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USC Coaching Staff: Grading the Clay Helton hire


The grades are out for the Bo Davis and Tim Drevno hires and now it’s time to turn our attention to offensive coordinator Clay Helton.

When Steve Sarkisian was hired at USC, interim coach Ed Orgeron resigned, and Helton was given the interim tag for the Las Vegas Bowl.

Leading up to the game there was plenty of speculation that Helton was a candidate for other offensive coordinator positions, namely Florida’s, and it appeared unlikely Sarkisian would hire Helton onto his new staff.

Around the third quarter of the Trojans’ rout of Fresno State, reports surfaced that Sarkisian would indeed hire Helton.

When Lane Kiffin was fired and Helton was truly handed the keys to the offense, the Trojans averaged 31.7 points per game en route to a 7-2 finish to the season.

Through five games under Kiffin in 2013, the Trojans averaged 26 points per game.

Helton brought a refreshing perspective to the offense, and appeared to trust his playmakers more than Kiffin may have.

However, Helton also had his fair share of both frustrating and perplexing play calls.

Working under another head coach with an offensive background, it remains to be seen how involved in the play calling will be in 2014.

Helton will also work as the quarterbacks coach.

Final Grade: B+

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