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USC plays it safe, but for the long term, hiring Clay Helton is risky

2 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

Now we know what it takes to be promoted from within at USC after the previous coach has been fired during the season at an airport, or via text, after a traumatic loss to either Arizona State or Washington. Interim coach "A" or "B" can lose at Notre Dame so long as he otherwise leads a midseason...

Clay Helton Mobbed By His Players After Being Named USC Head Coach

3 hours agoSports : Deadspin

Clay Helton has been serving as USC’s interim head coach for a few weeks now, and the school surprised a lot of people this morning when it decided to sign him to a multi-year contract and keep him as the head coach going forward. USC fans who were dreaming of Chip Kelly may be disappointed, but the players sure seem happy about the move. Read more...

USC Coach Clay Helton apologizes for 'not being glitzy'

Acknowledging that he was not a glitzy candidate, Clay Helton was formally introduced as USC’s permanent head coach on Monday during a news conference at the McKay Center. “I totally understand the high bar of excellence and expectations that come with the job,” said Helton, who has guided the...

Bill Plaschke: USC got it right with hiring of Clay Helton

He is the not the famous choice. He is not the flashy choice. Popularity polls wouldn’t pick him. Hollywood wouldn’t take him. The new face of arguably the nation’s most glamorous college football program is only recognizable when his face is shrouded in a baseball cap. But he pulls that cap low,...

USC players erupt in cheers after being told interim coach Clay Helton was hired

This is fun to see. USC named interim coach Clay Helton its full-time head coach after he's gone 5-2 and earned a Pac-12 Championship Game berth with the Trojans since the firing of Steve Sarkisian. Some people around the program might...Show More Summary

Eagles' Chip Kelly reportedly met with Southern California about coaching opening, which Kelly denies

  On Monday, the University of Southern California announced that it had removed the interim tag from coach Clay Helton’s title, naming him permanent coach, or at least as permanent as things can be in big-time NCAA football. But before...Show More Summary

Clay Helton hiring gets enthusiastic response from current and former Trojans

4 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

USC announced Monday that Clay Helton has been hired as head football coach after going 5-2 in the role on an interim basis since Steve Sarkisian was fired in October. Reaction to Helton's permanent hiring was met with enthusiasm from several current Trojan players.   Former Trojans Coach Pete...

USC Players Erupt in Cheers After Hearing Clay Helton Was Named Head Coach

On Monday, the Southern California Trojans removed the interim tag from Clay Helton's title and officially named him the head coach after he led the team to a Pac-12 South title this season. It looks like that was a popular move with the players. Show More Summary

USC's Clay Helton -- Players Go Crazy for Coach ... During Official Announcement

The USC football team was FIRED UP when they were officially told Clay Helton will be the permanent head coach... swarming the guy during an epic team celebration.  USC athletic director Pat Haden broke the news to the players during a team…

Do you agree with USC's hiring of Clay Helton as head football coach? [Poll]

USC avoided what could have been a long, grueling search for a new head football coach Monday by giving the job to Clay Helton, the guy who has held the reins for the Trojans on an interim basis since Steve Sarkisian was fired last month. During that stretch, Helton has led the team to a 5-2 record...

Uninspiring Hire of Clay Helton Says Plenty About USC Under Pat Haden

When Pat Haden returned to USC to be its athletic director, it was universally hailed as a stunningly respectable move for an athletic department that had been lax on making good decisions the past few years under former AD Mike Garrett. The...Show More Summary

Clay Helton is keeping the coaching gig (and losing the interim tag) at USC

6 hours agoSports : The Early Lead

The University of Southern California has hired Clay Helton to continue coaching its football team after his interim stint this season. The school made the announcement on Twitter Monday morning. OFFICIAL: Clay Helton named permanent USC head coach by athletic director Pat Haden. #FightOn — USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 30, 2015 Helton will be kept […]

USC names Clay Helton as permanent head football coach

Clay Helton, who took over a USC program in turmoil and guided the Trojans to the Pac-12 Conference championship game, has been hired as USC’s permanent head coach, Athletic Director Pat Haden announced Monday. “After weeks of searching the collegiate and pro ranks, interviewing candidates, and...

Clay Helton Named Permanent USC Head Coach by AD Pat Haden

USC announced Monday that Clay Helton was promoted from interim to permanent head coach. Bryan Fischer of Bleacher Report passed along the press release from the school: Helton, 43, replaced Steve Sarkisian and has gone 5-2 since taking over as the interim head coach, including wins over Utah and UCLA. Show More Summary

Cross Chip off the list: USC announces Clay Helton is head coach

Any speculation that Eagles coach Chip Kelly — or any other NFL coach — could leave to coach USC can end. The Trojans have announced that Clay Helton, their interim head coach for most this season, will lose the interim tag and become the permanent head coach going forward. When USC fired Steve Sarkisian this…

USC hiring Clay Helton as full-time head coach, thus cutting out the middle man

After two separate interim stints, Helton's getting his shot as the full-time coach. USC has removed the interim tag from head coach Clay Helton, making him the official replacement to Steve Sarkisian, the school announced Monday. The...Show More Summary

Clay Helton's game-sealing call for USC: Let Justin Davis finish off UCLA

20 hours agoHealth : Booster Shots

Clay Helton gave Justin Davis a simple directive as USC attempted to close out its victory over UCLA. "He told me, 'This is your job, to end the game,'" Davis said. And so Helton, USC's interim coach, put the ball in Davis' hands again and again and again. The junior tailback carried the ball 15...

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