Throughout the 2019 season, there were rumors that Clay Helton was in his final year as a USC coach. But on Wednesday afternoon, Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn set those sights to rest, announcing that Helton would return to USC next year.
Helton took over USC in mid-2015 and entered a 5-7 campaign this year. An opening 3-3 in 2019 had many fans calling for Helton’s work, especially with Urban Meyer on the market. The Trojans ended the year 5-1, however, to finish the regular season with an 8-4 record.
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Going into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to look at all aspects of the football business and make the tough decisions needed to compete at the championship level.
– Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) December 4, 2019
Helton was well recruited, pulling in three top 10 lessons in each of the first three years, though the 2019 class ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 3 in the Pac-12. But in the field, Helton has tried to turn that elite talent into results, losing at least three games in each of his four seasons.
The races have led to frequent debate on Helton’s future at USC, despite signing an extension in 2018 that will last until 2023. Last week, a report by Maven Media said Helton was fired, but the report was quickly rebuffed. multiple sources, including Maven Media itself.
Then, on Wednesday, Bohn removed any uncertainty about Helton’s fate.