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USC named Clay Helton permanent head coach

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The Southern California Trojans will no longer have any interest in Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly or any other head coach. The reason being is that they’ve named Clay Helton permanent head coach.

Helton agreed to a multi-year deal today with the school. He went 5-2 as the team’s interim head coach after the school fired Steve Sarkisian.

“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,” athletic director Pat Haden said in a statement.

“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.”

The Trojans went 8-4 overall. They defeated cross-town rival, the UCLA Bruins, 40-21 on Saturday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

With that win, they won the Pac-12 South and will face Stanford for the Pac-12 Championship at Levi Stadium.

On Sept. 19th, the Trojans lost the Cardinal, 41-31 in Los Angeles.

“He earned this opportunity,” Haden said. “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.”

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