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Clay Helton issues statement following the Pac-12’s decision to cancel 2020 football season

Helton stated he is disappointed, but certainly supportive of the decision

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The 2020 college football season has officially been cancelled by the Pac-12 as all athletic competition can start no earlier than January 1, 2021. No sports in the fall, no USC Trojans returning to the gridiron in 2020. No other fall sports returning to their fields, stadiums, courts or arenas either.

While all the talk on Tuesday was from the Pac-12 themselves, USC head football coach Clay Helton issued a statement rather quickly, following the news.

“Today, guided by the recommendations of our doctors and medical professionals, the Pac-12 Conference has decided to postpone the 2020 football season. While I am extremely disappointed that our student-athletes and coaching staff will not get the opportunity to compete at this time, we will always support decisions that are made to protect the health and safety of our players and staff. I am very proud of how our football team has conducted themselves and for all the hard work they have put in this year in preparation for a season. Our university and athletics department are committed to providing all the services for our student-athletes to function at the highest level, both academically and athletically, while following county, sate, and national guidelines. I am confident that we will come out of this a stronger, more resilient football team and look forward to getting the opportunity to compete and showcase all the hard work that has been put in. Together, we will continue to


— Clay Helton”

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