Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • USC football schedule, roster, recruiting and what to watch in 2018

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC enters the 2018 season coming off its first Pac-12 championship since 2008, which earned coach Clay Helton a deserved extension through 2023. For all THEIR accomplishments in 2017, however, the Trojans are likely dissatisfied with the way last year ended. The Trojans not only missed the..." February 20

  • Stanford's projected starting QB K.J. Costello out for spring with hip injury

    CBS Sports "Spring football is about to pick up for college football teams around the country. Accompanying this time of year is injury news. Unfortunately for Stanford, that news comes at the quarterback position. Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated reports that K.J. Costello will be held out of spring..." February 14

  • USC suspends sophomore five-star wideout after domestic violence arrest

    CBS Sports "USC freshman wide receiver Joseph Lewis was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Monday afternoon and has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities. According to 247Sports' USCFootball.com, Lewis was booked on a felony charge that is defined as a domestic battery..." February 13

  • 4-star ATH Devon Williams commits to USC

    USA Today High School Sports "As Devon Williams‘ recruitment unfolded, it was clear that the four-star wide receiver from Antelope Valley (Calif.) was looking for something more than just the most traditional in-state powers. He found it in spades among his four finalists of Oregon, USC, Utah and Alabama. If those four..." February 07

  • 5-Star CB Olaijah Griffin Commits to USC over Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon

    Bleacher Report "Prized cornerback Olaijah Griffin is bringing his skill set to the USC Trojans. Tom VanHaaren of ESPN reported the 2018 recruit committed to the Trojans on Wednesday. Griffin shared a video via his Twitter account after the announcement. Griffin originally committed to UCLA last July, but..." February 07

  • 4-star QB McKee commits to Stanford, will do 2-year mission before enrolling

    USA Today High School Sports "Tanner McKee, a star quarterback at Centennial (Corona, Calif.), announced Wednesday that he will sign with Stanford. But there is a catch: McKee won’t enroll until 2020. He’ll first do a two-year mission for the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Regardless, a great pickup for the Cardinal." February 07

  • USC agrees to contract extension with coach Clay Helton through 2023 season

    CBS Sports "USC coach Clay Helton has led the program to consecutive double-digit win seasons and New Year's Six bowl games in his first two full seasons as the Trojans head coach, and his reward is long-term job security. The school announced Tuesday afternoon that Helton's contract has been extended..." February 06

  • Former Georgia QB Jacob Eason officially transfers back home to Washington

    CBS Sports "What was once an inevitability officially became reality on Tuesday as Washington welcomed former 5-star quarterback prospect and one-time Georgia starter Jacob Eason to the Huskies. The school announced the addition of Eason via video posted to the official recruiting account. Eason, a..." February 06

  • Oregon lands 4-star WR Jalen Hall

    247 Sports "Oregon has landed a commitment from Long Beach (Calif.) Polytechnic wide receiver Jalen Hall. The four-star receiver officially visited Oregon back in November and the Ducks have been considered the favorite since his visit. Hall officially visited Florida State last weekend but has decided..." January 26

  • $10 million bill for Kevin Sumlin’s firing comes due for A&M today

    College Football Talk "Much to the delight of Kevin Sumlin‘s bank account, it’s the day of financial reckoning for Texas A&M. On Nov. 26 of last year, A&M announced that it had fired Sumlin after five seasons as its head football coach. Per the provisions in Sumlin’s contract, he was owed the entire amount he was..." January 25

  • Former Utes starting cornerback Casey Hughes set to transfer to Michigan

    Salt Lake Tribune "Former Utah starting cornerback Casey Hughes has found a new home, and it will be in the Big Ten Conference. Hughes, who announced last week that he would seek a graduate transfer for his final season of eligibility, posted via Twitter on Sunday afternoon that he’ll play for the University of..." January 23

  • Police say Tyler Hilinski used Washington State teammate's rifle in suicide

    USA Today "Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski apparently took a former teammate’s rifle without his permission and used it to fatally shoot himself last week, according to police in Pullman, Wash. In an update to the case, police said in a statement Tuesday that their investigation into..." January 23

  • With Tua Tagovailoa lurking, Bryce Love is Bovada’s way-too-early 2018 Heisman favorite

    College Football Talk "The 2018 season doesn’t kick off for another seven-plus months, but it’s never too early for a little wagering action. Two weeks after the 2017 regular season ended, Bovada.lv released its first set of odds as to who will win the 2018 Heisman Trophy. Not surprisingly, running back Bryce Love,..." January 23

