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Clay Helton announces he’s taking over play-calling duties, fires OL coach

Jesse Reed
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Clay Helton is shaking things up as his USC Trojans enter the month of November with a record of 4-4 and a boat load of failed expectations.

The head coach announced on Monday that he’s taking play-calling duties away from offensive coordinator Tee Martin, and that he’s relieved offensive line coach Neil Callaway of his duties.

USC’s offense definitely needs help. The Trojans feature a middle-of-the-road passing attack that averages just over 243 yards per game. They also feature one of the worst running games in the nation, ranking 116th with 120.9 yards per game on the ground.

Not surprisingly, this inability to consistently move the ball on offense has affected the scoreboard, as the Trojans rank 87th in scoring with 27.1 points per game.

Many Trojans fans would likely love to see Helton be replaced. He’s a great guy but seems to be struggling mightily with getting his players to perform up to their potential. Likely, if things don’t turn around soon, the university will at least ponder giving fans what they want.