The 2021 football season just started.
Already coaches are losing their jobs.
And this major football coach just got fired and now all hell is breaking loose.
On Monday, the University of Southern California fired head football coach Clay Helton after six full seasons running the Trojans program and compiling a 46-24 record.
Athletic Director Mike Bohn announced the change on social media following USC’s 42 to 28 loss at home to the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night.
— Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) September 13, 2021
USC is one of the “blue blood” programs in college football, and while Helton put a respectable product on the field, the Trojans never achieved the consistent greatness fans expected.
Schools are making coaching changes earlier and earlier these days.
With early signing periods in recruiting, the longer a school delays in reaching out to potential coaches and getting a new staff in place, the harder it becomes to line up a recruiting class.
And now that schools are firing coaches two years into their contracts, a new coach can’t afford to fall behind one season in recruiting.
Now USC finds itself trying to find the coach that will return the school to the glory days of the ‘60s and ‘70s when it was known as “Tailback U” thanks to the exploits of OJ Simpson, Sam Cunningham, Mike Garrett, Ricky Bell, and Marcus Allen and won three AP National Titles.
Outside of Pete Carroll’s run from 2001 to 2009, USC hovered in mediocrity, only occasionally contending for a national title.
Now the school has the entire season to try and find the man to lead USC back to its glory days.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.