Bear Bryant. Woody Hayes. Knute Rockne. Tom Osborne. Barry Switzer. All hall of fame coaches however, a former SEC All-Academic Honors quarterback at Auburn has a better winning percentage than all of them. Clay Helton.
Clay Helton has been named the interim head coach of USC again with Steve Sarkisian being let go yesterday. This is a familiar spot for Helton as he was named to the same position for the 2013 Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl after Ed Orgeron left the school following Athletic Director Pat Haden's decision to hire Sarkisian over Orgeron.
In his first game as a head coach at any level, Helton led the Trojans to a 45-20 victory over Fresno State. USC entered halftime with a 35-6 lead and held now Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr to 216 passing yards on 54 passing attempts.
Helton comes from a football family as his father Kim Helton was the head coach at Houston from 1993-1999 and his brother Tyson is the current offensive coordinator at Western Kentucky.
The Sugar Land, Tx. native played for Auburn in 1991-92 before transferring to Houston to play for his father in 93-94.
Yes, Helton is only 1-0 all-time as a head coach, but he has been in college football virtually all of his life. Out of college, he was a graduate assistant at Duke in 1995 and made stops at Houston and Memphis before being named the quarterbacks coach at USC before the 2010 season.
Helton will have a brutal three-game stretch as USC's interim coach, starting this week at Notre Dame before hosting Utah and then traveling to California on Halloween.