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USC News: Clay Helton Reportedly Out as Head Coach

USC expected to announce the dismissal by Monday.

According to Sports Illustrated writer Adam Maya, the Clay Helton era at USC is over.

While itโ€™s important to recognize that there is no official word yet and Maya has been off before, the news should come as no surprise when it’s confirmed.

In four years as head coach of the Trojans, Helton has compiled a record of 40-21, culminating with a Rose Bowl victory and a Pac-12 championship. The Trojans fortunes took a turn for the worse with a 5-7 record in 2018, the first losing season for the program since 2000. By then, fans had already started overwhelmingly calling for Heltonโ€™s job, but then-Athletic Director Lynn Swann stuck by his coach. He stepped down in September.

USC hired Mike Bohn as Athletic Director in November, and he stated that he wanted to see Helton finish the season strong. He seemed to do just that, as USC bounced back to an 8-4 record with blowout wins over Cal and UCLA, but it reportedly wasnโ€™t enough.

USCโ€™s recruiting has suffered in recent years under Helton, the most recent and possibly devastating blow being when five-star QB Bryce Young flipped his commitment to Alabama. USCโ€™s 2020 recruiting class ranks towards the bottom of the Pac-12.

Despite reports that Bohn was leaning towards retaining Helton, the universityโ€™s decision had reportedly been made earlier this week.

The news has yet to be confirmed, but donโ€™t be surprised if it turns out to be true.

Written by Andres Soto

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