Who should Clay Helton tap to take over as USC football’s offensive coordinator in 2019? Five candidates, from big names to hidden gems, stand out.
With Tee Martin shown the door on Tuesday, USC football is now officially on the market for a new offensive coordinator. And Clay Helton will need to find a good one to deliver the turnaround promised after a 5-7 season.
Lack of ambition drawing in assistant coaches has been an issue for Helton during his time at USC, but now is the time to change that. Most of all, the head coach needs to land an OC who will help restore the faith of fans in the program.
Here are some names Helton should pursue to run USC’s offense in 2019:
Texas Tech fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury after the Red Raiders went 5-7 in 2018. The sixth-year head coach may not succeeded in Lubbock in the end, but he is now without a doubt the top offensive coordinator on the market.
Over the last five years, Kingsbury’s offenses at Texas Tech have ranked no less than No. 26 in S&P+. That’s with recruiting class ranked no higher than 32nd in the 247Sports composite.
He identified three-star quarterback Patrick Mahomes and fostered him on his way to being a Top 10 NFL draft pick. That’s after he passed for 11,252 yards and 93 touchdowns at the college level.
Kingsbury’s spread with Trojan athletes would be a sight to behold, especially if he could get the most out of JT Daniels. USC fans got a taste of what a pass-heavy attack could look like early against Notre Dame and in the Washington State game, two of Daniels’ best performances of the year.
USC hasn’t had the tendency to go after such high profile figures to fill coaching vacancies, but what better time than now to finally make a splash. Helton would prove a lot of doubters wrong if he could pull Kingsbury in.