LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field to face the UCLA Bruins at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)The 2018 season for the USC Trojans was extremely disappointing, as it will end without an appearance in a bowl game. While there was speculation that Clay Helton would be fired after yesterday’s loss to Notre Dame, the school announced he’ll remain the head coach.Helton won 10 games in his first season with the Trojans, and then won the Pac-12 title in 2017. It could be argued that his struggles to manufacture wins this season is because of the team’s youth.Well, details are emerging about the decision to retain Helton, and USC fans might not be happy about it.According to Arash Markazi, the Trojans thought the price to hire another coach and buyout Helton would be too costly.From what I’m told the combination of USC not having a president currently, Helton’s buyout and what it would cost to hire a big name coach, who is presumably already a head coach somewhere, resulted in Clay Helton remaining the head coach at USC for at least one more season.— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) November 25, 2018As JT Daniels continues to mature under center, the Trojans could rise back to prominence in the Pac-12.However, it still remains unclear if Helton will be the coach for USC past the 2019 season. If he wants any chance of staying in California, he’ll need to rejuvenate this program.Pressure is on for the Trojans, and another 5-7 season will definitely not suffice.