Southern California Rumors & News

  • Sam Darnold not talking about his draft status

    Larry Brown Sports "Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen were the focus of ABC/ESPN’s telecast of Saturday’s UCLA-USC game. Both are top QB prospects, and both are eligible to enter the NFL Draft next year. However, good luck getting Darnold to talk about his draft status. The redshirt sophomore was asked after his Trojans’..." November 19

  • WSU Police Request Felony Charge for USC's Liam Jimmons' Hit on Fan

    Bleacher Report "Washington State University police requested Thursday that USC defensive lineman Liam Jimmons be charged with felony second-degree assault stemming from a September tackle on a fan. According to Elena Gardner of KXLY, cellphone camera video showed a player believed to be Jimmons laying out a..." November 03

  • Sam Darnold might return to USC to avoid certain teams at top of NFL Draft

    CBS Sports "Have faith Trojan fans, Sam Darnold might not be done yet. The sophomore quarterback isn't ruling out the possibility of coming back for his junior year, per Albert Breer of MMQB, especially if things fall in a particular way regarding the 2018 NFL Draft order. Breer reports that Darnold wants..." November 02

  • Officially, Sam Darnold will ‘take a look’ at his future ‘after the season’

    College Football Talk "Did anyone really expect anything else as a response? Anointed by myriad draftniks as the likely No. 1 overall pick of the 2018 NFL draft entering the 2017 college football season, Sam Darnold has underwhelmed and underperformed that lofty projection for most of the first half or more of the..." October 25

  • Report: Sam Darnold expected to return to USC in 2018

    College Football Talk "Sam Darnold was appointed the No. 1 pick of the 2018 NFL Draft on the second day of 2017. As a redshirt freshman, Darnold torched Penn State to the tune of 33-of-53 passing for 453 yards with five touchdowns and one interception in a 52-49 Rose Bowl win. One problem, though. Darnold hasn’t..." October 23

  • Clay Helton says Sam Darnold has been dealing with ankle injury

    Larry Brown Sports "USC head coach Clay Helton said after his team’s 49-14 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday night that quarterback Sam Darnold has been dealing with an ankle injury for the past month. Darnold went 20 of 28 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception against the Fighting Irish. He was replaced..." October 22

  • Starting USC DT Josh Fatu in concussion protocol after car wreck

    College Football Talk "This is one you don’t see very often. USC’s Josh Fatu was involved in a multi-car accident and is currently in concussion protocol because of a head injury he received in the incident, head coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday. The coach added that the accident in which Fatu sustained the..." October 19

  • Sam Darnold confronts problem of 'unrealistic expectations' in second season, teammate says

    Los Angeles Times "By now, Sam Darnold understands the deal. When he stands outside USC’s locker room each week to face reporters, he can sense what people will be saying about him on the radio, the cable sports networks and the Internet all week. This is no longer last season, when Darnold was the freshman..." October 18

  • Pec tear ends season, collegiate playing career of starting USC lineman Viane Talamaivao

    College Football Talk "USC lost more than a game and its perfect season in Week 5. During Friday night’s loss to Washington State, Viane Talamaivao went down with what at the time looked to be an upper-body injury. This week, further evaluation revealed that the starting right guard sustained a torn pectoral muscle,..." October 06

  • USC OC Tee Martin blames offense’s problems on losing talent to draft

    Larry Brown Sports "USC hasn’t exactly been the offensive juggernaut you would expect for a team that features the potential top overall pick in the NFL Draft, and one member of their coaching staff feels the Trojans have a pretty good excuse for that. Offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who has been with USC since..." October 04

  • Scouts saying that USC’s Sam Darnold will stay in school

    Sportsnaut "While he’d likely be a top pick (if not the top pick) in the 2018 NFL Draft, a new report is suggesting that USC quarerback Sam Darnold will return to school. Darnold has certainly shown that he has potential. In five games, he’s completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 1,389 yards with nine..." October 02

  • Texas QB Shane Buechele expected to be available against USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Texas quarterback Shane Buechele is expected to be available against USC after missing last week with a shoulder injury, according to a report. The sophomore QB missed Texas’ game against San Jose State last weekend with a shoulder injury. He was able to throw and took limited reps in practice..." September 14

