USC fires Clay Helton after embarrassing loss to Stanford

LOS ANGELES — South­ern Cal­i­for­nia fired foot­ball coach Clay Hel­ton on Mon­day, two games into his sev­enth sea­son in charge.

Ath­let­ic direc­tor Mike Bohn made the move two days after an embar­rass­ing 42–28 home loss to Stan­ford that dropped the Tro­jans (1–1, 0–1 Pac-12) out of the AP Top 25.

Donte Williams, the Tro­jans’ cor­ner­backs coach and asso­ciate head coach, is tak­ing over as head coach. Williams, a Los Ange­les-area native and the first Black head coach in USC foot­ball his­to­ry, joined the pro­gram in 2020 and has played a major role in the Tro­jans’ sig­nif­i­cant recruit­ing advance­ments over the past two cycles.

USC vis­its Wash­ing­ton State this week­end for its road opener.

Hel­ton went 46–24 dur­ing his improb­a­ble tenure in charge of a long­time West Coast college …


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