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USC OC Clay Helton will coach Trojans in bowl game

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USC fired former head coach Lane Kiffin in late September, installed defensive line coach Ed Orgeron as its interim head coach and just hired Washington’s Steve Sarkisian as its permanent head coach.

But with Orgeron moving on to other opportunities and Sarkisian still getting his feet wet, there’s still the matter of who will be left to coach the 9-4 Trojans in their bowl game.

USC athletic director Pat Haden solved that issue on Tuesday when he announced that current offensive coordinator Clay Helton would serve as the team’s coach — the interim interim, if you will — for whatever bowl it goes to. Sarkisian will likely observe and stay out of most day-to-day preparations.

Helton is in his fourth season as USC quarterbacks coach and first as offensive coordinator. USC is looking for its first bowl victory since 2009.

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8 Responses to “USC OC Clay Helton will coach Trojans in bowl game”
  1. arrogantnation says: Dec 4, 2013 1:06 AM

    Fight on and get that 10 win season Clay!

  2. nashvilletrojan says: Dec 4, 2013 1:33 AM

    Fight On Clay!

    I feel sorry for those young men who bought into Orgeron’s “family” schtick only to see him have a hissy fit and desert them.

    Coach O….You’ve let your “boys” down worse than Kiffin ever did. Hopefully other AD’s will take notice and not even consider you for future employment. Hopefully, when you’re sitting in a kids living room trying to recruit, a parent will remember this hypocrisy.

  3. omniusprime says: Dec 4, 2013 8:51 AM

    Bad move by Orgeron not to stick with the team for the bowl game, he really needed to act like an adult instead of a Spoiled Child. I wish Clay and the Trojans a successful bowl game and hopefully a pretty good one.

  4. addict2sport says: Dec 4, 2013 9:48 AM

    I see both sides. Technically, O did leave them hanging. But at same time, Haden dogged him out. Hard to blame him for leaving. Especially while Sark was going to begin team meetings. What was O supposed to do, wait in other room? All bad for the players, no matter how you look at it. It falls on Haden.

  5. sfsugator says: Dec 4, 2013 11:39 AM

    I don’t care just happy to see these guys back in a bowl game and potentially get a 10 win season after this circus of a season with all the coaching changes. We have had 4 different head coaches this year if you count sark coming in. Smh

  6. ajarkoski says: Dec 4, 2013 2:42 PM

    It would have been a classy move for O to stick it out and man up to his word and be a good example. He doesn’t have a job. Bad move. Shows the team that it is everyone for themself. He was given an opportunity and blew it in my opinion.

  7. chinahand11 says: Dec 4, 2013 3:01 PM

    Not a biggie, but Haden is really responsible for the latest messes by USC. He hired Kiffin. He basically fired Orgeron from HC position. Sark is going to run team meetings, with O hanging around in the background like the ignored King Lear?

    Just a little mess, and people will forget about it if USC wins. If not, Sark AND Haden on the hot seat and O somewhere quietly smiling as these message boards light up.

  8. craigmaitland says: Dec 4, 2013 10:27 PM

    Not that it matters, but why this guy even for one game? USCs o has been a complete joke all yr.

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