Nov 28, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans head coach Clay Helton celebrates after an NCAA football game against the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC defeated UCLA 40-21. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off another tough loss and a five-win season, many expected the USSC Trojans to fire head coach Clay Helton. Instead, USC’s athletic director Lynn Swann announced Helton will return for the 2019 season.

Swann and the university opted to stick by Helton, despite pressure from the fan base to fire him. Though, he did win 11 games in 2017 and won the Rose Bowl in 2016 with the Trojans.

It had almost become a foregone conclusion that Helton would be let go. Rumors started to circulate that USC would target John Harbaugh or James Franklin if it didn’t retain Helton.

Upon learning Helton would return to USC next season, Twitter quickly reacted to the university’s surprising decision.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection