Zach Barnett (footballscoop.com) — Clay Helton will be retained as the head coach at USC, sources told FootballScoop on Tuesday evening. A formal announcement is expected on Wednesday.
Helton was largely viewed as a lame duck after he was retained following a 5-7 campaign in 2018, but exceeded expectations in 2019. Playing with a true freshman, backup quarterback in Kedon Slovis under a new offense directed by offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, the Trojans went 8-4, winning five of their last six games, and remained in contention for the Pac-12 championship through the final week of the regular season.
Helton has been with the program since 2010, surviving the Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian regimes to take over on an interim basis in 2015. Given the full-time job in 2016, Helton led USC to a 10-3 record, a Rose Bowl win and a No. 3 final ranking in the AP poll that season, then guided the Trojans to a Pac-12 championship in 2017. Overall, Helton is 40-21 as USC’s head coach.
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