Source: USC Pursues Big Names To Replace Clay Helton

My job is to tell you everything I hear.

This came from a high-ranking administation source.

USC has supposedly given Clay Helton until Thursday to find another job, such as at UNLV.

USC has already spoken to Bob Stoops and is making a hard push at Urban Meyer. Those are the top 2 choices.

The delay in an announcement is because it wanted to give Helton some time and had not wrapped up Stoops or Meyer.

Now I’m not saying this is 100 percent what will happen because I do not have a crystal ball. I’m just telling you what a source who has a pretty high position at USC told me.

104 thoughts on “Source: USC Pursues Big Names To Replace Clay Helton

    1. Helton’s buyout likely is reduced $ for $ if he takes another job. I wonder if this idea is Helton’s or the SC admin?

      Seems odd – if you fire a guy in the coaching business, then you fire him. Anybody ever heard of this type of arrangement at a D1 school before?

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      1. Why would he leave $10M on the table to resign and take another job. Why not get canned and look after that? Don’t know the specifics of his contract but him quitting doesn’t make sense. Even Helton is smarter than that.

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      2. 67 –I would LOVE to think it was Helton’s idea —it would restore my belief in humanity….
        #…ButIWonder….
        #..[It’llAllComeOutSoon,Anyway]….

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    2. I’m talking to Helton’s wife and she said that they are not going anywhere. Matter of fact, they are buying a condo in DTLA with the bonus money for making another bowl game this year! She is a Sur la Table shopping for new kitchenware for the condo!

      #FightOnClay #UrbanWho?

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      1. Urban who has won 3 titles you fool! That’s who. Stoops who has won 1 with the okies. Clay has won nothing but a Rosebowl because of Sam Darnold.

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      2. Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very soon! Today is the day to make Jesus Lord and savior of your life! Jesus loves you!!! Yes you!

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      1. Bohn will swing for the fences and we will end up with Urban protege Luke Fickell. We should get Matt Rhule. He knows how to build a program.

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        Revelation 19: 11-16…..verse 11…..Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war….

        I’ll let you all read Revelation verses 12-16 of chapter 19, as homework…..look it up…

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      2. Jesus is coming back soon very soon! The Rapture is imminent! And yes we are coming back with Jesus on white horses at the end of the tribulation! God Bless in Jesus name! Jesus loves you!!!!!!! Revelation 19:10 1:3

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    1. Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very soon! Today is the day to make Jesus Lord and savior of your life! Jesus is the way the truth and the life and the truth will set you free! Jesus is Alive&Well and he’s coming back soon very soon! The Rapture is imminent! Don’t wait too late! Jesus loves you! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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      1. Imminent? My assignment is not yours…do you understand? Probably not. No man knows the day or hour, so your usage of the word “imminent“ is misleading, at best, whether you get it, or not….

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      2. The message is simply to pray to the right God, be ready, not asleep….I don’t want to have this discussion again…

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      3. He is not a God of confusion….it’s best if you comment on your own, not with me….I realize you have wonderful beliefs, many we share….some, we don’t…

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    1. Maybe USC asked him to carry on per usual and he’s letting his agent put out feelers while out and about? Still, if Clay does have a large buyout, the dude should just step away for a year or two.

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      1. Owns, my friend, what could be a bigger endorsement for a school than a soon to be fired HC telling you to STILL go to the school.

        #itsgottabeafirstintheworldofrecruiting

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      2. Arturo –May I try to top your remark? What could be a bigger endorsement for a school than a fired coach (probably, therefore, violating recruiting rules) urging young men to grab at scholarships that the next coach will almost surely not honor…?
        #I’mPrettySureThisIsAFirstOnManyFronts…
        #SomeOfWhichWillBecomeClearerWhenWeAreSanctionedAgain…

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    2. Either way–retained or fired–Gentleman Clay would go out and represent USC professionally, including on the recruiting trail. It’s how you do things at that level. OFF THE FOOTBALL FIELD, he’s represented the School well.

      Most 3 star recruits would snap up a USC offer–great education and maybe a chance to play for the Cardinal and Gold. They also know that if a coaching change occurs BEFORE NLI signing day, they can flip to #2.

