It’s an interesting thing about Clay Helton, because he has this media image that he is Mr. Nice Guy.
But if you talk to people that coach under him, they say if you want to thrive at USC, you need to constantly kiss up to Helton or he will write you off.
That’s relevant because some at USC have been deemed surplus to requirements amid questions about whether they properly sucked up to the boss.
Why did two people leave the recruiting dept.? Because they worked tirelessly and didn’t get promoted or a raise but someone who constantly buttered up Helton got rewarded instead.
Try to find an assistant coach loyal to him as a person: They’ve all been fired (14 in total).
Remember, he told the strength coach he did a great job in early December and then fired him two days before Christmas.
I’ve mentioned a staffer who worked with Helton for at least half a decade and then went to work at another college. They ran into each other at a USC event a couple years later and Helton told the person, “Who are you? I don’t remember you.”
Then there was the employee who worked closely as an aide to Helton and said, “Never got a thank you. A Christmas card. A Christmas gift. Other coaches did that.”