Southern California Rumors & News

  • USC, Haden React to Release of McNair Documents

    USC Trojans "After an initial review of this first set of documents unsealed by the court in the McNair v. NCAA lawsuit, it is evident that the content confirms bias against McNair and USC by and on behalf of the NCAA and its Committee on Infractions. We are extremely disappointed and dismayed at the way the..." March 25

  • NCAA overstepped in USC case, unsealed documents seem to show "The NCAA's chief adjudicative body overstepped its boundaries and was improperly influenced by prejudicial statements in finding USC guilty of major violations, plaintiffs for a former Trojans assistant coach say in documents unsealed Tuesday and obtained by The NCAA had..." March 25

  • Oklahoma tight end Taylor McNamara transferring to USC

    The Oklahoman "Former Oklahoma tight end Taylor McNamara will transfer to USC, he announced on his Twitter account Monday. McNamara, who signed with OU in its recruiting class of 2012, only recorded one career reception -- a four-yard grab in the Sooners' 2014 Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. He was injured..." March 24

  • With knee at '100 percent,' USC's Lamar Dawson a candidate for middle linebacker

    Fox Sports West "USC linebackers coach Peter Sirmon knows there are plenty of questions surrounding his linebacker corp. Who's going to replace Hayes Pullard? What's up with Lamar Dawson? And his knee? And the knee brace he's no longer wearing? The last two, Sirmon would prefer to not discuss. As far as he's..." March 10

  • ‘Student-conduct issue’ again sidelines USC TE Bryce Dixon

    College Football Talk "Already waif thin at the tight end position, USC has seen that group take yet another, potentially significant blow. While the initial reports that Bryce Dixon had been dismissed proved incorrect, head coach Steve Sarkisian did confirm that the true sophomore was not a participant in the first..." March 04

  • Defensive back Devian Shelton no longer with Trojans

    Los Angeles Times "Devian Shelton, a third-year sophomore defensive back for USC last season, is no longer part of the program, an athletic department spokesman confirmed. Shelton’s departure was first reported by Shelton, who played at Inglewood High, signed with USC in 2012. He made two..." February 09

  • NCAA (for now) loses appeal to seal USC investigative file "Dennis Dodd NCAA (for now) loses appeal to seal USC investigative file February 6, 2015 9:59 pm ET In a biting critique of the NCAA, a California court denied the association's appeal to seal the investigative case file in the famous USC case from earlier this decade. More..." February 07

  • Streak over: USC signs Rivals’ No. 1-ranked class

    College Football Talk "The last time anyone other than Alabama finished with Rivals’ No. 1 class, it was the Trojans of USC. The Men of Troy, then led by Lane Kiffin, ended Alabama’s then two-year streak of recruiting national championships by edging out Florida as the Tide finished a rare fifth. Alabama bounced back..." February 05

  • Long Beach Poly star, nation's No. 1 CB Iman Marshall headed to USC

    Fox Sports West "Props to Iman for his creativity. On National Signing Day, while most recruits play the hat-choosing game on TV, Long Beach Poly star Iman Marshall announced his commitment to USC via a music video produced by Bleacher Report. Marshall, the nation's No. 7 overall player, picked the Trojans..." February 05

  • Five-star LB Porter Gustin chooses USC over Ohio State, Arizona State and Utah

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Urban Meyer and Ohio State had just spent all weekend trying to convince five-star linebacker Porter Gustin of Salem Hills, Utah, to become a Buckeye. Even Meyer can't always beat the Southern California sun. Gustin announced his intentions to sign with USC during a ceremony at his high..." February 03

  • Ezekiel Elliott tops, OSU QB trio among early Heisman favorites

    College Football Talk "If you thought the third-string quarterback who helped propel Ohio State to a three-win postseason run that culminated in a national championship, and who eschewed early entry into the NFL draft, would be the current Heisman front-runner, you’d be wrong. Instead, it’s his backfield mate Ezekiel..." January 30

