USC sent out a press release (below) announcing that Clay Helton would call plays the rest of the season and offensive line coach Neil Callaway was fired.
Callaway was doing a horrible job and clashed for offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, among others. But the timing is crazy. The offensive line stunk for several years and Helton suddenly makes a change with four games left?
This all reeks of desperation and probably was spurred by with athletic director Lynn Swann or administrator Steve Lopes.
Helton is now a man who will probably do anything to save his job.
Martin has no option now but to leave after the season. He has been angry for two seasons that Helton (and his brother) helped call plays but Clay Helton would neve admit, which made Martin the scapegoat when the offense struggled.
Only naive Internet writers clung to the belief Martin called all the plays. Now Helton finally made it official that he will call the plays.
At the end of the day, these are not significant moves. Callaway was expected to retire anyways.
It bears all the characteristics of a clueless coach who doesn’t know how to exist without Sam Darnold.