by Steve Bisheff
Of all the calls Steve Sarkisian has made in his still-brief career as USC’s head coach, this is the best one.
His decision to relinquish the play-calling duties, allowing offensive coordinator Clay Helton to assume that task, demonstrates a measure of growth and maturity that had been missing as recently as a week ago.
The fact that Sarkisian’s announcement comes only seven days after his now-infamous incident at Salute to Troy makes the timing of this somewhat suspicious. Was this part of an edict laid down by USC athletic director Pat Haden in the aftermath of his head coach’s erratic behavior at that event?
We’ll probably never know. But of this much we can be assured: The Trojans should be a better balanced, more prepared football team now.