USC had a terrible 2018 year. The Trojans went with 5-7, the worst they made since releasing an identical record in 2000. shooting the coach. USC hired Pete Carroll to replace it, and two years later, the Trojans were firmly positioned as one of the best sports programs.
Days of national Trojans are not over. This is not the case when a program has a tradition of USC and is located in ultra-talented Los Angeles. But everything that happened from this terrible 2018 season just made USC look farther from returning to the dispute Pac-12 not to mention more than that.
. Clay Helton was not fired.
Very recently in the Thanksgiving week, the coaches around the sport believed that Helton would be fired if the Trojans lost the home finish in order not to defeat Notre Dame. They did, but AD Lynn Swann announced shortly afterwards that Helton would keep his job.
It is possible that Helton is entitled to the ship at some point. In 2016, he won nine games after Sam Darnold was placed as the starting QB, and USC won the Rose Bowl. In 2017 he won 11 matches and reached the New Year's Eve with six cups (which lost to Ohio). Nothing of this has been so long ago, and at points during those years, Helton looked like the right guy for the concert. Swan could point out these pretty good seasons as a reason to keep Helton up. But he failed to make USC the dominant force even in Pac-12 South who wins once every three years as a full coach. Surprisingly, 5-7 did not fire him.
2. Helton turned his team of assistant coaches, but after a month, the central part of this transition remained.
Cliff Kingsbury was an incredible hire coordinator. Texas's fired coach is an offensive specialist, and USC landed him in early December to fix a block that fights with five-star freshman JT Daniels at QB. It looked like a match made in the sky.
But Kingsbury received a better offer. The NFL, an anger at college crime, called and he did what almost everyone would do by taking the cardinals as the head coach.
3. Swan was worried about USC while Kingsbury left, trying to deny him the opportunity to interview the NFL teams.
USC had this contractual right. But for coaches it is typical for teams to give an interview for job assistants that would be promotions in the industry. Instead, Kingsbury had to resign from the USC to talk to the cardinals, according to the team's president. Eventually, Arizona covered a $ 150,000 buyout of Kingsbury.
This is not the biggest problem with USC at the moment, but Swann may have made USC less attractive to work for future assistant candidates. If a coach has some ambition to get some more work, would you like to work for an AD who has shown that he is not always well with the coaches who are pursuing such things? Given Helton's struggles, it will soon matter.
4. In the middle of Kingsbury's short mandate as an OC, the Trojans signed an uncharacteristically low-grade recruitment class, which now takes water when it's gone.
The USC's middle class in the previous four years ranks fifth in the country of 247 sports composites. Only Alabama and Ohio are average better.
This USC class is in 14th place. This includes two blue chips that did not actually sign letters of intent. One is the four-star successor Kyle Ford, who has engaged after the Early Signing Period, thinking he will play for Kingsbury. He is free to go elsewhere if he wants, and given that he is the No. 6 successor in the class, he has many options. Sportsman No1 in the SoCal Bru McCoy five-star class signed his scholarship papers. But he's already in the transfer portal, and Texas seems to be a strong candidate.
The USC Conquest Chronicles Blog says:
McCoy's news adds to the drama that hit USC during the month. By appointing recruits and retiring Kingsbury to name the few, things do not look so great at university at all levels. You start to wonder and question the work that Lynn Swan and Clay Helton do at USC. Once again look at the USC Football Program and just a few weeks before the National Signing Day
McCoy and Ford are the highest-rated players in the USC class (or something like that).
If the USC class finishes 14th, it will be the lowest ranking for the Trojan horse signing class in the history of ranking. In fact, it could be much worse than even considering McCoy to be a transfer, not a standard cancellation.
The Trojans also officially lost safety No. 7 in the 2017 Bubba Bolden class, which was suspended from the start of the 2018 season and transferred to Miami. But since then the Trojan times have been so bad, not in the field, nor in staffing.
The 2019 non-conference schedule includes Fresno State, BYU Road Route, and Road Trip with Notre Dame. The Pac-12 package is on a visit to Washington and hosts Oregon in a game in different parts. Things can get worse before they get better.