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Clay Helton adds new assistants to the coaching staff

Clay Helton has begun to fill out his coaching staff for the 2016 season with the hiring of a running backs coach and offensive line coach.

Less than a week after the Trojans ended their season with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, head coach Clay Helton announced new additions to the coaching staff.

Western Kentucky offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton, Clay Helton's brother, will coach USC's running backs and become the passing game coordinator. WKU offensive line coach Neil Callaway will also move over to USC and hold the same position.

Tyson Helton (@Coach_Helton) served as Western Kentucky's offensive coordinator in 2014 and 2015. This season the Hilltoppers had the No. 3 scoring offense in the country, putting up 44.3 points per game. Quarterback Brandon Doughty led the nation in passing with 5055 yards, completion percentage at 71.9 percent and touchdown passes with 48. Doughty had the second highest passing efficiency behind Vernon Adams Jr..

Prior to joining the Hilltoppers staff, Helton served as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach on Tommy Tuberville's staff at Cincinnati. The 2013 Bearcats were 9-4, 6-2 in the American Athletic Conference and played North Carolina in the Belk Bowl. He also had stops at UAB,  Memphis and Hawaii.

Helton is from Gainesville (Fla.) and played quarterback for the University of Houston from 1996-99. He has a wife and four children.

"We are very excited to welcome Tyson and Neil to the Trojan Family," Clay Helton said in a statement released by the school. "Their experience and knowledge will be a huge benefit to our players as well as our football program. Both have been highly successful coordinators and we look forward to the fresh energy and ideas they will bring. I have watched them produce a pair of Top 10 offenses that averaged more than 44 points a game each of the past 2 years. We look forward to them helping bring the same explosiveness to our offense at USC."

Neil Callaway (@Coach_Callaway) is a 33-year coaching veteran and joined Western Kentucky in 2013 to coach the offensive line. This season the Hilltoppers have allowed just 16 sacks in 14 games despite throwing for over 5,000 yards.

Before joining WKU, Callaway was the head coach at the University of Alabama Birmingham from 2007 to 2011. He was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Georgia from 2001 to 2006 and at Alabama for the three years prior (1998-2000). Before coaching at Georgia and Alabama, he was the offensive line coach at Auburn for 12 seasons. He also served as Houston's offensive coordinator from 1993 to 1996.

Callaway is from Macon (Ga.) and played offensive line at Alabama from 1974-77. He has a wife and three children. He has been a part of 10 SEC titles as a player and coach and he was inducted into the Macon Sports Hall of Fame in 2006.

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