Clay Helton given permanent role as head coach at USC

There is some big news as USC prepares to take on Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game. Interim head coach Clay Helton has been named permanent head coach of the USC Trojans.

USC announced the move this morning.

OFFICIAL: Clay Helton named permanent USC head coach by athletic director Pat Haden. #FightOn

— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 30, 2015

Helton took over mid-season after former head coach Steve Sarkisian had encountered several alcohol related incidents. As a result Sarkisian was placed on leave before being fired by USC Athletic Director Pat Haden.

Helton has been at USC since 2010. He started as quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2013. Before this year, he had been interim coach at USC for the 2013 Las Vegas Bowl after then interim coach Ed Orgeron quit after not being offered the permanent job.

This will be Helton’s first time as a permanent head coach.

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