Report: USC President Doesn't Want Urban Meyer

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  1. Report: USC President Doesn't Want Urban Meyer
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    imissmattandreggie Points Member


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    USC President Carol Folt reportedly is against hiring Meyer in the wake of what football reports are called the imminent firing of Clay Helton.

    This is according to a 247 Sports article by Brad Crawford.

    Crawford quotes college football analyst
    Brooks Melchior of Sports By Brooks to all but guarantee Helton's demise USC as Trojans head coach in the next few weeks - not a surprise - but goes on to drop a bombshell.

    He claims Folt is dead-set against bringing in Meyer.

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    All of which is really strange and yet not surprising given the absolute disaster that the Athletics brass has overseen ever since Pete Carroll left years ago.

    I mean it's really like a conspiracy to be bad and destroy the program. I've never in my whole life seen anything like it. Who the fk claims to care about winning and chasing greatness instead of embracing mediocrity and then turns around and says they would not at all want Urban?

    I don't believe in all this Illuminati Freemason lizard people conspiracy shit but I honestly at this point have literally become a believer that some faction behind the scene is pulling the strings to undermine the program. I say that with credulity and in all seriousness. It's just unbelievable that the second most successful program in college football history has gotten to this point and this insanity continues to happen.

    And before chalking it up to #MeeToo, remember that this nightmare began long before #MeToo or #TimesUp.
     
       
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    Turn on the lights and they scurry.
     
  3. 101Coast

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    The same Folt who is so untrusting of anyone at the university that she wont confide in anyone?

    That Folt ain't leaking nothing to nobody to podcast about.
     
  4. imissmattandreggie

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    Posted by Jon Wilmer of Mercury News today:​


    Dear President Folt,

    Please, please don’t screw this up.

    Much as we hate to admit, the Pac-12 needs USC. It needs USC to function properly, to win games, to generate attention and cash, because a thriving USC athletic department helps us all.

    Just like a thriving Ohio State helps the Big Ten.

    Or a thriving Texas helps the Big 12.

    Yes, of course, we love it when you lose.

    We love it when your head coach gets that look — you know: eyes wide, mouth agape, like he’s just seen a three-headed cat.

    We love it when you take all that talent, toss it into your football machinery and produce five stinkin’ wins.

    We love it when the national media bashes you and the L.A. Times embarrasses you.

    We love it when your athletic director stonewalls the NCAA and you get sanctioned to Neptune and back … or when your other athletic director screams at officials from the sideline during a game … or when your other athletic director signs autographs in North Carolina while Troy burns.

    But schadenfreude won’t help us pay the bills or sell tickets or get prime-time coverage on major networks.

    So please don’t mess this up.

    Truth is, we need USC now more than ever.

    You’ve been on the job for two months and were in Chapel Hill for six years — it must have only seemed like 16 — and might not have been paying attention to the Pac-12, so here’s a little background:

    Things aren’t so great these days.

    We’re losing ground financially. Football is struggling. Basketball is even worse. And our TV network hasn’t quite lived up to expectations.

    But there’s hope: In a few years, we’ll negotiate a new media rights deal. Fox and ESPN might bid, but we’re hoping to attract interest in the digital space. Maybe Amazon would want a piece of us. Or Facebook.

    It’s a bit early to know, but this much you can be sure of:

    The better we perform on the football field, the better our leverage at the negotiating table. Your former conference is proof of that.

    Remember what the ACC was like back in 2009-11, the years leading up to its current TV deal with ESPN?

    Miami was mediocre. Florida State was near the bottom of the national rankings. Clemson wasn’t CLEMSON.

    One year, Virginia Tech was your best team. Another, it was Georgia Tech.

    Not exactly schools that are going to drive ratings.

    And remember what happened: The ACC signed an agreement with ESPN in the spring of 2012 that wasn’t as lucrative as the Pac-12’s deal with ESPN and Fox.

    That made sense at the time, because the Pac-12 … err, Pac-10 … was absolutely rolling.

    USC was in the afterglow of its dynasty. Oregon was the hottest program in the country and played for the BCS title in 2010. Stanford was a darling with Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck, went to the Orange Bowl and roasted the ACC’s best team, Virginia Tech.

    And what happened a few months later, in the spring of 2011?

    The Pac-12 signed the groundbreaking $3 billion deal with ESPN and Fox.

    So the quality of the football product matters a great deal during the ramp up to media rights negotiations.

    The better the big brands are performing, the more leverage you carry to the table.

    If USC is struggling in the seasons before we sign our new deal in the spring of 2024, we’re toast.

    Commissioner Larry Scott and his advisers have big plans and grand dreams about the Pac-12 hitting the jackpot, because so many media companies (both legacy and digital) will want the rights to our football games.

    We’re not so sure that will be the case if the football content is viewed as second rate.

    We need to be competing for playoff berths and generating big ratings and competing for oxygen on ESPN’s College GameDay with the likes of Alabama and Ohio State.

    And guess which program has the best chance to do that?

    Yep.

    You see, president Folt, USC has a greater advantage over the rest of the Pac-12 than any other blue blood has over its peers.

