USC President Carol Folt Backs Mike Bohn After Decision to Keep Embattled Coach Clay Helton

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USC President Carol L. Folt waits with new USC athletic director Mike Bohn during news conference on Nov. 7, 2019.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

USC President Carol L. Folt waits with new USC athletic director Mike Bohn during news conference on Nov. 7, 2019.(Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

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As the man she hired to be athletic director made a controversial move Wednesday that could define his tenure, new USC president Carol L. Folt stood behind Mike Bohn and the process that led him to retain head football coach Clay Helton.

“I hired Mike to make this important decision, and I expect him to show outstanding results,” Folt told The Times.

“He believes very strongly that Coach Helton has led the football program with integrity. He’s deeply committed to student-athletes’ success, on and off the field. I’ve seen it myself. I think he and Mike both know that there’s important work to be done. We have very high expectations.”

Until Wednesday, it had been uncertain if Helton had done enough to fulfill those expectations, after finishing 13-11 over the last two seasons.

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