A man’s gotta know his limitations.

If you haven’t read Bruce Feldman’s piece ($$) on how Southern Cal’s football program has fallen so far, you really should.  There are memorable quotes throughout, but the one that really got me came from a former assistant of Clay Helton, who had this to say about his former boss:

“Looking back on it,” the coach said, “he didn’t hire the right people, and maybe I am one of them. That sounds bad.”

Only because it is, brother.  I wonder what his current employer thinks about that.


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31 responses to “A man’s gotta know his limitations.

  1. gotthepicture

    So basically he used the Coach O 2020 plan

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  2. Hogbody Spradlin

    I kinda miss hearing that sword and sandal movie fanfare when USC would make a big play.


  3. Ran A

    They have a commitment from a 5 Star D- lineman that UGA would like and close to 4 star D-linemen that UGA would like. So any demise that can happen at that program over the next few weeks – is welcomed.

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  4. Russ

    I like a self-aware person. And just because the assistant coach wasn’t right for USC doesn’t necessarily mean he’s a bad coach. I’ve had people on my team that just weren’t a good fit and went on to success at other places. And I’ve taken some “cast-offs” from other organizations and they’ve worked well in my group. It’s the sum of the parts that matters.

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  5. theotherdoug

    Pretty much the whole time I was reading that I was thing they need to hire Kiffin. He’s their version of UGA hiring Kirby.

    No way they do it. They’re going to hire a Luke Fickel type coach.


  6. USC is a fantastic example how how things aren’t always what they seem from the outside.

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  7. W Cobb Dawg

    I’d be calling Joe Brady. But I hope he decides he prefers the nfl.

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  8. “As far as recruiting went, there was a lot of dead weight on Helton’s staff. Former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast was never too interested in recruiting. Neither was former secondary coach Ronnie Bradford nor offensive line coach Neil Callaway.”

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  9. stoopnagle

    Real interested in what they do. Fickle is a good coach, but is he a USC coach?

    I would, if I were them, call Mel Tucker. Yeah, I know, but they need a recruiter who can do it the Saban Way and Tucker clearly knows what he’s doing.


    • stoopnagle

      The thing I think is absolutely hilarious about this search is the James Franklin angle and how the Penn Staters are getting all into their feeling about it. They clearly don’t know where they are in the constellation of college football programs.

      Imagine honestly asking “Why would he leave bum fuck Pennsyltucky for Los Angeles?” C’mon, man.

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      • iusedtopostasmikecooley

        I don’t know. Living in Pennsyltucky (I like that) seems like a much better quality of life to me than living in that overcrowded hellscape.

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        • ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

          Overcrowded hellscape? Are you talking about Atlanta?


        • gastr1

          Speaking from experience, it depends on your interest(s). Do you really like to hunt? Because if you do, Central PA is for you. If you like absolutely anything else, and I do mean ANYTHING else, pretty much anywhere else is preferable. I’m not exaggerating, either.


        • As someone who’s spent his entire life in the South except for four and a half years in Southern California, I have to admit LA is pretty cool. Traffic sucks and it’s expensive as hell, but otherwise I had a blast. And USC is a perfect spot for an attention whore like Franklin.


    • tiredofidsearch

      Nothing against Mel but I dont think he is that great and USC should be able to do better.


      • stoopnagle

        I’m looking at Colorado pre- and post- Mel, and MSU now and while things change on a dime, I’m thinking he might know what he’s doing.


  10. Cam Cannon

    “Dude, nobody wants to be you guys.”
    spit take

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  11. akascuba

    Their current temporary coach could make hiring a replacement difficult if he exceeds their expectations. I’m in the camp of he was hired to fail. I’m hoping he does the opposite this season.


  12. siskey

    USC is like Texas in that everyone talks about how you have to fuck up on purpose to not succeed there but only 2 coaches in the last 40 years have succeeded there in Brown and Carroll. If I were Franklin I would stay at Penn State.

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    • After reading the article, it sounds like that blue-chip rep has started to become a liability. Too many guys on Helton’s staff thought all they had to do was show up at the office and they’d keep raking in Pac-12 titles. But “we’re Southern Cal” doesn’t strike fear into opponents’ hearts like it used to.