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So the USC Trojans beat the Arizona State Sun Devils to bring their season-to-date standing to 6 wins, 4 losses. At least their nose is still above water. The worst possible outcome puts them at .500 for the season, if they lose their last two games against California and UCLA.

Did you hear that USC has a new Athletic Director? Mike Bohn. He has not said whether Clay Helton will keep his job as head football coach. Lynn Swann, the immediate past AD, resigned two days after a decision was made in September to keep Helton on.

Reign of Troy lists five things that the new AD has to do. Number one is “return football to title contention.” Yup.

Reign of Troy expects Helton to be axed, along with much of the rest of the staff in Heritage Hall. Recruiting has to be vastly improved. (At this time, Troy has ten players committed for the 2020 school year according to 247sports.com.) Financial support for the athletic department has to be rejiggered, including rebalancing support for non-football sports. Reign of Troy also is high on financial compensation for student-athletes, as defined by SB 206.

Being able to make money while in college could certainly draw more elite athletes to California. USC needs to herd them to Howard Jones Field.

Next up is an away game at California on Saturday, November 16.

Editor’s note: I do not have a good excuse for falling behind on football coverage — after all, how could I top being snowbound in North Dakota? (More snow this week!)

2019 USC Football Schedule

Date Opponent Kickoff Time Network W/L, Score
Aug. 31 Fresno State 7p PT TV: ESPN Radio: 790 KABC 31-23
Sept. 7 Stanford 7:30 p.m. PT TV: ESPN Radio: 790 KABC 45-20
Sept. 14 at Brigham Young 12:30 p.m. PT TV: ABC or ESPN or ESPN2 Radio: 790 KABC 27-30
Sept. 20 (Fri.) Utah 6 p.m. PT TV: FS1 Radio: 790 KABC 30-23
Sept. 28 at Washington State   Radio: 790 KABC 14-28
Oct. 12 at Notre Dame 4:30p PT TV: NBC Radio: 790 KABC 27-30
Oct. 19 Arizona   Radio: 790 KABC 41-14
Oct. 25 at Colorado 6p PT TV: ESPN2 Radio: 790 KABC 35-31
Nov. 2 Oregon   Radio: 790 KABC 24-56
Nov. 9 Arizona State   Radio: 790 KABC 31-26
Nov. 16 at California   Radio: 790 KABC  
Nov. 23 UCLA   Radio: 790 KABC