Southern California Rumors & News

  • USC makes another splash with LB Palaie Gaoteote commitment

    ESPN "USC landed one of the most coveted linebacker prospects in the nation on Sunday, as No. 1 outside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote announced his commitment to the Trojans. Gaoteote, the nation's No. 41 overall prospect, held offers from a who's who of college football royalty, including Alabama,..." February 20

  • USC suspends Matt Boermeester amid code of conduct investigation

    ESPN "USC has suspended redshirt junior kicker Matt Boermeester amid an investigation of a "code of conduct issue." The University of Southern California provided a news release that said, "While this student code of conduct issue is being investigated, the student will not be representing the..." February 08

  • Steve Sarkisian 'I Want To Be A Head Coach Again ... But I Love Bama'

    TMZ "Steve Sarkisian says he DEEPLY appreciates his offensive coordinator job at Alabama ... but admits he does want to be a head coach again one day -- when he's ready. TMZ Sports spoke with Sark at LAX -- and he shot down critics who blamed Bama's loss in the National Championship game on the..." February 03

  • 5-Star WR Joseph Lewis Commits To USC Trojans

    Campus Insiders "As Trojans fans say goodbye to one highly-touted wide receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, they can say hello to another. Five-star prospect Joseph Lewis committed to USC on National Signing Day. The Trojans beat out the Arizona State Sun Devils, Nebraska Cornhuskers and Oregon Ducks for the Los..." February 01

  • USC starts signing day hot, reeling in Austin Jackson and Jay Tufele

    Los Angeles Times "USC has a reputation for closing well on national signing day, and the trend has continued early on Wednesday. Austin Jackson, a highly rated offensive tackle from Phoenix, became the second uncommitted recruit of the day to choose USC. A few minutes later, defensive tackle Jay Tufele of Utah..." February 01

  • 4-Star LB Levi Jones Trolled Both Florida And FSU Before Picking USC Live On ESPN

    The Spun "Austin (Tex.) Westlake four-star linebacker Levi Jones pulled the old fake-out during a live announcement on ESPNU this morning. Jones chose USC over Florida and Florida State, and he did so in entertaining fashion. Jones unzipped his jacket and revealed a Florida shirt, but then he took that..." February 01

  • Iowa State lands a former USC starting lineman

    Des Moines Register "The win-now Iowa State football recruiting initiative gathered more momentum Sunday when 10-game USC starting offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers announced on Twitter that he’d selected Iowa State. The 6-foot-2, 320-pounder joins former Michigan transfer lineman David Dawson among what is..." January 30

  • Four-star safety Isaiah Pola-Mao commits to USC

    Arizona Republic "Three-time All-Arizona safety Isaiah Pola-Mao of Phoenix Mountain Pointe has committed to USC. Pola-Mao announced his commitment during a ceremony at the school on Friday morning. Pola-Mao is ranked 116th in the country in USA TODAY's composite football player rankings that includes Rivals,..." January 27

  • Marlon Tuipulotu, Washington Huskies 5-star DT commit, flips to USC Trojans

    Oregonian "For months, Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers fans desperately hoped 247Sports five-star defensive tackle Marlon Tuipulotu would reconsider his commitment to the Washington Huskies. On Monday, the 6-foot-2, 295-pound Central High School (Oregon) standout did just that, flipping his..." January 24

  • USC's Adoree' Jackson intends to enter 2017 NFL Draft "USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson intends to apply for early eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. The Trojans star announced his intentions via Twitter on Monday, which is the deadline for underclassmen like Jackson to apply for early draft eligibility. Jackson, a junior, is among the..." January 16

  • Alabama betting favorites to take home 2018 National Championship "Before the confetti was even loaded into the cannons at the 2017 CFP National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide, sportsbooks across Las Vegas were releasing their futures odds to win the 2018 title game. No matter which schools are represented at..." January 10

  • USC's Smith-Schuster declares for NFL draft

    Los Angeles Times "Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will forgo his senior season at USC to declare for the NFL Draft, Smith-Schuster announced on Twitter on Saturday evening, becoming the Trojans’ second early departure following its Rose Bowl victory this week. Guard Damien Mama announced Friday he would enter the..." January 08

