Monday, November 30, 2015

USC Promotes Clay Helton To Permanent Head Football Coach.

Clay Helton. Image via the Los Angeles Times. 


USC has promoted Clay Helton from interim to permanent head football coach. The school made the announcement on Monday morning.



In a statement released by the school, USC athletic director Pat Haden explained the decision to stick with Helton rather than hiring a new head coach from outside the program.

“After weeks of searching the collegiate and pro ranks, interviewing candidates, and speaking with head coaches, athletic directors, NFL executives, and very knowledgeable football people, and after observing Clay in action the past seven weeks, it became abundantly clear that what we were searching for in a coach was right here in front of us,” said Haden. “Choosing a coach is an inexact science. In Clay’s case, there is exactness. We have a man with unquestioned integrity. He is a fantastic person and he is real. Clay is a leader of young men. He is a terrific communicator. He brings high character, stability, continuity, consistency, toughness and resiliency to our program.
“We have known Clay well for the past six years. He earned this opportunity. He has been positive and upbeat handling adversity. He was built to be a head coach. Football is his family business. He is a coach on the rise and he will be coaching a team on the rise. As our interim head coach, Clay brought back USC’s style of physical football. I have been impressed with how hard and how inspired our team has played for him, as well as the support they have shown for him."

USC has a 5-2 record since Haden took over for the fired Steve Sarkisian. It will be facing Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game this coming Saturday.

(via ESPN)

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