Southern California Rumors & News

  • Bryce Dixon gets 6 years in carjacking, robbery plea deal

    Orange County Register "Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon was sentenced to six years in state prison Thursday following his January crime spree. Dixon accepted a deal with prosecutors that included no-contest pleas to one count of carjacking, two counts of second-degree robbery and admitting using a knife during his crime..." April 22

  • USC Is Getting Crushed For Its Decision To Hire Lynn Swann As Its New AD

    College Spun "Wednesday afternoon, USC officially announced former Trojans football star Lynn Swann as the school’s next AD, replacing Pat Haden. It didn’t take long for the jokes to starting rolling in. USC is getting crushed – mostly by the media – for hiring an alum with little experience. USC has a..." April 14

  • Southern Cal hires Lynn Swann to be new AD

    ESPN "The University of Southern California has hired Lynn Swann to be its next athletic director, the school announced Wednesday. Swann, a Pro Football Hall of Famer, replaces Pat Haden, who will step down effective June 30. Swann, a four-time Super Bowl champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers,..." April 13

  • 4-star cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. decommits from USC

    The Score "USC lost a large piece of its 2017 recruiting class Tuesday, as four-star cornerback Thomas Graham Jr. announced we was decommitting from the Trojans. Graham is rated the No. 7 corner and the 56th-ranked played overall in the 2017 class by ESPN." April 07

  • USC linebacker Scott Felix’s career over after NCAA denies appeal for taking banned substance

    L.A. Daily News "Senior linebacker Scott Felix’s USC career ended Friday when the NCAA denied his appeal for taking a banned substance. Felix was suspended after failing an NCAA drug test at Holiday Bowl but his status was in doubt until the NCAA made its final ruling. “In life, people make mistakes and I am..." April 02

  • USC DE Don Hill’s suspension linked to ‘student-conduct issue’

    College Football Talk "USC has already lost one defensive lineman to a significant injury, now they’ve lost another to an off-field issue. Clay Helton has previously confirmed that Don Hill (pictured, No. 59) is not taking part in spring practice because of what the head coach described as a “violation of team..." March 29

  • USC loses former 5-star DL Kenny Bigelow to torn ACL

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "The most experienced player on USC’s defensive line might be lost for the season. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow suffered a torn ACL during Thursday’s practice and will miss seven to nine months, according to coach Clay Helton. Bigelow, a five-star recruit in 2013, redshirted his first..." March 27

  • Steve Sarkisian's lawsuit against USC is headed for arbitration

    Los Angeles Times "Former USC football coach Steve Sarkisian has agreed to binding arbitration to resolve his lawsuit against the university over his firing, according to a filing in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The decision came on the eve of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday on USC’s motion to send the..." March 02

  • Ex-USC Tight End Violent Details In Alleged Robbery Spree

    TMZ "The two former college football players who allegedly teamed up in at least 7 robberies used violent tactics and weapons on innocent victims including women ... and in one case held a knife to a victim's throat ... this according to investigators. We broke the story ... ex-USC tight end Bryce..." February 20

  • USC says AD Pat Haden hospitalized after lightheadedness

    ESPN "USC Trojans athletic director Pat Haden became faint on campus Wednesday and was hospitalized to undergo tests, the school announced. Sports information director Tim Tessalone said Haden, 63, was in stable condition and resting comfortably. No details on the type of testing were..." February 11

  • Quarterback Matt Corral, a 2018 recruit, commits to USC

    Los Angeles Times "USC made an early impression on quarterback Matt Corral, who is not scheduled to graduate from Westlake Village Oaks Christian until 2018, but made a verbal commitment to the Trojans on Friday. “I’m very happy to announce that I am fully committing to the University of Southern California!”..." February 08

  • USC Athletic Director Pat Haden To Step Down In June

    Deadspin "Pat Haden will step down from his role as Trojans athletic director on June 30, according to a USC alumni email sent by school president C.L. Max Nikias. Though Haden will no longer be the AD, he will take on a new role involving the renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. An excerpt..." February 05