  • USC beats Penn State on final play in Rose Bowl

    The Sports Xchange "PASADENA, Calif. -- All season long, the Penn State formula was to start slow, fall behind, rally in the second half and then upset a favored opponent, whether it was Ohio State in October or Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game. For much of a rare overcast afternoon at the Rose Bowl,..." January 02

  • Olajuwon Tucker, Kevin Scott Academically Ineligible for 2017 Rose Bowl

    Fox Sports "USC football will be without linebacker Olajuwon Tucker and defensive lineman Kevin Scott for the 2017 Rose Bowl due to academic ineligibility. Olajuwon Tucker and Kevin Scott are USC’s only two academic casualties for the 2017 Rose Bowl, Clay Helton revealed on Tuesday during the welcome event..." December 28

  • USC player pleads not guilty to Utah sexual assault charges

    Salt Lake Tribune "Osa Chad Masina, a former Brighton High School football star and University of Southern California linebacker, pleaded not guilty Friday to felony counts of rape and sodomy. At a preliminary hearing this week, a 19-year-old woman said Masina sexually assaulted her after she had passed out at a..." December 17

  • Graduate transfer QB Max Browne headed to Pitt

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "One day after losing its offensive coordinator, Pitt might have the next leader of its offense in place. No, not from the sideline, but on the field. Not a coach, but a quarterback. Max Browne, a graduate transfer from Pac-12 Conference power Southern California, announced Thursday afternoon on..." December 15

  • LB Tayler Katoa commits to USC

    The Deseret News "Layton linebacker Tayler Katoa has long been heavily recruited by some of the top schools in the West, but a scholarship offer he received just over a month ago wound up being a game-changer. On Nov. 14, Katoa tweeted that he had gotten an offer from the University of Southern California, and..." December 15

  • 2018 4-star CB Marcus Johnson commits to USC

    The Spun "Marcus Johnson, the No. 20 defensive back in the class of 2018 according to 247 Sports, announced his commitment to USC via Twitter on Saturday. The 5-foot-10 Los Angeles native also holds offers from 10 other top-tier programs including Tennessee, Notre Dame, Colorado and Arizona State to name..." December 11

  • Jackson, No. 12 USC shred Notre Dame

    The Sports Xchange "In rainy, windy conditions, USC and Notre Dame were locked in a close game late in the second quarter, before 17 seconds and a big helping of Trojan superstar Adoree' Jackson changed everything. Jackson, the Trojans' playmaking junior defensive back, scored three touchdowns, including a..." November 26

  • No. 13 USC whips UCLA for seventh straight win

    The Sports Xchange "Thirteenth-ranked USC retained the Victory Bell and put itself in a position to play for the Pac-12 Conference championship with a 36-14 victory over UCLA in a crosstown rivalry game Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. Ronald Jones II gained 121 yards on 18 carries for USC..." November 20

  • 4-star QB Jack Sears commits to USC

    247 Sports "San Clemente (Calif.) high school four-star quarterback Jack Sears tells 247Sports that he is no longer committed to Duke and has decided to flip to the USC Trojans. The 6-3, 200-pounder from the class of 2017 originally committed to the Blue Devils, but decommitted Sunday evening and informed..." November 14

  • Jones rushes for four TDs as USC routs Oregon

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Running back Ronald Jones II tied the school record with four rushing touchdown as USC won its fifth straight game with a 45-20 victory over Oregon Saturday night at the L.A. Coliseum. Freshman quarterback Sam Darnold threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns while Jones ran for..." November 05

  • Darnold, Jones lead USC to rout of California

    The Sports Xchange "Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold passed for 231 yards and five touchdowns and sophomore running back Ronald Jones II rushed for a career-best 223 yards as Southern California rolled to a 45-24 victory over California on Thursday night in a Pac-12 contest at Los Angeles. Senior..." October 28

