Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • USC makes another splash with LB Palaie Gaoteote commitment

    ESPN "USC landed one of the most coveted linebacker prospects in the nation on Sunday, as No. 1 outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote announced his commitment to the Trojans. Gaoteote, the nation's No. 41 overall prospect, held offers from a who's who of college football royalty, including Alabama,..." February 20

  • Joe Williams briefly quit football at Utah, wants NFL to know why

    USA Today "Joe Williams heard his father’s screams from the next room as his sister lay in death’s grip. But Williams felt paralyzed, strapped down to his bed by shock and emotions. Nearly a decade later, through the start of a 2016 season in which he emerged as one of the most productive and puzzling..." February 20

  • Dad of top 2019 QB will take job at Oregon, not Michigan

    College Football Talk "In the end, and at least when it comes to the Michigan angle, it was much ado about nothing. Much to the chagrin of ESPN talking head Paul “Pete” Finebaum, Jim Harbaugh had hired Michael Johnson Sr. as a part of his UM football staff in an unspecified role, with the expectation being that the..." February 17

  • Blake Barnett: Saban's comments played role in leaving Alabama

    ESPN "Blake Barnett doesn't want to talk about the past. The former five-star quarterback recruit doesn't want to talk about Alabama or why he left or what folks said about him when he did. He'd rather talk about the future at Arizona State. But he also admits that when you play for Nick Saban, a..." February 16

  • Washington reels in 4-star wideout Austin Osborne for 2018

    Campus Sports "The Washington Huskies continue to reel in recruits to bolster their football program. A week after signing day for the class of 2017, the Huskies reeled in an ESPN 300 recruit for next season. On Friday, Austin Osborne, a four-star receiver from Mission Viejo, California, took to social..." February 11

  • Oregon tabs Oklahoma State assistant Arroyo as co-OC

    Oregonian "Oregon is hiring Oklahoma State assistant Marcus Arroyo to coach quarterbacks and serve as the passing game coordinator, according to a Fox Sports report Thursday. The reported hiring would fill one of the two positions open on coach Willie Taggart's staff after the Ducks lost a pair of..." February 10

  • USC suspends Matt Boermeester amid code of conduct investigation

    ESPN "USC has suspended redshirt junior kicker Matt Boermeester amid an investigation of a "code of conduct issue." The University of Southern California provided a news release that said, "While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student will not be representing the..." February 08

  • Oregon co-OC Reaves officially resigns following DUII arrest

    The Register Guard "David Reaves resigned from his position on Oregon’s football staff on Friday, according to the school. The now former Ducks’ co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach had been placed on administrative leave and was in the process of being fired by Oregon after being arrested by Eugene..." February 06

  • Seeking justice for alleged abuse, victim of Colorado assistant confronts big-time college football

    SI "On Dec. 9, 2016, Trisha MacIntyre, the wife of Colorado football head coach Mike MacIntyre received a Facebook message from the girlfriend of Joe Tumpkin, an assistant coach on her husband’s staff. “Hi Trisha!” wrote the woman, whom we’ll call Jane. “I am sorry that I missed seeing you when I..." February 04

  • Oregon's Taggart calls hospitalization of 3 players a 'bogus story'

    Oregonian "My biggest takeaway from Wednesday's National Signing Day wasn't about talent, but posture. As in the defensive stance that Oregon football coach Willie Taggart took after unveiling his first recruiting class. Taggart has had a few rough, but determined, strides out of the gate. He was hired,..." February 03

  • Steve Sarkisian 'I Want To Be A Head Coach Again ... But I Love Bama'

    TMZ "Steve Sarkisian says he DEEPLY appreciates his offensive coordinator job at Alabama ... but admits he does want to be a head coach again one day -- when he's ready. TMZ Sports spoke with Sark at LAX -- and he shot down critics who blamed Bama's loss in the National Championship game on the..." February 03

  • Arizona State transfer QB Blake Barnett wins eligibility appeal

    Arizona Republic "Arizona State transfer quarterback Blake Barnett is immediately eligible to play per an appeal ruling from the NCAA. Barnett left Alabama on Sept. 28, 2016, playing in the Tide's first game against USC and leaving after four games. When he signed with ASU in December, it was thought that he..." February 01

  • 4-Star LB Levi Jones Trolled Both Florida And FSU Before Picking USC Live On ESPN

    The Spun "Austin (Tex.) Westlake four-star linebacker Levi Jones pulled the old fake-out during a live announcement on ESPNU this morning. Jones chose USC over Florida and Florida State, and he did so in entertaining fashion. Jones unzipped his jacket and revealed a Florida shirt, but then he took that..." February 01

