USC athletic director Pat Haden's found his new football coach. Turns out, he was already there.
Haden announced a removal of the interim tag for Clay Helton Monday, making him the permanent head coach of the Trojans. Helton is 6-2 overall as interim head coach, with a 5-2 mark this year after replacing fired Steve Sarkisian.
OFFICIAL: Clay Helton named permanent USC head coach by athletic director Pat Haden. #FightOn— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) November 30, 2015
Haden fired Sarkisian Oct. 12 after providing him a leave of absence when the coach reportedly showed up for work drunk.
Helton, who's been at the school since 2010 after coaching at Memphis, leads USC (8-4) against Stanford Saturday in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Kickoff is set for 7:45 p.m. in Santa Clara.