Pat Haden Names Clay Helton Permanent USC Head Coach

By Eric Seger on November 30, 2015 at 10:46 am
USC names Clay Helton permanent head coach.

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.

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.

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