  • USC starts signing day hot, reeling in Austin Jackson and Jay Tufele

    Los Angeles Times "USC has a reputation for closing well on national signing day, and the trend has continued early on Wednesday. Austin Jackson, a highly rated offensive tackle from Phoenix, became the second uncommitted recruit of the day to choose USC. A few minutes later, defensive tackle Jay Tufele of Utah..." February 01

  • 5-Star WR Joseph Lewis Commits To USC Trojans

    Campus Insiders "As Trojans fans say goodbye to one highly-touted wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, they can say hello to another. Five-star prospect Joseph Lewis committed to USC on National Signing Day. The Trojans beat out the Arizona State Sun Devils, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oregon Ducks for the Los..." February 01

  • 4-star DE Ryan Johnson commits to Stanford

    SEC Country "Auburn got some bad news on the recruiting trail Monday night as one of its top targets, Ryan Johnson, announced that he would be committing to Stanford. Johnson, a 4-star defensive end out of Mobile, Ala., announced on his Twitter account that he would be picking the Cardinal over the in-state..." January 31

  • Former Colorado assistant charged with 8 counts of assault

    ESPN "Former Colorado assistant coach Joe Tumpkin has been charged with five counts of second-degree assault and three counts of third-degree assault in a domestic violence case, the district attorney for Adams and Broomfield Counties in Colorado announced Tuesday. Tumpkin officially resigned from..." January 31

  • Iowa State lands a former USC starting lineman

    Des Moines Register "The win-now Iowa State football recruiting initiative gathered more momentum Sunday when 10-game USC starting offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers announced on Twitter that he’d selected Iowa State. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder joins former Michigan transfer lineman David Dawson among what is..." January 30

  • Report: Alabama loses second assistant as Billy Napier to be named Arizona State OC

    CBS Sports "It looks like Nick Saban is in the market for a new wide receivers coach. According to a report from, Alabama assistant Billy Napier is about to change his title to offensive coordinator at Arizona State. Napier has been Alabama's receivers coach since the 2013 season, but he does..." January 29

  • WSU LB Logan Tago accepts plea bargain from last summer’s alleged ‘beer stealing’ incident

    Seattle Times "After being charged with second degree felony robbery and fourth degree misdemeanor assault for an alleged incident that occurred June 4, Washington State linebacker Logan Tago has accepted a plea bargain for third-degree assault, his attorney, Steve Martonick, said Friday. Martonick said a..." January 29

  • WSU LB Logan Tago accepts plea bargain from last summer’s alleged ‘beer stealing’ incident

    Seattle Times "After being charged with second degree felony robbery and fourth degree misdemeanor assault for an alleged incident that occurred June 4, Washington State linebacker Logan Tago has accepted a plea bargain for third-degree assault, his attorney, Steve Martonick, said Friday. Martonick said a..." January 28

  • Bruce Judson Jr., Florida 4-star athlete, commits to Ducks over Beavers

    Oregonian "The Civil War rivalry has hit the recruiting trail hard in the class of 2017, as the Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks have crossed paths in Oregon and Florida, two key pipeline states. Earlier this week, Rivals four-star athlete Bruce Judson Jr. narrowed his list to the Ducks and Beavers,..." January 28

  • Utah football receives commitment from 4-star CB Javelin Guidry

    The Deseret News "The Utah football program got another victory on the recruiting trail Friday, as four-star cornerback Javelin Guidry committed to the Utes. Guidry announced his pledge via Twitter. Guidry's commitment to Utah is significant on a few fronts. In addition to his rating, the 5-foot-10,..." January 28

  • Former Alabama QB Cooper Bateman to join Utah as WR

    Salt Lake Tribune "A former four-star quarterback has enrolled at Utah with little fanfare. Cooper Bateman, a prep standout at Cottonwood High who has spent the last four seasons at Alabama, is a student at the University of Utah according to a student directory search first noted by Scott Garrard of 1280 The..." January 27

  • Four-star safety Isaiah Pola-Mao commits to USC

    Arizona Republic "Three-time All-Arizona safety Isaiah Pola-Mao of Phoenix Mountain Pointe has committed to USC. Pola-Mao announced his commitment during a ceremony at the school on Friday morning. Pola-Mao is ranked 116th in the country in USA TODAY's composite football player rankings that includes Rivals,..." January 27

  • Ryan Burns returning to Stanford for 5th season

    San Jose Mercury News "Stanford’s quarterback depth chart has expanded by one. Senior Ryan Burns, who was benched in favor of Keller Chryst midway through the 2017 season, has decided to return for next season, according to ESPN. Burns had been expected to leave the program and possibly take advantage of the NCAA..." January 25

