As much as I question Haden's selection.....a part of me thinks Helton as Head Coach was jammed down Pat Haden's throat. Remember, Haden was previously targeting at the "Sark/Petersen for HC"level a few years earlier. After Cutty Sark drunk firing debaucle....clean-rep Helton was named interim coach.....similar to Donte is today....only as a placemarker. Later, selecting Helton months as Full Time HC "out of the blue" seems like a knee jerk directive to Pat Haden from President Nikias who was awash in scandals....some of them (Med School Dean and OBGyn) due to Nikias' own lack of action/oversight.....which is why he is gone now. Nikias has his fingerprints all over the Helton hire.....a panic move....to easily "clean up" one of his messes. Not a football decision.....but purely "optics" on behalf of USC "Image". Renewing Helton is 100% on Lynn Swann.....what a dumbshit maneuver......Swann could not have been that stupid.....but Lynn's gone also.
Let's get this hiring right....this time. We have the right people doing the search....and have learned a lot.