There is widespread speculation that Urban Meyer will be the next head coach at USC. In fact, Mark May believes it’s basically a done deal.
He’s felt that way ever since Meyer took a job with Fox Sports.
“His wife has been measuring for drapes with a tape measurer in Clay Helton’s office the last few weeks,” May joked on The DA Show. “Why does a guy, Urban Meyer – where he already worked for us at ESPN when I was at ESPN, he’s been there a couple years, he knows the situation, how to work through ESPN and their policies and procedures, and he knows all the producers and directors and he’s got a familiarity there and he’s only an hour-and-a-half flight from there – and he decides to go a three-hour flight from Columbus to L.A.”
Hmm, very interesting…
“He’s coached at Utah, he’s recruited California, he knows how to recruit that area, his studio is less than 40 minutes from USC’s campus and he can go to high school games every Thursday and Friday night when he’s in Southern California,” May said. “The writing is on the wall, unfortunately, for Clay Helton unless they run the table and get to the Rose Bowl this year, and I don’t think that’s going to happen. I can almost guarantee you that’s the job he’s going to take. If you look at his track record, he doesn’t go to a place that doesn’t have a good quarterback that’s already established.”
Helton went 10-3 and 11-3 in 2016 and 2017, but he went 5-7 last season. This year, he is 3-1 and very much on the hot seat.
“Once he took that job (at Fox Sports), that was the first thing that I had in my mind,” May said of Meyer taking over at USC. “Why are you taking that job? Because you know the situation that Clay Helton is under. You know that USC is a great place to coach. You know that they’ve got a great heritage and a great history there, and you know that you can draw players there. They’ve got like four quarterbacks that can play major college football apparently.”
That includes Kedon Slovis, Matt Fink and J.T. Daniels.
“He’s going to step into a situation where he’s going to be solid at the quarterback position and he’s got some great athletes at the skill positions,” May said. “All he’s got to do is get a good recruiting class under him. It’s the same thing he did at Ohio State. It’s almost a turnkey operation.”
D.A. wondered if Meyer’s decision to work in USC’s backyard was out of bounds, especially given the pressure Clay Helton is under.
“That’s what coaches do,” May said. “Think about it. If you look at all the good coaches throughout history, that’s kind of what they do. They go around if they’re relieved or out of coaching for a year or two, they find a great place that they would like to be dialed into that they think it could have success at, and they find a way to get in with the alumni or the program or the athletic director. I live in the Southwest in Arizona, where a lot of USC alumni are at. That’s all they’re clamoring about right now is getting Urban Meyer as their head coach.”