USC football news is usually quiet in the early parts of the summer. Hopefully, that is a good thing going into the 2019 season.
The sun has not yet turned into the harsh cooker that truly signifies that summer is upon us. However, the desolate sports landscape plays a different tune, especially for those who want to believe USC football is finally going to find its way out of the desert in 2019.
Much like the broader sports landscape, that only offers us stale sustenance of baseball to help through these lean times, USC football offers little as well.
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Sure there are some of us who crawl through each day waiting for the next game of the NBA Finals, or if you’re truly desperate, the Stanley Cup Finals. Or, waiting for the slightest drop of transfer portal news to help whet your USC football appetite.
Truth is, Pac-12 Media Day—the day when Trojan coaches and players launch the official downhill stretch to the start of the fall—isn’t until July 24 and the season opener is still 92 days away.
So, our journey to the salvation of fall football is very much at the beginning.
The question though, is that so bad?
There was a torrent of news in the aftermath of USC’s 5-7 season. There was the saga of “will head coach Clay Helton stay or go?”
Then once it was clear he was going to stay, there were questions about the changes to the staff.
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Then the rollercoaster weeks surrounding the arrival, and departure of Kliff Kingsbury.
Then there was the mass transfer exodus from USC, and just when we thought things couldn’t get any stranger. We found out that Aunt Becky of all people is a part of a shady organization that gets rich kids into colleges. Like Hydra, but for the NCAA.
Now, after all that craziness, the person who may have kicked off the exodus in Bru McCoy might be coming back?
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Among other things, we didn’t even touch on Lynn Swann’s questionable spring, the hiring of the new university president, the lineman who actually transferred to USC.
Or, that Jack Sears is the best option at quarterback, even though JT Daniels has Heisman odds.
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Oh, there is also the very real possibility that USC might actually schedule a double directional school in the near future.
The point is, maybe a period of time where we don’t hear anything from USC may actually be a good thing.
USC football, and to a degree the whole athletics department, needs to stay out of the spotlight. Especially with this “put up or shut up” vibe that seems to already be taking over, if not the athletics department, certainly the fanbase.
So, it probably for the best that USC stays out of the limelight for the time being, and does its best to focus on getting better.
While the rest of us have to deal with no more Game of Thrones and Marvel movies to keep us busy by hoping we can stay awake long enough to appreciate a 6-4-3 double play.
July 24 isn’t too far away. Stay strong.