Every week, The Open Man’s Trenise Ferreira examines the topics around sports that are making us mad and asks: WHY THOUGH?
USC Fans – Are You For Real Calling For Helton to Be Fired? Word?
Earlier this week, I opined about the fate of USC football if they don’t kick it into high gear down the back half of the season. The team takes on the Utah Utes on Saturday and a loss will almost certainly send the Trojan Family into a full-blown meltdown.
I mean, USC is 5-1, coming off a 38-10 drubbing of Oregon State and the natives are already restless.
See examples here:
Fire both Tee Martin and Clay Helton, actually. Get a real head coach
— Diego Hernandez † (@another_scholar) September 30, 2017
Need to fire clay. Not a fan
— OTC Skull and Bones (@10baggersallday) September 23, 2017
They are not championship caliber, Steve. They need to fire Clay Helton.
— Carlos R (@the_kid_los) October 7, 2017
Fire Clay Helton – hire Chip Kelly. Watch the Pac-12 championships pour in.
RealSports&MovieGuru (@TheRealSportsG2) October 4, 2017
Again – USC is 5-1. The team is in first place in the Pac-12 South and yet somehow, fans are really over here calling for Helton’s head. Trojan Family, I love you guys – I really do. You’re my people. But you gotta chill with this #FireEverybody attitude.
And you know what? I get it: losing to Washington State was disappointing. But the last time the Trojans lost was a full calendar year ago. You can’t go around suggesting coaches should be fired because they lost one time in 13 games. That’s what happens in college football – teams lose. It happens. It’s life. The only team this doesn’t happen to is Nick Saban’s Alabama squad, and what they do isn’t even real life. To put it bluntly, it’s stupid to hold a team to the standard of the Crimson Tide. You’ll be disappointed every time.
And beyond that, when has firing coaches left and right ever yielded overnight success? I’ll take “Things That Have Never Happened in The History of Ever” for $500, Alex!
Look, here’s the thing: USC hasn’t been a pillar of stability for the past few seasons, ever since Lane Kiffin became a verb when he got left on the tarmac at LAX after being unceremoniously fired in the middle of the 2013 season.
What followed was a swirl of foolery that only USC could endure while maintaining their status as a blue-chip program. It created a situation where then-interim head coach Ed Orgeron thought he deserved the job (he didn’t) and stormed out of the program when he didn’t get it.
Then, Steve Sarkisian was actually given the job (it’s own tragedy) before Helton was tasked with righting the ship after it threatened to go down with Sark.
And with that responsibility, Helton has disappointed USC fans by…going 19-4 as a full-time head coach, including a classic Rose Bowl victory over Penn State to end the 2016 season.
But sure. Let’s fire the guy halfway through the season. Totally makes sense. If USC bombs down the stretch like it did in 2012, then we can talk about firing coaches. But until then, relax. There’s a lot of football left to be played.
Let’s Talk About These Florida Unis – Who Asked For Them?
Apparently, the Florida Gators football program decided sport needed to imitate life, so they’re facing Texas A&M on Saturday looking like actual gators.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 10, 2017
I have many questions.
First of all, who was in charge of the alternate uniform selection? Why did they decide that the team needed to look like actual gators? How many people signed off on this creative design? WHY did those people sign off on this creative design?
Right on cue, the Twitters came through with the roast of Florida’s unis, and I am here for it. Some of my favorite selections:
Nike: What you want?
Florida: We want uniforms that even Oregon would turn down.
Nike: Got ya fam pic.twitter.com/Rvrk9Ti4mN
— Thomas Campbell (@thomasgcampbell) October 10, 2017
Florida will wear the worst uniforms in the history of Western civilization on Saturday. https://t.co/neylR4LkEq
— Zach Barnett (@zach_barnett) October 10, 2017
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) October 11, 2017
Don’t let Florida’s abomination-in-the-eyes-of-God-and-Man
uniforms distract us from the big issue…….McElwain bangs sharks.
— Wes Hammit (@weshammit) October 10, 2017
So yeah, these Florida unis are not good. Not good at all. And I’m a fan of alternate uniforms for teams. But these gotta go.
According to Forbes, when the Gators don these on Saturday in The Swamp they’ll actually be green. That somehow seems less terrible than the demo version, but uniforms that resemble animals are not a thing I ever needed in this life.
If nothing else, Florida got us all talking about them this week for something other than the fact that the Gators just lost an absolute dumpster fire of a game to LSU; so that’s something to be proud of, I guess!