How will Clay Helton affect USC's offense?

LOS ANGELES -- During Sunday afternoon’s hastily-called press conference on the firing of Lane Kiffin, new interim USC head football coach, Ed Orgeron briefly touched on the Trojans' offense, informing the masses that offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Clay Helton would be the new play-caller.

So who is Clay Helton, and how different a play-caller and schemer will he be compared to Kiffin, who will be remembered by disgruntled fans as the game-day coach who seemed hopelessly buried inside his huge Denny’s menu of plays?

Helton seems genuinely excited and enthusiastic for his new challenge and responsibility.

“I look forward to this opportunity as a competitor,” says Helton, 41, who also was the offensive coordinator and play caller at Memphis (2007-09) and is now in his fourth season as quarterback coach for the Trojans.