Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • UCLA alum may buy naming rights to Rose Bowl

    Larry Brown Sports "For the first time since the stadium opened in 1922, the Rose Bowl could soon have a name other than just the Rose Bowl. Richard “Tod” Spieker, a Silicon Valley real estate investor and UCLA alum, is planning to donate $10 million of his own money and help raise $40 million in total for stadium..." September 19

  • Texas QB Shane Buechele expected to be available against USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Texas quarterback Shane Buechele is expected to be available against USC after missing last week with a shoulder injury, according to a report. The sophomore QB missed Texas’ game against San Jose State last weekend with a shoulder injury. He was able to throw and took limited reps in practice..." September 14

  • USC says 4-0 mark vs. Texas is correct as NCAA voided Trojans' participation in 2005 season

    ESPN "USC and Texas will play this week for the first time since the Longhorns, led by Vince Young, beat the Trojans, led by Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to win the BCS national championship after the 2005 season. It was one of the most memorable college football games in..." September 13

  • Lance Armstrong calls out USC: You s— all over Reggie Bush

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC didn't endear itself to football fans when it claimed it had a 4-0 record against Texas, even though the Trojans suffered a brutal loss to the Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The Trojans' record in the 2005 season was vacated, because of NCAA violations and former USC star Reggie Bush was..." September 13

  • From MLB Bust to 26-Year-Old Freshman QB, Donavan Tate Re-Emerges in the Desert

    Bleacher Report "Among the hundreds of college quarterbacks in America, Donavan Tate might have the most intriguing and unusual backstory: After being drafted out of high school with the third pick in the 2009 MLB draft by the San Diego Padres, he struggled with injuries and substance addiction and never made it..." September 12

  • Arizona State football's slow start sparks social-media outrage

    USA Today "Arizona State’s football season is just two weeks old, but already a portion of its fan base is fed up. After last Saturday’s loss to San Diego State, the social-media outrage got so bad that the football program had to intervene, an act that got national attention. Posted at 12:46 a.m. Sunday..." September 12

  • Oregon Ducks move football practice to coast amid 'hazardous' air quality in Eugene

    Oregonian "Oregon's preparations for Saturday's home game against Nebraska have been altered by air quality so "hazardous" that local agencies have issued an alert for residents. The Ducks will travel an hour to the coast Tuesday morning and practice at Siuslaw Middle School in Florence. The workout is..." September 06

  • How a converted quarterback became USC's most crucial question mark entering the season

    Los Angeles Times "Deontay Burnett practiced over-the-shoulder catches with a fellow receiver after USC’s practice Tuesday. Burnett would run in place, look up for the ball, catch, then lob one back. The throws to Burnett came in cleaner than the ones he threw out. They spun in a tighter spiral. They hit Burnett..." August 30

  • Why Sam Darnold could lead USC to its first national title in 13 years

    ESPN "Sam Darnold is gone. It is 2002, and one moment the 5-year-old is splashing in the water on his boogie board, and then he isn't. His mother, Chris, and his 8-year-old sister, Franki, are enjoying a sun-kissed summer day at their favorite spot, Linda Lane, near their home in Capistrano Beach,..." August 21

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