  • QB Ricky Town: 'It's going to be like Christmas' for USC signing day

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Ricky Town is already on USC’s campus. He’s lifting weights, he’s meeting with coaches, he’s taking classes. He’s a spokesman, too. Quarterbacks have a tendency of taking on that role. Like rabid Trojans fans everywhere, the USC QB is paying close attention to the wave of recruits who could..." January 29

  • Easing of Penn State sanctions leaves USC feeling ‘abused and upset’

    College Football Talk "One institution’s gain is, as it turns out, a dagger plunged further into another’s heart, at least on an emotional level. Friday brought word that the NCAA will return the 112 wins Penn State had stripped in the wake of the scandal involving Jerry Sandusky, the former Nittany Lions assistant..." January 19

  • USC's George Farmer to enter NFL Draft "USC wide receiver George Farmer is forgoing his senior season at the school to enter the NFL Draft. "This was a hard decision, one I thought over long and hard," Farmer said. "I received input from my family and the coaches, and ultimately it was my decision. I feel like l am ready for the next..." January 14

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    USC RB Buck Allen officially declares for NFL Draft

  • LAPD recover O.J. Simpson’s stolen Heisman Trophy after 20-year search

    College Football Talk "It was about 20 years ago when USC reported the school’s copy of the 1968 Heisman Trophy, awarded to former running back O.J. Simpson, had gone missing. It took a while, but the search for the real thief has finally led to the recovery of the trophy by Los Angeles police. The Los Angeles Times..." January 07

  • USC WR Nelson Agholor to enter 2015 NFL Draft "USC wide receiver Nelson Agholor has decided to enter the 2015 NFL Draft instead of returning for his senior season. "These past three years at USC have been a blessing, along with a lot of my life," Agholor said in a statement. "I am very grateful to have had the coaches and staff members of..." January 04

  • USC lands 4-star RB Ronald Jones II

    The Score "Former Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones II has elected to attend USC. The four-star running back out of McKinney North High School in Texas ." January 03

  • USC OL coach Tim Drevno to become Michigan OC

    Los Angeles Times "USC offensive line coach Tim Drevno is leaving the Trojans’ staff to become offensive coordinator at Michigan, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. Drevno, 45, worked with new Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh at the University of San Diego, Stanford and the San Francisco 49ers..." January 01

  • Leonard Williams Declares For The 2015 NFL Draft

    Conquest Chronicles "Two-time All-American Leonard Williams will declare for the 2015 NFL Draft, foregoing his senior season and certainly setting himself up to be the first non-quarterback taken off the board. The move comes as little surprise, but the entire process speaks to his love for USC and the difficulties..." December 29

  • USC QB Kessler returning for senior season

    Fox Sports West "Following the Holiday Bowl win, USC quarterback Cody Kessler he made it clear he'd remain a Trojan in 2015. "I'm absolutely coming back," Kessler said. "I'm excited, it's going to be fun next year." The redshirt junior says he knew all along that he would be back but didn't want to take..." December 29

  • Gamecocks await decision of QB prospect Brandon McIlwain

    The Post and Courier "South Carolina won't have to wait much longer to learn if it's won the recruiting battle for junior quarterback Brandon McIlwain of Newtown, Pa. McIlwain said he has made his decision and will announce it on Wednesday. McIlwain's final four schools were USC, Penn State, Auburn and..." December 29

  • USC NT Antwaun Woods says he had surgery, expected to miss Holiday bowl

    Orange County Register "USC nose tackle Antwaun Woods said he had surgery Tuesday, presumably for the pectoral muscle injury he suffered three days earlier, and is expected to miss the Dec. 27 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska. Woods, a redshirt junior who started 10 of 12 games this season, posted a picture of himself..." December 17

  • USC's Jackson earns Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year honors

    Fox Sports West "Adoree' Jackson has been as good as advertised. Upon his arrival at USC from Serra High School, Jackson was expected to play in all three phases of the game: offense, defense and special teams. An that's exactly what he did. But it was on the defensive side of the ball where he really began..." December 02

  • The sad history of USC quarterbacks in the NFL

    SB Nation "In the Super Bowl era, USC quarterbacks have won six national titles and 22 conference titles. Yet no USC quarterback has ever played in a Super Bowl. The disconnect in transition from Southern Cal to the NFL seems programmed across generations: Rob Johnson and Rodney Peete had similarly long..." November 26

