USC senior right tackle Kevin Graf confirmed reports that offensive coordinator Clay Helton will be the Trojans’ interim head coach heading into the upcoming bowl game in place of former interim Ed Orgeron, who handed in a letter of resignation today.
Graf spoke to reporters following the team’s meeting with new head coach Steve Sarkisian.
According to Graf, Sarkisian will be around during bowl preparation, but he will take a back seat and let the current staff handle the coaching between now and the offseason.
Clay Helton becomes the third head coach for USC this season. He started the year as the offensive coordinator, though that role was more as an assistant to Lane Kiffin who controlled the offense. With Kiffin ousted, Helton took sole control of the offensive side of the ball. Now that Orgeron has left the team to return to his family in New Orleans, Helton has once again seen his role expand, albeit for a short time.
Orgeron, who was in the running for the head coaching position after leading the Trojans to a 6-2 record as the interim, resigned in response to the Sarkisian hire.
USC will find out their bowl destination next week. Most bowl projections have the Trojans heading to Las Vegas to face Fresno State in the Vegas Bowl on December 21st.