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Five things USC football can do to increase optimism for 2021

Dec 22, 2020, 1:00 AM EST
USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
USC football head coach Clay Helton. (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)
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USC football head coach Clay Helton (Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Upgrade position coaches

What do you do when you’re unwilling to fire your head coach but know you’ve got to get better in key areas? Upgrade your assistants.

Under normal circumstances, continuity would be key but these aren’t normal circumstances for USC.

The Trojans offensive line has been one of the key hurdles to consistent success. Things may have gotten slightly better when Tim Drevno took over the offensive line coach position in 2019, but they’re still not good enough.

Drevno is USC’s run game coordinator and the run game could not be more unimpressive despite a stable full of capable backs.

Technically, the Trojans have done well in preventing sacks, but pressure in the face of Kedon Slovis has caused more problems than the numbers show.

If USC isn’t at least considering finding an upgrade then they are letting a major problem go unaddressed.