By the third quarter of Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl, the Los Angeles Daily news was reporting Clay Helton would be retained by USC.
Moments after the Trojans won their 10th game of the season, the Los Angeles Times reported they too learned Helton would be retained.
Helton served as the offensive coordinator of the Memphis Tigers from 2007-2009. Although he was given the title of offensive coordinator at USC, it was primarily in name only up until Lane Kiffin was fired.
When Ed Orgeron took over, Helton was truly given the play-calling keys and the offense grew.
Helton’s play calling suggested he trusted Cody Kessler more than Kiffin did and the quarterback responded.
Javorius Allen also exploded onto the scene under Helton’s watch, but his emergence was aided by the work that running backs coach Tommie Robinson has done.
With Helton at the controls, the Trojans averaged 31.78 points per game.
Helton had been rumored to be a candidate for the offensive coordinator position at Florida, which may have influenced Sarkisian and USC’s decision to expedite their decision.
Retaining Helton moved Sarkisian one step closer to completing his staff, with the elephant in the room being the defensive coordinator position.
Sarkisian has also yet to announce if he will retain Robinson and special teams coach John Baxter.
It is currently unclear what Helton’s position will be.