  • Shaw makes special teams tackle in USC return

    Fox Sports West "USC took an early seven-point lead Saturday night at the Rose Bowl thanks to an Anthony Sarao 17-yard interception return for a touchdown. On the ensuing kickoff, Josh Shaw, the recently reinstated defensive back, lined up for the Trojans on the kickoff coverage. The USC senior, sprinted..." November 24

  • Sarkisian: Reinstated Shaw to play vs. UCLA

    ESPN Los Angeles "The USC Trojans are getting a potentially valuable reinforcement ahead of this weekend's massive clash against the UCLA Bruins. Coach Steve Sarkisian said cornerback Josh Shaw, who missed the first 10 games of the season after lying about how he sprained both of his ankles, would be available..." November 21

  • USC's Josh Shaw Reinstated -- Teammates PISSED He's Back on the Squad "USC cornerback Josh Shaw -- who got busted lying about being a hero -- is back from suspension, but some of his Trojan teammates tell TMZ Sports they're not happy he's putting on the pads again. Shaw was reinstated by the team Tuesday after he was suspended back in September for concocting a..." November 20

  • USC appears lukewarm in welcoming back Josh Shaw

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "USC cornerback Josh Shaw may have been cleared of wrongdoing, but the Trojans don’t exactly appear eager to welcome their former captain back into the fold. The Los Angeles district attorney’s office said Monday that it would not press charges against Shaw, who was the subject of a domestic..." November 19

  • District attorney won't file charges against USC's Josh Shaw

    Orange County Register "The USC cornerback was suspended after lying about his involvement in an argument with his girlfriend, then fleeing the scene by jumping from a balcony. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has declined to file charges against USC cornerback Josh Shaw in connection with an incident..." November 18

  • Josh Shaw talks about why he lied "USC cornerback Josh Shaw says he thought he was "in way too deep" once his fabricated story of heroism became a national news story, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. On Aug. 23, Shaw suffered two high ankle sprains when he jumped from the balcony of his third-story apartment..." November 16

  • USC's Josh Shaw opens up about his lie and what really happened "Josh Shaw is finally telling the truth about what really happened that August day in which he suffered high ankle sprains after leaping from his third-story balcony. In what was one of the strangest stories involving a college football player that I can remember, Shaw originally told USC that..." November 13

  • USC's Su'a Cravens (knee sprain) hopes to return vs. Cal on Nov. 13 "USC had a scare during an otherwise stress-free win at Washington State on Saturday when linebacker Su'a Cravens left the game with what the school announced was a sprained right knee. Cravens was spotted with crutches after the 44-17 win and there was some concern that the injury could be..." November 03

  • USC offensive tackle Chad Wheeler suffers season-ending knee injury

    Los Angeles Times "USC left tackle Chad Wheeler sustained a season-ending right knee injury against Utah, and linebacker J.R. Tavai will be sidelined for a few weeks because of a knee sprain, Coach Steve Sarkisian said Sunday. Wheeler, a third-year sophomore, suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Saturday..." October 27

  • LenDale White says AD Pat Haden had him escorted out of the Coliseum "Former USC running back LenDale White had some NSFW Twitter commentary late last Saturday night as the Trojans struggled to put away Arizona. White's account has been on our radar since then, and it seemed like all was well prior to Saturday's game against Colorado. White's criticism last week..." October 19

  • Southern Cal RB Tre Madden (turf toe) shut down for 2014 "Southern California running back Tre Madden won't suit up for the Trojans in 2014 after all, as a case of turf toe has already prevented him from playing in any of the first six games. According to the Orange County Register, Steve Sarkisian met with Madden and his parents Thursday and everyone..." October 19

  • Dismissed USC WR arrested for suspected domestic violence

    College Football Talk "On Monday USC dismissed wide receiver Victor Blackwell from the team. On Wednesday he was arrested for suspicion of domestic violence. Blackwell was booked in a Los Angeles police department with bail set at $50,000. A woman claiming to be Blackwell’s girlfriend contacted police early Wednesday..." October 11