  • Jabari Ruffin, USC reserve linebacker, suspended

    L.A. Daily News "USC has suspended senior linebacker Jabari Ruffin indefinitely for a “student conduct issue,” Coach Clay Helton announced Sunday. Helton did not offer further details, and Ruffin’s possible return to the team remained unclear. “I don’t have a crystal ball on when or if he could return,”..." October 24

  • ACL tear ends Steven Mitchell Jr.'s season

    Los Angeles Times "SC receiver Steven Mitchell Jr. hobbled to an idling bus Saturday with his left knee cocooned in a bulky brace. A normal-looking cut on a punt return had buckled Mitchell’s left knee in the second quarter of USC’s 48-14 win over Arizona. He crumpled to the turf without touching a..." October 17

  • Darnold, Smith-Schuster propel USC in rout of Arizona

    The Sports Xchange "Quarterback Sam Darnold threw for five touchdowns - including three to receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster - and USC coasted to a 48-14 victory at Arizona in a Pac-12 game on Saturday. Darnold threw four scoring passes in the first half, two of which came after Wildcats' turnovers set up the..." October 15

  • Darnold leads USC past No. 21 Colorado

    The Sports Xchange "It's not often that a coach will rave about a player who failed to score a touchdown -- on purpose. But USC wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, with nothing but green grass ahead of him, went down to the turf with less than two minutes left, allowing the Trojans to safely run out the clock..." October 08

  • Darnold leads USC past Arizona State

    The Sports Xchange "Sam Darnold passed for 352 yards and threw three touchdown passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster as the USC Trojans defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils 41-20 on Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum. Smith-Schuster had seven catches for 123 yards and Justin Davis rushed 14 times for 123 yards and a..." October 02

  • Former USC linebacker Lamar Dawson sues NCAA and Pac-12

    Los Angeles Times "Former USC linebacker Lamar Dawson sued the NCAA and Pac-12 on Monday, alleging the organizations violated state and federal laws governing wages and hours as “joint employers” of Division I football players. Filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the class-action lawsuit accused the..." September 29

  • No. 24 Utah rallies to beat USC

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah had no intention of playing for overtime when it trailed by three points on its final drive against USC on Friday. The 24th-ranked Utes did everything they could to deliver a knockout punch. They landed critical blows on a pair of fourth-down conversions to keep the..." September 24

  • USC freshman offensive tackle E.J. Price to transfer

    Today's U "USC head football coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday that offensive tackle E.J. Price will be transferring from the school. This comes after rumors surfaced that Price and Helton got into an altercation during halftime of the Trojans’ loss to Stanford on Saturday. Helton denied such..." September 22

  • USC coach Clay Helton shoots down wild EJ Price rumor

    Inside Socal "Offensive tackle E.J. Price has disappeared from the football program, which I mentioned last night. I have checked and no one knows anything about any alleged incident with Clay Helton, which some websites reported." September 21

  • Sam Darnold in, Max Browne out as USC starting quarterback

    Los Angeles Times "he idea nestled into Clay Helton’s mind somewhere over the Central Coast, as USC flew back from Stanford on Saturday evening. USC’s offense had been lurching and mostly toothless. He decided then that a review was in order. Helton’s Sunday was consumed by film from USC’s first three games. He..." September 20

  • Osa Masina, Don Hill removed from USC roster amid sexual assault scandal

    USA Today "Suspended Southern California football players Osa Masina and Don Hill were officially removed from the team's roster on Tuesday. Their names appeared on the roster Monday. Trojans coach Clay Helton announced their suspension amid a sexual assault investigation last week. Masina, a linebacker,..." September 20

  • McCaffrey leads No. 7 Stanford past USC

    The Sports Xchange "STANFORD, Calif. -- The Stanford Cardinal and running back Christian McCaffrey picked up Saturday night where they left off last season when they beat USC in the Pac-12 Championship Game. McCaffrey had 260 all-purpose yards and No. 7 ranked Stanford opened Pac-12 play with a 27-10 victory..." September 18

  • USC's Osa Masina Charged with Rape, Forcible Sodomy

    TMZ "USC linebacker Osa Masina has been charged with 1 count of rape in Utah ... stemming from an alleged incident back in July ... this according to the Cottonwood Heights PD. TMZ Sports broke the story ... a 19-year-old woman claims she was boozing and using marijuana with Masina in Utah on July..." September 15

