USC Notes: Lots Of Effort But Helton-Era Weaknesses Exposed

One quick take I got from a USC coaching staff member today:

“There was a good effort and attitude. At the same time, after watching a few practices, some coaches were wondering what’s really going on here the last few years.”

  • USC is in position to land five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly following a successful weekend visit.
  • Former USC offensive tackle Casey Collier has transferred to Oklahoma State.
  • In a twist, UCLA spring practices will be open to the public while USC’s are not. Traditionally, USC’s always held more open practices.
  • Nothing like Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament: Three of the Final Four teams were ranked in the top 10 of the AP Top 25 preseason poll: No. 3 Kansas; No. 4 Villanova; No. 9 Duke and No. 18 North Carolina.
  • USC is now offering a minor in podcasting.

62 thoughts on “USC Notes: Lots Of Effort But Helton-Era Weaknesses Exposed

    1. …and I HOPE the new staff is not really surprised at what they’re seeing at practice….I mean did they watch any game film? Did they check out last year’s won/loss record?

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      1. but lots of effort under really good coaching is one of the big parts to solutions; hope that is what coaches see every practice

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      2. I hired Clay Helton for one reason, and it’s because he gave me the best reach around treat that I’ve ever had

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    2. You had to have been up close and personal to see just what a sh*t show Helton created over the years. You had to be there to see how toxic it was. He was less than zero. No one would ever think that a professional power 5 coach could be so destructive.

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      1. It was all there for the Athletic Director to see — but our A.D. (and our ding-a-ling Prez) were too woke to do anything about it. As long as Helton didn’t “do drugs or play around” he was allowed to recruit and fuck up as many student athletes as he wanted. What a disgraceful thing to do to kids who’ve worked hard all thru high school to develop skill sets they hope will be furthered by a good college program.

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  1. Well I say you enroll in that course Scott, double major in “Streaming” while your at it so you can figure out how to finally get that new fangled PAC 12 network sans rabbit ears.

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    1. Getting the Pac12 Network isn’t real high on Scott’s “to do” list….
      #…WhichPutsHimInTheCompanyOfRougly30MillionOtherPeople

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  2. Some coaches were “WONDERING” what went on under Helton? Really? Check out Scott’s favorite photo of Helton [above] for answers. [He didn’t have time for offense or defense….he was concentrating on learning how to breathe thru his nose]
    btw, Hope AOC enrolls in that podcasting program….
    #FirstDayLesson:”NeverDoPodcastDrunk”
    #SecondDayLesson:”PrepareForAtLeast60SecondsBeforeTalking”

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    1. Good call, John. Helton posed for today’s photo. Scott lost the old one. He emailed Helton about it —and 2 days later he got this wonderful re-creation of Clay’s famous sideline expression….. along with a note which read “I’m assuming you want the clueless one, right?”

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  3. ugh,wen r we gonna get rid of him john?u gotta keap teling evry buddy that he aint no good evin tho he gone cuz it wil maik a difrinse fir the knew couches,smdh

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    1. Remember Mad Men? Roger Sterling fired the same asshole twice. It’s fun –call the guy back –he thinks you’ve reconsidered —and then fire him again…
      #It’sSoHumiliating…

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      1. We could — but we won’t. I just saw 3 Republicans complaining about Biden’s Cabinet —like they didn’t confirm every one of them…..
        #TheProblenGoesVERYDeep

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  4. Sorry, folks, but I can’t let this go– they’re even talking about the
    Smith-Rock thing on sports talk radio. Well, it might be a stretch, but a fight is sports, right?

    They talked about how the one female comedian who came flying in with a spiderman costume said, “I have been away for a while trying to get out of that costume. Is it just me, or is there a different vibe in here?”

    Or “That was the greatest night in the history of television,” uttered Rock, which may prove to be prophetic.

    And there was a history of some bad blood between Rock and the Smiths when years ago Rock commented how Jada Smith’s boycotting the Academy Awards (for not having any nominees of color) was like Rock boycotting Rihanna’s panties– he wasn’t invited.

    Trouble is all this bad-boy commotion stripped and eclipsed the night of the celebration of so many Latins and blacks having a field day with the awards, and CODA’s wonderful account of deaf people being deafened.

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    1. Remember Network with Faye Dunaway and Peter Finch? It ends with a Postscript about Howard Beale being the first anchor killed on camera for ratings. It was supposed to be satire…..
      #LooksLikeIt’sTomorrow’sNews

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      1. I do remember the famous line from that flick:

        “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

        I use that line everytime I think of our 4-8 record last year

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    2. Why would anyone watch Hollywood’s self-congratulations show? I watch plenty of movies and shows, but could really care less about celebrities. Give me a good story, but screw all of Hollyweird.