    USC has more national titles (seven) than all the other teams in the conference combined.

    USC has more Heisman Trophy winners (seven) than all the other teams in the conference combined.

    Because of its location and history and all the 5-star recruits within 30 miles of campus, USC has advantages over the rest of the Pac-12 that simply cannot be calculated.

    USC is like Ohio State, except there’s no Michigan in the Pac-12. (Sorry, Washington, but it’s true.)

    USC is like Texas, but there’s no Oklahoma. (Sorry, Oregon. Five years of success doesn’t cut it.)

    USC is like Alabama, but there’s no LSU or Georgia or Florida.

    Honestly, it’s hard to screw up USC football. And yet, look at the past decade: We’ve lost track of how many permanent and interim coaches there have been.

    One coach got fired at LAX. Another had problems with substance abuse. The coach in place now has been a first-class representative of the university, but he went 5-7 last year and just lost to Brigham Young. What is this, 1984?

    Please don’t foul this up.

    We realize your to-do list is daunting, and that there are some extraordinarily serious issues on campus that must be dealt with.

    But the fact that after just 10 weeks in office, you were willing to usher Lynn Swann out the door — well, that’s an encouraging sign.

    Not only does the Pac-12 need USC’s football program to thrive, but the conference needs strong overall leadership from the Los Angeles schools.

    They should be leading the way in standard-setting and policy-making.

    Forty-something years ago, when the Pac-8 made the momentous decision to add the Arizona schools, the USC president and UCLA chancellor drove the process. (Here’s the story, if you’re interested.)

    But lately, there has been zero leadership and loads of scandal in Los Angeles.

    Frankly, it’s incomprehensible to us that both schools, so central to the conference’s success, could have so many problems on and off the field/court at the same time.

    Think about the Big Ten if Ohio State and Michigan were both losing games and marred in multiple scandals concurrently.

    Your next athletic director must not only clean up the messes internally and evaluate the football program but also guide the conference, with your blessing, of course, into a crucial stretch.

    Should the Pac-12 take on a strategic partner?

    Should it sell an equity stake in its media rights?

    What’s the strategy for the Tier 1 negotiations in a few years?

    Should commissioner Larry Scott have his contract extended beyond 2022?

    Is expansion a viable option?

    All these questions must be resolved in the next few months and years.

    The conference has a better chance to get it right if USC has a capable athletic director.

    Please don’t muck this up.

    We saw a copy of the letter you received — the one sent last spring from some USC boosters.

    “The bottom line is that the Athletic Department needs new leadership – an outside Athletic Director with no prior connection to the University; someone free from cronyism and conflicting allegiances; a proven manager equipped to chart a new course for the Department.”

    As you’re no doubt aware from your time at North Carolina, college athletics is big business, vital to campus culture and fraught with obstacles.

    And it’s only getting more complicated with issues like Name, Image, Likeness, declines in attendance, concerns over head trauma and football’s future, corruption across college basketball (including your own program) — all that and so much more.

    You cannot hire a former USC football player to run the department.

    You cannot hire a successful businessman/woman to take charge.

    You need someone with a deep understanding of college sports, with experience running a large athletic department and with a background in football operations and administration.

    You need someone who has industry connections to offer advice on legal and compliance issues, to provide a pipeline of administrative talent to fill staff openings and to be a sounding board if the time comes to fire and hire a football coach.

    And to be honest, we’re already worried.

    The pool of candidates in a search of this nature depends, to a large extent, on the process.

    The more secretive, the better, because established athletic directors don’t want their names in the media an their presidents asking questions.

    The fewer the people in the know, the better: The president, the CEO of a search firm and that’s it.

    No search committee interviews, no media leaks, no nothing except alignment on football strategy and department culture and agreement on salary.

    And yet, not only have you appointed an 11-person search committeeit’s like the crowd size at a UCLA football game these days … ba-da-BING!but you’ve named the committee publicly.
    So from the start, your chances of getting it right have been sliced in half and the odds of settling for an unqualified USC alum have soared.

    We’ll end with Einstein, because he was surely thinking of USC when he said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

    Because of internal problems and external challenges — because of what USC means to the Pac-12 — this is the most important hire in the conference in many years.

    Please, please don’t eff it up.

    Sincerely,

    Pac-12 stakeholders and fans
     
  5. Badmattitude

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    I don't get the whole pound metoo
    I never got that whole #metoo concept. I'm a little bit old and don't care about social media. To me it says, "pound me too." Am I the only person to have noticed this?
     
  6. FightOn4Eva

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    Hehehehe...slaps in the face being handed out for free by 101C. Ohh but wait if you act now, you can get a harder Kapishhh...
     
  7. holt7153

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    Urban Derangement Syndrome
     
  8. DaFireMedic

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    “Should commissioner Larry Scott have his contract extended beyond 2022?”

    I very rarely swear anymore, but I almost did when I read this.
     
  9. sc85sis

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    If we can’t get Jim Phillips as USC AD, can we dump Larry and hire Phillips as P12 Commissioner?
     
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    Before Garry passed, he suggested David Baker (Sam Baker's dad) could do a phenomenal job at running the conference.
     
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