|September 17, 2021|
USC Trojans make change in leadership, football coach Clay Helton handed pink slip
LOS ANGELES - Southern California football coach Clay Helton has been fired, athletic director Mike Bohn announced Monday.
The decision comes two days after the Trojans, who came into the season with conference-title aspirations, were embarrassed in a 42-28 home defeat to Stanford.
"As I committed to upon my arrival at USC, during the past two off-seasons we provided every resource necessary for our football program to compete for championships," Bohn said in a statement announcing the dismissal. "The added resources carried significantly increased expectations for our team's performance, and it is already evident that, despite the enhancements, those expectations would not be met without a change in leadership."
Donte Williams will serve as the interim head coach. Williams joined the USC staff in 2020 as the cornerbacks coach and defensive pass game coordinator and was elevated to associate head coach after last season, ESPN reported.
Helton had been with the program since 2010.
Story Date: September 14, 2021