USC Fires Head Coach Clay Helton

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USC has fired head football coach Clay Helton on Monday after the team’s 42-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday.

Athletic director Mike Bohn confirmed the decision on Twitter on Monday:

Helton, 49, took over as the team’s interim head coach in 2015 for the fired Steve Sarkisian, leading the Trojans to a 5-4 mark the rest of that season. During that campaign the interim tag was removed and Helton was given the full-time job following an extensive coaching search.

The Trojans have gone 45-24 under Helton since 2015, winning one Pac-12 title under his watch. USC played in the Pac-12 title game last season, losing to Oregon, 31-24. Oregon was only in the game after North Division winner Washington had to abandon the game for COVID-19 reasons.

But the final straw for USC was reportedly Saturday’s blowout loss, a disappointing result for a Trojans team loaded with talent that came into the 2021 season with high expectations:

Associate head coach, cornerbacks coach and defensive pass game coordinator Donte Williams has been promoted to interim head coach.

As for potential replacements, Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports speculated on some names USC could look into when it fires a full-time replacement for Helton after the season:

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