Reasons for optimism john saur Member Joined: Aug 17, 2018 Messages: 5 Likes Received: 17 Nov 26, 2019 #1 I feel sorrow for the misery addicted jokers who find it impossible to enjoy a sound thumping of the Bruins, because it may increase the chances that Helton retains his job. I wonder how many of that group have heard Mike Pittman III's assessment of Helton that has aired several times on ESPNU radio. Pittman says, with very evident and very emotional sincerity, that Helton should be the Trojans head coach as long as he wants to be. He goes on to call Helton the strongest man he has ever known, who is able to block out all the negative bs, and focus enormous positive energy on his team. He calls Helton a great father figure, and says Helton is the model for his own future. We return most of both lines next season, and our two young five star linebackers should be healthy. The very young secondary will inevitably improve, especially if Clancy has moved on and a brilliant young defensive coordinator is in place. We lose Pittman, but the rest of our outstanding receivers return, and the addition of McCoy/Ford will keep the quality at least equal to this year's group. Malapai is gone, but Stepp, Carr, and Christon form a formidable crew of rbs. Out two young TEs will enhance that position. Our recruiting is undeniably down, but if we go 10-2 or 11-1 next season the 2021 class will no doubt return to our usual lofty standards, so we can tolerate one mediocre class. I believe that my vision of the team and its future is at least as plausible as that of the doom seekers, and it has the very real advantage of making me happy. As opposed to the vision of those pathetic Helton haters, who continue to ooze despair from every pore. gothamtrojan, earlandnic, USCAlumFightOn and 4 others like this.