Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Oregon and Government Secretively Aided Transfer of Former Duck Accused of Sexual Assault

    12 Up "Fresh off a Pac-12 championship and ahead of a date against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl slated for New Year's Day, this is the last sort of distraction that Mario Cristobal and Oregon wanted to have emerge. Back in 2016, former Ducks acclaimed wideout recruit Tristen..." December 14

  • Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin declares for NFL Draft

    Arizona Sports "Arizona State Sun Devils running back Eno Benjamin will skip his senior season at ASU and instead declare for the 2020 NFL Draft, he and the school announced via Twitter on Wednesday. Benjamin just wrapped up the regular season of his junior year, eligibility-wise, but the..." December 12

  • Redbox Bowl does Cal, Illinois dirty with awkward errors on official T-shirts

    CBS Sports "There are so many bowl games in college football that sometimes it's hard to keep track of who's matched up against who, what bowl they're playing in or where/when that bowl is being played. Accidentally mixing up certain bowl details is typically very understandable... unless..." December 12

  • Colorado receiver K.D. Nixon declares for NFL Draft

    Pro Football Talk "The Colorado Buffaloes have a second underclassmen wide receiver declaring for the NFL Draft. K.D. Nixon announced on Tuesday that he has decided to enter the draft a week after fellow teammate Laviska Shenault put him name into the 2020 class as well. " December 11

  • Oregon QB Herbert wins Campbell Trophy

    Oregonian "Oregon Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert won the Campbell Trophy, commonly known as the “academic Heisman.” Herbert beat out 11 other finalists for the award, which is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in college football, during the 62nd National..." December 11

  • Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo hired as UNLV’s head coach

    Oregonian "Oregon is losing its offensive coordinator. UNLV hired Marcus Arroyo as its next head coach. “UNLV athletics is a department on the rise, and my family and I are thrilled to be a part of the Rebel family during this special time,” Arroyo said in a statement...." December 11

  • Former South Carolina QB Jake Bentley heading to Utah as graduate transfer

    CBS Sports "Former South Carolina starting quarterback Jake Bentley announced earlier this month that he will graduate and use his final year of eligibility elsewhere. Now we know that destination. The 6-foot-4, 224-pounder from Opelika, Alabama, announced on Twitter that he will play..." December 09

  • Winners, Losers From Oregon's Blowout Win Over Utah In PAC-12 Championship Game

    Sportsnaut "Utah had a chance to potentially punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff with a win over Oregon during the Pac-12 Championship Game. That did not happen. Instead, the No. 5-ranked Utes dug themselves into an early hole and kept on digging. By halftime, Oregon had a 20-0 lead..." December 07

  • With Oregon win, Pac-12 loses out on opportunity at something greater

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Naturally, the Pac-12 savored one last chance to eat its own Friday night as No. 13 Oregon upset No. 5 Utah 37-15 at Levi’s Stadium. Just like that, the Pac-12 lost its only hope for getting back to the College Football Playoff for the first time since 2016. Will the Pac-12 ever..." December 07

  • Talks between Bob Stoops, USC broke down over money

    Larry Brown Sports "USC athletic director Mike Bohn claimed he did not speak with any other head coaching candidates before deciding to stick with Clay Helton, but a report claims the school got to the point of contract negotiations with at least one high-profile candidate. According to Scott Wolf of the..." December 06

  • Washington State takes Mike Leach off the coaching market with contract extension through 2024

    CBS Sports "Washington State announced a new contract extension for Mike Leach on Thursday, stabilizing the future of Cougars football in the midst of another year where Leach was reported to be a person of interest for Power Five job openings.  The extension adds a year to his current deal,..." December 05

  • USC retaining Clay Helton for 2020

    CBS Sports "Following an up and down season that saw the temperature of his hot seat enflame and cool down seemingly every other week, Clay Helton has been retained at USC. The Trojans have decided to keep their embattled fourth-year coach with the goal of him remaining there long-term. Athletic..." December 04

  • Oregon State receiver Isaiah Hodgins declares for draft

    Oregonian "Oregon State junior Isaiah Hodgins, who was among the Pac-12’s top three in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns this season, will not return to school for his senior year as he has declared for the 2020 NFL draft. Hodgins, who has played three years at OSU, made..." December 04

  • Chris Petersen addresses sudden resignation as Washington coach, leaves future plans open

