Clay Helton named Permanent USC Head Coach

The USC Trojans have removed the interim tag from Clay Helton and made him the permanent head coach. The Trojans tweeted that Helton has signed a multiyear deal with Pat Haden confirming in a statement that he had been made the new permanent head coach:

“After weeks of searching the collegiate and pro ranks, interviewing candidates, and speaking with head coaches, athletic directors, NFL executives, and very knowledgeable football people, and after observing Clay in action the past seven weeks, it became abundantly clear that what we were searching for in a coach was right here in front of us,”

“Choosing a coach is an inexact science. In Clay’s case, there is exactness. We have a man with unquestioned integrity. He is a fantastic person and he is real. Clay is a leader of young men. He is a terrific communicator. He brings high character, stability, continuity, consistency, toughness and resiliency to our program.”

“He has been positive and upbeat handling adversity. He was built to be a head coach. Football is his family business. He is a coach on the rise and he will be coaching a team on the rise. As our interim head coach, Clay brought back USC’s style of physical football. I have been impressed with how hard and how inspired our team has played for him, as well as the support they have shown for him.”

He took over as Head Coach on 11th October 2015 after Steve Sarkisian was put on a leave of absence before he was subsequently fired. This was the second time he held the interim head coaching role after taking over from Ed Orgeron in 2013. Since taking over from Sarkisian in October, Helton has led the Trojans to five wins in their seven games including a crucial win over UCLA this past weekend which gave USC the PAC-12 South title. They now face Stanford on Saturday for the PAC-12 title; and a season that started so disappointingly could be salvaged. But for now one of the biggest head coaching vacancies in college football has now been filled.

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