Thursday Whispers: Another Reason For Player Unrest
It is no secret to those within the McKay Center that players are more unhappy than ever with Clay Helton.
There has been a lack of respect for Helton for more than a year but things are even worse now.
“I’ve never seen so many players openly criticize him around here,” said a USC administrator. “It’s an open secret that the program is sort of out of control.”
Things got worse Wednesday when interim strength coach Keith Belton left for Kansas. Helton told Belton he would not get the job full-time so he left.
Belton was popular with the players. That was no reason to promote him and he often acted too much like a cheerleader. But Helton has taken so long to hire a strength coach, which I detailed in Wednesday’s Whispers, that he allowed the players to get comfortable with Belton in charge.
So now they are upset about that when a normal would have hired someone in 2-3 weeks instead of the 6-7 weeks it is currently taking replace Lewis.
This is a sideways environment and probably the biggest challenge for Graham Harrell, who has talented players on offense that do not really think much of their head coach.