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USC fires head football coach Clay Helton

USC head coach Clay Helton talks about ‘juggling’ several roles during his time at USC as he speaks to reporters at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media day in Los Angeles Thursday, July 14, 2016. Helton was fired by the Trojans on Monday.
USC head coach Clay Helton talks about ‘juggling’ several roles during his time at USC as he speaks to reporters at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media day in Los Angeles Thursday, July 14, 2016. Helton was fired by the Trojans on Monday.
Reed Saxon, AP

The annual college football coaching carousel has already begun, and the news Monday is at the biggest program in the Pac-12 Conference.

USC Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn announced that he has fired head coach Clay Helton just two games into the season. The Trojans are 1-1, but they were considered the favorite to win the Pac-12 South Division and their win in the season opener over San Jose State was closer than expected.

They then got beat soundly by a Stanford Cardinal team last Saturday that looked bad in its own season opener against Kansas State.

In truth, Helton has been thought to be on the hot seat for quite sometime, as he entered this season with only a 45-23 overall record and one Rose Bowl appearance, rather poor by the standards of the USC program.

Associate head coach Donte Williams has been elevated to interim head coach.

The Utah Utes will face the Trojans on Oct. 9 in Los Angeles, and the BYU Cougars will face them Nov. 27, also in Los Angeles.