Clay Helton out at USC: 2021-22 College Football Coaching Carousel

Clay Helton

The Clay Helton era at USC ended on Monday, with USC firing him after the Trojans lost to Stanford in blowout fashion.

USC (1-1) started the Pac-12 slate with a 42-28 loss to Stanford. That was enough for USC athletic director Mike Bohn, who pulled the trigger on a coaching change on Monday.

Helton served as the interim head coach USC on two occasions — first after the resignation of another interim head coach, Ed Orgeron, and second after the leave of absence of Steve Sarkisian.

Oddly enough, Orgeron is now at LSU and Sarkisian is now at Texas.

This is the second head-coaching change since the start of the 2021 season. UConn and Randy Edsall parted ways before Labor Day.

Helton became the full-time head coach in 2015 and finished his career with a record of 46-24, highlighted by a Rose Bowl victory to cap the 2016 season. In 2017 the Trojans finished 11-3 and won their only Pac-12 title under Helton.

Speculation has already started circling around Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell and former Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, who is in retirement and is currently an analyst for Fox Sports’ college football coverage.

The 2021 College Football America Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.

2021-22 FBS Coaching Changes

USC: Clay Helton (fired on Sept. 13, Donte Williams to serve as interim head coach).

UConn: Randy Edsall (left program Sept. 6, Lou Spanos to serve as interim head coach).

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