Southern California Rumors & News

  • USC football schedule, roster, recruiting and what to watch in 2018

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC enters the 2018 season coming off its first Pac-12 championship since 2008, which earned coach Clay Helton a deserved extension through 2023. For all THEIR accomplishments in 2017, however, the Trojans are likely dissatisfied with the way last year ended. The Trojans not only missed the..." February 20

  • USC suspends sophomore five-star wideout after domestic violence arrest

    CBS Sports "USC freshman wide receiver Joseph Lewis was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Monday afternoon and has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities. According to 247Sports' USCFootball.com, Lewis was booked on a felony charge that is defined as a domestic battery..." February 13

  • 5-Star CB Olaijah Griffin Commits to USC over Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon

    Bleacher Report "Prized cornerback Olaijah Griffin is bringing his skill set to the USC Trojans. Tom VanHaaren of ESPN reported the 2018 recruit committed to the Trojans on Wednesday. Griffin shared a video via his Twitter account after the announcement. Griffin originally committed to UCLA last July, but..." February 07

  • 4-star ATH Devon Williams commits to USC

    USA Today High School Sports "As Devon Williams‘ recruitment unfolded, it was clear that the four-star wide receiver from Antelope Valley (Calif.) was looking for something more than just the most traditional in-state powers. He found it in spades among his four finalists of Oregon, USC, Utah and Alabama. If those four..." February 07

  • USC agrees to contract extension with coach Clay Helton through 2023 season

    CBS Sports "USC coach Clay Helton has led the program to consecutive double-digit win seasons and New Year's Six bowl games in his first two full seasons as the Trojans head coach, and his reward is long-term job security. The school announced Tuesday afternoon that Helton's contract has been extended..." February 06

  • Report | Tee Martin signs extension to remain with USC

    Fanrag Sports "USC Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the program, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports. Martin had previously interviewed for the Oakland Raiders head coaching vacancy this offseason, choosing to return to the collegiate ranks to..." January 20

  • Tee Martin will stay at USC, with an extension

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders had interviewed USC offensive coordinator and receivers coach Tee Martin for two different positions in recent weeks. Martin won’t be making the jump to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Martin is finalizing a contract extension to remain the offensive..." January 13

  • USC's Cameron Smith to return for senior season

    L.A. Daily News "USC linebacker Cameron Smith will return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft. Smith announced his decision Wednesday in a post on his Instagram accouunt. “I’m honored to wear this cardinal and gold for one more year!” Smith wrote, attached with a picture of himself kneeling..." January 10

  • Deontay Burnett declares for 2018 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "Deontay Burnett is headed to the NFL. The USC Trojans wide receiver announced his intention to enter his name in the 2018 NFL draft Monday, forgoing his final year of eligibility. The junior recorded 86 receptions for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He was by far the favorite target..." January 08

  • 5-Star WR Prospect Amon-Ra St. Brown Commits to USC over Notre Dame, More

    Bleacher Report "Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is one of the top playmakers in the 2018 recruiting class and will be suiting up for the USC Trojans after officially announcing his commitment during the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, per Blair Angulo of 247Sports. St. Brown comes from an excellent..." January 06

  • USC RB Ronald Jones intends to enter 2018 NFL Draft

    NFL.com "One of the best running backs in USC history is making the jump to the pros. The school announced on Friday via Twitter that junior RB Ronald Jones intends to apply for early eligibility into the 2018 NFL Draft. Jones rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns this season en route to..." January 05

  • Report: Sam Darnold expected to return to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Though Sam Darnold continues to be regarded as one of the top NFL quarterback prospects in the country, it seems more and more likely that he will return to USC for his redshirt junior season. Sporting News’ Eric Galko reported in a column published on Tuesday that Darnold is expected to return..." January 02

  • After ugly bowl loss, Sam Darnold says he’s undecided on the NFL draft

    Los Angeles Times "It was a typical farewell party for someone who should not be leaving, but has to be going. Sam Darnold's likely last game as a USC quarterback Friday night was awkwardly painful, consistently sloppy and not a bit sentimental. With every mistake, Darnold showed everyone why, for football..." December 30

  • Reggie Bush criticizes officiating in Cotton Bowl

    Larry Brown Sports "USC had a less-the-ideal first half in Friday’s Cotton Bowl against Ohio State, and former Trojans star Reggie Bush thinks the officiating played a hand in it. In a pair of tweets, Bush ripped the referees for seemingly flubbing calls on two separate plays, one a no-call on a supposed pass..." December 30

  • John Elway attending Cotton Bowl to watch Sam Darnold in person

    Sportsnaut "After taking some time out of his schedule to watch Josh Allen perform in his final game for Wyoming, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway will be in Arlington, Texas, attending the Cotton Bowl Friday night so he can get an up-close and personal look at USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Mike..." December 29

  • USC LB Porter Gustin, CB Jack Jones in doubt for Cotton Bowl

    ESPN "The USC Trojans may enter the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday night without two key defensive players. Coach Clay Helton said Thursday that linebacker Porter Gustin is unlikely to play as No. 8 USC meets No. 5 Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Helton said cornerback Jack..." December 28

  • USC OC Tee Martin 'disappointed' not to get interview with Tennessee

    CBS Sports "During the wild ups and downs of the Tennessee coaching search, one name that continued to circulate as a curious omission from the list of candidates was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin was interested in the possibility of taking over at his alma mater as head coach, but told..." December 27

  • USC 4-star QB commit JT Daniels expected to reclassify, enroll in 2018

    Orange County Register "Quarterback JT Daniels of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has notified USC he will attempt to reclassify up to the Class of 2018 and enroll at the university next month, according to a source within the football program with knowledge of the situation. The source could not confirm when..." December 22

  • Michael Pittman Jr. finds his place in USC offense after his father threatened to transfer him

    Los Angeles Times "Eight weeks have gone by — eight good weeks — so the Pittman family can talk about what happened with no hint of frustration. Michael Jr. has finally earned a spot at receiver for USC. Michael Sr. finally has something to cheer about, watching his son make big plays against UCLA and..." December 18

  • Tee Martin focused on USC but would reconsider if Tennessee was interested

    Sportsnaut "There have been some rumors recently that Tennessee is interested in hiring USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin to be its next head coach. On Friday night following USC’s victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Martin was asked about those rumors. Martin said he has not been..." December 02

  • USC’s Tee Martin remains mum on possible return to Tennessee

    L.A. Daily News "College football’s annual coaching carousel took one of its wackiest whirls over the weekend. Tennessee, among six SEC schools to end the regular season with head coaching vacancies, planned to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, reaching the point where the school on Sunday..." November 28

  • 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