  • Marlon Tuipulotu, Washington Huskies 5-star DT commit, flips to USC Trojans

    Oregonian "For months, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers fans desperately hoped 247Sports five-star defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu would reconsider his commitment to the Washington Huskies. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Central High School (Oregon) standout did just that, flipping his..." January 24

  • 4-star CB Elijah Gates taking his talents to UCLA

    Fox Sports "The secondary of the UCLA Football team is going to be deep next season as the Bruins just landed their fifth defensive backs as 4-star cornerback Elijah Gates will be heading to Westwood. Things continue to look up for the UCLA Football team in recruiting on the defensive side of the ball...." January 24

  • Oregon firing David Reaves after DUI arrest

    Larry Brown Sports "David Reaves was just officially hired by Oregon as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach last week, but he is losing his job after a DUI arrest. Reaves was arrested for DUI early Sunday morning and also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. He was pulled over by..." January 22

  • Oregon players reportedly released from hospital after intense team workouts

    Fox Sports - College Football "The three Oregon Ducks football players who were hospitalized earlier this week all are healthy and out of the hospital, according to The Oregonian. Offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were released from the hospital Friday. Offensive lineman Doug Brenner was released..." January 21

  • Oregon suspends strength coach Irele Oderinde after hospitalizations

    Larry Brown Sports "Oregon suspended new strength coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after recent workouts led to the hospitalization of three players. The Ducks recently hired new head coach Willie Taggart, who assembled a coaching staff that was looking to make an impression on the program. That led to..." January 18

  • Former Oregon players describe Chip Kelly's 'military-style' training

    Oregonian "Nothing wrong with a well supervised and appropriate "military-style" exercise for a college football program. But what went down last week at the University of Oregon was neither of those things. Three Ducks players were hospitalized. On Tuesday, new strength coach Irele Oderinde was suspended..." January 18

  • Oregon football players hospitalized after military-style workouts, report says

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Multiple members of the Oregon football team are hospitalized after undergoing strenuous strength and conditioning workouts at the school last week. The Oregonian reported Monday that at least three players — offensive linemen Doug Brenner and Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick — were..." January 17

  • 4-Star ATH Paulson Adebo Commits To Stanford Cardinal

    Campus Insiders "Four-star athlete Paulson Adebo committed to Stanford on Monday, giving the Cardinal 11 total commits in the 2017 recruiting class. So far, David Shaw and his staff are having an unbelievable start to 2017. The Cardinal added a commitment from 5-star offensive tackle Foster Sarell at the U.S...." January 17

  • Cal names Eastern Washington's Beau Baldwin offensive coordinator

    San Jose Mercury News "New Cal coach Justin Wilcox made one of his first hires a big one: Beau Baldwin, the head coach of Eastern Washington, is joining the Bears’ staff as offensive coordinator. Baldwin confirmed the move in a press conference at EWU.. Baldwin, 44, is highly respected in the coaching industry,..." January 17

  • Talented nose tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry commits to Stanford

    Stanford Rivals "Highly coveted defensive lineman Dalyn Wade-Perry of Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey publicly committed Sunday night to Stanford. The three-star nose tackle waited until he got home from his official visit to Stanford to announce his decision. It is welcome news for the..." January 16

  • Former Cal coach Sonny Dykes to join TCU

    CBS Sports "It didn't take long for fired Cal coach Sonny Dykes to find a new job, and it's in familiar territory. Dykes will join TCU's coaching staff in a yet-to-be-determined role, according to 247Sports, ESPN and Fox Sports. Dykes was fired from Cal last week after compiling a 19-30 record in four..." January 16

  • Washington's Vita Vea returning in 2017

    Seattle Times "After losing several stars who elected for early entry into the NFL draft, the Washington football team got some good news Friday as the school confirmed defensive tackle Vita Vea is returning for his junior season. Vea, 6 feet 5 and 332 pounds, was a third-year sophomore last season and was..." January 16

  • USC's Adoree' Jackson intends to enter 2017 NFL Draft "USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The Trojans star announced his intentions via Twitter on Monday, which is the deadline for underclassmen like Jackson to apply for early draft eligibility. Jackson, a junior, is among the..." January 16

  • Wisconsin DC Justin Wilcox agrees to become Cal coach

    CBS Sports "Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox has reached an agreement to become Cal's next coach, according to ESPN"s Brett McMurphy. The report states Wilcox will receive a five-year deal, but the terms beyond that weren't disclosed. Prior to the ESPN report Friday night, Bruce Feldman of Fox..." January 14

