The glory days of Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart at USC are a distant memory. All that remains in 2016 are the skeletal remains of a traditional college football power. The Trojans opened the season with an embarrassing 52 – 6 bludgeoning at the hands of Alabama, where a majority of the USC players appeared to completely white flag it for the second half.
Last week, Clay Helton and the crew were dominated by buttoned down, uber-organized David Shaw and Stanford. The Stanford clinic starkly magnified USC’s coaching deficiencies and overall lack of preparedness. The Trojan coaching staff is clearly in over their heads.
The situation at USC is even more frustrating because of how quickly Jim Harbaugh has turned around a downtrodden Michigan program. In just one full year, he has the Wolverines in national championship conversations, even after Brady Hoke and Rich Rod seemed to have nuked the program’s foundation. USC is in considerably better shape in terms of talent than Michigan was when Harbaugh was hired, but until they get the right coach, nothing is changing anytime soon.
Today in Read Between the Lines Jason and Colin were asked if USC should still be considered a college football glamour program, despite their current tailspin.
Colin thinks USC may be down, but that doesn’t mean they’re out. They will always have certain advantages that even Clay Helton’s incompetence can’t take away. All major programs go through down periods. They’re in bad shape, but they’re not done.
“Did the beach dry up? Did the Hollywood sign get taken? Is it 9-below? It’s L.A., it’s a glamour program. It always will be. All these glamour programs take a hit. Mack Brown. Florida had Ron Zook. Oklahoma had John Blake. We’ve seen this. Michigan had, you’re buddy, Brady Hoke.”
Whitlock also thought declaring the death of USC as a glamour program was premature. He used a zen Wire reference to efficiently summarize his point.
“Greatness hibernates, it doesn’t disappear.”
USC is definitely in full hibernation mode. To get out of it, they’re going to need to put Clay Helton to sleep.
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) September 21, 2016