Can a “clean” program be a perennial CFB power ? USCDDS Points Member Joined: Sep 25, 2018 Messages: 49 Likes Received: 67 Sep 30, 2019 #1 I think it’s fair to say the top dogs in today’s college football landscape aren’t running unsullied programs. I personally think it’s possible to have an elite program if you’ve got a great HC/staff that can land some key recruits and develop players. But, how hard is it for those “clean” programs to win year after year? We’ve seen programs like a Stanford or Wisconsin experience the highs/lows the past few years for example. If we have convinced ourselves as USC fans that we “deserve” to be a top 5 program, then we better be OK with doing what it takes to get there and stay there. If our new AD chooses to only target “clean” coaching candidates, we better also acknowledge that it will be difficult to achieve success quickly and to maintain a consistent level of dominance. There are just as few elite head coaches as there are elite CFB programs. Is USC in fact prepared to be elite at all costs?