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What in the world is going on at USC?

First-year USC head coach Clay Helton is off to a rocky start, and if things don't improve for the 1-3 Trojans, some wonder if he'll be back for a second season. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

Is Clay Helton going to make it?

Before LSU made the long anticipated but still earlier than expected move to fire Les Miles on Sunday, the Week 4 hot-seat talk fixated on a coach few expected to be discussed so soon. After a mostly smooth offseason, Helton's first full month as USC coach has been rocky, to put it mildly.

There have been off-field issues and on-field issues, curious comments and head-scratching decisions. USC is 1-3 for the first time since 2001, Pete Carroll's first season. A treacherous remaining schedule puts bowl eligibility in doubt. Although Helton is in only the first of a five-year contract, his future beyond 2016 is generating a lot of discussion in industry circles.