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USC retains Helton as head coach

Southern California head football coach Clay Helton will return for the 2020 season.

The Trojans (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12) won five of their last six games in the regular season and are ranked No. 24 in The Associated Press Top 25 and No. 22 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

“I am pleased to let you know Coach Helton will continue to be our head coach,” athletic director Mike Bohn wrote on the USC athletics Twitter page on Wednesday. “His commitment to our student-athletes and to leading with integrity is vital to restoring our championship program, which is the goal for all of our teams.”

Helton, 47, was under scrutiny throughout the season after posting a 5-7 record in 2018, the program’s worst record since 2000.

He guided the Trojans to a 21-6 record during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, including a 52-49 win against Penn State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, 2017.

“Heading into 2020, Coach Helton and I will work together to take a hard look at all aspects of the football enterprise and will make the tough decisions necessary to compete at a championship level,” added Bohn, who was hired as AD last month.

USC capped the 2019 regular season with a 52-35 victory against rival UCLA on Nov. 23.

Helton signed an extension in February 2018 to coach the Trojans through the 2023 season.

–Field Level Media

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