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USC extends contract for Clay Helton

USC head coach Clay Helton has had his contract extended through the 2023 season, according to an announcement made by the university.

Helton has put together an impressive resume in his first two years as full-time head coach of the Trojans, including a Pac-12 title, a Rose Bowl win and a pair of 10-win seasons.

“Coaching at USC has been the most special opportunity of my life and I am so pleased to continue the journey toward championships here,” said Helton. I would like to thank President Max Nikias, Athletic Director Lynn Swann and the USC administration for the tremendous opportunity that they have given to me and my staff. All of us associated with the USC football program are extremely fortunate to have the level of support provided to us here.”

Helton, 45, has a 27-10 overall record (73.0%) at USC, with 9 victories over AP Top 25 teams, including 3 in the Top 5. He posted more wins (21) in his first 2 full seasons than any previous USC coach. He is 16-0 in the Coliseum, with his active 16-game home winning streak and 12-game Pac-12 home winning streak both being the longest at USC since 2001-04. He also led USC to a since-snapped 13-game overall winning streak, including 12-straight over Power 5 opponents. He is 20-5 (80.0%) against Pac-12 foes.

“We have lofty goals at USC and Clay can get us to those goals,” said Swann. “He has shown that he can lead our team with integrity and stability and that he has the ability to win conference and national championships. I am happy with the job Clay has done so far. He has made good progress and is moving our program forward. Winning national championships is a process and Clay has built a championship foundation through consistently successful recruiting, hiring outstanding assistant coaches and providing a vision for our program.”