One thing to remember when you read a Clay Helton that describes him as “gentlemanly” or a decent man of character: Helton has fired 13 assistant coaches at USC.
That is not the work of a man of character.
If you want to sympathize with Helton over the fact there was a false report he was being fired, just remember he has actually fired 13 people.
Clay Helton is a multi-millionaire and set for life, whether he gets fired or not. Whatever pain he endures, he fired 13 coaches. Blamed others. Passed the buck.
It’s hard to feel sorry for such a slippery figure.