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USC coach Clay Helton must go after loss to Stanford

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. - SEP 11, 2021. USC head coach Clay Helton watches from the sideline.

USC head coach Clay Helton watches from the sideline in the closing minutes of the Trojans’ 42-28 loss to Stanford at the Coliseum on Saturday night. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

They’ve done everything but the one thing that has to be done to fix USC football. They’ve swapped out nearly every assistant coach, bolstered the recruiting staff and hired away young people who create impressive videos that are meant to make something that isn’t very cool right now look way cooler on social media.

The natural pop culture reference is that USC athletic director Mike Bohn has spent much of his short tenure rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, but, days before the Trojans’ latest inexplicable embarrassment — a 42-28 loss to Stanford on Saturday night at the Coliseum — another apt Hollywood comparison for the Clay Helton era at USC casually surfaced.

At a USC practice

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