  • Cal in negotiations to hire Wisconsin's Justin Wilcox as HC

    Fanrag Sports "Wisconsin might need to hire a new defensive coordinator for the second time in two years. Cal is reportedly negotiating with Badgers defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to be the team’s next head coach. Golden Bears head coach Sonny Dykes was fired Sunday. Wilcox is reportedly among at..." January 13

  • Oregon taps Alabama's Mario Cristobal for OC job

    USA Today "Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal is expected to be named Willie Taggart's offensive coordinator at Oregon, a person with knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal is not finalized. Cristobal has been in..." January 13

  • How the Oregon Ducks football season unraveled, and ended with coach Mark Helfrich's firing

    Oregonian "In the end for Mark Helfrich, there were too many days like Nov. 12. With a 3-6 record and three games left in college football's 2016 regular season, the Oregon Ducks entered the day facing a predicament not seen in years, needing to win all their remaining games to become eligible for a..." January 12

  • Stanford losing one QB to transfer, another for at least six months due to Sun Bowl injury

    College Football Talk "To say the quarterback position down on The Farm is in a state of flux would be a massive understatement. Keller Chryst suffered a significant knee injury in Stanford’s Sun Bowl win over North Carolina late last month. While never confirmed by the football program, it was thought to be a torn..." January 11

  • Longtime college coordinator Phil Bennett to take over Arizona State defense

    Scout "Arizona State head coach Todd Graham has agreed to turn over the program's defensive coordinating and play calling duties to longtime college coach Phil Bennett according to multiple sources. After meeting with coaches in Nashville earlier in the week at the American Football Coaches..." January 11

  • Anu Solomon transferring to Baylor, sources say

    247 Sports "Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon is expected to join Baylor as a graduate transfer for the 2017 season, sources told 247Sports' Tom Loy and Steve Wiltfong. Solomon was in and out of the Wildcats' lineup in 2016 after suffering a knee injury in practice following a season-opening loss to BYU and..." January 10

  • Alabama betting favorites to take home 2018 National Championship "Before the confetti was even loaded into the cannons at the 2017 CFP National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, sportsbooks across Las Vegas were releasing their futures odds to win the 2018 title game. No matter which schools are represented at..." January 10

  • USC's Smith-Schuster declares for NFL draft

    Los Angeles Times "Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will forgo his senior season at USC to declare for the NFL Draft, Smith-Schuster announced on Twitter on Saturday evening, becoming the Trojans’ second early departure following its Rose Bowl victory this week. Guard Damien Mama announced Friday he would enter the..." January 08

  • Cal fires coach Sonny Dykes, could Chip Kelly become a target?

    CBS Sports "We have another surprising coaching vacancy. Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman reported Sunday afternoon that California has fired coach Sonny Dykes. Dykes came to Cal in 2013, and went 19-30 in his four seasons with the Golden Bears, including a 5-7 record in 2016. The Bears went 8-5 in 2015 with..." January 08

  • 4-star DB Darnay Holmes commits to UCLA

    247 Sports "Cornerback Darnay Holmes (Calabasas, Calif.) announced his verbal commit to UCLA during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in the Alamo Bowl. “The Bruins have been there since the start,” Holmes said. “Coach Mete (Demetrice Martin) is there, a great guy, one of the best DB coaches around,..." January 08

  • Foster Sarell, nation’s No. 1 offensive lineman, commits to Stanford over UW

    Seattle Times "Foster Sarell, the nation’s top-ranked offensive lineman, announced his intention to sign with Stanford, turning down a chance to stay close to home and play for the Huskies. Notre Dame, Nebraska and USC were his other finalists, and the 6-foot-6, 310-pound tackle from Graham-Kapowsin High..." January 07

  • Five-star UCLA signee on excused sabbatical hints at a return

    College Football Talk "One of the more odd off-the-field stories of the 2016 season could be seeing yet another twist. In August, Mique Juarez stopped showing up for UCLA’s practices a few days into summer camp because of what head coach Jim Mora described as an “excused” absence as the five-star recruit dealt with..." January 05

  • Stanford’s Solomon Thomas to enter 2017 NFL Draft

    Fanrag Sports "According to a statement released via Twitter on Wednesday morning, Stanford Cardinal defensive lineman Solomon Thomas is ready to take his talents to the next level. Following a three-year stint at Stanford, the junior defender will now be gearing up to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. “Could not..." January 04