  • Stanford’s Keller Chryst to leave as a graduate transfer

    San Francisco Chronicle "Keller Chryst, Stanford’s starting quarterback for seven games last season before being replaced by redshirt freshman K.J. Costello, will play elsewhere next fall as a graduate transfer. Chryst made the announcement on Twitter but did not say where he was headed. He played three seasons at..." January 22

  • Rich Rodriguez accuser files new $8.5 million claim against Arizona

    Tuscon "The woman who filed a $7.5 million sexual harassment claim against former UA football coach Rich Rodriguez last month has submitted an additional $8.5 million claim against the University of Arizona, saying that the school is liable for Rodriguez’s conduct. Melissa Wilhelmsen, Rodriguez’s..." January 21

  • Rashaan Salaam's Heisman Trophy auctioned for record $399K

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Rashaan Salaam's 1994 Heisman Trophy has fetched a record price. The former Colorado running back had sold his award two years prior to his death in December 2016, but it sold again Saturday for a record $399,608, according to SCP Auctions. The online auction opened bidding on Jan. 8 and..." January 21

  • Report | Tee Martin signs extension to remain with USC

    Fanrag Sports "USC Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the program, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports. Martin had previously interviewed for the Oakland Raiders head coaching vacancy this offseason, choosing to return to the collegiate ranks to..." January 20

  • Illinois hires former Arizona co-OC Rod Smith as offensive coordinator

    Tuscon "Illinois announced Friday that it has hired former Arizona Wildcats assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Smith spent the past six years as Arizona’s co-offensive coordinator and QB coach under Rich Rodriguez, who was fired Jan. 2. Among all of Rodriguez’s..." January 19

  • Stanford LB Ryan Beecher Diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

    Bleacher Report "Stanford linebacker Ryan Beecher announced on Friday that he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma last month. "In December, I was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma," Beecher wrote on Twitter. "I am receiving treatments while attending classes at Stanford. I look forward to making a full..." January 19

  • Louisville DC Peter Sirmon resigns, joins Cal as associate HC

    Louisville Courier-Journal "Peter Sirmon has resigned as the defensive coordinator of the Louisville football team, "effective immediately," the program announced Friday. Sirmon spent one season as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator. His defense finished 62nd in the country in total defense, allowing 388.1 yards per..." January 19

  • Washington State QB Tyler Hilinski dead after committing suicide

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington State Cougars redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead on Tuesday after committing suicide, Pullman Police said in a statement. Hilinksi did not show up at practice on Tuesday, which prompted a welfare check on the quarterback by police officers. When they arrived..." January 17

  • Great news for Stanford: Love will return for senior year

    San Francisco Chronicle "Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love has decided to return to Stanford for his final season of eligibility, putting the Cardinal in position to land at least a top-15 preseason ranking next fall. His father, Chris, texted the news to The Chronicle early Tuesday morning: “Bryce will return for..." January 16

  • UCLA lands graduate transfer QB K.J. Carta-Samuels from Washington

    CBS Sports "New UCLA coach Chip Kelly will see the talent in his quarterback room take a massive leap forward right away in 2018. Washington graduate transfer quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels told CBS Sports on Monday that he will enroll in UCLA in the spring and be immediately eligible to play the 2018..." January 15

  • Niumatalolo to remain at Navy, no longer considering Arizona HC job

    Tuscon "Ken Niumatalolo, who had become the top candidate for the Arizona job, will remain at Navy, the Star has confirmed. It was not immediately clear what caused Niumatalolo to withdraw his name from consideration. Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated and Fox Sports first reported the news." January 14

  • Kevin Sumlin to be the next coach at Arizona

    SEC Country "Kevin Sumlin was fired at Texas A&M following the 2017 season, despite never winning fewer than 7 games. And according to a report, Sumlin is set to be the next coach at Arizona. Sumlin will take over for Rich Rodriguez, according to a report from Gil Brandt, who is a senior NFL analyst for..." January 14

  • Huskies star running back Myles Gaskin says he will return for his senior season

    Seattle Times "Washington star running back Myles Gaskin will return for his senior season. Gaskin announced his plans Sunday on Twitter, writing simply: “I’m comin back. #GoDawgz” The 5-foot-10, 190-pound running back from Lynnwood had given strong consideration to entering the NFL draft leading up to the..." January 14

  • Tee Martin will stay at USC, with an extension

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders had interviewed USC offensive coordinator and receivers coach Tee Martin for two different positions in recent weeks. Martin won’t be making the jump to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Martin is finalizing a contract extension to remain the offensive..." January 13

