Clay Helton's big day came right at the start of an important week for USC's football team, and it was clear which took precedence.
Dressed in a suit and wearing an ear-to-ear grin, Helton completed his opening remarks during a buoyant news conference at USC's McKay Center — where he was formally introduced Monday as the Trojans' permanent coach — when he turned a little antsy.
"I really need to get back to that film room," he said, chuckling.
A date against Stanford in the Pac-12 Conference championship game was five days away, and he had work to do.
A couple of hours earlier, soon after USC announced in a statement that Helton would shed the...