  • Lance Armstrong calls out USC: You s— all over Reggie Bush

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC didn't endear itself to football fans when it claimed it had a 4-0 record against Texas, even though the Trojans suffered a brutal loss to the Longhorns in the 2006 Rose Bowl. The Trojans' record in the 2005 season was vacated, because of NCAA violations and former USC star Reggie Bush was..." September 13

  • USC says 4-0 mark vs. Texas is correct as NCAA voided Trojans' participation in 2005 season

    ESPN "USC and Texas will play this week for the first time since the Longhorns, led by Vince Young, beat the Trojans, led by Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart, 41-38 in the Rose Bowl to win the BCS national championship after the 2005 season. It was one of the most memorable college football games in..." September 13

  • How a converted quarterback became USC's most crucial question mark entering the season

    Los Angeles Times "Deontay Burnett practiced over-the-shoulder catches with a fellow receiver after USC’s practice Tuesday. Burnett would run in place, look up for the ball, catch, then lob one back. The throws to Burnett came in cleaner than the ones he threw out. They spun in a tighter spiral. They hit Burnett..." August 30

  • Why Sam Darnold could lead USC to its first national title in 13 years

    ESPN "Sam Darnold is gone. It is 2002, and one moment the 5-year-old is splashing in the water on his boogie board, and then he isn't. His mother, Chris, and his 8-year-old sister, Franki, are enjoying a sun-kissed summer day at their favorite spot, Linda Lane, near their home in Capistrano Beach,..." August 21

  • USC Football Hero Falsely Accused of Dom. Violence ... GF Says

    TMZ "The USC football player who kicked the winning field goal in the '17 Rose Bowl against Penn. State has WRONGLY been painted as a domestic abuser ... so says his girlfriend. Matt Boermeester was suspended from the University of Southern California earlier this year while school officials..." July 31

  • USC lands commitment from highly-touted 2019 QB J.T. Daniels

    Los Angeles Times "Junior quarterback J.T. Daniels of Santa Ana Mater Dei High announced via Twitter on Sunday that he has committed to USC. Daniels was one of the most proficient and effective quarterbacks in California last season as a sophomore. In 14 games, he completed 75% of his passes for 4,849 yards..." July 31

  • Clay Helton says OJ Simpson would not be allowed at USC practice

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the best running backs in USC history is not welcome at the team’s practices. That’s because the person in question is convicted felon and accused murder, O.J. Simpson. Simpson was granted parole last week after serving nine years in prison for armed robbery and kidnapping. He is set to..." July 27

  • Sam Darnold: No team should tank for me

    Pro Football Talk "Talk that the Jets could tank the 2017 season with an eye on choosing USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the first pick in the 2018 NFL draft don’t seem to sit well with Darnold. Darnold told Dianna Russini of ESPN that he thinks tanking for him would be silly. “I don’t think any team should..." July 12

  • Sam Darnold Reportedly May Remain at USC, Not Declare for 2018 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "Despite being an early favorite to be the top overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft, USC quarterback Sam Darnold may not declare for the event. Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com reported from Nike's The Opening football camp, "I also had several sources close to Darnold tell me they wouldn't be..." July 05

  • USC QB Sam Darnold working with Jordan Palmer to shorten throwing motion

    Orange County Register "When Mel Kiper Jr., ESPN’s longtime NFL draft expert, published his first 2018 mock draft, he pegged Sam Darnold as the top selection. It included one footnote about the USC quarterback. “He does have an unorthodox, long delivery, however, that will have to be retooled,” Kiper..." July 05

  • 5-Star QB Prospect Matt Corral Decommits from USC

    Bleacher Report "Matt Corral, one of the top quarterback prospects in the 2018 recruiting class, has decommitted from USC to consider other schools. Tom Loy of 247Sports first reported the QB's decision Saturday. Chris Swanson and Drew Krinsky of Rivals confirmed the news. Corral is a 5-star prospect who..." June 18