Southern California Rumors & News

  • 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

  • USC's Josh Shaw -- Named In Burglary Report ... Cops Speak to Football Star "USC football player Josh Shaw was named in a burglary report ... stemming from an incident that went down Saturday night ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports. We're told Shaw was NOT named as a suspect in the burglary. Here's the breakdown -- we're told someone called police to report..." August 26

  • USC vetting Shaw heroics after doubts arise

    ESPN Los Angeles "USC football coach Steve Sarkisian said the school has received several calls questioning the authenticity of Josh Shaw's story about saving his nephew from potentially drowning and is investigating the matter. Shaw said he suffered a pair of high ankle sprains Saturday night after jumping from..." August 26

  • USC cornerback Josh Shaw injured himself saving his nephew from drowning

    SB Nation "This is the best way you could possibly injure yourself before your team's season opener. We've heard about silly sports injuries -- Sammy Sosa hurting himself sneezing, Bill Gramatica's ACL-tearing celebration, Joel Zumaya hurting himself playing guitar hero -- but we haven't heard of many..." August 26

  • USC could be without starting guard for opener

    College Football Talk "With the season opener exactly 10 days away, USC could be at less than full strength along the offensive line. Starting guard Khaliel Rodgers, the school confirmed late Tuesday night, suffered a sprained knee during practice this week. He is expected to be sidelined for a period of 10-14 days. " August 20

  • Potential starting LB Ruffin lost for year at USC

    College Football Talk "The USC Trojans were dealt a blow in the middle of the defense on Sunday. Linebacker Jabari Ruffin, a potential starter on the outside, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee. The injury will prevent him from playing for the Trojans until 2015. “This is very unfortunate news about Jabari, but I..." August 11

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Westover star DT Trent Thompson to choose college Tuesday

    Albany Herald "Westover defensive tackle Trent Thompson has been courted by nearly every major college football program in the country for the past two years. Now he’s ready to make a decision. Thompson, widely regarded as the nation’s No. 1 recruit, has narrowed down his destination to Georgia, Alabama,..." August 07

  • Loyola's Christian Rector commits to USC

    Los Angeles Times "Loyola defensive end Christian Rector told and FightOn247Sports that he has committed to USC. He's a 6-foot-5, 245-pound senior who also has played basketball for the Cubs." August 07

  • USC’s Cope-Fitzpatrick, potential TE starter, academically ineligible

    College Football Talk "Just one practice in, and USC’s offense has suffered what could become a rather significant blow — and it had nothing to do with an injury. Rather, head coach Steve Sarkisian announced Monday night that Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick has been declared academically ineligible. As a result,..." August 05

  • USC will spend over $1 million on snacks for athletes

    College Football Talk "USC was relatively quick to adopt four-year scholarships, and now the Trojans are preparing a feast of snacks for student-athletes. Taking advantage of new legislation regarding snacks, the Trojans are providing a new “enhanced fueling plan” for student-athletes, which will cost the school over $1..." July 17

  • Alabama, USC to meet in 2016 Cowboys Classic "Alabama and USC will kick off the 2016 season against each other the Cowboys Classic. Unless the two teams meet in a bowl or the College Football Playoff, it will be the first time the Tide and Trojans have played since 1978. The Sept. 3, 2016 meeting continues the recent trend of noteworthy..." July 17

  • Isaiah Langley picks USC over Cal

    California Golden Blogs "Before Isaiah Langley became one of America's most highly sought after recruits, before he had attention from the likes of Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame, Cal was first -- first to notice his immense talent at a camp last spring, and then first to offer a scholarship, as well...." July 09

  • USC to induct Carroll in school Hall of Fame

    ESPN Los Angeles "Some USC fans still have bitter feelings about Pete Carroll's departure. But the Seattle Seahawks head coach will be inducted into the University of Southern California Hall of Fame in 2015, the school announced Monday. Carroll coached at USC from 2001-09, leading the Trojans to two national..." July 08

  • Torn ACL costs USC redshirt freshman DL the 2014 season

    College Football Talk "The depth on USC’s defensive line took a blow on Tuesday. Kenny Bigelow, a redshirt freshman expected to compete for a starting job on the defensive line, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee. The injury will sideline Bigelow for the entire 2014 season. The injury was reported by USC via..." July 08

  • Former USC QB Max Wittek still wants to go to Hawaii

    Mountain West Connection "Former USC quarterback Max Wittek really wants to come to Hawaii and play in the 2015 season, and says that there is a "good possibility" that he will walk-on at Hawaii, per the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Wittek failed to graduate this summer and he must now sit out a year and have one year to play..." July 03

  • Clayton Johnston Commits To USC

    247 Sports "Servite OT Clayton Johnston committed to USC Wednesday at Noon at his school. It was expected he would commit to the Trojans after the Trojans offered on June 21. "The offer from USC was huge and I didn't want to wait things out, I just wanted to get my commitment out of the way," said..." July 02

  • Michigan officially adds USC-transfer RB

    College Football Talk "It has been expected to be all but a formality for a while now, but Michigan finally confirmed the addition of USC running back transfer Ty Isaac. “We’re excited that Ty has decided to join the Michigan Football family,” said Michigan head coach Brady Hoke in a statement. “I know it was..." June 10

  • USC AD Pat Haden: 'I will go to my grave' thinking NCAA was unfair

    Fox Sports "In 2010, the USC Trojans were hit with unprecedented sanctions by the NCAA. Included in the sanctions were a two-year bowl ban and 30 scholarship reductions across a three-year period. The NCAA began investigating USC in 2006, ultimately determining running back Reggie Bush and his family..." June 10