    CBS Sports "Washington held a press conference on Tuesday to address the media after one of the biggest stunners of the year in college football: Chris Petersen's sudden decision to step down from his post as head coach of the Huskies' football team. Petersen's resignation after six seasons in..." December 04

  • College Football Playoff committee may have difficult decision leaving out either Pac-12 or Big 12 champion

    Larry Brown Sports "College football has five “power” conferences and only four teams in their playoff. That means one conference champion gets left out of the playoff. In some seasons, when there are several 2-loss teams, that is not a big issue. But this season is different. Things are shaping up for..." December 03

  • Colorado football receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. skipping senior season to enter NFL Draft

    Coloradoan "University of Colorado receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. announced Tuesday that he will forego his final season of college football to enter the NFL Draft. Shenault made the announcement on Twitter and was scheduled to appear at a news conference in Boulder later in the day with athletic..." December 03

  • Hue Jackson reportedly a candidate for Arizona State OC job

    Arizona Sports "With the Arizona State Sun Devils deciding against keeping offensive coordinator Rob Likens, as well as wide receivers coach Charlie Fisher and tight ends coach Donnie Yantis, there’s a few open vacancies on head coach Herm Edwards’ staff. According to FS1’s Bruce..." December 02

  • Chris Petersen Stepping Down at Washington

    The Big Lead "In what can only be categorized as a surprising college football coaching carousel bombshell, the University of Washington announced Monday afternoon that Chris Petersen is stepping down from his role. Petersen will transition into an advisory role in the athletic department..." December 02

  • Report: USC ‘Steamed’ At Report Clay Helton To Be Fired

    Sportsnaut "Adam Maya of SI.com reported Sunday that the USC football program is set to fire head coach Clay Helton and target Urban Meyer. The university is reportedly “steamed” about the report, which has been disputed by many. " December 01

  • Ex-Washington QB Jake Browning had great trash talk during Apple Cup

    Larry Brown Sports "Former Washington quarterback Jake Browning sent a funny trash-talking tweet on Friday during the Apple Cup. The Huskies defeated Washington State 31-13 for their seventh straight Apple Cup win. Browning, who quarterbacked Washington the last four years, sent a perfect tweet as the..." November 30

  • Emmitt Smith’s son EJ accepted into Stanford

    Larry Brown Sports "Emmitt Smith’s son EJ is among the top running back recruits in the country for the 2020 class, and he received some good news this week. Smith was accepted into Stanford, his mother shared on Twitter. EJ, a four-star back according to 247..." November 30

  • ‘Concern’ Over Direction, Future Of Chip Kelly's UCLA Football Program

    Sportsnaut "When Chip Kelly took over the UCLA football program two years ago, many figured the Bruins were going to take off under his guidance. That hasn’t happened, however, and there is reportedly some concern about the direction of the program. Per Scott Roussel of..." November 29

  • Mike Leach Goes off on Reporter at Press Conference After Another Apple Cup Loss

    12 Up "Chris Petersen and the Washington Huskies once again proved to be Mike Leach and Washington State's kryptonite, as the Cougars failed to rack up 20 points for the seventh consecutive Apple Cup, losing to UW in a 31-13 loss. Leach appears to be pretty touchy when it comes to..." November 29

  • USC 'leaning toward' retaining Clay Helton as football coach for 2020 season

    CBS Sports "USC coach Clay Helton was on the hot seat before the 2019 season even began. However, after leading the Trojans to an 8-4 record despite numerous injuries to key players, Helton could be back to lead the team in 2020. The new powers that be at USC are leaning towards retaining Helton,..." November 27

  • USC Needs to Fire Clay Helton, Retaining Him Would Be a Massive Mistake

    The Big Lead "USC should fire Clay Helton. It's as simple as that after years of missteps and ridiculous self-inflicted wounds that have sent the Trojans reeling into mediocrity. If USC president Carol Folt and new athletic director Mike Bohn want to oversee a top-level football program, they need to..." November 27

  • The craziest college football playoff scenarios after the latest rankings are released

    247 Sports "The College Football Playoff picture underwent a bit of a shakeup Saturday as Oregon and Penn State’s losses catapulted Utah, Oklahoma, Minnesota and Baylor up the rankings. The new top six are now: No. 1 Ohio State, No. 2 LSU, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Georgia, No. 5 Alabama and No. 6..." November 26

  • College football major position awards finalists announced

    The Score "The finalists for a number of major college football awards were announced Monday. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young are both nominated for multiple honors. Here are the notable award..." November 25

