USC’s Helton gets emotional over departure of senior QB Cody Kessler

Clay Helton and Cody Kessler have developed quite a relationship over the past five years.
Richard Mackson

USC head coach Clay Helton is not an emotional guy, but says he has shed some tears at the thought of losing senior QB Cody Kessler.

“I’ve already cried about three times,” Helton said, via the Los Angeles Times. “You’re talking about a member of my family.”

Helton recruited Kessler out of Bakersfield and has been Kessler's quarterback coach for the past five years. It is Helton who has been the rock of the coaching staff as Kessler has played for Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian and Ed Orgeron. 

“All the ups and down and roller-coaster rides and to see the type of player he has become, but even more importantly the type of man he has become, is very rewarding,” Helton said.

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