Yes, but Smith, Tolner, and Hackett didn't stick around too long. Not saying they need to go out and get Nick Saban or Dabo Sweeney, but it's apparent to anybody who's actually watched USC for more than 2-3 games over the past 3 seasons, that Clay helton doesnt have the chops to reach that level. They average top 5 recruiting classes and the coaching does jack with it. Even with Darnold they had plenty of games where they looked totally out of sync and not ready to play.
It was a terrible hire by Pat Haden, who is gone now. A blue blood program should never be hiring a first time HC.