Clay Helton will be in Los Angeles just a little while longer.
USC signed head coach Clay Helton to an extension on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement came via USC athletics twitter account.
Helton’s extension will likely keep him at USC through the 2023 Season. This comes after Helton has coached the team to back to back double digit win season through his first two seasons as head coach. So far during Helton’s tenure the Trojans have won the Rose Bowl, the Pac-12 South, Pac-12 Championship, and made it to two New Year Six Bowl Games. Not to mention USC is undefeated at the Coliseum. Recruiting wise Helton and his staff has done an outstanding job bringing top recruits to USC.
While there’s plenty of positives and reasons to justify the extension of Clay Helton, there’s also some who believe that an extension is premature at the moment. Helton has gone under a lot of scrutiny from a lot of fans. Despite winning 10 or more games the last two season, many feel that USC AD Lynn Swann should wait to see what Helton does this coming season with players like Sam Darnold around. The biggest gripe came after USC’s performance during their 24-7 loss to Ohio St where the Trojans lacked a sense of urgency to make it a game and the offense fell flat. Many felt the Trojans under performed this season due to the lack of adjustments and failing to put lesser opponents away. Not to mention falling flat in big time games such as Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Regardless how you view it, Clay Helton extension comes due to the things he and the team accomplished during the last two seasons. It’s hard to see USC letting Helton go and with this extension, it shows that he will be the guy in Los Angeles unless things drastically go south or Lynn Swann feels the Trojans aren’t making that jump towards the next level under Helton.