Clay Helton hired as assistant coach

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CLAYHELTON150_1008.jpgClay Helton, an assistant the past 10 seasons at Memphis who was the Tigers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach the last 3 years, has been named an assistant coach at USC, new Trojan head coach Lane Kiffin announced today.
Helton, 37, began his 10-year (2000-09) Memphis career as the running backs coach for 3 seasons, then coached the Tigers' receivers for the next 4 seasons before becoming the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Among the Tigers' running backs he tutored was school rushing/scoring/all-purpose running recordholder DeAngelo Williams, who went on to finish seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2005 and be an NFL first round selection.
As the receivers coach, he produced a pair of Conference USA All-Freshman picks in Maurice Jones (2005) and Duke Calhoun (2006), as well as the school's No. 4 all-time receptions leader in Ryan Scott. In 2003, Memphis set school season records for receptions and receiving yardage.

As the Tigers' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the 2007 and 2008 offenses were among the top 6 in school history in total yards and points. Both squads were ranked in the top 26 nationally in total offense. Quarterback Martin Hankins became Memphis' No. 2 career passer and set single season records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes in 2007. In 2009, Curtis Steele had his second consecutive season with 1,000 rushing yards, Calhoun became the school's all-time leading receiver and Carlos Singleton set the career mark for receiving touchdowns.

Memphis played in 5 bowls during Helton's time: the 2003 and 2007 New Orleans Bowls, 2004 GMAC Bowl, 2005 Motor City Bowl and 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.

Helton was hired as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Arkansas State after the 2009 season, but was there just 2 months before coming to USC.

Read more about Helton here.

Kiffin also announced that assistant coaches Jethro Franklin and Brennan Carroll were not retained.

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Thank goodness we don't let the uneducated mobs rule the day. We'll let the hearings play out instead of worrying about what the anti-USC mob thinks.

USC fans know this mob prefers to knock the Trojans in hopes that you might build your program up. That speaks volumes about them.

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