USC plans to retain its coordinator
Published: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:19 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:19 p.m.
It appears Gator fans can scratch off Southern California interim head coach Clay Helton from the list of possible offensive coordinators at Florida.
Although Florida coach Will Muschamp has not given any indication that Helton, USC’s offensive coordinator who guided the Trojans to a 45-20 win Saturday over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl, is one of his candidates, the Gainesville native has topped speculation lists since former Gator offensive coordinator Brent Pease was fired Dec. 1.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that Helton will be retained by new coach Steve Sarkisian.
Helton filled the one-game gap between coaches Ed Orgeron and Sarkisian on the coaching carousel with the Trojans, who began the season under Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was fired in late September, and Orgeron revived the program with a 6-2 finish before resigning in anger when Sarkisian was hired to the full-time job.
“I can’t say how proud I am of this team,” Helton said. “We had to see: Were we going to use it as an excuse to be on our third-string head coach, or were we just going to say, ‘We’re not going to fail today.’”
Helton would not address his future after the game.
Sarkisian implemented a no-huddle, hurry-up offense at Washington this season and plans to run it next season.
Helton, 41, was offensive coordinator at Memphis before coming to USC in 2010 and has experience running a no-huddle offense, similar to one Muschamp has told recruits he plans to run next season.