What better way to establish dominance than to fire half of your staff a day removed from being promoted. Newly appointed USC head coach Clay Helton cut bait with a number of
including defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. The Trojans finished a respectable fourth in PAC-12 play with 5.88 yards per play allowed. However, in late season losses to Oregon and Stanford, the stop unit was gashed for nearly 1,000 yards at 7.8 ypp. USC is currently a -3 favorite for its Holiday Bowl matchup vs. Wisconsin.
"With the coaches we have on staff and with our graduate assistants, we feel more than confident in doing a great job with this bowl game," Helton said.
"This was entirely my decision," Helton said. "And one thing I appreciate about Mr. Haden is he's given me the right to run this football team exactly with the vision that I see, and I really appreciate that as a head coach. This is my decision as we move forward."