  • Report: Ken Niumatalolo offered Arizona job

    Larry Brown Sports "The Arizona Wildcats have reportedly offered their head coaching job to Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo. Jason Scheer of WildcatAuthority.com reported Friday that Niumatalolo was offered the job on Thursday. He has not yet decided to take it, and even his coaching staff is in the dark about his..." January 12

  • USC's Cameron Smith to return for senior season

    L.A. Daily News "USC linebacker Cameron Smith will return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft. Smith announced his decision Wednesday in a post on his Instagram accouunt. “I’m honored to wear this cardinal and gold for one more year!” Smith wrote, attached with a picture of himself kneeling..." January 10

  • Khalil Tate will not transfer from Arizona, mother says

    Larry Brown Sports "It’s transfer season in college football, but don’t expect Khalil Tate to be among the players on the move. Even though Arizona made a recent coaching change by firing Rich Rodriguez as head coach, Tate’s mother says the sophomore quarterback is not going anywhere. “He fell in love with U of..." January 10

  • Report: Georgia QB, Week 1 starter Jacob Eason expected to transfer to Washington

    CBS Sports "Quarterback Jacob Eason, Georgia's Week 1 starter, is leaning heavily towards transferring to Washington, according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. Jude writes that Eason is expected to transfer "barring a last-minute change of heart." Georgia nor Eason, who is from Lake Stevens,..." January 09

  • Deontay Burnett declares for 2018 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "Deontay Burnett is headed to the NFL. The USC Trojans wide receiver announced his intention to enter his name in the 2018 NFL draft Monday, forgoing his final year of eligibility. The junior recorded 86 receptions for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He was by far the favorite target..." January 08

  • 5-Star WR Prospect Amon-Ra St. Brown Commits to USC over Notre Dame, More

    Bleacher Report "Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is one of the top playmakers in the 2018 recruiting class and will be suiting up for the USC Trojans after officially announcing his commitment during the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, per Blair Angulo of 247Sports. St. Brown comes from an excellent..." January 06

  • USC RB Ronald Jones intends to enter 2018 NFL Draft

    NFL.com "One of the best running backs in USC history is making the jump to the pros. The school announced on Friday via Twitter that junior RB Ronald Jones intends to apply for early eligibility into the 2018 NFL Draft. Jones rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns this season en route to..." January 05

  • Report: ‘Mutual interest’ between Les Miles, Arizona

    College Football Talk "The Mad Hatter in the desert? Certainly there’s some grass somewhere to his liking out west. After being fired as the head coach at LSU in September of 2016, Les Miles failed to land another job and spent the 2017 season on the coaching sidelines. When it was looking as if the 2017-18 coaching..." January 04

  • Arizona needs to release early signees from letters of intent after Rich Rodriguez firing

    CBS Sports "Arizona's dismissal of Rich Rodriguez on Tuesday night brought about a new problem for college football. It's the first time since the adoption of the Early Signing Period that a coach has been fired after recruits signed their letters of intent during the early period. Now, while there's plenty..." January 04

  • Report: Rich Rodriguez's former assistant claims coach grabbed penis in front of her

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Rich Rodriguez's former assistant claims the recently fired Arizona football coach made unwanted sexual advances toward her, forced her to cover up his extramarital affair and grabbed his penis while carrying on a conversation with her inside his office. Rodriguez was fired on Tuesday amid..." January 04

  • Matt Scott, ex-Arizona QB: Sean Miller got away with paying players

    USA Today "Matt Scott, a former University of Arizona quarterback who was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014 and waived later that summer, took a shot at current Wildcats and former Xavier head basketball coach Sean Miller on Twitter in defense of Rich Rodriguez, fired by the university Tuesday..." January 04

  • Stanford DL Harrison Phillips announces he will enter NFL draft

    ESPN "Stanford defensive lineman Harrison Phillips announced he will enter the NFL draft. Phillips just finished his senior year for the Cardinal, but would have been eligible for another campaign because he suffered a season-ending injury in the first game in 2015. His 103 tackles this season led..." January 04

  • University of Arizona fires Rich Rodriguez following hostile workplace claim

    Tuscon "Rich Rodriguez was fired as Arizona's head football coach on Tuesday after a $7.5 million notice of claim was filed with the state’s attorney general’s office alleging that Rodriguez ran a hostile workplace and sexually harassed a former employee. The UA announced his termination in a press..." January 03

  • Kevin Sumlin, Butch Jones could be candidates for Arizona job

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Sumlin and Butch Jones are two early names being mentioned in connection with the head coaching vacancy at Arizona. The Wildcats on Tuesday night decided to fire Rich Rodriguez, who is being accused of workplace misconduct by his former administrative assistant. Arizona is an attractive..." January 03

