Depending on who you talk to, Clay Helton will either be fired this weekend or return for next season. Someone called me today and said James Franklin will be hired.
Just a warning: A lot of things can happen that contradict each other.
When USC hired Lane Kiffin in 2010, it sent a contract to Jack Del Rio. Did that mean it wanted to hire Del Rio? Not necessarily but it wanted to see how serious he was about taking the job.
So if USC reached out to James Franklin or whoever, it doesn’t mean they are offering him the job. It might not even mean he will take the job. It is a step.
Remember in 1996, USC offered the job to Lou Holtz. When he eventually turned it down, USC retained John Robinson.
So you could have said that November that USC wanted to fire John Robinson and hire Lou Holtz. And neither happened.
Same thing right now. USC might want to replace Clay Helton but a lot of things can happen and most that are written are untrue.