USC tabbed Clay Helton as the football team’s next head coach after he went 5-2 (5-1 Pac-12) on an interim basis in 2015, but some former Trojans players are none too happy with AD Pat Haden over the decision according to a series of tweets by Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
It’s no secret that USC’s football program has taken something of a step back under Haden’s watch, particularly in the coaching department. Lane Kiffin was hired in 2010, though before Haden was in the picture as AD, and he underachieved for the most part before being fired. Assistant Ed Orgeron replaced Kiffin on an interim basis and went 6-2, but Haden opted to hire former USC assistant Steve Sarkisian away from Washington instead.
Sarkisian went 9-4 (6-3 Pac-12) his first season, but was fired this year after his serious drinking problem became public. Helton replaced him and did well, and now will get a chance to get a full season under his belt, and the alumni apparently don’t like that.
Look, I get it. USC is a big-time job, so the football team should have a big-time coach. Rumors swirled yesterday that Chip Kelly had been reached out to about the job and given his success in the Pac-12, he could have been a great hire.
But the fact of the matter is that even on an interim basis, Helton did a good job and deserves a chance. Players responded well to him and bought into his style, so why not buy in completely?
He isn’t a fancy name by any means, but USC’s alumni shouldn’t be so quick to judge.
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