Coaching Carousel: First Power 5 head coach fired of 2021 season
Clay Helton is out at USC.
Monday afternoon, the school released a statement saying it was making a change within the football program. USC athletic director Mike Bohn released a statement on the decision to terminate Helton.
— Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) September 13, 2021
“This afternoon I informed Clay Helton of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program,” the statement said. “Clay is one of the finest human beings I have 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 was the head coach at USC starting in 2015. The Trojans were 46-24 during his time, hitting double-digit win totals twice. Last year, USC finished with a 5-1 record and won the Pac-12 South.
The decision comes after USC suffered a 42-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday. The Trojans currently sit at 1-1 on the 2021 season. They travel to Washington State this weekend.