Hernández: USC's historic loss wasn't the miracle Donte Williams needed at the Coliseum

Hernández: USC's historic loss wasn't the miracle Donte Williams needed at the Coliseum

9/26/2021 2:48:00 PM

Hernández: USC's historic loss wasn't the miracle Donte Williams needed at the Coliseum

With USC presumably looking for a big-name coach, the assumption was that Donte Williams had to perform a miracle to remove the interim label from his job description.

AdvertisementExcept the X’s and O’s weren’t the only problems.He also fumbled Jaxson Dart’s situation.A true freshman, Dart was spectacular in his college debut a week earlier, leading the Trojans to a comeback victory at Washington State after Slovis was knocked out of the game. Dart was noticeably limping during and after the game, but Williams downplayed the injury and continued to do so in the days that followed.

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But on Thursday, 247 Sports reported that Dart underwent an operation to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.AdvertisementWilliams was evasive on Saturday night when questioned about when he learned Dart required surgery.“You know what?” Williams said. “I didn’t really know. It was kind of something, he played the whole game. So with the injury he had, he played the whole game last week. So, we actually didn’t think that it was nothing too bad, and then next thing you know, he needed a small procedure, and it will be week to week.”

Injured USC quarterback Jaxson Dart walks off the Coliseum field after the Trojans’ 45-27 loss to Oregon State.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)Asked when Dart’s knee was repaired, Williams replied, “I don’t know off the top of my head right now.”Advertisement headtopics.com

If that’s true, he was clueless about the program’s future cornerstone, a quarterback who played well enough to start a quarterback controversy.What’s more likely is that Williams denied knowing the details because he didn’t want to admit he purposely misled the public about Dart’s condition. But that’s also problematic. By not ruling out Dart, Williams forced Slovis to listen to speculation and answer questions about how he could lose his job. In this case, the downside of the confusion over who would start clearly outweighed the benefits of keeping the Beavers guessing.

In light of Dart’s operation, Williams was asked whether he questioned his decision to leave the 18-year-old in for the entire game. Dart was visibly hobbled after he was hit late in the first half.“No,” Williams replied. “It was already done and, like I said, it was minor. So it will still be week to week.”

AdvertisementSo, he didn’t know when Dart had surgery, but he knew exactly when his meniscus was damaged and to what degree? Riiiiight.For what it’s worth, Williams pledged the team would improve.“It will all get fixed,” he said. “I promise you that.”

At the same time, he sounded as if he didn’t entirely grasp what was expected of him and his team.Advertisement“I don’t know how many games there were today, but I’m assuming there were about 50,” Williams said. “And 25 teams lost. We just happened to be one of them.” headtopics.com

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USC isn’t any other team, however. A coach at Oregon State, or even UCLA, can say something like that. A coach at USC can’t. Read more: Los Angeles Times »

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