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      1. Yeah, I hear you gametv– But the show did have its moments. I mean, how many Academy Awards presentations have there been where a fight broke out?

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      1. No way bro. You and mg and many others are the real true posters. I just try to provide a littl comic relief occasionally

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  5. HEY LJ. DONT WORRY. I ALWAYS READ ALL YOUR POSTS. BUT. I HAVE TO WAKE UP FIRST. NOT TO DIGRESS. BUT. I NEVER WATCH THE OSCARS ANYMORE. BUT. DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHEN THE STREAKER RAN ACROSS THE STAGE AND DAVID NIVEN IMMEDIATELY SAID. THERES A MAN WHO IS NOT AFRAID TO REVEAL HIS SHORTCOMINGS!!!!!!!!

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    1. No, I don’t recall that, but it is funny.

      I do remember a streaker while the lovely Elizabeth Taylor was trying to give a speech, and she said something like, “I suddenly am so nervous.”

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    2. David Niven’s Best Actor acceptance speech: “I’d like to thank all who voted for me…as a matter of fact I’m so pleased right now I’d also like to thank all who didn’t.”

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      1. Prominence is that the name of the all you can eat buffet that The chipper likes to attend? Or is that him dealing with In and out and Krispy kreames?

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  6. Scooter,
    Answer me this since you are our Oscar anchorman, what the heck was Lizza Minelli doing out there? I felt bad for her. I thought the Oscars brought her out like Sea World brings out the seals, all show. That was horrible and embarssing for her. my opinion.

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    1. P. T. — There has to be a reason for bringing Liza out in that condition. [And] I think that reason, unfortunately, might be to honor & say goodbye to someone who was once a major performer. My guess is she’s not long for the world.

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  7. Players who played for Clay Helton should sue Clay, Swann, Bohn-head, President Flo, and USC for breach of contract, misrepresentation, or some other legal shit.

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  8. Well, it was a night for underdogs, PT, with so many Latin, black, women and deaf nominees strutting their stuff.

    So why not display Liza despite her brain disease and inability to form cogent sentences?

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  9. Prominence is that the name of the all you can eat buffet that The chipper likes to attend? Or is that him dealing with In and out and Krispy kreames?

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  10. Hey LJ. I’d like to deport Chip. But. I can’t find a country big enough !!!! OK. OK. I CONFESS I STOLE THAT JOKE FROM MG. JUST CALL ME BAD DOG. BAD DOG

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      1. I steal from John…. and Ed…
        #FortunatelyForAllOfUs,67,SoCal&CharlesDoAllTheirOwnMaterial
        #[IDon’tKnowWhereCal75GetsHis]….

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      2. I’ll go dark for awhile but I’d like to leave one parting shot,

        Those who don’t read and those who can’t read are even up.

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  11. LJ I SAW ON THE EARLIER THREAD WHERE YOU SAID TO MG THAT YOU TWO WERE JUST TALKING TO EACH OTHER. NO. NO. WHEN I CLIMB OUT OF BED I ALWAYS READ ALL YOUR GREAT POSTS. YOU AND MG AND OTHERS ARE THE TRUE POSTERS LIKE I SAID. I JUST TRY TO PROVIDE LEVITY BUT OFTER FAIL AS YOU KNOW

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  12. Ha ha. LJ IT SEEMS YOU ARE ON A ROLL TODAY. MANY GREAT POSTS ALL DAY. THAT OSCAR ONE WAS REALLY GOOD. MY LIKE BUTTON DOESNT WORK. IF IT DID YOU WOULD WEAR IT OUT BRO. AND. YOU ARE RIGHT. IF WE DIDNT ALL STEAL FROM MG WHERE WOULD WE BE ????

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  13. Clay Helton is an absolute disgrace of a man and a football coach

    He allowed our once proud program to be overrun with thugs, goons, rapists and lazy liberal sissies who don’t appreciate the Value of their free educations to play a game. Practices were routinely soft and full of rap music and a thug culture. Compared to an Alabama or ND practice with a business like approach and players buying in to their training

    He also employed coaches who abused drugs like Harrell and Orlando slamming whip it’s in his office. They let the thugs run wild and probably encouraged the drug use or even supplied them. There was absolute NO discipline and standards. It was a liberal nightmare in more than one way

    Helton allowed us to be overrun with filth just like liberals allowed the city to be destroyed by violent crime and homeless drug addicts. Liberal leadership and Helton have a lot in common actually. Both are helpless and wait on others to save their incompetence! NOT anymore it’s time Riley restore us to proud status by purging the scum off our streets and bringing the program back to greatness!

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