Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • UCLA meets with Chip Kelly as potential replacement for Jim Mora

    Los Angeles Times "contingent of UCLA athletics officials met with Chip Kelly on Tuesday as part of the search to replace football coach Jim Mora, a person with knowledge of the situation said on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. Kelly would represent the kind of big-name hire the..." November 22

  • Chip Kelly considers offers from Florida, UCLA; turns down Tennessee

    USA Today "The hottest available coaching candidate could pick from one of several schools. At least Florida, Tennessee and UCLA have made overtures or offers to Chip Kelly, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The offers were in the range of $6 million per year, the person said. The..." November 22

  • Report: Oregon State has interviewed three coaches for vacancy

    Larry Brown Sports "Oregon State is in the market for a new head coach, and they apparently have interviewed a few candidates for the job. The Portland Tribune’s Kerry Eggers shared plenty of information Sunday about the Beavers’ coaching search. He says current interim head coach Cory Hall, Washington offensive..." November 21

  • UCLA's Rosen: 'We all are forever indebted' to Mora

    ESPN "If there's one thing UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been able to count on in his three season with the Bruins, it's that he would have Jim Mora in his corner. Two days after Mora was fired as the Bruins head coach, Rosen made it clear just how much the relationship meant to him. "Pretty..." November 21

  • David Shaw becomes Stanford's all-time winningest coach

    San Jose Mercury News "The nation’s leading rusher limped to the bench to get his sprained ankle re-taped early, hobbled over to the sideline a few more times throughout the game, and finally left for good early in the fourth quarter. There was nothing easy for Stanford or its star player Saturday night in the 120th..." November 19

  • Myles Gaskin, Jake Browning break Washington career touchdown records

    Seattle Times "In the same half, Washington’s backfield tandem of Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin each reached new heights in the UW record book. After Gaskin broke the school record with his 38th career rushing touchdown in the first quarter, Browning broke the school record with his 76th career passing..." November 19

  • Sam Darnold not talking about his draft status

    Larry Brown Sports "Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen were the focus of ABC/ESPN’s telecast of Saturday’s UCLA-USC game. Both are top QB prospects, and both are eligible to enter the NFL Draft next year. However, good luck getting Darnold to talk about his draft status. The redshirt sophomore was asked after his Trojans’..." November 19

  • Bryce Love breaks FBS record with 11th 50-plus yard run this season

    Sportsnaut "After being bottled up for most of the evening against Cal, Stanford running back Bryce Love finally got loose and romped 57 yards for a touchdown. That touchdown run represents a couple of big-time personal achievements for Love, the Heisman candidate who seems to break a big one every single..." November 19

  • UCLA fires coach Jim Mora in sixth season with the Bruins

    CBS Sports "UCLA announced Sunday that coach Jim Mora has been fired after compiling a 46-30 record in six seasons with the Bruins. "Making a coaching change is never easy, but it's an especially difficult decision when you know that a coach has given his all to our University," said athletic director Dan..." November 19

  • Chip Kelly mentioned as potential next UCLA head coach

    Larry Brown Sports "UCLA made a surprising announcement on Sunday that Jim Mora has been fired as the school’s head football coach. With the team one win away from bowl eligibility and coming off a close defeat to rival USC, it seemed like an odd time to fire the head coach. So why is UCLA making the move? They..." November 19

  • Willie Taggart addresses rumors of unhappiness at Oregon

    Yardbarker "If Willie Taggart wants out of Oregon, he isn’t saying it publicly. After an ESPN report intimated that Taggart was looking for an exit from the school after just a year in charge, the coach himself shot those reports down following a 48-28 win over the Arizona Wildcats. Taggart has been..." November 19

  • UW’s Azeem Victor suspended indefinitely after arrest

    Seattle Times "Washington senior linebacker Azeem Victor has been suspended indefinitely from the team after he was arrested over the weekend. According to King County Jail records, Victor was booked into custody at 4:16 a.m. Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of DUI. He was released from custody at..." November 16

  • David Shaw: Bryce Love might be the best football player in America

    ESPN "Stanford coach David Shaw made sure he distributed praise across the board after his team's 30-22 win over No. 9 Washington on Friday night. One by one, he listed them off: the offensive line, the coordinators, his quarterback, his opponent, and so on. Then there was an abrupt stop. "Oh,..." November 11

  • Josh Rosen says he won’t sit out bowl game if UCLA qualifies for one

    College Football Talk "At least for now, one high-profile player won’t be McCaffreying a bowl game. Or Fournetting it for that matter. Last season, running backs Leonard Fournette and Christian McCaffrey, both at the time considered likely high first-round picks in the 2017 NFL draft, raised eyebrows and made..." November 10

