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With Steve Sarkisian fired, Clay Helton easily slips into USC head coach role again

With Steve Sarkisian fired, Clay Helton easily slips into USC head coach role again

As USC ended practice Sunday, Clay Helton stood in the middle of the field as the team crowded around him.

Helton, USC's offensive coordinator, would not be officially introduced as the Trojans' interim coach until a few minutes later, when Athletic Director Pat Haden informed the same players during a team meeting in the McKay Center that Coach Steve Sarkisian was taking an indefinite leave of absence.

It was a leave that became permanent Monday when USC fired Sarkisian.

"I want to thank Clay Helton for stepping into the interim head coach role, and I want to add how proud I am of our coaching staff and players and the way they are responding to this difficult...

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