Clay Helton has been off to a terrific start to his football career post-USC. The former USC football head coach and current Georgia Southern head coach not only dominated Morgan State 59-7 in his first game with the Eagles last week, but he also just beat blue blood (or maybe former blue blood) Nebraska in his Week 2 matchup. 45-42 was the final score.
Nebraska should not EVER, in ANY universe, lose to Georgia Southern. Especially when their head coach, Scott Frost, won a disputed National Title at Group of Five UCF. Not to mention, Frost is a legendary Nebraska alum who won a National Title as the starting QB there. He's a perfect fit, but has struggled mightily there.
Entering this year, he was 15-29 as the head coach for the Cornhuskers. Entering this week, he was just 1-1 on the season with an upset loss to Northwestern. Who would have thought before the season started that Helton, at Georgia Southern, could be the one to get the Huskers to pull the plug on Frost? Not many, and that just might be what happens.
Clay Helton has so far been objectively killing it since he was fired by the USC football program.
Clay Helton took the Georgia Southern job not long after he was fired by USC football, which raised many eyebrows. While Helton was mediocre overall at USC, he still won a Rose Bowl and finished in the top three in the country one year. The next, he won the Pac-12 in an 11-win season. He could have gotten a better job than Georgia Southern if he had waited until the season ended for better jobs to open up.
Clearly, he saw something in the program, however, that led to him wanting to get over there quickly and begin the process of building them up right away. He's done an exceptional job at that, too, passing each test so far this season. While Morgan State is an FCS team, he was supposed to dominate them and did. And again, Georgia Southern should NEVER beat Nebraska, yet Helton did.
Both USC and Helton are thriving since they parted ways. USC is also 2-0, beating their two opponents by a combined score of 105-42. It appears that the move to part ways with Helton was best for both parties. Hopefully, both sides continue to excel in what they do on their opposite sides of the country.