USC braces for first Pac-12 road test at unbeaten Cal, led by former assistant Justin Wilcox

Six days after he was named USC’s permanent head coach in late 2015 and one day after a loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game, Clay Helton commenced a house cleaning.

Helton dismissed four of the Trojans’ assistant coaches, the first significant personnel decision of his young tenure. Among them was defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox.

“We didn’t do a good enough job on defense, which falls on me,” Wilcox said this week. “I totally understand. That’s our profession....

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