LOS ANGELES USC head coach Lane Kiffin selected an offensive coordinator he says was highly thought of and greatly sought after.
He had a couple (of) really big time offers to leave last year to be offensive coordinator at some national top-five schools but decided to stay here, Kiffin said. I think that hes very deserving."
The coach he speaks of was right under his nose. Hes Clay Helton. The new USC offensive coordinator served as the Trojans quarterbacks coach for the previous three seasons.
He stuck around the Trojans program because of his respect for and the opportunity to tutor Matt Barkley, Kiffin says.
Chad Morris of Clemson, who is one of the young, hottest offensive coordinators in the country, was rumored as a candidate to take the same position at USC.
Former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford was a name thrown around for the position that was immensely intriguing because of his ties with Kiffin as a mentor of the Trojans head coach.
Some of the other names rumored ...