SOUTH BEND, Ind. — USC coach Clay Helton didn’t get fired on an airport tarmac Saturday night, which meant he survived the first six games everyone said would be so tough for the Trojans.
Notre Dame beat the Trojans 30-27 at Notre Dame Stadium, dropping the Trojans to an unimpressive 3-3 overall record.
“We got a long ride home with a lot of heartbreak and sadness,” Helton said after the game.
But the embattled coach still has a road map for survival at the halfway mark of the season.
USC has six regular season games left, and Helton probably needs victories in at least five of those games to save his job. That means he needs to beat Colorado, UCLA and at least three of the following teams: Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State and California.