Who really calls USC's plays might surprise you
A constant question surrounding USC is who calls the plays?
Earlier this month, USC coach Clay Helton said offensive coordinator Tee Martin handles play calling.
“Tee’s calling it all,” Helton said. “He does a good job . . . Tee’s doing a great job of calling.”
But according to sources Helton sometimes calls around 40 percent of the plays during some games.
Whether Helton or Martin calls the plays might not be significant but for some reason Helton has steadfastly denied a large role in calling plays the past two seasons.
Why does Helton avoid ownership of playcalling? Does he think it looks bad if he calls a lot of plays?
In the past, former USC coaches Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian were criticized for trying to call plays and be the head coach.
Some believe saying Martin calls all the plays makes him the scapegoat when the offense struggles.
A mystery is why Martin never says Helton calls plays when asked by reporters.
It is a sensitive topic within the program. When I wrote last year that Helton and his brother, Tyson, called plays, sources said Helton was unhappy that it leaked to the public.
It sometimes looks like two different people call plays.
USC ran the ball the first five plays of the game for 75 yards and a touchdown against Washington State on Friday night. The Trojans then passed 16 times and ran only nine times the rest of the second half.