  • Five-star Jack Jones commits to USC in video interview with Snoop Dogg

    CBS Sports "Five-star athlete/cornerback Jack Jones committed to USC on Wednesdaay, with some help from Snoop Dogg. Jones' father is an old friend of Snoop and Jones played in Snoop's youth league before going on to Long Beach Poly. You can watch the full video of Jones' announcement, where he's..." February 03

  • Keyshon Camp, a DT who was just offered by Ohio State, announces decommitment from USC

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "A few hours before five-star defensive tackle Rashard Lawrence of Monroe (La.) Neville committed to LSU over Ohio State on Friday, the Buckeyes offered another defensive tackle. That prospect was four-star defensive tackle Keyshon Camp of Lakeland (Fla.) Lake Gibson. At the time 6-foot-4,..." January 25

  • Saraland WR Velus Jones flips from Oklahoma back to USC

    Alabama "One day after changing his commitment, Saraland wide receiver Velus Jones announced that he would flip back to the school where he originally committed. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Jones said on Saturday that he was going to sign with USC, the school he had been committed to for several..." January 25

  • Former USC tight end Bryce Dixon arrested on carjacking charges

    Sporting News - NCAAF "The once promising college football career of tight end Bryce Dixon appears to be all but over after the former USC player found himself in trouble again Tuesday. According to TMZ, Dixon was arrested for carjacking near the USC campus and taken to a nearby jail where he was booked. Bail was..." January 20

  • USC re-hires running backs coach Tommie Robinson

    College Football Talk "Though no one has come out and said as much, it appears the folks in Heritage Hall thought the only problem with Lane Kiffin‘s 2013 coaching staff was… Lane Kiffin. Joining defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator John Baxter, USC announced Tommie Robinson will..." January 19

  • Reports: Miss. State hires USC LB coach Peter Sirmon as new DC

    CBS Sports "Mississippi State has found its new top defensive dog. The Bulldogs have reportedly hired USC's linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon to be the new defensive coordinator, according to The Los Angeles Times and multiple reports. Sirmon will replace former defensive..." January 12

  • USC responds to Steve Sarkisian's wrongful termination lawsuit

    CBS Sports "USC and Steve Sarkisian's ongoing legal battle regarding his dismissal sounds like no fun for anyone. Last month, Sarkisian filed a lawsuit against the school contending that the school broke the law by firing an employee due to his disability -- alcoholism -- and is seeking $30 million. The..." January 09

  • Report: Ed Orgeron in talks to return to USC as D-line coach

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Ed Orgeron has been in talks with USC coach Clay Helton to return as its defensive line coach, according to reports from Los Angeles Daily News. Orgeron made LSU his home for the 2015 season, coaching the Tigers defensive line en route to a 9-3 season. The move would make sense for Orgeron,..." December 24

  • Adoree' Jackson to skip USC spring practice, pursue Rio Olympics

    ESPN "USC star cornerback Adoree' Jackson will be excused from spring practice so that he can focus on his pursuit of qualifying for the 2016 Rio Olympics in track and field. Trojans coach Clay Helton announced Sunday that Jackson, the Pac-12 champion in the long jump this year, would skip spring..." December 21

  • Report: USC's Wheeler under psychiatric evaluation after altercation with police

    The Score "Police in Los Angeles fired bean bag rounds at USC offensive lineman Chad Wheeler on Saturday morning after an altercation near campus, law enforcement sources told NBC News. Officers were reportedly called to an apartment in South Los Angeles around 8:45 a.m. PT to respond to someone, possibly..." December 21

  • Trojans elevate Tee Martin to offensive coordinator

    ESPN "USC head coach Clay Helton has promoted wide receivers coach Tee Martin to offensive coordinator, filling the post Helton occupied before being promoted to interim head coach and eventually being elevated to head coach. Helton made the announcement Friday morning. Martin, 37, is in his fourth..." December 18

  • USC players feel ‘betrayed’ by Steve Sarkisian lawsuit

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Sarkisian has already been blasted by USC over the lawsuit he filed against the school, and it would appear he has angered some of his former players with the legal action as well. TMZ claims to have spoken with multiple Trojan football players who say they feel “betrayed” and “let down”..." December 09

  • NCAA reached 'predetermined conclusion' in Reggie Bush-USC case, appeals court rules

