Clay Helton is no longer the head coach of the USC Trojans, according to a statement released by the university on September 13. After a humiliating 42-28 home loss to Stanford, Helton was fired, ending a more than a decade-long relationship with the university. Helton was in his seventh season with the Trojans in 2021/22, but after just two games, he’ll have to look for a new team. Donte Williams, associate head coach and defensive pass game coordinator, has been named interim coach while the university searches for a replacement.
As football teams struggle to find success, Helton’s high-profile firing is just one of many this year. Doug Marrone was fired by the Jacksonville Jaguars after his 15th consecutive loss in January. That came just a day after Adam Gase was fired by the New York Jets after only two years in charge. Jim Caldwell was fired from the Detroit Lions in November 2020 after the team’s fourth double-digit loss in five weeks.
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The Trojans, like the Jets, Lions, and Jaguars, appear to be struggling. Since 2017, he has a 19-14 record, which falls far short of the university’s аnd fаns’ lofty expectаtions for the Trojаns. Mike Bohn, the university’s аthletics director, stаted thаt “those expectаtions could not be met without а chаnge in leаdership.”