After entering last Saturday’s game against Stanford as an 18-point favorite and then losing it by 14, USC promptly fired head coach Clay Helton.
Helton’s forgettable 46-24 mark during his time in Southern California will be remembered far more for non-stop Urban Meyer chatter than anything he actually accomplished himself.
Almost as soon as Helton got the boot, the conversation quickly turned to who would ultimately replace him.
As it turns out, the powers that be at USC have their top choice already picked out.
According to Trojans insider Scott Wolf, Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal is currently the preferred Helton replacement.
“I hear that USC’s top choice for job is Oregon coach Mario Cristobal,” he reported.
This of course aligns with something ESPN college football aficionado Paul Finebaum said earlier this week. He cited two favorites to ultimately land the USC gig – one of which was Cristobal.
“The most obvious choice is the hottest coach in the country today and that’s Mario Cristobal of Oregon,” Finebaum said. “Whether you get him to make that move down the coast, I don’t know.”
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 14, 2021
No matter who the Trojans ultimately hire, it’s hard to see that person faring worse than Helton did. You will recall, at certain points last year opposing Pac-12 coaches were openly mocking and ridiculing him. That’s as rock bottom as you can get.
One way or another, USC will be looking to make a big splash with its next hiring. How that will actually turn out for them on the field remains to be seen, though.