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USC’s Clay Helton fires OL coach, takes over play-calling duties

Southern California  coach Clay Helton has made some major changes on offense in the middle of the 2018 season. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)
Southern California coach Clay Helton has made some major changes on offense in the middle of the 2018 season. (Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press)

LOS ANGELES – Southern California coach Clay Helton has fired offensive line coach Neil Callaway and taken over play-calling duties for the struggling Trojans.

Helton announced the shake-up of his coaching staff Monday, two days after USC dropped to 4-4 with a home loss to Arizona State.

Helton took away the play-calling responsibilities from offensive coordinator Tee Martin. USC has managed little offensive consistency this season.

Callaway is a longtime friend of Helton and a close associate of Helton’s father, former Houston head coach Kim Helton.

The defending Pac-12 champions have fallen out of first place in the South division with back-to-back losses. The Trojans’ 38-35 loss to the Sun Devils was their first defeat at the Coliseum in Helton’s tenure.


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