Why would anyone be surprised at this point? Is there any evidence to suggest that Coach Helton has learned anything from his past (and ongoing) failure to field an elite-level team? He hasn't even learned enough to say he's pissed off about performances like last night. Performances like that just bead up and roll off his back. "We'll look at the film and do better." "Can't wait until November." "Credit to [the team that just kicked our asses]; they outplayed us and were better prepared."
Contrast that with Pete Carroll's attitude. In his second game as coach, his team lost 10-6 to a much better, and ranked, Kansas State team and had a good chance to win at the end. In response to praise from the press about the moral victory, Carroll said, in essence, "Fuck that. I'm pissed we lost." That's when I started to like the guy. Until then, I was among those who thought of him as fifth-choice Carroll.
Clay Helton fun fact: He has never gotten a team through September without a loss, except in 2020.
My disgust is aimed at not just Helton and his staff but also at those who enable it to happen -- Coach Bohn, Coach Folt, and the BOT. They can't all be blind or indifferent, can they? And if money is the only true God to them, how can they not see the short- and long-term negative financial effects of their decisions to leave Helton in place? But again, as disgusted as I am, I'm not surprised. I'll give Bohn the benefit of the doubt. I think he knows Helton is a loser but can't make a move without the authority of his superiors who have different agendas. The administration, to me, is only concerned with the school's D.I.E. score and raising money for the next new building on campus.
At this point, "Consistent Pac-12 South contender" is the upside of SC football. It took a lot of people but only 10 years to bring us to that point, and you have to believe the result is not an accident, it was the plan. Take a bow, Haden. Take a victory lap, Swann. Do something or resign, Coach Bohn.