career coaching,” Helton said.
- Linebacker Solomon Tuliaupupu wore a yellow non-contact jersey Tuesday. He has yet to play since he enrolled in 2018.