    The Score "The NCAA reached a "predetermined conclusion" in its investigation regarding former USC assistant coach Todd McNair's knowledge of Reggie Bush's rules violations, a California appeals court ruled Monday. McNair sued the NCAA in 2011, denying he had any knowledge Bush received improper benefits..." December 08

  • USC Says Sarkisian Is A Liar; Never Said He Was An Alcoholic

    TMZ "USC is firing back at Steve Sarkisian -- claiming the ex-football coach repeatedly DENIED he was an alcoholic and resisted the school's effort to get him proper help. USC's general counsel, Carol Mauch Amir, issued a statement in response to Sark's $30 MILLION wrongful termination and..." December 08

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    Pat Forde @YahooForde

    Steve Sarkisian has filed suit against USC, claiming breach, etc. Complaint includes phrase "kicked him to the curb" multiple times. Oh boy.

  • Steve Sarkisian files lawsuit against USC for breach of contract

    The Score "Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has filed a complaint against the school for breach of contract, according to TMZ Sports. Joe Schad of ESPN also confirmed the news. Sarkisian is saying the school did not accommodate his disability. "Alcoholism is a recognized disability under..." December 07

  • USC fired most of its defensive staff after Stanford’s record-setting day

    SB Nation "Just one day after a 41-22 loss to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, USC coach Clay Helton has reportedly fired three defensive coaches, including defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. These coaches were initially hired by former coach Steve Sarkisian, not Helton. " December 07

  • USC hires Clay Helton as permanent coach

    ESPN "USC hired Clay Helton to a multiyear deal Monday after he guided the Trojans to a 5-2 mark as the interim coach. "After weeks of searching the collegiate and pro ranks, interviewing candidates, and speaking with head coaches, athletic directors, NFL executives, and very knowledgeable football..." November 30

  • USC loses LBs Cameron Smith and Lamar Dawson to season-ending injuries

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith and senior linebacker Lamar Dawson suffered season-ending knee injuries in Friday’s win against Colorado. Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and Dawson suffered a shoulder injury. "I feel sad for both kids because they brought so much to the..." November 16

  • USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster undergoes surgery, return unknown

    CBS Sports "USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster underwent surgery on Monday afternoon to repair a fractured hand suffered in the Trojans win against Cal on Saturday. Interim coach Clay Helton said the surgery would "speed up" the recovery process for Smith-Schuster, the Pac-12's leading receiver, but was..." November 02

  • Report: USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster could have surgery on fractured hand

    The Score "USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster could undergo surgery on the fracture in his right hand, head coach Clay Helton said. He suffered the injury in the win against Cal on Saturday. At the conclusion of the first half, Smith-Schuster was questionable to return in the second half " November 02

  • Pat Haden steps down from Playoff Committee

    USA Today "Southern California athletics director Pat Haden is stepping down from his role on the College Football Playoff selection committee, he announced Friday. The committee was supposed to meet in Dallas for the first time this weekend and release its initial top 25 poll on Tuesday night. Haden,..." October 30

  • USC reveals plans for $270-million Coliseum renovation and restoration

    CBS Sports "The Coliseum is getting a face lift. USC unveiled its proposed plans for a $270-million renovation and restoration project to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Thursday. If approved, construction will begin after the 2017 season and is expected to be completed in time for the 2019 season..." October 30

  • USC's Toa Lobendahn Out For Season

    Inside Socal "Center Toa Lobendahn suffered a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season. Safety Marvell Tell suffered a broken clavicle and it out 6-8 weeks. Defensive tackle Rasheem Green injured his knee but can play if he can tolerate it, according to Clay Helton. " October 26

  • Jeff Fisher says he is not interested in coaching USC

    SB Nation "St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher is not interested in replacing Steve Sarkisian as head coach at Southern Cal, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Fisher, who is in his fourth season as head coach in St. Louis, played defensive back for the Trojans in the late 1970s. He..." October 21

  • 4-Star Linebacker Javaris Steward Committed To USC, Backed Off Decision On Same Day

    College Spun "It usually takes a little while for new commits to reconsider their college choices, but most norms can be thrown out the window during this USC football season. On Monday morning, four-star 2017 linebacker/defensive end Javaris Steward committed to USC after watching their game against Notre..." October 21

