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Clay Helton will return as the USC coach for the 2020 season


NCAA Football: Southern California at California Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Clay Helton is back!

The official announcement from athletic director Mike Bohn.

Original post below:

The Pac-12 coaching carousel always provides unique surprises. Somehow, Clay Helton appears to be set to outlast Chris Petersen. Football Scoop had the initial story. Bruce Feldman appears to have confirmed it as well.

Joel Klatt of Fox Sports expects coaching changes to happen, but on the USC assistant staff. Keep an eye out for that.

It appears Helton beat off the hot seat rumors. Beating up Cal and UCLA also probably helped. Everyone chipped in!

Helton putting USC in position to win the Pac-12 South right until the final weekend of the regular season likely helped save his job. USC figures to be ready to contend for another Pac-12 title next year, as the offense seemed to be humming extremely well by end-of-year.

The focus probably turns to retaining offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, who seemed to finally have things clicking by end of year. Harrell is being circulated in connection with the vacancy at Texas.