Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • He was nation’s No. 1 five-star recruit in 2017. Now Jaelan Phillips will join the Canes

    Miami Herald "The tweets that foreshadowed Thursday’s news for the Miami Hurricanes began the third week of January and generated intense enthusiasm among University of Miami football fans. Now? Pure jubilation. Jaelan Phillips, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect in the Class..." February 21

  • Report: Oregon wanted to hire Texas ace recruiter Bryan Carrington

    Larry Brown Sports "The Texas Longhorns have been cleaning up in the recruiting game, and one of their recruiting staffers is starting to become a hot commodity. Bryan Carrington, Texas’ Director of Recruiting, was approached by Oregon but turned them away, according to Horns..." February 20

  • Oregon, defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt mutually agree to part ways after two seasons

    Statesman "Oregon's athletic department released a statement Thursday morning, saying that the football program and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt "mutually" parted ways. "The agreement will be funded by athletics entirely from private sources and has a maximum amount of..." February 16

  • Four-Star WR Puka Nacua Signs With Washington After Backing Off USC Commitment

    SI - College Football "Former USC recruit Puka Nacua announced Sunday that he would be attending the University of Washington. Nacua, a four-star wide receiver from Utah, initally committed to USC in June, but also had interest in Utah, Oregon, UCLA and BYU, and declined to send in his national letter of..." February 11

  • Peyton Manning counseled Justin Herbert on NFL Draft decision

    Larry Brown Sports "Justin Herbert surprised many by opting to return to Oregon for his senior season, passing up the chance to be the best quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft pool. It turns out he got some advice along the way from someone who’d know the process quite well. Herbert said he..." February 10

  • Texas transfer quarterback Shane Buechele headed to SMU

    247 Sports "Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will transfer to SMU, he announced on Twitter. The former Arlington (Tex.) Lamar standout started 19 games for the Longhorns during his career, including all 12 his freshman season in 2016 when he became the first Texas quarterback since Colt McCoy in 2009 to..." February 07

  • USC suffers another bluechip WR decommitment

    College Football Talk "Signing Day 2.0 arrives Wednesday, and USC isn’t exactly sprinting toward the finish line. The Trojans already witnessed 5-star Bru McCoy reverse out of Heritage Hall after two weeks on campus, and now they’ve lost a player who figured to profit from his..." February 04

  • USC WR Josh Imatorbhebhe has entered NCAA transfer portal

    247 Sports "Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe is the latest Trojan to hit the NCAA Transfer Portal on Monday, according to a source. The former four-star prospect out of Georgia is the third USC receiver to hit the portal in the last week, joining redshirt..." January 28

  • Graham Harrell would have full control of USC offense

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is pursuing a big change to their offense, and they may be willing to give Graham Harrell lots of power to transform it. The Trojans have talked with Harrell about becoming their new offensive coordinator, replacing Kliff Kingsbury, who held the position for around a month before..." January 28

  • USC in talks with Graham Harrell to be new offensive coordinator

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is trying to go from one former Texas Tech quarterback to another. Weeks after Kliff Kingsbury left USC to take the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job, the team is now targeting Graham Harrell to be their offensive coordinator, according to a report. Rivals reporter Adam Maya..." January 27

  • So far, USC’s followed its worst season in 18 years with a terrible offseason

    SB Nation "USC had a terrible 2018. The Trojans went 5-7, the worst they’ve done since putting up an identical record in 2000. When the 2000 team sputtered, continuing a three-year decline under Paul Hackett, it led to the coach’s firing. USC hired Pete Carroll to replace him, and two or so..." January 25

  • After entering NCAA transfer portal, former USC WR Bru McCoy signs financial aid agreement with Texas

    Burnt Orange Nation "Better late than never — isn’t that the saying? After entering the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday, USC Trojans wide receiver Bru McCoy, ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the 2019 recruiting class, signed his financial aid agreement in preparation to transfer to..." January 25

  • Colin Samuel is at least the seventh UCLA player to transfer since the end of the 2018 season