  • Pete Carroll says USC reunion is “not happening”

    College Spun "With the Seahawks struggling at 2-4 and USC in the market for a new head coach, it’s not too surprising that rumors of Pete Carroll returning to coach the Trojans have cropped up. A Carroll reunion with the Trojans seems very far-fetched, and today the 64-year-old squashed any notions of one..." October 20

  • USC AD Pat Haden 'feeling great,' looking 'chipper' after collapse

    CBS Sports "USC athletic director Pat Haden said he's "feeling great" after a health scare on the sidelines just before the Trojan's loss to Notre Dame in South Bend. Haden, 62, was taken to the locker room and treated by medical personnel before boarding a flight home to Los Angeles. On Sunday, Haden..." October 19

  • Kelly, Payton among USC coaching candidates

    NFL.com "The University of Southern California's head football coaching gig will be linked to several high-profile candidates. While the early rumors have centered on Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, two other current NFL coaches will also garner a look. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported on..." October 18

  • USC’s Pat Haden Receives Medical Attention After Collapsing on Sideline

    KTLA 5 "USC Athletic Director Pat Haden was tended to by medical personnel on the sideline before USC’s game against No. 14 Notre Dame on Saturday night at Notre Dame Stadium. A USC spokesman said Haden, 62, was feeling light-headed on the sideline, took a knee and was tended to by team medical..." October 18

  • John Harbaugh: USC job is “not a consideration”

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Southern California is looking for a new head coach and they reportedly have Ravens coach John Harbaugh on their list of dream candidates, which sparked a response on the Ravens website shooting down the possibility that Harbaugh would follow his brother to the NCAA. That..." October 16

  • Steve Sarkisian takes to Twitter to thank people for their support

    CBS Sports "It's been a long few days for Steve Sarkisian, but on Wednesday evening he took to Twitter to speak publicy for the first time since his dismissal at USC. Sarkisian sent out three tweets, thanking people for their support, and wishing the Trojans luck against Notre Dame this week. " October 15

  • Steve Sarkisian reportedly learned of firing via email, texts on way to rehab

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Sarkisian was fired swiftly by USC, a day after he was forced by the school’s athletic director to take a leave of absence amid questions about his sobriety. Now we’re learning some of the details about how the actual firing went down. According to ESPN’s Joe Schad, Sarkisian was en route..." October 14

  • USC Not Planning to Pay Steve Sarkisian After Firing

    Black Sports Online "The USC football program is amid chaos once again with the recent firing of Steve Sarkisian. Sarkisian who has admitted himself into a rehab facility, will not be getting any more paychecks when he gets out. ESPN’s Joe Schad has been covering the Sarkisian saga and said this on his deal." October 14

  • USC AD Pat Haden: 'The decision I made didn't work out, and I own that'

    ESPN Los Angeles "USC athletic director Pat Haden spoke Tuesday about the decision to fire head coach Steve Sarkisian, calling it "very difficult," while also defending his handling of the situation. "The decision I made didn't work out, and I own that," he said. "I own it." Haden said that he learned Sunday..." October 14

  • With Steve Sarkisian fired, Clay Helton easily slips into USC head coach role again

    Los Angeles Times "As USC ended practice Sunday, Clay Helton stood in the middle of the field as the team crowded around him. Helton, USC's offensive coordinator, would not be officially introduced as the Trojans' interim coach until a few minutes later, when Athletic Director Pat Haden informed the same players..." October 13

  • Report: Chip Kelly, Kevin Sumlin Will Be Leading Candidates For USC Job

    Black Sports Online "I can see Sumlin taking the job before Kelly does, but crazier things have happened. Chip Kelly can coach, and he’ll eventually turn the Eagles into the winner this town seeks, but does he have the patience to see the job through with so many great college gigs available? Despite winning 10..." October 13

  • Report: Steve Sarkisian checks into rehab

    College Football Talk "Something positive, it appears, has emerged out of the Steve Sarkisian saga. According to SB Nation, the coach has checked himself into rehab to treat an alcohol issue he admitted to back in August. “Steve Sarkisian is aware of the termination and is deeply disappointed,” a source told the..." October 13