Shocking Behavior Illustrates Program Disarray
USC is in complete disarray. That is the only way to explain the lack of discipline displayed off-the-field Saturday night at the Coliseum.
Just consider this: Sources said at least two players simply did not want to play against Notre Dame. They were at the Coliseum but did not play in the game.
Think about that for a minute. Notre Dame is one of the two biggest games of the season. And two players simply did not feel like participating. They didn't even try.
"Sometimes with our team, there's a question of attitude and the competitiveness,” linebacker Cameron Smith said. “You can't teach a kid to be competitive. You want to compete. It's something that the entire team has."
Meanwhile, tailback Aca'Cedric Ware played with a sprained shoulder and tailback Vavae Malepeai played until being sidelined with a knee injury. At least the running backs cared.
It's a sad relection on the season but not surprising because Clay Helton has virtually no discipline within the program. Players pretty much do whatever they want. Two didn't feel like playing. Oh well. No one cares.
That is the attitude within the program and it is why bringing Helton would be a total indictment of Lynn Swann. We should find out Sunday or Monday what Swann decides on that front.