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USC's Helton 'secure' despite hot seat

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LOS ANGELES (AP) Clay Helton believes his job at Southern California is secure as he heads into two games that could determine whether he's right.

The coach addressed the pertinent topic of his future with the Trojans in a meeting this week, and he did it again when asked about it Tuesday night after practice. While he recognizes the fan unrest created by USC's 5-5 season, Helton told his players to focus on their upcoming rivalry games against UCLA and Notre Dame, not on whether he is about to make a sudden departure.

"I feel very secure in where I'm at," Helton said. "Like I told them, my plan is to be here for another 15 years. I'd like to do it `til I'm 60, right here. That's my plan. Know this, I'm not going anywhere. I want them to know my jaw is set."

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