USC athletic director Lynn Swann gives Clay Helton show of support – Orange County Register

SANTA CLARA — USC coach Clay Helton could breathe a sigh of relief after a 31-28 victory over Stanford on Friday night in the Pac-12 championship game.

But he will feel even better when he sees what USC athletic director Lynn Swann said after another sloppy victory.

“We’ve got a head coach we’re going to keep,” Swann said after the game.

Whether or not Swann meant it, this puts him on the record supporting Helton. Multiple sources reported during the season that Swann was unhappy with Helton but knew it was not possible to make a change when USC is 11-2.

“I want to follow the model of the Pittsburgh Steelers,” Swann said. “They’ve had three coaches since the 1960’s.”

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