Sunday Night With Clay Helton

I asked Clay Helton about criticism of offensive coordinator Tee Martin and he said, “I think Tee Martin has done a wonderful job.”

I asked Helton if Martin is the only one calling the plays this season and he said, “I think Tee Martin has done a wonderful job.”

Helton said a positive of the game was Utah’s zero yards on punt returns. I asked him about USC’s zero yards in punt retuns and Helton said it was like baseball and USC is waiting for the “right pitch to hit.”

Tailback Stephen Carr (foot) did not play and will try to do some running Monday. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow was not at the Utah game and is dealing with personal issues, Helton said.

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  • Michael Guarino

    I sincerely hate to hear that anybody’s dealing with personal issues —-but, wow, Kenny Bigelow hasn’t exactly killed himself to help the team during his years at USC. Bigelow came in as a bright light —where does he go from here?

    • rusoviet

      CFL? European League?

      • Michael Guarino

        I guess, Alv. What a wasted opportunity—-I heard that he was all healed up and finally ready to go this season.

        • rusoviet

          Man fame is fleeting

    • marvgoux1

      Duece Bigelow, Male Giggilo?

      • Michael Guarino

        It would have been nice if had made a couple of big plays before he moved on. All that talent never put to use!

  • RegalTrojan

    Don’t expect any criticisms on his assistants from Heton. They’re his familiy, and you’re not. LOL!

    • Michael Guarino

      Judging from his answers, that must be the way Coach Helton is looking at things, RT.

      • RegalTrojan

        Yep, and Señor Wolf obviously doesn’t. LOL!

    • Trojan Dynasty

      LMAO

    • marvgoux1

      All of them are his relatives?

      • RegalTrojan

        Pretty close. But reporters are definitely excluded.

  • Arturo

    I was hoping that Bigelow would be a major contributor to the D this year. “Time off due to personal reasons”is a lot of times a precursor to has left the program.

    #IthinkTeeMartinhasdoneawonderfuljob

    #goawayandlearnsomethingaboutfootballbeforecomngback

    #Youmakeusbaldpeoplelookbad

    • 04Trojan

      Yeah. But left the program for what? No PT? Flow, we’ve gots to know!

  • trojan_1972

    He has to support Martin, but why use an over-the-top adjective to describe Martin’s performance? Twice. Is he really thinking Martin’s performance has been “wonderful”? Hard to credibly walk that one back if needed.

    • Gabby

      Dude, read between the lines. He was politely telling wolf to shut the f**k up. Wolf has such a low football IQ, Clay’s response flew right over his head

  • Pac12 fan

    Helton brings no negativity to USC. Not his style

    • Goatboy Kiffin

      He still can’t believe he got the job … and then Darnold keeps saving it

  • peter

    Business is handled internaly. Prepare for N.D.
    On podcasts hinted from at least 3 reporters last week.A single reporter was really trying to create a rift between Sam and coaches. Wonder which reporter that was ?
    It’s big game week. Bring on South Bend.

    • 04Trojan

      Ha! ☝️Flow.

    • marvgoux1

      How does a reporter create a rift if it doesn’t exist?

  • 04Trojan

    He heard that nasally, negative tone and shut it down. Good on Helton. Bad on Flow.

    • USC jojo

      Nasally…..LOL!!!

      • 04Trojan

        I feel like when USC players/coaches take questions from Flow they sigh first before they answer. Like, “Oh hell, not again from this guy.”

        • USC jojo

          That is hilarious….. and probably true.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    I asked him about USC’s zero yards in punt retuns and Helton said, “I think Tee Martin has done a wonderful job.”

  • Brent4c

    Isn’t it ironic the guy who dubs himself as inside USC could not be further away? I think I have a better chance of getting info in a receiving line than SW in an actual press conference.

  • Lajollaboy

    If Clay has issues with Tee, he is going to deal with it internally and not through Scott.

    • Michael Guarino

      Let’s see —-Clay can work with Tee directly and in private, or he can enter into 3 way talks with Scott, Tee and himself in a future, televised USC forum. It’s a close call.

    • Goatboy Kiffin

      Which explains the grab bag play calling vs Utah … trying to mix it up like Sam suggested.
      USC offense is Darnold running around, converting 3rd downs, tiring out D’s so Jones can finally get some yards vs teams that all play 2nd team qbs

  • JustOwns

    Did Andyain’twinning lawyer up??????

    • marvgoux1

      Oh no I lost in the pool, I had you hiding in shame from fuucla’s latest blow out loss untill Monday.

      • JustOwns

        LOL. Nothing could be finer than goop loses. Can’t wait to see how bozo u does against Az.

        Speaking of losses goop, there’s a very good chance Andain’twinning and his old Lady will be taking the Greyhound Bus back to the Florida swamps and Jr. College BB coaching.

        • Gabby

          ….and your point less?

    • RegalTrojan

      Did SUCLA lose? Again??? LOL!

  • Sas

    Dodgers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    J!!!!!!!T!!!!!!!!!!

    • marvgoux1

      Teen Wolf walk off!

      • Sas

        Yesssssirrrrrrrrr!!!!!

    • JustOwns

      JT does the deed and nicd fan HR catch.

      • Sas

        He!! Yeah!!!!!

      • Sas

        MVP!

        • JustOwns

          Six wins to go.

          Would love a Yankee / Dodger WS!!

          • RegalTrojan

            And what if Doyers had a Trojan playing for them? Of course you’d want them to lose, correct? LOL!

          • Sas

            Yeah. That would be awesome. But Houston looks for real.

          • JustOwns

            So did Cleveland.

          • Sas

            True

  • Old Trojans never die

    No sitting active coach worth his weight would throw his staff under a bus publicly, it would amount to job suicide. Helton is a good diplomat. I don’t think he believes any of what he says, but the place to tell the truth is on campus in his office , privately. Not in a press conference.

  • English 101

    You should just be happy that you are allowed to listen in on the weekly call. Asking questions is a privilege earned by members of the media.

  • Jack B

    Kenny Bigelow should just retire and find a way to get his degree asap.

    Poor guy can’t stay healthy, also lacks talent and is one of those unfortunate HS stars who just doesn’t have what it takes to compete at a high level. This happens to too many HS hot shots to count and Kenny’s one of them.

    Good luck Kenny. Thanks for your efforts to be your best.

    • Pudly76

      What’s going on with Jamel Cook?

  • Goatboy Kiffin

    Gomer will be the least remember coach in SC history … he is canned shortly after Darnold leaves, which for his sake better be soon before he is completely ruined.

    • RegalTrojan

      LMFAO!

    • gotroy22

      No that is Ted Tollner.

    • scpick

      Hey Goatboy, you are appropriately named. Remember Paul Hackett, who was even worse than Tollner? Maybe Helton does not measure up to your standards, but calling him Gomer is an insult to the coach of my favorite university. You probably did not even go there, otherwise you would respect him and see that his record is not so bad, and his character is much better than the goofs we had in there recently. I was there during the McKay days, and he was not perfect either, but is an icon. Granted, I would not compare these coaches to Robinson, Dave Levy or Marv Goux, but they are the best we’ve got right now.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    I like him as a head coach; he delegates and oversees all aspects,he just needs to better eval players at positions for the defense that is called…the 2ndary is always out of position, holding and interfering…I do not think they are talented enough to play man on man the whole game, so mix it up.

  • David Keeling

    You can kiss the PAC-12 goodbye as far as the playoffs are concerned. Too many teams in front of USC even if they win out. I think everyone is now ready to judge Lynn Swann on how he handles the coaching situation the end of this season. I know I am.