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Clay Helton has no doubt read and heard the rumors about Sarkisian's previous incidents but said he refuses to kick a man while he's down.

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi

Clay Helton said he will never forget the moment Pat Haden introduced him to the team as the head coach and the ovation he received.

Shawn Elliott: 'Our goal is to win'

Said the interim South Carolina coach: "We’re going to do everything we can to make the University of South Carolina proud of this football program. We’re going to work our tails off tirelessly. ... With that being said, beat Vanderbilt.”


Clay Helton: 'Confident' in interim role

Said USC's interim coach: "I've done this job before. I am confident in my ability to do it." Helton cited two things that will help him in his role, including a "tremendous football staff," adding, "We will compete every day like Trojans." Live on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Fournette still clear No. 1 in Heisman race

LSU running back Leonard Fournette maintained a decisive lead in Heisman Watch balloting after passing the 1,000-yard mark in Saturday’s win over South Carolina. Heisman Watch

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Watch: USC news conference coverage

USC coach Steve Sarkisian has been fired, and AD Pat Haden and interim head coach Clay Helton are answering questions about the change. Live coverage on ESPN2/WatchESPN

Steve Spurrier: Hall of fame trash talker

In light of the news about Spurrier retiring, it was time to look back on his greatest quotes. For instance, when a fire at the Auburn library destroyed 20 books: "The real tragedy was that 15 hadn't been colored yet." Head Ball Coach's best

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SportsCenter's Best Spurrier moments

Check out some of his most memorable news conferences, including this gem: "Somebody said, 'Why are you still coaching?' I said, 'Well I forgot to get fired and I’m not going to cheat.'"


Austin Ward ESPN Staff Writer 

With the first half of the season in the books, no surprise that Darrell Hazell isn't thrilled to be sitting at 1-5 through six games. "Obviously we're not where we want to be." The Purdue coach pointed to struggles coming out after halftime, where the Boilermakers have been out-scored 62-28 this season.

USC backs Pat Haden in statement

Said school president C. L. Max Nikias: "He is a man of true character and integrity, he cares deeply for our student athletes, and he always makes their well-being his highest priority. Pat Haden has been doing an outstanding job in leading Trojan Athletics in the past five years and I want to take this opportunity to reiterate my unwavering support for him. I look forward to working with Pat Haden as our USC AD for many years to come."

Carter: Will Grier's suspension too harsh

Cris Carter compares the Florida QB's suspension to that of pro TE Antonio Gates. Said Carter: "I think that rule is a little severe for a college kid."


Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Penn State's 259-pound kicker, Joey Julius, remains the starter despite missing two PATs on Saturday. Coach James Franklin said he's "not in the business of making a change because a guy has a tough day." He's 8-of-9 on FGs and 15-of-17 on PATs this season.

Brett McMurphy @McMurphyESPN

UF AD Jeremy Foley on Steve Spurrier: "He changed the culture of this place. He changed it. He made this place a winner"

Josh Moyer ESPN Staff Writer 

Nebraska has now lost four games either within the last 15 seconds or in overtime. (It's also lost all four games by a combined 11 points.) That kind of bad luck wasn't lost on coach Mike Riley, who said he's never quite seen a stretch like this: "I've been in it a long time and we've had some close wins and losses -- but never the number of games like this jumbled up."

Spurrier: 'I'm resigning, I'm not retiring'

Steve Spurrier said of his decision to step down as South Carolina's coach: "We've slipped and it's my fault. I'm responsible, I'm the head coach. It's time for me to get out of the way and let somebody else have a go at it."


Mitch Sherman ESPN Staff Writer 

Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, asked about the formula in his repeated successful rebuilding efforts, says it has never been a "personal accomplishment." "Those were always team efforts," Harbaugh says.

Mark Schlabach @Mark_Schlabach

Spurrier said he didn't expect to go out like this. "I envisioned being carried off on players' shoulder pads in Ga Dome after winning SEC."

Tanner: Spurrier has been 'an inspiration'

South Carolina athletic director Ray Tanner said of Steve Spurrier, who resigned as the Gamecocks coach on Tuesday: "We are honored and blessed that coach Spurrier has been with us for this length of time and has made such an impact on this school and our athletics department."


Spurrier officially resigns

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier resigned Tuesday, saying: "My answer has always been the same ... If it starts going south, starts going bad, then I need to get out. ... It's time for me to get out of the way and give somebody else a go at it." Story

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Dari Nowkhah @ESPNDari

Spurrier: "Yesterday, I was a recruiting liability." Suggesting it's impossible to recruit when a coach's immediate future is in doubt.