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USC's Clay Helton is at ease on the eve of his second season — even when the subject is O.J. Simpson

USC's Clay Helton is at ease on the eve of his second season — even when the subject is O.J. Simpson

What would you do if O.J. Simpson walked into your office?

There was laughter around the patio table. Clay Helton smiled.

“I’m cordial to every person I’ve ever met,” Helton replied.

Would you let the soon-to-be parolee watch practice?

“Currently, right now, what USC, the administration and the athletic department have said is, ‘No, O.J. will not be a part of functions or invited,’ ” he said. “That’s been the statement by the university.”

Helton answered that question better than Pete Carroll did. Carroll, you might recall, said he would welcome the most infamous football player in USC history to a workout.

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