Southern California fires Clay Helton

Embattled Southern California coach Clay Helton was fired on Monday.The dismissal comes two days after the then-No. 14 Trojans were pummeled 42-28 by Stanford.”This afternoon I informed Clay Helton of my decision to make a change in the leadership of our football program,” athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. “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.”Donte Williams will serve as interim head coach.Helton went 46-24 at USC, including seasons of 10-3 in 2016 and 11-3 in 2017.However, the Trojans are just 19-14 since the end of the 2017 season and Saturday’s loss signaled to Bohn, who became athletic director 22 months ago, that action was needed.”As I committed to upon my arrival at USC, during the past two offseasons we provided every resource necessary for our football program to compete for championships,” Bohn said. “The added resources carred 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.”Former USC stars Keyshawn Johnson and Matt Leinart were among the ex-players expressing their anger after the loss to Stanford.