  • Report: Sam Darnold expected to return to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Though Sam Darnold continues to be regarded as one of the top NFL quarterback prospects in the country, it seems more and more likely that he will return to USC for his redshirt junior season. Sporting News’ Eric Galko reported in a column published on Tuesday that Darnold is expected to return..." January 02

  • Luke Falk played with cast on broken wrist since Week 2, WSU covered it up

    Sportsnaut "Washington State quarterback Luke Falk reportedly broke the wrist of his non-throwing arm way back in Week 2 and played through the injury all year long. Per 247 Sports, Falk was trying to wait until after the season to have necessary surgery done on the wrist. Unfortunately for him and the..." December 31

  • Washington's Vea headed for NFL draft after Fiesta Bowl loss

    Seattle Times "In the final game of his Husky career, junior defensive lineman Vita Vea held back tears as he walked off the field following Washington’s 35-28 loss to Penn State in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. Vea, in the team’s worst-kept secret, confirmed to The Seattle Times that he is planning to hire an..." December 31

  • After ugly bowl loss, Sam Darnold says he’s undecided on the NFL draft

    Los Angeles Times "It was a typical farewell party for someone who should not be leaving, but has to be going. Sam Darnold's likely last game as a USC quarterback Friday night was awkwardly painful, consistently sloppy and not a bit sentimental. With every mistake, Darnold showed everyone why, for football..." December 30

  • Reggie Bush criticizes officiating in Cotton Bowl

    Larry Brown Sports "USC had a less-the-ideal first half in Friday’s Cotton Bowl against Ohio State, and former Trojans star Reggie Bush thinks the officiating played a hand in it. In a pair of tweets, Bush ripped the referees for seemingly flubbing calls on two separate plays, one a no-call on a supposed pass..." December 30

  • John Elway attending Cotton Bowl to watch Sam Darnold in person

    Sportsnaut "After taking some time out of his schedule to watch Josh Allen perform in his final game for Wyoming, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway will be in Arlington, Texas, attending the Cotton Bowl Friday night so he can get an up-close and personal look at USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Mike..." December 29

  • Former UCLA coach thinks Josh Rosen could be next LeBron of Cleveland

    TMZ "UCLA QB Josh Rosen could mean to the Browns what LeBron James means to the Cavs ... if he's willing to give it 100% -- so says former UCLA football coach Rick Neuheisel. Rick -- Bruins HC from 2008-2011 -- told us it's only a matter of time before the Browns find their Bron ... so why not..." December 29

  • New Arizona State assistant tweets link to gambling website

    Sporting News - NCAAF "A member of new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards' coaching staff tweeted a video of himself Friday morning with a link to the gambling website sportsbettingdime.com. In a statement to azcentral.com, the Sun Devils athletic department said it was aware of the tweet by new linebackers coach..." December 29

  • Washington State QB, NFL prospect Luke Falk misses bowl with apparent injury

    ESPN "Washington State quarterback Luke Falk missed his team's bowl game Thursday night with an apparent injury, but Cougars coach Mike Leach remained mum on the matter. Falk, who was photographed earlier in the week with a cast on his left wrist, went through warm-ups but came out in street clothes..." December 29

  • USC LB Porter Gustin, CB Jack Jones in doubt for Cotton Bowl

    ESPN "The USC Trojans may enter the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday night without two key defensive players. Coach Clay Helton said Thursday that linebacker Porter Gustin is unlikely to play as No. 8 USC meets No. 5 Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Helton said cornerback Jack..." December 28

  • USC OC Tee Martin 'disappointed' not to get interview with Tennessee

    CBS Sports "During the wild ups and downs of the Tennessee coaching search, one name that continued to circulate as a curious omission from the list of candidates was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin was interested in the possibility of taking over at his alma mater as head coach, but told..." December 27

  • Redskins QB coach is UCLA’s top target for offensive coordinator

    Larry Brown Sports "Chip Kelly appears to have a familiar name in mind to be his offensive coordinator at UCLA. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Sunday that Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell is the Bruins’ top target for their OC job. O’Connell, who is just 32 years old, is in his..." December 26

  • Josh Rosen sitting out bowl game under doctor’s orders

    Yardbarker "Chosen Rosen apparently didn’t have much of a choice about suiting up for next week’s bowl game. It was reported on Saturday that star UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen will not play in the Cactus Bowl on Dec. 26. Bruce Feldman of Sports Illustrated added a few hours later that Rosen wanted to play..." December 24