USC keep head coach Clay Helton

By Anthony Caruso III |Publisher 

Despite rumors that he would be fired, head coach Clay Helton will remain the USC Trojans head coach. Even Sunday morning, it was reported that the team would be interested in Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh.

The Trojans concluded their season with a 5-7 season on Saturday night. The season ended with a loss to No. 3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton yells from the sidelines against the Arizona Wildcats
Clay Helton yells from the sidelines against the Arizona Wildcats (Getty Images)

“The 2018 USC football season was disappointing to me, to Coach Helton and his coaching staff, to our players and to our great fans,” Athletic Director Lynn Swann said. “Nobody is happy with our record. Everyone deserves better. It is my firm belief that we have a good team returning next year and a solid foundation in place, and that Clay Helton is a good coach. Let me be clear to everyone, our players, our recruits, and our fans. Clay Helton is our head coach and he will continue to be our head coach.

“I am a strong advocate of consistency within a program, sticking by a leader, supporting them and helping them and their team improve. One season does not define a coach. Remember, Coach Helton inherited a program in turmoil. He won 10 games, including the Rose Bowl, in his first year in 2016. He won 11 games and the Pac-12 title in 2017. He runs a clean program, he graduates his players, he recruits well, he produces NFL players.”

Helton has gone 32-17 in 49 games with the team. However, if you eliminate the 21-6 mark in 2016 and 2017, he has gone just 11-11 in two full seasons and one game as an interim head coach in 2013.

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