Fox Sports radio host Colin Cowherd is a brash individual who sometimes says ridiculous things, but he recently made a claim that is a bit hard to ignore. Yesterday, Cowherd claimed that the University of Southern California was targeting a big hire for its head coaching vacancy.
Cowherd said the following, which can be heard here:
“We’ve heard nothing on USC, right? Like nothing. USC is right now the best job available in the country in college, and there’s nothing out there, right? And the feeling has been that if Clay Helton can beat Oregon tomorrow – that’s a good game – at Oregon tomorrow, I don’t think they will. And if they can beat UCLA which I think they can this year. But if they can win tomorrow, it would be hard not to give Clay Helton the gig.
“But there’s feelings from boosters, they want big game – big game hunting. So I was told last night the reason the USC job opening – that you’ve heard no names for – is that it is such a big name, and I know what the name is – it is such a big name, that that person has said ‘If I hear anything, I’m out.’ That’s the story.
“I didn’t say I had it confirmed, I’m just telling you that the name I heard is so big and they are loading up the Brinks truck and they’re going to pay what they’ve never paid – double Pete Carroll. But that person has said ‘If I sniff a thing, I’m not interested.'”
It’s hard to see USC not at least giving Helton a full season with the Trojans, as the team has gone 4-1 under his watch since Steve Sarkisian was fired earlier this season. However, Helton is a career coordinator and when push comes to shove, USC is going to want to bring in someone with more head coaching experience and thus, Cowherd’s words do indeed hold some water.
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