  • Christian Wallace granted release by Oregon State

    Oregonian "Oregon State redshirt freshman cornerback Christian Wallace has been granted his release by the school, allowing him to explore transfer options. An athletic department spokesman said Wallace was leaving for "personal reasons." The former four-star recruit from Sealy, Texas never played a..." November 10

  • Josh Rosen Reportedly Clears Concussion Protocol, Will Play vs. ASU

    Bleacher Report "UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has reportedly cleared concussion protocol and is in line to start the Bruins' home game Saturday night against Arizona State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times provided the status update Friday. Rosen originally..." November 10

  • Oregon Ducks linebacker AJ Hotchkins leaves program to play final season elsewhere

    Oregonian "Senior linebacker AJ Hotchkins is leaving Oregon's football program with plans to play elsewhere as a graduate transfer. Hotchkins announced his decision Monday, saying on Twitter that he wished UO best while apologizing to teammates for a September leg injury that ended his season. He plans to..." November 08

  • Josh Rosen expected to play for UCLA this week

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Rosen has been sidelined by a concussion since the third quarter of UCLA’s loss to Washington on October 28, but returned to the practice field on Tuesday and is expected to start for the Bruins on Saturday against Arizona State. “It was good to have him back,” Bruins center Scott..." November 08

  • Report: Les Miles interested in Oregon State vacancy

    College Football Talk "The Mad Hatter in the Great Northwest? According to one media outlet, it may be a possibility. Citing multiple sources, the Corvallis Gazette-Times is reporting that former LSU and Oklahoma State head coach Les Miles is interested in the same job at Oregon State. The Beavers are on the hunt..." November 08

  • Josh Rosen: ESPN questioning my toughness was ‘frustrating’

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Rosen is on track to play for UCLA this Saturday against Arizona State but first must be completely cleared from concussion protocol. The game would be his first since suffering a concussion against Washington two weeks ago that led to questions about his toughness, which the junior..." November 08

  • Khalil Tate becomes first Pac-12 quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season

    College Football Talk "Turns out Khalil Tate is not a Martian from the future sent here to destroy us through the power of football. He’s a mortal like the rest of us. Well, sort of. The Arizona quarterback suffered the first tough outing of his 5-game career as his Wildcats fell 49-35 to USC on Saturday night. The..." November 06

  • Josh Rosen could play for UCLA on Saturday

    Larry Brown Sports "Josh Rosen could return from his concussion for UCLA on Saturday against Arizona State, head coach Jim Mora said Monday. Rosen left the team’s game a little over a week ago against Washington in the second half with what ESPN said was a finger injury. Mora did not share details about Rosen’s..." November 06

  • Dante Pettis breaks NCAA record with ninth career punt return for a touchdown

    CBS Sports "Why anyone puts to Washington wide receiver Dante Pettis anymore is one of this world's great mysteries. Still, teams do, which is a good thing for Pettis. It was a good thing for the Huskies, too, during Saturday's game against Oregon as Pettis took a 64-yard punt return to the house. It was..." November 05

  • Washington State QB Luke Falk breaks Pac 12 all-time passing yards record

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Washington State quarterback Luke Falk broke the Pac 12's all-time passing yardage record Saturday against Stanford. Falk threw for 173 yards in the first half, surpassing Sean Mannion's former record of 13,600 yards. The top four passers in Pac 12 history have all played since 2009." November 04

  • Stanford making a change at QB ahead of Wazzu game

    College Football Talk "Stanford is once again making a change under center, although this time it doesn’t involve an injury. Keller Chryst started the first four games of the season at quarterback for the Cardinal, but an injury in the Week 4 win over UCLA opened the door for K.J. Costello to start the following week..." November 03

  • WSU Police Request Felony Charge for USC's Liam Jimmons' Hit on Fan

    Bleacher Report "Washington State University police requested Thursday that USC defensive lineman Liam Jimmons be charged with felony second-degree assault stemming from a September tackle on a fan. According to Elena Gardner of KXLY, cellphone camera video showed a player believed to be Jimmons laying out a..." November 03

  • Ducks lineman Brenner out for season following surgery

    Oregonian "Veteran offensive lineman Doug Brenner underwent hip surgery last week and will miss the rest of the season, Oregon coach Willie Taggart said Monday. Brenner is a fifth-year senior from Portland who has earned Pac-12 all-academic honors each of the past three years while playing a reserve role..." November 03

