Clay Helton: 'I'd love to be in the media guide as 1-0'

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday December 10, 2013

Clay Helton will be one answer to a trivia question.

Speaking with reporters after opening bowl practice, USC’s second interim head coach of the season was asked about the unique situation of this season.

“You may be the answer to an NCAA question, the only team to have four head coaches in two and a half months," the reporter said. "You’ll be one of those. ‘Can you remember the names of the four USC coaches?’ What do you think of that?”

I’d love to be in the media guide one day as the coach that went 1-0,” Helton said. “That would be nice. It’s an extreme honor. Our staff is extremely honored and want to thank Mr. Haden and Coach Sarkisian for giving us the honor to lead this team in this bowl game. We’ve been through a lot with these guys, and to have the opportunity to finish off with them just speaks volumes of Mr. Haden and Coach Sarkisian to let us do this.”

At Helton’s previous stop, he was the acting head coach at Memphis for four months in the 2006 offseason after head coach Tommy West had heart surgery. Helton said that, his experiences at USC and the rest of the staff will help him in these final weeks with USC.

As for the team, Helton addressed them Sunday, and the focus is on finishing this year with a bowl win, something the Trojans haven’t been able to participate in in years.

“I addressed them today I had had some one-on-one meetings with some guys,” Helton said. “All of them were proud to get back out here, excited to get back out here. We said in our team meeting, as a common goal, that we want to get to our 10th victory and that we’re going to do everything preparation-wise to be able to get there, that no coaching staff in the country will work harder to help them get there and that they would supply the effort. As you saw today, they did.”

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