3 Most Likely Replacements for Head Coach Clay Helton If USC Decides to Move on Before Next Season
By David Hayes
Clay Helton has a 40-21 overall record, 31-12 conference record, four winning seasons, and led USC to the 2017 Rose Bowl title. However, there were some conflicting reports about his job security this afternoon. Initially, it seemed like Helton was on his way out, though that report has since been refuted.
With so much uncertainty surrounding Helton right now, here are three potential replacements for the Trojans head coach, if USC decides to move on.
3. Bryan Harsin – Head Coach, Boise State Broncos
The standard of excellency for the de facto Group of Five college football king in Boise State practically hasn't skipped a beat since Bryan Harsin took over as the Broncos head coach. Harsin has already won three Mountain West titles, with a 63-16 record at Boise State, and the success of his predecessor, Chris Petersen, with the Washington Huskies could do wonders for him at the negotiating table. Harsin obviously has what it takes to create a winning culture at a program with high expectations. However, his personal ties to Boise State as both an alumnus (QB from 1995-99) and a Boise native could make him harder to pry from the Gem State.
2. Mike Norvell – Head Coach, Memphis Tigers
Mike Norvell's stock is arguably at an all-time high in Memphis after his Tigers just knocked off then-No. 17 Cincinnati to win the AAC West title and secure a berth in this Saturday's rematch with the Bearcats in the 2019 AAC championship game. Norvell has held only one head-coaching gig in his career, but his resume speaks for itself. He's 37-15 with three AAC championship appearances in three seasons with Memphis, and there will likely be plenty of programs vying for his services at the end of the year.
1. Urban Meyer – College Football Analyst, FOX Sports
With the majority of the Pac-12 being as weak as it was beyond Utah and Oregon this season, a big-time program with the history, recruiting and resources of USC could be the perfect relaunching spot for Urban Meyer, if he decides to return to the world of college football. Meyer has already conquered the Mountain West in his two seasons at Utah before building national championship teams that topped both the SEC and Big Ten between Florida and Ohio State, respectively. Considering his incredible track record of success across two of the Power 5 conferences, USC and the Pac-12 could be the most natural challenge and fit for him to return to the game as a head coach once again.
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