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Major Columnist Thinks Top Head Coach Is Getting Fired

Stanford's offense going against USC's defense in the Coliseum.

LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 14: The USC Trojans and the Stanford Cardinal play with crowde stands in the background on November 14, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Stanford won 55-21. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

A major columnist believes one college football head coach's tenure at his school will soon be coming to an end.

Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke has, basically, called for the Clay Helton era at USC to come to an end.

USC lost to UCLA on Saturday, dropping below .500 on the season, as the Trojans now need to upset Notre Dame to get bowl eligible.

It's not good.

If Saturday in Pasadena wasn’t the precise end of Clay Helton’s career as USC coach, you could certainly see it from here.

In the wake of the season’s most embarrassing loss in its biggest game, a 34-27 defeat to UCLA, it seems impossible that Helton will keep his job beyond next week’s season finale against Notre Dame.

With all due respect to the three-win Bruins, this wasn’t so much a football game as a portrait of a talented Trojans team in chaos.

Helton was a surprising full-time hire in the first place, and while he has some good moments at USC, a change feels imminent.

Who will USC attempt to hire to replace him? It's going to be a fascinating search (assuming it happens, of course).