  • USC Trojans will (finally) be off NCAA probation this week

    College Football Talk "The end is in sight for the USC football program. Effective Tuesday, June 10, USC will officially be taken off probation. The probation was put in place following a lengthy 2006 NCAA investigation looking into alleged extra benefits being received by former USC running back Reggie Bush and..." June 09

  • USC transfer RB Ty Isaac makes his visit to Michigan, per report

    Michigan Live "Michigan welcomed in a potential huge addition to its offensive aresenal this week in the form of ex-USC running back Ty Isaac.'s Sam Webb first reported that Isaac, and his parents, made their way to Ann Arbor to take in a visit with Brady Hoke and the Wolverines on Tuesday. Webb..." June 05

  • USC quarterback can't transfer to Hawaii

    Star Advertiser "USC quarterback Max Wittek will not transfer to the University of Hawaii -- or any other FBS school -- this summer. Wittek had sought to transfer, with Texas and Hawaii as his top destination choices. But Wittek will not complete work on his bachelor's degree until December. If he had earned a..." May 17

  • Source: Texas is backing away from USC’s Wittek

    Austin American-Statesman "It’s been widely assumed that USC quarterback Max Wittek would graduate this month and then transfer to Texas. That doesn’t appear to be the case anymore. A source close to the situation told the American-Statesman on Wednesday that the Longhorns are backing away from offering Wittek a..." May 16

  • Ex-Joliet Catholic RB Ty Isaac leaving USC

    CSN Chicago "Former standout Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac was granted a release from his scholarship from USC after requesting the school to do so. Isaac, who as a true freshman in 2013 carried the ball 40 times for 236 yards and two touchdowns, talked briefly about why he decided to leave..." May 14

  • Windward's Roy Hemsley commits to USC

    Los Angeles Times "Windward junior offensive lineman Roy Hemsley announced Tuesday he had committed to USC. In a written statement issued through his school, Hemsley said, "It has been a difficult decision to make, but I feel that USC is the best fit and is the right college for me to continue my studies and to..." May 06

  • 5-star Chuma Edoga commits to USC over Georgia, Tennessee

    SB Nation "Score one for the Pac-12 in SEC country. Offensive tackle Chuma Edoga chose USC over Tennessee and home-state Georgia on Monday, a little more than two weeks after visiting the Trojans' campus. Edoga, a product of McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga., is rated as a five-star recruit by..." April 21

  • QB Max Wittek visits Texas again "Former USC quarterback Max Wittek visited Texas for its spring game Saturday, multiple sources confirmed. Wittek was on Texas' campus for the third time this spring since electing to transfer, and the second time since the Longhorns began spring practice. Wittek, a backup for the Trojans in..." April 21

  • Cody Kessler named USC's starting quarterback

    Los Angeles Times "Cody Kessler, who led USC to 10 victories last season, was named the Trojans' starting quarterback, Coach Steve Sarkisian announced Tuesday. Kessler, a fourth-year junior from Bakersfield, held off a challenge from redshirt freshman Max Browne. Kessler passed for 20 touchdowns, with seven..." April 16

  • Top QB reflects on flipping from Alabama to USC

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "More than two months have passed since Ricky Town, the golden boy from California, caused a rippling effect in recruiting circles from coast to coast after he switched his commitment from Alabama to USC. The 5-star quarterback with NFL arm strength and body size seemed at peace with his..." April 15

  • USC quarterback Max Browne tries to work himself into starter equation

    Los Angeles Times "Max Browne worked out the calculations long before he arrived at USC. Cody Kessler and Max Wittek would be third-year sophomore quarterbacks, with three seasons of eligibility remaining, when Browne enrolled in January 2013. Browne correctly surmised only one of the two would be around for..." March 17

  • Max Wittek Not Going To TCU, Texas Remains Leader

    Inside Socal "USC quarterback Max Wittek, who visited Hawaiii last weekend, is no longer considering Texas Christian, according to sources. Texas Christian wanted an immediate decision from Wittek, who wants to wait until May to choose a college. Texas remains the leader for Wittek and Hawaii remains under..." March 07

  • Pete Carroll still not happy with USC sanctions

    Fox Sports West "Pete Carroll returned to the USC campus for the first time as a Super Bowl champion on Wednesday night. While Carroll has been cultivating a culture conducive to winning NFL titles up north, USC has been slowed by some of the heaviest sanctions ever imposed by the NCAA. Despite his success at..." February 27

  • USC QB Commit Ricky Town Named 247Sports' No. 1 Recruit in Class of 2015

    Bleacher Report "There is a new No. 1 as far as college football’s class of 2015 is concerned. On Tuesday afternoon, 5-star quarterback and USC commit Ricky Town topped 247Sports’ latest recruit rankings, per 247Sports’ Barton Simmons. The Ventura, Calif., native jumped up two spots from his previous No. 3..." February 19

  • Transferring USC QB Max Wittek to vast Texas

    San Jose Mercury News "Southern California quarterback Max Wittek is scheduled to visit Texas this weekend and has been in contact with several other schools as he considers where to transfer. Wittek is on target to graduate with a degree in psychology in May. He will be eligible to play next season, and have two years..." February 14

  • Is former USC DE Morgan Breslin the NFL Combine's biggest snub?

    Fox Sports "The NFL Scouting Combine annually selects more than 300 players to work out in front of every team’s front office, coaching staff and scouting department. Every year players who arguably deserve to make the trip to Indianapolis are left off the invitation list. But no other player might be a..." February 13

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