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  1. Given this sounds like the best possible solution for everyone, Helton included, being that if this is true USC is trying to let him “gracefully” move on. But, it’s Flow here. So, I’ll believe when it’s all official.

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  2. That’s pretty interesting info. But I suspect the administration is just testing to find the leaker!

    So they’re giving Helton a chance to find another job first? Makes perfect sense to me. It would likely save USC a ton of dough since he resigned instead of being fired. That would be a very dumb move on Gomer’s part!

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    1. Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very soon! The Rapture is imminent you don’t want to be left behind! Today is the day to make Jesus Lord and savior of your life! Jesus loves you!!!!! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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  3. Meaning he gets fired on Thursday regardless of where we’re at with the hiring of a new coach? That doesn’t make sense. No way ever he quits, not with that contract and payout. Talking to Stoops and UM makes sense…shouldn’t those conversations have already occurred?

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  4. I don’t believe it…Helton is supposed to be out looking for a job while he’s recruiting for USC? Scott, as much as I wish it were true, I think you’ve been punk’d….
    Especially now that USC’s recruiting class has risen to #67 on 247 sports, and 70th on Rivals….
    Bohn and Folt cannot turn their backs on CH now that they’ve seen what another 3 Star OL can do for SC’s recruiting rankings…sure, Rivals didn’t even have the guy ranked, but, hey….
    I’m beginning to think that the announcement of Helton’s return will be made on Friday night during the Pac 12 Championship game, or on Saturday during all of the conference championship games….by, then, we’ll all be apathetic and sick of the—Intrigue–and Griese and Herby will congratulate the new dance team at SC for staying the course…

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  5. The only possible way this makes sense is an immediate payout that is less then the value of the the remainder of his contract ($6MM?) and allowance to coach somewhere else. Getting the lump sum and then signing with another school for at or near his present salary would make financial sense. But going to UNLV from USC is a big, big step down. If I’m the agent of CH, I’m calling Washington and FSU.

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    1. Washington hired Jimmy Lake, their DC to replace Petersen…Florida St. thinks they are at least equal in status with the west coast, USC….If you’re FSU and you’re going to look at former SoCal coaches, I would start with Kiffin…Helton? UNLV, Missouri, College of the Moon, who cares….just not at USC…unfortunately, I think SW is getting played…

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      1. College of the Moon? That might be Helton’s destiny. A woman I know has had several dreams about Helton being buried, in an elaborate Guardians of the Galaxy-style ceremony, on the moon…..
        #WhatWillBeWillBe….

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      2. College of the Moon? That would be a doozie of a road trip, not to mention terrific home field advantage.
        Hugs on the Moon? I like it.

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      3. Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very very very soon! Jesus loves you!!!!!!!!!!!! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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    2. Jesus loves you! Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very very soon! Jesus is the way the truth and the life and the truth will set you free! Jesus loves you! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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  6. It’s a money issue.

    I heard a similar thing about encouraging Helton to find another job (but UNLV was not named).

    This is because USC wants to save the buyout money. They don’t want to fire Helton or else they’ll be on the hook for the full amount. If Helton leaves voluntarily then USC doesn’t have to pay it.

    But, it wouldn’t surprise me if Helton does take another HC job but USC quietly pays Helton his buyout, say maybe half of whatever it is.

    #It’sAllAboutTheBenjamins

    #HeltonWouldDoUSCAGreatFavorIfHeFallsOnTheSwordVoluntarilyAndTakesAnotherJob

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  7. 67..in the old days, a coach would get full, immediate payout, regardless of when and where they got the next coaching assignment. Now, the offset (dollar for dollar) is in place and there is no one-time payout–the coach stays on the school’s payroll and gets paid every two weeks. What SW is proposing just doesn’t make sense to me. Possible that Bohn agreed to a partial one-time payment to CH is he got another job quickly but that would be a first. Although, setting a Thursday deadline for a new job is unrealistic…how does he find a job in less then a week? Perhaps this offer was in place right after the UCLA game?

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  8. Bohn will swing for the fences and we will end up with Urban protege Luke Fickell. We should get Matt Rhule. He knows how to build a program.

