You can put away your coaching brackets, credible sources, and thoughts on who should USC make their next head coach, as they dismissed "interim" from coach Helton's title. Pad Haden announced earlier this morning that Helton is now the Trojans' new head coach entering next year. The news couldn't have came at a better time as Helton has led the Trojans to a victory over UCLA, but also a chance at beating Stanford for the Pac-12 championship. Helton who has given this team an edge that has been missing under Sarkisian's watch, received a three-year deal with a two-year option to extend his contract according to Brett McMurphy at ESPN. Clay Helton is the right guy for this job and the facts do not lie
Clay Helton received a 3-year deal at USC w/a 2-year option to extend contract to 5 years, source told @ESPN
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 30, 2015
Since Helton has taken over the Trojans have gone 5-2, including big wins against Utah, on the road against Cal, and UCLA this past weekend. USC will be representing the Pac-12 South for the first time since 2011 when the new conference layout was started. Helton has beaten a big time rival for the first time in four years, which has crowned the Trojans as the team of Los Angeles. Helton has taken the wheel for the Trojans before, as he led the team to a bowl win after the firing of Lane kiffin and the absence of Ed Orgeron. If USC didn't hire Helton they could've possibly experienced the loss of additional recruits, support of players, and a great leader.
The Trojans have a coach that their players are willing to play for and want as their head coach, something that creates a great foundation within the program. Players like Zach Banner, Ronald Jones II, and Su'a Cravens have made it publicly known who they want as their leader going into next season and how essential that would be for the Trojans' success in the upcoming years.
Through Twitter and interviews multiple recruits have expressed their happiness with the hiring of coach Helton, including class of 2016 quarterback Matt Fink. Helton's character, philosophy, and commitment to the Trojans have built bonds that can't be broken with current players and recruits.
Helton now has the opportunity to prove his value once again to Southern California, as he will be traveling up to Santa Clara to face the Stanford Cardinal in a classic Pac-12 matchup. If the Trojans can go up north and beat the farm this time around, expect Helton to win much more than quality football games.