  • Sark on Shaw: No decision to be made 'on our end'

    Orange County Register "There is no change in the status of suspended cornerback Josh Shaw, and USC coach Steve Sarkisian indicated Wednesday that the decision might be out of his hands. “There is not even a decision to be made on our end at this point,” Sarkisian said. Shaw's reinstatement would have to go through..." October 09

  • Former CB Brian Baucham Sues USC and Lane Kiffin

    Yahoo! Sports "Baucham claims he was made to play while ill. Former USC Trojans' cornerback Brian Baucham is suing the university and ex-coach Lane Kiffin, according to an Associated Press report. Baucham alleges that he was forced to play in a game while he was ill and that he "suffered cardiopulmonary..." September 23

  • Madden release delayed: USC tailback still out

    Orange County Register "When injured tailback Tre Madden moved up on USC’s depth chart this week, it seemed like a sign that his return was imminent. That no longer appears to be the case. Madden, who missed the first two games because of turf toe, did not practice Tuesday. With a bye and the bulk of Pac-12 play..." September 10

  • Haden has 'unique' relationship with USC football team

    Fox Sports West "The relationship between the athletic director and football team at USC is a special one. Not only does the AD run the entire intercollegiate program, but when it comes to the football team, he's one of them. Pat Haden is one of them at USC. "I think Pat's situation with the team is unique..." September 09

  • Pat Haden apologizes, banishes himself from USC sideline for two games

    College Football Talk "The most bizarre scene from a bizarre Saturday was undoubtedly USC athletics director Pat Haden arguing with the officials in No. 9 USC’s 13-10 win over No. 15 Stanford on Saturday. Haden told ABC’s Heather Cox that he received a text from Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian after Sarkisian was..." September 08

  • Report: USC quarterback Cody Kessler has staph infection

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC quarterback Cody Kessler was hospitalized with a staph infection in his toe, according to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News. Kessler was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his 394-yard, four-TD performance in the Trojans’ rout of Fresno State on Saturday. USC said..." September 03

  • LAPD investigating Josh Shaw over possible domestic violence case "The Los Angeles Police Department announced Friday that it is investigating whether suspended USC cornerback Josh Shaw was involved in a possible domestic violence incident last Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We would have like to hear from Mr. Shaw to provide some clarity about the..." August 30

  • USC'S Anthony Brown: Can't play for a racist "USC senior running back Anthony Brown called head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist and quit the team Thursday. Brown posted on his Instagram Thursday morning, "Sark treated me like a slave in his Office...Can't play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton" and posted a similar message on his..." August 29

  • USC's Josh Shaw -- Heated Locker Room Confrontation ... Teammate Screamed to 'Come Clean' "Josh Shaw was aggressively confronted by a teammate in the USC locker room Monday morning -- with the player screaming at Shaw to "come clean" about the false hero story ... TMZ Sports has learned. We spoke with multiple sources in the USC athletic department who all say the same thing ... the..." August 29

  • Josh Shaw's Lawyer Confirms Balcony Fall "There's a whole lot of confusion on what actually happened to USC DB Josh Shaw, who sprained both ankles in some sort of incident on Saturday. Well, here's one piece of the puzzle, filled in. Initially, Shaw and USC said he had leapt out a window to save a drowning nephew. That turned out to be..." August 28

  • USC could be without Tre Madden for a month

    Inside Socal "USC tailback Tre Madden might not return until the fourth game because of his turf toe. Madden’s foot was in a protective boot today. " August 28

  • Josh Shaw admits he lied, suspended indefinitely "And so it seems the Josh Shaw Saga at USC has reached its conclusion. The school announced Wednesday evening that Shaw admitted to athletic department officials that he fabricated his story about hurting his ankles while saving his nephew in a pool and he's been suspended indefinitely. "We..." August 28

  • Josh Shaw's Sister Says He Did Save Her Son "While the rest of the world tries to figure out just what the hell is going on with this Josh Shaw story, his sister and the mother of the seven-year-old he reportedly saved, confirmed his story. Asia Shaw apparently spoke with KABC, but the station only aired a brief audio recording and she did..." August 27

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