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USC Announces Decision On Head Coach Clay Helton

A closeup of Clay Helton in his USC football gear.

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans before the game against the Arizona Wildcats at Los Angeles Coliseum on November 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

USC's football program announced this afternoon a decision on the Trojans' head coach, Clay Helton, following the end of the regular season.

Helton, in somewhat of a surprise, will be returning to the sideline in 2019.

USC athletic director Lynn Swann announced the decision with a statement.

“Clay Helton is our head coach and he will continue to be our head coach," Swann said in a statement.

Here's the full release:

This is a surprising decision, but not a shocking one. ESPN's Chris Fowler and Kirk Herbstreit hinted at the possibility of Helton returning during their broadcast of the USC-Notre Dame game on Saturday night.

USC would reportedly have to give Helton a gigantic buyout if the Trojans were to fire him, too, and giving him at least one more season would bring that number down.

Still, there will be plenty of USC fans upset with the decision to bring Helton back. Several top boosters had reportedly been pressuring the Trojans to make a change.