    College Football Talk "As it turns out, Penn State hasn’t cornered the market on players transferring out of its football program. On Twitter Thursday, Colin Samuel announced that he has decided to transfer from UCLA and finish out his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  The..." January 25

  • USC five-star recruit Bru McCoy considering transfer to Texas

    Larry Brown Sports "USC’s recruiting class got a huge boost recently when five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy committed to the Trojans, but it sounds like he is having second thoughts. Adam Maya of TrojanSports.com reports that McCoy is considering transferring from USC to Texas. CFB Home also..." January 24

  • Alaimo details transfer from UCLA to Rutgers

    247 Sports "After a semester on the other side of the country, tight end Matt Alaimo is looking forward to spending a weekend or two at home during the spring semester, having his family come to games and being on familiar ground. It all starts Monday as the former UCLA tight end moves..." January 22

  • USC loses top RB recruit Jordan Wilmore

    Larry Brown Sports "USC has lost one of their top running back recruits for the 2019 class. Jordan Wilmore announced on Twitter Monday that he was decommitting from the school. “I would like to thank the God because none of this would be possible without him. I’d like to thank the..." January 15

  • Third hospitalized Oregon player announces he won’t sue

    College Football Talk "After a rough couple of days, Oregon and its former head football coach have caught a break on the legal front. Earlier this week, it was confirmed that former Oregon offensive lineman Doug Brenner had filed an $11.5 million lawsuit against the University of Oregon, Willie Taggart,..." January 13

  • UO football player Sam Poutasi suing UO, Taggart, 1 day after Doug Brenner files similar lawsuit

    Daily Emerald "Oregon sophomore offensive lineman Sam Poutasi is suing the University of Oregon, the NCAA, former Oregon head coach Willie Taggart and former strength coach Irele Oderinde for negligence regarding an offseason workout in January 2017 that sent him to the hospital for..." January 12

  • Stanford's Bryce Love 'on the path to recovery' from torn ACL ahead of NFL draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Former Stanford tailback Bryce Love is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, which he suffered in the Cardinal’s final regular season game. Love underwent surgery on Dec. 18 with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham and is expected to make a full..." January 11

  • Former USC S Bolden Commits to Miami Hurricanes

    247 Sports "The first commitment of the Manny Diaz Era at Miami is a big one.  Former USC safety Bubba Bolden announced on Twitter late Wednesday night that he has committed to play for the Hurricanes.  Bolden is currently at a junior college, but not..." January 10

  • 5-star 2020 OT Myles Hinton commits to Stanford over Michigan football

    Detroit Free Press "Myles Hinton, one of the top-ranked players in the 2020 class and the younger brother of a 2019 Michigan signee, announced his college commitment Wednesday.  He picked Stanford over Michigan.  Hinton, a 6-foot-6, 308-pound tackle from Atlanta, is the younger..." January 10

  • Ex-Oregon player reportedly suing former coach Willie Taggart, NCAA for $11.5 million

    Yahoo! Sports "One of the three Oregon players who was hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis following January 2017 workouts is suing the school and former Ducks head coach Willie Taggart. According to The Oregonian and ESPN, Doug Brenner, an offensive lineman who graduated from UO after the 2017 season,..." January 10

  • Report: Cardinals to pay USC $150K as buyout for Kliff Kingsbury

    Sportsnaut "The big news of this Tuesday is that the Arizona Cardinals announced they are hiring former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach. Of course, this move came just a month after the coach signed on as the offensive coordinator at USC, and the Cardinals are..." January 08

  • USC top QB recruit ‘disappointed’ about Kliff Kingsbury leaving

    Larry Brown Sports "Kliff Kingsbury left the position he briefly held as USC’s offensive coordinator to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals, and some are disappointed with the move. Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech after posting his third straight losing season. He quickly took a..." January 08

  • Top recruit Bru McCoy responds to haters after committing to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Five-star wide receiver recruit Bru McCoy officially committed to USC over the weekend, and some have questioned the decision given the current state of the Trojans’ program. Judging by his reaction, McCoy can’t wait to prove those doubters wrong. Shortly after he..." January 06

