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Clay Helton is now the permanent head coach at USC

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What are your thoughts?

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The announcement was made earlier today.

The players are ecstatic!

Helton is undefeated against Cal, joining the USC staff in 2010 as a quarterbacks coach under Lane Kiffin. He upgraded to passing game coordinator in 2012, then became offensive coordinator in 2013 and has stayed in that capacity until early 2015, surviving a few coaching changes. As the interim coach in 2015, he managed the Cal game reasonably well, pulling out a solid 27-21 victory.

Helton finished the season 5-2 as the interim head coach but also went 4-0 against the Pac-12 South (including convincing wins over Utah and rival UCLA) and will lead USC into the Pac-12 Championship game against Stanford this week. It's interesting the interim hire was taken off before the Pac-12 Championship game, but I guess USC didn't want to go looking.

USC fans at Conquest Chronicles don't appear to be too pleased.

What are your thoughts on this hire?