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  9. Sounds promising, except for one thing: Giving Helton until Thursday to find another job is suspicious. First, with his buyout he could take as long as he wants to find another position. Second, if Helton was given until Thursday to pursue another coaching position, why would he continue recruiting during this important period. Shouldn’t he be having discussions with other football programs. Finally, when a person is terminated, especially senior-level employees, they get an exit package and get escorted out the door just as Steve Sarkisian, Lynn Swann and Lane Kiffin were. Again, the idea that CH has a extraordinarily short grace period to find another job is ludicrous.

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    1. No, Pudly is not a fan of Clay. He chooses not to criticize the village idiot, but that doesn’t mean Pudly is a fan of Helton. And Pudly definitely likes to jack around those who do crap on Helton.

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  10. I’m not buying any of this story, because UNLV has their eyes set on Oregon’s offensive coordinator, Marcus Arroyo . And why would Clay Helton be in any hurry to find a job, he has $15 plus million reasons to take time off , and be selective next year. Although I doubt if any athletic director will be knocking on his door, because he had all the resources in the world at USC for four years, and accomplished—> NOTHING!!! with the team he put together

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    1. Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very very very soon! Don’t wait too late! Today is the day to make Jesus Lord and savior of your life! Jesus loves you! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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  11. Yea, FB. In CFB, substandard coaches are like financial markets. They’re self-correcting. For example, Kiffin became an assistant after his head coaching stint at SC, then he landed a HC job at FAU, a non-Power 5 institution. Sarkisian’s career and many other subpar HCs have followed a similar trajectory. If CH gets a head coaching job it will more than likely be at a non-Power 5 school, but chances are he will be an assistant somewhere.

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    1. Jesus loves you! Only Jesus saves and he’s coming back soon very soon! The Rapture is imminent! Today is the day to make Jesus Lord and savior of your life! Jesus loves you!!!!!!!!!! John 3:16 Acts 4:12

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    1. Yes, it would be a money grab, but Stoops would hire good coordinators, the team would be disciplined, and the best players would be on the field.

      I’d prefer Matt Rhule to Stoops. Took Baylor from 1-11 to 11-1 in 2 years.

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  12. This sounds like what Maya tweeted on Sunday.
    USC is going to fire CH.
    It COULD come by Monday, but it did not.
    Meyer is their top choice, but they are in talks with other coaches in case Meyer declines.

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    1. Who? All the people that benefit from Helton staying are the ones who leak this stuff to reporters and apparently random bloggers. There’s a whole bunch of people who are going to have the little fiefdoms they’ve carved out over the last 10 years snatched away from them if a powerful coach is brought in. It’s a survival strategy. If they were going to keep him they’d have said they were keeping him when this whole thing started.

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  13. Just for fun……if the contract allows USC to subtract any salary earned by Helton at another school from his buyout……..if the buyout is so small that Helton feels he still needs to work……if the buyout was reduced on a date certain……..if USC admin has been given the ok by the BOT to open the checkbook for a new staff……..
    This all makes sense.

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  14. Come on man, SC for life. Graduated in 1983. No more fucking hashtags, Helton, regardless of his buy out amount, leaves for sure and Troy, we need a rock star coach. Recruiting is paramount.
    recruit

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    1. Helton is garbage, but the recruiting ranking is so low because they only have 12 available scholarships and are almost exclusively targeting lineman & DBs. Lineman & DBs are sexy like skill position players. Don’t forget they’ve got another 5 star WR in McCoy who as redshirt freshman becomes eligible next year.

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  15. “Members of the team were informed Tuesday by administration that Helton would be returning but to expect changes to the coaching staff.”

    Sounds bizarre – they are going into a bowl game, and the players are being told that at least some of the coaching staff will be fired?

    In any case, they tried this exact strategy this year. Didn’t work. Without Slovis, it would have been a 6-6 year.

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    1. With out Helton they very well may have beaten everyone on their schedule. They did not play a single team that had players better than the ones they have.

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  16. I’m an idiot, I’ll readily admit that. That said, how in the hell do you create a commenter account on this thing? The only things my dumbass has come across are about how to register “my blog” on the WordPress thing. I’m sure it’s wildly simple, but I’d still appreciate the help.

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    1. Go somewhere else. This thing is a piece of shit. 10 pissed off dudes ragging about the coach. You’d be better off selling or smoking meth just like those 10 pissed off dudes.

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