USC to Stick with Coach Clay Helton, Despite Fan Unrest
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USC to Stick with Coach Clay Helton, Despite Fan Unrest

University of Southern California (USC) announced that Clay Helton will remain the head football coach at USC for the 2020 season. This comes as a surprise as the team had poor performance over the last 2 years. Earlier, speculation surrounding Helton’s job security escalated with the naming of a new athletic director and university president.

Southern Cal athletic director Mike Bohn announced on Twitter that Helton would continue as the Trojans’ head coach for the future. Bohn said, “His commitment to our student-athletes and to leading with integrity is vital to restoring our championship program, which is the goal for all of our teams.”

Helton has a career record of 40-21 in four-plus seasons at USC, but his 13-11 mark over the past two years has led to widespread dissatisfaction from USC fans and alumni. The Trojans last played in the Rose Bowl following the 2016 season and won the Pac-12 conference title in 2017.

The Trojans last played in the Rose Bowl following the 2016 season and won the Pac-12 conference title in 2017. Bohn was hired Nov. 7 to replace Lynn Swann as USC’s athletic director. He waited 11 days after the Trojans’ regular-season finale to announce his decision to retain Helton.