  • Stanford's Bryce Love cleared to play Saturday against Wazzu

    Yardbarker "Last Thursday without Love, the Cardinal barely squeaked by on the road against Oregon State, of all teams, winning 15-14. And it took a last-ditch effort to get the job done. It just goes to show how much value Love adds to the offense, which managed a total of 81 yards on the ground without him,..." November 03

  • Josh Rosen Doesn't Travel with Team, Won't Play vs. Utah Due to Concussion

    Bleacher Report "UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen won't play in Friday night's road game against Utah at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City due to a concussion. Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times provided the update, noting the star QB didn't make the trip with the Bruins. Devon Modster, who went seven of 12 for..." November 03

  • Sam Darnold might return to USC to avoid certain teams at top of NFL Draft

    CBS Sports "Have faith Trojan fans, Sam Darnold might not be done yet. The sophomore quarterback isn't ruling out the possibility of coming back for his junior year, per Albert Breer of MMQB, especially if things fall in a particular way regarding the 2018 NFL Draft order. Breer reports that Darnold wants..." November 02

  • Willie Taggart Says He's 'Committed' to Oregon Amid Florida Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Willie Taggart is on the minds of University of Florida representatives, but the Oregon football coach doesn't appear to be going anywhere. Florida is reportedly moving quickly to replace Jim McElwain, who is out as the head football coach after he and the school mutually parted ways Sunday...." October 31

  • Khalil Tate is the Best College Football Player Nobody is Talking About

    12 Up "Everyone knows the big names. You've got your Saquon Barkleys. Your Baker Mayfields. Your J.T. Barretts and your Lamar Jacksons. But what about Khalil Tate? The quarterback for the Arizona Wildcats has been KILLING IT since taking over the starting job in early October. In four starts,..." October 31

  • Josh Rosen's hand injury not considered serious

    College Football Talk "Needing two wins just to become bowl-eligible in the final month of the season, UCLA needs to be as close to full strength as they can in order to reach the postseason. Having quarterback Josh Rosen leave Saturday’s game at Washington with a hand injury was a reason to start thinking about hitting..." October 29

  • UCLA QB Josh Rosen leaves game vs. Washington with undisclosed injury

    CBS Sports "Josh Rosen has been a do-everything quarterback for UCLA during his career. Unfortunately for him, he won't be able to do a thing in the Bruins' game against Washington. The junior exited the game against the Huskies in the second half with an undisclosed injury. ESPN's cameras showed Rosen on..." October 28

  • Sidelined, Bryce Love strengthens Heisman argument

    College Football Talk "When rumors from earlier in the week were confirmed just prior to kickoff Thursday night, the thinking was that Bryce Love missing Stanford’s game against Oregon State because of injury could very well have torpedoed his Heisman Trophy hopes. In the end, his absence may have only bolstered said..." October 27

  • Officially, Sam Darnold will ‘take a look’ at his future ‘after the season’

    College Football Talk "Did anyone really expect anything else as a response? Anointed by myriad draftniks as the likely No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft entering the 2017 college football season, Sam Darnold has underwhelmed and underperformed that lofty projection for most of the first half or more of the..." October 25

  • Report: Sam Darnold expected to return to USC in 2018

    College Football Talk "Sam Darnold was appointed the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on the second day of 2017. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold torched Penn State to the tune of 33-of-53 passing for 453 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in a 52-49 Rose Bowl win. One problem, though. Darnold hasn’t..." October 23

  • Clay Helton says Sam Darnold has been dealing with ankle injury

    Larry Brown Sports "USC head coach Clay Helton said after his team’s 49-14 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night that quarterback Sam Darnold has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month. Darnold went 20 of 28 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Fighting Irish. He was replaced..." October 22

  • Starting USC DT Josh Fatu in concussion protocol after car wreck

    College Football Talk "This is one you don’t see very often. USC’s Josh Fatu was involved in a multi-car accident and is currently in concussion protocol because of a head injury he received in the incident, head coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday. The coach added that the accident in which Fatu sustained the..." October 19

  • Oregon State wide receiver Seth Collins out indefinitely; medical redshirt possible

    Oregonian "Oregon State junior wide receiver Seth Collins is out indefinitely with an unspecified "health-related issue," the school announced Tuesday. Collins missed the Beavers' game Saturday against Colorado due to an illness. He greeted teammates as they got off the bus at Reser Stadium prior to..." October 19

  • ESPN apologizes to University of Washington for snarky broadcast

    Awful Announcing "One of the more interesting storylines of the 2017 college football season was the University of Washington vs. ESPN. More specifically, the dispute was centered around Huskies coach Chris Petersen’s criticisms of late starting times to accommodate television. To put it rather mildly, Petersen was..." October 19