  • Cal football player Bryce Turner dies at 19

    San Francisco Gate "Cal defensive back Bryce Turner, a redshirt sophomore from Lakewood in Los Angeles County, has died, the school announced Saturday. “We are so deeply saddened by Bryce’s passing," head football coach Justin Wilcox said in a statement. “This is an extremely..." January 06

  • Jaelan Phillips considering transfer to USC or Stanford

    247 Sports "Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips is considering a transfer to USC or Stanford, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told 247Sports. The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class per the 247Sports Composite, Phillips announced in December he would withdraw from UCLA due..." January 05

  • 5-star ATH Bru McCoy announces commitment to USC over Texas at the All-American Bowl

    Burnt Orange Nation "The dark horse finished second. On Saturday afternoon at the Army All-American Bowl, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei product Bru McCoy brought his well-documented recruitment to a close on national television, and it’s a story that didn’t end favorably for Tom Herman, as the..." January 05

  • USC denying Kliff Kingsbury NFL interviews seems like a bad sign for Clay Helton

    SB Nation "College football and the NFL have fused schematically. The styles of play aren’t exactly the same at the two levels, of course, nor from team to team at each. But the big concepts popular at one level are also popular at the other, whether that’s the Chiefs running..." January 05

  • Stanford star WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside declares for NFL Draft

    Rule of Tree "After one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in Stanford history, JJ Arcega-Whiteside has officially declared for the NFL Draft. The wideout announced his decision today via social media. JJ was Stanford’s best player this season, finishing 2018 with 63 catches for..." January 05

  • 5-star WR Kyle Ford chooses USC over Washington during All-American Bowl

    Seattle Times "The Huskies lost out on their biggest target of the recruiting season. Kyle Ford, a five-star wide receiver from Orange, Calif., choose USC over Washington during the All-American Bowl on Saturday morning. Ford also listed Colorado, Michigan and Oregon among his final five,..." January 05

  • Cal football player hospitalized in Southern California

    San Jose Mercury News "Cal cornerback Bryce Turner is in a Southern California hospital after suffering a medical emergency earlier this week, according to his family. Though offering few details on what led to the redshirt sophomore’s hospitalization or his current condition, Turner’s family..." January 04

  • Former NFL All-Pro DeMarco Murray to Join Arizona Staff as RB Coach

    SI "Former NFL All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray will be named running backs coach at the University of Arizona in "the coming days," according to the Arizona Daily Star. Murray will join the staff of Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin, who served as a recruiter and coach at..." January 03

  • Cal CB Bryce Turner hospitalized after medical emergency following workout

    CBS Sports "Cal redshirt sophomore Bryce Turner has been hospitalized following a medical emergency near his family home in Southern California. The school released a statement on Thursday that did not indicate the nature of the emergency, but asked for prayers and privacy while he remains..." January 03

  • Kaden Smith to enter NFL draft

    San Francisco Chronicle "Stanford tight end Kaden Smith announced Tuesday on Twitter that he'll turn pro. “I have dreamed about playing in the NFL for as long as I can remember,” Smith said in the post. “And after much thought and discussion with my family, I have decided to forgo my..." January 02

  • NFL Draft talk surges for Kyler Murray as Lincoln Riley believes he can be an All-Star or Pro Bowler

    CBS Sports "For most of the offseason, Kyler Murray's 2018 football campaign was discussed as a one-off with Murray's presence allowing Oklahoma to continue its explosive offensive ways under coach Lincoln Riley after the departure of three-year starter and Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield...." December 28

  • Justin Herbert passes on 2019 NFL Draft, and here's how he can improve his stock before 2020

    CBS Sports "Justin Herbert was likely going to be the first quarterback selected in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he was far from a finished product, drifted into "overrated" territory as a prospect, and made the correct decision to return for his senior season at Oregon. That weakens the options for..." December 27

  • Justin Herbert to return for senior season at Oregon

    Oregonian "Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is returning for his senior season with the Ducks. Widely projected as the top draft-eligible quarterback and a likely top 10 pick, Herbert announced his stay in college for the 2019 season on Wednesday. “The University of Oregon has..." December 26