Bigger names were out there, but a seven-game sample size -- and history -- suggest Clay Helton was the right choice to lead USC.
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The opinion of the Trojans locker room has been clear all along: Helton was the players' choice. It looks like their voices were listened to.
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In 6 of the past 9 meetings between Stanford and USC, the game has not been decided until the final play. Cardinal kicker Conrad Ukropina, who beat Notre Dame with his 45-yard boot as time expired this past Saturday, expects that to be the case again in the upcoming Pac-12 championship game. Many of Ukropina's family members are Trojan fans, and the former walk-on earned a Stanford scholarship this year after sealing a September win over USC with a field goal. We'll see if a Rose Bowl berth depends on the Pasadena native's leg this week.
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Clay Helton signs 5-year deal with USC
USC AD Pat Haden gave a five-year guaranteed deal to Helton, who guided the Trojans to a 5-2 record as interim head coach this season. USC is playing Stanford on Saturday in the Pac-12 title game.
O Kobe! My Kobe!
Hiring Clay Helton isn't going to be judged a home run, but that immediate reaction can have a short shelf life if he leads USC to more victories.
Simmons is majors' No. 7 shortstop
Andrelton Simmons heads from Atlanta to Anaheim. Buster Olney notes the Angels have bought in on a 26-year-old whose slick fielding might be slipping. Top 10 shortstops (Insider)
Chip Kelly again made it clear he's committed to the Eagles and said he's not been involved with any of the open college football coaching vacancies.
Dwight Howard's thoughts on Kobe Bryant
It's no secret Howard and Bryant have a somewhat frosty relationship. So when asked if he had learned anything from his former teammate, Howard laughed and said: "Awww man. We're going to go to the next question." But he also praised Kobe saying "[He's] one of the greatest to play the game."
Johnny Cueto reportedly turned down a six-year, $120 million contract offer. So what would it take to sign him and who's going to step to the plate?
In his 20th season, 37-year-old Kobe Bryant feels like a "grandfather" to other players, but he's having fun with his elder statesman role.
Rewind: Kobe Bryant's 81-point night
Take a trip back to Jan. 22, 2006 when Stuart Scott brought us all the highlights of Kobe Bryant's 81-point performance against the Raptors.
Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant's decision to retire shows he has come to grips with the fact that "he's not the same player."
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Travis Haney, Ivan Maisel and Heather Dinich react to USC hiring Clay Helton, LSU keeping Les Miles, Georgia parting ways with Mark Richt and the playoff picture as of now.
Julius Randle was sad that his "idol" Kobe is retiring while Jordan Clarkson reflected on his first game playing with Bryant.
Twitter went bananas over the hiring of Clay Helton before most of the West Coast even grabbed a cup of coffee.
Travis Haney, Heather Dinich and Ivan Maisel talk about USC's decision to remove the interim tag from Clay Helton's title and say while it wasn't the splashiest hire, it was probably the right hire.
Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic weigh in on the Patriots' loss to the Broncos and the loss of Gronkowski due to injury with Tom Waddle. Plus, Danny Kanell on CFB and Stephen A. Smith and Cris Carter talk Kobe's retirement.
Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer
Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg was asked if Kobe Bryant was the closest player to Michael Jordan that he had seen: "I think so," Hoiberg said. "Kobe, what he accomplished, the way he did it, the way he scored it, the tough shots that he hit, the fadeaways, the athleticism he did it with, the grace, yeah, I think he probably is the closest thing to Michael."