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USC football program fires head coach Clay Helton

Clay Helton fired

The University of Southern California football program has officially fired head coach Clay Helton. Helton had been the head coach at USC since 2015. He was let go just two games into the 2021 season, after a record of 1-1.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the news via Twitter on Monday.

Helton and the USC Trojans lost to Stanford 42-28 in Week 2 of the college football season, leading to his firing. In his six seasons (plus change) as the USC head coach, Helton had a record of 46-24 overall, with a record of 36-13 in the PAC-12.

He made four bowl games during his time in Southern California, going 1-3 in those contests. His biggest win was a 2016 Rose Bowl win as the third ranked AP Poll team. In 2020, the team was ranked for the first time since 2017, ending with a ranking of 21 in both the AP and Coach’s Poll.

The Trojans will now look for an interim head coach to replace Helton.

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College Football Week 3 News and Notes September 24, 2021 at 1:10 pm

[…] two games into the season, USC has decided to fire head coach Clay Helton. He was 46-24 in his time with the team. Associate head coach Donte Williams will be the interim […]


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