Tuesday Whispers: USC Offensive Wrinkles Came From Outside Source
Why did Clay Helton suddenly decide to run some plays under center and use a fullback against Oregon State? It wasn’t because he was finally free from Tee Martin’s influence. Helton is the head coach, after all.
Several sources said the changes were the result of Helton’s conversations with athletic director Lynn Swann. The changes harked back to the days when Swann played at USC and simplified the offense.
It’s hard to imagine Helton decided on his own to make the changes. Swann seems to have no intention of firing Helton so he can use other methods, like suggest wrinkles to the offense or coaching staff changes.
The painful truth is most of these changes are cosmetic. It won’t matter without real change. When Norv Turner called last year about the quarterback coaching position, Helton was not interested and promoted 30-year-old Bryan Ellis.
Helton runs a loose program with little discipline so he needs strong, top-notch assistants. He has none right now and needs 2-3 for even the slightest improvement next season.
Will he and Swann realize it? Hard to say.