Arkansas State OC leaves for USC

Arkansas State offensive coordinator Clay Helton has resigned to take a position at "another NCAA FBS program," according to a release from the university.

ESPN’s Bruce Feldman wrote in his blog that a USC source told him that Belton was joining USC’s staff as an offensive assistant. His exact role was unknown.

“We are very appreciative to Clay for the job he did while he was here,” Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts said. “He came across an opportunity he couldn’t pass up and we wish him the best. We have already started the interview process to find the right fit for our program and we are confident we will be able to accomplish that task.”

Helton spent about two months with the Arkansas State program after coming over from Memphis when new head coach Larry Porter did not retain him. Helton had spent the previous 10 seasons with the Tigers.

Helton had replaced Doug Ruse, who was fired at the end of the season.