(Rumor) Helton to be OC per my Local Sports Radio Show

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  1. AlumofUF
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    I was reading other threads here, while listening to our local afternoon radio sports show. The host who has some very good connections in AD's in the SEC has just announced that barring anything strange happening, Helton is going to be the new OC. This is the show Southern Sports Tonight in Northwest Florida. I don't have any thing to link to just passing along what I heard. Take it with a grain of salt, but he is usually very good with his info.
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    I hope you are talking Todd Helton and not Kim.
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    Not crazy about Helton.
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    His dad Kim is from Pensacola where this information is coming from and coaching at UAB. They may be getting the info through him.
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    Sorry to clarify he was speaking of Clay Helton from USCw.
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    probably not. Sorry, local radio shows rarely break any news stories.
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    I don't know that much about the guy. His dad was a great Gator player.
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    When he was OC for Memphis he took them from ranked 80 in total offense to top 25 the next two seasons. Either way, that seems like an improvement anyway you look at it.
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    Would be a terrible hire, but Foley always makes hires secretly....so I doubt it's Helton.
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    Bottom line, we can't get any worse. IMO WM now knows his method of winning isn't working especially on offense. He knows the offense had better improve in a major way otherwise he's gone. I do think he will let the OC have more say and will scrap the watch the paint dry 3 yards offense. I think it will open up more and will be a bit more spread using Jeffs skills set.
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    Improvement over trash is hardly difficult to do.

    I was hoping for a more proven play caller...sigh
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    Wonder if he could persuade any California recruits to come to Gainesville with him?
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    http://andreu.blogs.gatorsports.com/11096/the-new-oc-might-be-…/

    * "Helton is young (only 40) and is considered an innovative and rising star in the profession. When Lane Kiffin elevated him from quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator to offensive coordinator a year ago, he said Helton had other offers to become the offensive coordinator at two top-five programs. So, this guy is well-known among coaching circles.

    * Helton has coaching experience in both a pro-style offense and an uptempo spread attack. Before coming to USC as the Trojans quarterbacks coach four years ago, he spent 10 years at Memphis, the last three as the offensive coordinator in a spread offense. In those three years as the Tigers’ coordinator, his offense ranked among the most productive in school history. The 2007 and 2008 offenses were among the top six in school history in total yards and points. Both were ranked in the top 26 nationally in total offense. Quarterback Martin Hankins became Memphis’ No. 2 career passer and set single-season records for completions, passing yards and touchdown passes in 2007. In 2009, Curtis Steele had his second consecutive season with 1,000 yards rushing. This season at USC, the Trojans’ pro-style offense took off after Kiffin was fired and Helton assumed the play-calling responsibility. With Helton calling the plays, the Trojans won six of their last eight games. There’s a side note here, too. One Internet site earlier this week said that Muschamp and Kiffin have had conversations about the offensive coordinator’s job at UF, reporting that Kiffin was interested in the job. Maybe the real story is Muschamp was talking to Kiffin to pick his brain about Helton. Just a thought.

    * Muschamp’s decision to hold off announcing his new coordinator until after bowl season may have something to do with the fact Helton is more than just the Trojans’ offensive coordinator, he’s also USC’s interim head coach for the bowl game. Over the years, many coordinators (and other assistants) around the country have been offered and accepted other jobs during bowl preparation. But because Helton is the interim head coach, maybe Muschamp wants him to have his moment at his current school before moving on to his next job (he’ll definitely be getting a job somewhere after USC’s bowl game).

    * Helton has a Florida connection. His father, Kim Helton, was a standout center for the Gators (1967-69) and later became UF’s offensive line coach (1973-78) under Doug Dickey. It was while Kim Helton was coaching at UF that his son, Clay, was born in Gainesville.

    So, maybe, just maybe, Clay Helton will be coming home in just a few weeks as the Gators’ new offensive coordinator."
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    Won't debate it. It's a good hire if true and one likely made by Will Muschamp.
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    Kim Helton is from Gainesville and played high school ball at Gainesville High School. He was my PE coach when I was in high school in Gville.
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    Well we saw what Helton was able to do to save Kiffin's job so.....
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    If it came from Scott McKinney I wouldn't put much stock in it. McKinney doesn't have near the "inside info" that he makes out he has. I listen to SST only because its the only sports radio up here.
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