  • USC's Osa Masina, Don Hill suspended from all team activities

    ESPN "USC football players Osa Masina and Don Hill will no longer take part in football-related activities as they remain under investigation for sexual assault, coach Clay Helton announced Tuesday. "Under the university's further guidance, it has been decided that they have been suspended from..." September 13

  • NFL Scout Calls JuJu Smith-Schuster 'Most Overrated Player in CFB'

    Bleacher Report "Will USC's offensive struggles cost JuJu Smith-Schuster come the NFL draft? Where do scouts think he will be drafted? Will he be able to rebound? Watch the video above as Bleacher Report NFL Draft Analyst Matt Miller discusses Smith-Schuster." September 13

  • USC gives Helton first victory

    The Sports Xchange "USC quarterbacks threw four touchdown passes, Adoree' Jackson returned a punt for a touchdown and the Trojans gave Clay Helton his first win as a full-time head coach, beating Utah State 45-7 in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Trojans (1-1) had lost three consecutive games, including last..." September 10

  • Knee injury could sideline starting USC lineman Toa Lobendahn for Week 2, if not longer

    College Football Talk "To say that USC’s 2016 season has gotten off to a resounding thud would be an understatement. Embarrassed by Alabama in the opener, the Trojans piled on themselves with a shameful display of groin-stomping during the course of the woodshedding. At practice earlier this week, JuJu..." September 08

  • Two USC Trojans under investigation for rape won’t play in Week 2

    College Football Talk "An off-field situation involving a pair of USC football players will continue on into Week 2. Head coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday that linebackers Osa Masina and Don Hill will not play in Saturday’s game against Utah State. Both players are under investigation in California for allegedly..." September 07

  • USC's anger boils over, as JuJu Smith-Schuster fights, then briefly leaves field

    Los Angeles Times "The first punch cut through the air unobstructed, so JuJu Smith-Schuster reared back and launched another. USC had been stewing since the start of Tuesday’s practice. Much of the energy was productive. But now it was convulsing into hostility. A gratuitous celebration after a pass breakup..." September 07

  • Alabama considering ex-USC coach Steve Sarkisian for assistant role

    CBS Sports "Hours after Alabama destroyed Southern California 52-6 on Saturday, the Crimson Tide are reportedly meeting with the Trojans' former coach. According to the Tuscaloosa News, Steve Sarkisian is on his way to Tuscaloosa to "discuss a role" on the Tide's football staff. The exact nature of the..." September 04

  • USC Football's Don Hill -- Yanked from Season Opener ... Amid Rape Investigation

    TMZ "The USC football program has officially pulled defensive end Don Hill from the season opener in Dallas this weekend ... and sources tell us it's all because of his involvement in a rape investigation. TMZ Sports broke the story ... cops are investigating allegations 20-year-old Hill and his..." September 02

  • USC LB Osa Masina accused of raping woman twice, Snapchatting it to ex-boyfriend

    Larry Brown Sports "USC linebacker Osa Masina was suspended indefinitely by the program on Saturday for a violation of team rules and will miss this week’s season opener against Alabama as he is investigated for two separate accusations of sexual assault by the same woman. TMZ Sports obtained the search warrant..." September 02

  • Nick Saban compares JuJu Smith-Schuster to Dez Bryant "If Alabama cornerback Marlon Humphrey needed any more motivation for the challenge he'll face in covering USC's JuJu Smith-Schuster on Saturday, his coach just gave it to him. Nick Saban compared Smith-Schuster to Dallas Cowboys star Dez Bryant, noting that his size and physical play could make..." August 31

  • USC Linebacker Osa Masina Under Investigation For Sexual Assault

    The Big Lead "Osa Masina will not be traveling with USC as the Trojans head to Dallas to face No. 1 Alabama this weekend. The sophomore linebacker has been suspended as he is being investigated for sexual assault in two cities. While details are scant, Masina is reportedly under investigation for a sexual..." August 30