Changes are coming for USC's football staff following a 38-35 loss to Arizona State that dropped the Trojans to 4-4 on the season. On Monday, coach Clay Helton announced two major shifts. The first is that he will take over game day play-calling duties, though offensive coordinator Tee Martin will keep his title while continuing to oversee the wide receivers and recruiting. The second is that offensive line coach Neil Callaway has been relieved of his duties. Running backs coach Tim Drevno will take over the offensive line going forward.
"I felt it was an appropriate time to become more involved in the offense as we continue to develop our team for the future," said Helton in a release from the school. "Tee and I have had conversations about this decision and he was supportive. He has done a tremendous job here. He will stay involved with the offense as he remains the offensive coordinator, helps put together our practice and game plans and serves as my offensive eyes during games.
"I want to thank Neil for all his hard work at USC. He is an outstanding coach and a great friend. I wish him nothing but the best in the future."
USC entered the Arizona State game with a lengthy injured list and was starting backup quarterback Jack Sears. Though Sears played well, given the circumstances, the Trojans have struggled to establish the running game all season. Furthermore, pass protection has been shaky, an issue with both the offensive line and the running backs.