  • Chad Hansen to Declare for 2017 NFL Draft

    Scout "Wide receiver Chad Hansen announced Wednesday that he intends to forego his senior season at Cal and enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The former Cal walk-on racked up some of the top receiving numbers in the nation during a breakout 2016 junior campaign when he was selected first-team All-Pac-12 by the..." January 04

  • Washington's John Ross declares for NFL draft

    12 Up "The Washington Huskies just got bounced from the College Football Playoff following a 24-7 loss to Alabama, and if that wasn't bad enough, now they'll have some more things to figure out heading into next season. The team is losing its best offensive playmaker to the NFL." January 03

  • John Ross among 4 UW underclassmen who intend to enter draft "Four underclassmen from Washington's Pac-12 championship team intend to file for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. Wide receiver John Ross III, safety Budda Baker, cornerback Sidney Jones and defensive lineman Elijah Qualls intend to forgo their senior seasons, per a release by the..." January 03

  • Ex-Oregon OC Matt Lubick won’t join Ole Miss after all, will become Baylor OC instead

    Fox Sports "Matt Lubick’s stay at Ole Miss will be brief. The former Oregon offensive coordinator, who had accepted the job as the Rebels’ wide receivers coach two weeks ago, is leaving to become the OC at Baylor, a source told FOX Sports Monday morning. Lubick will be receiving a two-year deal to join..." January 02

  • Michigan passing coordinator Jedd Fisch headed to UCLA

    Detroit News "Michigan pass-game coordinator Jedd Fisch is UCLA’s new offensive coordinator according to a sourced report Monday by Fisch just completed his second season with Jim Harbaugh’s staff and a year ago signed a two-year extension with the Wolverines. He made $700,000 this past season..." January 02

  • USC beats Penn State on final play in Rose Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "PASADENA, Calif. -- All season long, the Penn State formula was to start slow, fall behind, rally in the second half and then upset a favored opponent, whether it was Ohio State in October or Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. For much of a rare overcast afternoon at the Rose Bowl,..." January 02

  • Alabama DE Allen: Washington players were 'soft'

    ESPN "After Alabama's dominating 24-7 victory against Washington on Saturday in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Crimson Tide defensive end Jonathan Allen called the Huskies "soft." That was actually an improvement over what he called them walking off the field at halftime. "They were soft," Allen told..." January 01

  • No. 1 Alabama dominates No. 4 Washington to reach title game

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- Unbeaten Alabama is one victory away from a second straight national championship and fifth in nine seasons thanks to a breakout game from sophomore running back Bo Scarbrough and its usual dominant defense. Scarbrough scored two touchdowns, including a 68-yarder early in the..." December 31

  • Oklahoma State manhandles Colorado in Alamo Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- The mantra for Oklahoma State in the run-up to its game against Colorado in the Valero Alamo Bowl was to be the most physical team on the field, to exploit the Buffaloes' man-defense with deep passes and to draw on its experience in bowl games to overcome the inexperienced Pac..." December 30

  • Defensive stop lifts Stanford over North Carolina

    The Sports Xchange "Without its star running back for the entire game and minus its starting quarterback for most of the game, No. 16 Stanford relied on its defense all the way to the end of the Sun Bowl. The defense had a sack on a two-point conversion play with 25 seconds remaining, allowing Stanford to hold..." December 30

  • Utah rides ground game to another bowl win

    The Sports Xchange "SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Utah running back Joe Williams was an unlikely hero of Wednesday's Foster Farms Bowl, considering he had retired from football early in the season and was sick as a dog on Tuesday. But Williams was there when he was needed most, rushing for 222 yards and providing most..." December 29

  • Minnesota stymies Washington State in Holiday Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Minnesota Golden Gophers, true to their mascot, stayed low in beating the Washington State, 17-12, at the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday night. The result was the grounding of the Cougars high-octane offense. The Gophers (9-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a steady..." December 28

  • Olajuwon Tucker, Kevin Scott Academically Ineligible for 2017 Rose Bowl

    Fox Sports "USC football will be without linebacker Olajuwon Tucker and defensive lineman Kevin Scott for the 2017 Rose Bowl due to academic ineligibility. Olajuwon Tucker and Kevin Scott are USC’s only two academic casualties for the 2017 Rose Bowl, Clay Helton revealed on Tuesday during the welcome event..." December 28

  • WSU QB Luke Falk will return for his senior season, says Mike Leach

    Seattle Times "Washington State quarterback Luke Falk will return for his senior season instead of leaving school early for the NFL, Cougars head coach Mike Leach said Monday morning at a news conference before the Holiday Bowl. A reporter questioned whether Tuesday’s bowl game against Minnesota would be..." December 26