Why is USC practice only twice this week after penalty-filled performance vs. Arizona?
With a sloppy, penalty-filled performance against Arizona, USC should welcome a bye week as a time to practice and fix mistakes made the first five games of the season.
But the Trojans will only practice Tuesday and Wednesday this week, which is rare for teams during a bye.
By comparison, Pete Carroll teams often practiced four times during a bye week. In the past eight seasons, at least three practices were normal for a USC bye week.
This will only bolster the theory that USC coach Clay Helton coddles the players and runs a soft program.
It’s not like USC does not have a lot to work on this week.
USC's 18 penalties against Arizona are the most for an FBS team in a single game since 2016. In the past 15 years, only 7 teams have committed more in a single game, according to Kyle Bonagura of ESPN.
Now one theory for practicing two times is it will allow the coaches to hit the road and recruit.
But what difference does it make who USC signs if the players never get better? USC has routinely had top-ranked recruiting classes and it still looks average at best.
Instead of recruiting, USC needs to be coached. Or more precisely, coached better.
That happens during a bye week when you do not need to focus on an opponent.
Instead, Helton will hold just two workouts and they will probably not be too hard.
As a former USC player joked Monday, “They don’t need the work. Remember, we’re ranked in the top 25 and we’re pretty good.”