USC fired coach Clay Helton on Monday just two days after their double-digit lost against Stanford. Helton was two games into his seventh season as the Trojans' coach.
"This afternoon, I informed Clay Helton of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program," said USC athletic director Mike Bohn in a statement. "Clay is one of the finest human beings I have ever met in this industry, and he has been a tremendous role model and mentor to our young men. We appreciate his many years of service to our university and wish him nothing but the very best. Consistent with our values as an institution, he deserves the utmost respect from the Trojan Family during this transition."
Helton had been at USC since 2010 as a quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. For now, associate head coach Donte Williams is set to serve as USC’s interim coach.