Earlier Sunday afternoon, a report emerged suggesting USC was moving on from football coach Clay Helton.
According to a report from Adam Maya of Sports Illustrated, new athletic director Mike Bohn “held onto Helton during the team’s bye week in the event that the Trojans reach the Pac-12 title game.”
However, after Utah took down Colorado on Saturday night and made the title game, Maya suggested the Trojans pulled the plug on Helton.
That report lasted about 30 minutes before national reporters came out suggesting USC has NOT made a decision about Helton’s future with the program.
According to college football insider Pete Thamel, USC is “steamed” that a report leaked suggesting the school fired Helton.
Just spoke to multiple USC sources. This isn't right. And USC people are rightfully steamed. https://t.co/8rcZD2dDDm
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) December 1, 2019
Helton owns a 40-21 record during his five seasons with the team. Perhaps the highlight of his reign came when USC took down Penn State in the Rose Bowl thanks to a brilliant performance from former quarterback Sam Darnold.
Helton opened the season on the hot seat, but managed to lead an injury-plagued Trojans team to an 8-win season.
Multiple sources dispute the report that Clay Helton is being fired at USC. Sources tell me no decision has been made and it is still possible — maybe even likely — that Helton keeps his job.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) December 1, 2019
If the school decides to move on from Helton two candidates have been named.
Former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Penn State head coach James Franklin have been suggested as potential candidates.
Stay tuned for the latest.