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USC makes easy choice, hires Clay Helton as head coach — USC athletic director Pat Haden said he spent six hours interviewing Clay Helton, but it was probably Saturday's victory over UCLA that was more important than anything Helton said before being officially hired Monday on a five-year contract. The timing of Helton's hire spoke volumes.
Dec 01, 2015

USC coach Clay Helton might remake his coaching staff, which puts DC Justin Wilcox's future there in doubt:…

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USC names Clay Helton as head football coach — USC wasted no time finding its next football coach. Interim coach Clay Helton, who led the Trojans to a 40-21 victory over UCLA on Saturday and a berth into the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, has signed a multi-year agreement to be the Trojans' permanent head coach, USC athletic director Pat Haden announced Monday.

USC surprises itself with trip to Pac-12 title game — USC plays Stanford on Saturday night at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and even the Trojans admitted some surprise at the thought of a four-loss team being one game away from the Rose Bowl. "It does seem a little weird," defensive end Greg Townsend said.

Pat Haden Rumors Flying Again — A fresh round of Pat Haden-is-retiring rumors are burning through the athletic dept. this weekend and some people believe an announcement will come this week. Last month, when rumors spread he was retiring at any moment, sources told me it was never the case.

USC’s Pressure On Josh Rosen — UCLA QB Josh Rosen was sacked by USC three times yesterday. He was sacked only 11 times in the previous 11 games. Was USC's pressure something Rosen was not used to seeing this season? You would think he would be less rattled playing in his 12th game.
Nov 29, 2015

#USC sacked #UCLA QB Josh Rosen 3 times. He was sacked only 11 times in previous 11 games…

Adoree Jackson doesn’t give himself high grade despite punt return for touchdown — USC cornerback Adoree Jackson returned a punt 42 yards for a touchdown against UCLA, the second time in two weeks he returned a punt for a touchdown. But Jackson said after helping the Trojans defeat the Bruins he still felt his season was just "all right."

Why doesn’t USC play like it did against UCLA every week? — USC tailback Justin Davis said some players talked about meeting with athletic director Pat Haden to recommend Clay Helton become the Trojans' next head coach. "Maybe some of the leaders (will)," Davis said Saturday after USC disposed of UCLA, 40-21, before 83,602 at the Coliseum.

USC needs football victory over UCLA to restore pride — After all the drama, uncertainty and suspense the past three months, USC's season still comes down to the UCLA game. Just like it should or this game would not be the final one of the regular season. USC and UCLA pretend to be unconcerned about each other, but they always seem to know each other's business.

Inside USC with Scott Wolf — OK, time to pick the biggest game of the year. Back in the summer, when the Daily News asked me for a prediction for our college football preview, I chose USC and said if the Trojans could not win with a fifth-year senior at quarterback, they might never win.
Nov 27, 2015

Pick the score of the #USC-#UCLA game and find out who I am picking here…

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Dec 01, 2015

Ex-#UCLA student body president Dean Florez poses on Traveler statue after losing a bet via @mariyadondonyan #USC

Dec 01, 2015

Maybe best theory on hiring of Clay Helton is bringing back an adult to run things after some turbulent years #USC

Dec 01, 2015

#USC o-line coach Bob Connelly on Clay Helton hire: ``A lot of prayers were answered in my opinion. There's not a better guy out there.''

Dec 01, 2015

#USC QB Max Browne talks about the hiring of Clay Helton and what it means to his future via @YouTube

Dec 01, 2015

Petros Papadakis: ``#USC has opened the door for criticism for why they didn't give Ed Orgeron the same chance two years ago.''

Nov 30, 2015

Pat Haden interviewed Clay Helton twice for 6 hours. So how much do you think he really looked at other candidates? #USC

Nov 30, 2015

Pat Haden on how long he will be athletic director: ``Somewhere between 0-10 (years) is still the number.'' #USC

Nov 30, 2015

Pat Haden: ``We needed a reboot. (Clay Helton) changed the culture of the team to family first, team first. Those men need a leader." #USC

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