  • Utah football: Former BYU commit Mika Tafua joins Utes’ roster, is immediately eligible to play

    Deseret News "The University of Utah announced Tuesday that freshman defensive end Mika Tafua has been added to the Utes’ roster. He is immediately eligible to play, a school official confirmed. The 6-foot-3, 228-pound lineman from Kamehameha High School in Hawaii originally committed to BYU in 2015...." October 19

  • Sam Darnold confronts problem of 'unrealistic expectations' in second season, teammate says

    Los Angeles Times "By now, Sam Darnold understands the deal. When he stands outside USC’s locker room each week to face reporters, he can sense what people will be saying about him on the radio, the cable sports networks and the Internet all week. This is no longer last season, when Darnold was the freshman..." October 18

  • Washington loses LT Adams, CB Miller for the season

    College Football Talk "No. 12 Washington’s loss to Arizona State was a disaster on the field — for more reasons than one. The Huskies not only put their College Football Playoff hopes in danger — they’ll need to sweep their next six games, including a finishing kick that calls for games against No. 22 Stanford, No...." October 17

  • Oregon State parts ways with coach Gary Andersen, Cory Hall takes interim role

    CBS Sports "Oregon State announced on Monday that the school and coach Gary Anderson have parted ways. "After many discussions with [athletic director] Scott [Barnes], waiving my contract is the correct decision and enables the young men and the program to move forward and concentrate on the rest of the..." October 10

  • Mr. Perfect Matt Gay gets another season of eligibility with the Utes

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah senior Matt Gay began this season as the second option at place-kicker. Since he got a chance, he’s run with it and become the nation’s top kicker so far this season. Wednesday, Gay and Utah found out the senior has been granted another year of eligibility. Gay, a former soccer player at..." October 06

  • Pec tear ends season, collegiate playing career of starting USC lineman Viane Talamaivao

    College Football Talk "USC lost more than a game and its perfect season in Week 5. During Friday night’s loss to Washington State, Viane Talamaivao went down with what at the time looked to be an upper-body injury. This week, further evaluation revealed that the starting right guard sustained a torn pectoral muscle,..." October 06

  • Status of Oregon State’s leading rusher for USC game up in the air

    College Football Talk "If one-win Oregon State is to pull off a Week 6 upset, they may have to do so without their bell cow in the running game. In last Saturday’s blowout loss to Washington State, Ryan Nall went down with what was later diagnosed as a sprained ankle. With a road trip to 14th-ranked USC on the..." October 06

  • Chryst back as the Stanford starter against Utes

    San Francisco Chronicle "After two straight victories with K.J. Costello at quarterback, Stanford head coach David Shaw is going back to Keller Chryst as the starter Saturday night at Utah. Shaw indicated Friday that both quarterbacks will play. Chryst, a redshirt junior, had started the first four games of the season..." October 06

  • USC OC Tee Martin blames offense’s problems on losing talent to draft

    Larry Brown Sports "USC hasn’t exactly been the offensive juggernaut you would expect for a team that features the potential top overall pick in the NFL Draft, and one member of their coaching staff feels the Trojans have a pretty good excuse for that. Offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who has been with USC since..." October 04

  • Washington State fined $25,000 by Pac-12 after fans rushed following USC win

    USA Today "Washington State fans' excitement that led to storming the field after the Cougars beat then-No. 5 Southern California on Friday, has caused the school to be fined. The Pac-12 will fine Washington State $25,000, the conference confirmed. The conference enacted a policy earlier this summer,..." October 03

  • Scouts saying that USC’s Sam Darnold will stay in school

    Sportsnaut "While he’d likely be a top pick (if not the top pick) in the 2018 NFL Draft, a new report is suggesting that USC quarerback Sam Darnold will return to school. Darnold has certainly shown that he has potential. In five games, he’s completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,389 yards with nine..." October 02

  • Oregon QB Justin Herbert reportedly breaks collarbone

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Oregon defeated Cal 45-24, but the Ducks lost one of their most important assets in the victory. Quarterback Justin Herbert left the game in the first quarter after he dove into the endone. He reportedly broke his collarbone, according to the Oregonian. Head coach Willie Taggart refused to..." October 01

  • Washington loses WR Chico McClatcher for season with ankle injury

    Sporting News - NCAAF "No. 6 Washington will have to get by without one of its top offensive weapons the rest of the season. Receiver Chico McClatcher is done for the year after suffering a broken left ankle Saturday against Colorado, coach Chris Petersen announced Monday. According to The Seattle Times,..." September 26

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