USC Football: 3 possible candidates to replace Clay Helton

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USC football could soon be looking for their fourth head coach since 2010. An overtime loss to BYU could open that door to a coaching search.

At the end of the 2018 season, most Trojan fans expected Clay Helton to be handed his walking papers, but instead, USC decided to retain him, which in return resulted in the firing of offensive coordinator Tee Martin.

USC’s 2019 season was wrote off pretty early, not because of schedule strength or a weakening Pac-12 Conference, but merely because of the retirement of Urban Meyer. Media quickly moved in to create the perfect Cinderella story. A story of the Trojans falling face first, Helton being fired, and Urban Meyer coming out of retirement for the second time in his career to take the reins of SoCal.

After Week 1, that story looked to be very plausible. The Trojans struggled to secure a victory over Fresno State and to top it off, starting quarterback JT Daniels got injured. The season was over.


Backup QB, Kedon Slovis, leads the Trojans to a twenty-five point victory over No. 23 Stanford. Maybe USC just needed a change under center?

Yeah, never mind.

BYU comes in hot off a victory over Tennessee and takes USC to overtime. The Trojans fall short in Provo. To put the icing on the cake, USC’s promising victory from the week prior doesn’t look so promising. Stanford goes into Spectrum Stadium and loses to Orlando’s powerhouse, No. 17 UCF.

So, it makes you wonder. With Lynn Swann’s resignation from the AD position and USC football’s continuous unfortunate events, will Helton survive the year? It’s not looking too good. The following undefeated teams remain on the Trojans’ schedule: Utah, Notre Dame, Arizona State, and Cal. Along with those, match-ups against impressive Colorado and Oregon squads.

If things continue south for the Trojans and Coach Helton is canned, then who will USC turn to?

Here are my top three candidates.

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