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Clay Helton, USC Agree to Contract Extension Through 2023

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 01:  Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans looks on while his team warms up prior to the start of the Pac-12 Football Championship Game against the Stanford Cardinal at Levi's Stadium on December 1, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The University of Southern California announced Tuesday that it has signed head football coach Clay Helton to a contract extension through the 2023 season. 

Financial terms were not disclosed. 

USC Trojans @USC_Athletics

USC has inked head coach Clay Helton to a contract extension through the 2023 season. @USCCoachHelton is the first coach in Trojan Football history to win 10 or more games in each of his first two full seasons in charge. #FightOn https://t.co/88CoQsTdLn

In November 2015, the Trojans signed Helton to a three-year contract with a two-year option after they started 5-2 under his leadership as the program's interim boss. 

In Helton's first full season without the interim label, the Trojans went 10-3 in 2016 and capped off a successful year with a thrilling 52-49 win over Penn State in the Rose Bowl. 

Helton helped the program take another step forward last season, as USC finished 11-3 and captured its first Pac-12 title since 2008. 

"We've got a head coach we’re going to keep," athletic director Lynn Swann said in December, according to the Los Angeles Daily News' Scott Wolf

"I want to follow the model of the Pittsburgh Steelers. They've had three coaches since the 1960s." 

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