Southern California Rumors & News

  • Sam Darnold is primed to be a Trojan force for USC

    Fox Sports "The star power is back at USC on Howard Jones Field. After a staggering succession of mega-wattage talent around Troy that led to Heisman Trophies and national titles, the Trojans drifted from the college football radar. There’s a glow again around Trojan football. Sam Darnold, the 6-foot-4,..." March 29

  • Ex-USC Linebacker Off the Hook In L.A. Rape Case ... Still Charges In Utah

    TMZ "Ex-USC football player Osa Masina will NOT be charged with rape in Los Angeles with prosecutors citing lack of evidence ... but he's still facing charges in Utah. As we previously reported, Masina was investigated over an alleged July 2016 incident in which the female accuser claims Masina and..." March 08

  • Arizona lands USC transfer Noah Jefferson to bolster D-line

    Tuscon "Defensive tackle Noah Jefferson, a former four-star prospect whose career didn’t pan out at USC, announced Sunday that he intends to transfer to Arizona. Jefferson, who’s from Las Vegas, visited the UA campus this weekend. As of now he would have to sit out the 2017 season, but Arizona is..." March 06

  • Top High School QB Transfers After Fight with Wayne Gretzky's Son

    TMZ "One of the top high school QBs in the country has transferred schools after getting into a physical altercation with Wayne Gretzky's golf player son ... TMZ Sports has learned. The QB is Matt Corral -- ESPN's 5th ranked junior QB in the country who's already committed to USC. He's a stud...." February 28

  • 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

    NFL.com "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

    Covers.com "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