  • Kedon Slovis sets USC single-game passing yards record in win over UCLA

    The Score "Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis broke USC's single-game passing yards record after throwing for 515 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-35 shootout win over UCLA on Saturday. Matt Barkley previously held the school record with a 493-yard passing day against Arizona..." November 24

  • Oregon Ducks beat out Alabama, Georgia for 5-star ILB Noah Sewell

    247 Sports "The Ducks have added a massive commitment late Friday night. Orem (Utah) inside linebacker Noah Sewell made his commitment to Oregon after winning the Utah 5A state title game with his Orem team. Sewell made his pledge to the Ducks over top contenders like Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee,..." November 23

  • Paul Finebaum apologizes, labels attack on CFP chair/Oregon AD Rob Mullens ‘wrong and inappropriate’

    College Football Talk "Given the World Wide Leader’s deep relationship with the CFP, you could sense this was coming. On his show earlier this week, ESPN talking head/walking SEC shill Paul Finebaum directed some very unflattering words at Rob Mullens, the athletic director at..." November 23

  • College Football Playoff: The committee's biggest debates about Alabama, Oregon and others

    ESPN "The College Football Playoff selection committee's top seven teams remained the same in its third ranking of the season, but there's always something to debate. (Minnesota fans would like to know why Penn State is ranked ahead of the Golden Gophers in spite..." November 22

  • Cal Football: DB Deon White Will Leave Cal as a Graduate Transfer

    SI "Defensive back Deon White announced that he will leave Cal as a graduate transfer. White made his announcement via twitter and will enter the transfer portals. In his announcement he said, in part: “I would like to give thanks to UC Berkeley for the opportunity to play..." November 22

  • Arizona continues shaking up coaching staff with reported firing of defensive line coach

    College Football Talk "As a year of disappointing results comes down the final stretch for the Arizona Wildcats, changes are already in the air for Kevin Sumlin and the program. On Thursday, Arizona continued to go through the process of overhauling its defensive coaching staff with the firing..." November 21

  • Which teams are most likely to make the College Football Playoff?

    Larry Brown Sports "Though we’re only two weeks from the various conference championship games across the college football landscape, there remains a considerable amount of uncertainty in how the College Football Playoff field will come together. There are only a couple teams who can really feel confident..." November 19

  • Washington State’s Fa’avae Fa’avae enters transfer portal

    NBC Sports "What would a day, even a gameday, be without starting it with a transfer post? Following an ugly loss to Cal this past weekend, Mike Leach lit into his Washington State football team in general and his leadership group in particular. “Our team leaders in the..." November 16

  • Joe Burrow and Jalen Hurts among finalists for Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

    NBC Sports "LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts have been named finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The Golden Arm Foundation revealed its list of five finalists for the award for the nation’s top fourth or fifth-year quarterback on..." November 15

  • Experience trumps all for FBS passing leader Anthony Gordon

    247 Sports "Anthony Gordon is explaining how he ended up committed to Washington State out of City College in San Francisco. All of a sudden, his voice explodes into a full-on Mike Leach impression: “Huh, huh. Hey, Gordon. That’s going to take some time to get used to..." November 15

  • Jayden Daniels expected to play for Arizona State after missing USC game

    NBC Sports "Jayden Daniels missed Arizona State’s loss to USC with an unspecified knee injury, but it will be just a 1-game absence. Sun Devils offensive coordinator Rob Likens told Sun Devil Source on Tuesday he expects Daniels to return this Saturday against Oregon..." November 12

  • Ralphie V officially retires after nearly 12 full seasons, CU announces

    Denver Post "After nearly 12 full seasons, Ralphie V will run no more at Folsom Field. CU athletic director Rick George announced the retirement of the live buffalo mascot in a release sent out by the university Tuesday morning. Ralphie turned 13 in October, and had not run at either of..." November 12

  • Pac-12 suspends referee, downgrades others for officiating gaffe in Washington State-Cal game

    Yahoo! Sports "The Pac-12 has suspended one of its referees after a “mechanics error” occurred in Saturday’s Washington State vs. California game.  That mechanics error? Assessing a 15-yard penalty to the incorrect team.  The conference said Sunday in a news..." November 12

  • USC QB Kedon Slovis exits with leg injury issue against Arizona State

    Larry Brown Sports "USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis exited Saturday’s USC game at Arizona State due to what appeared to be a left leg injury issue in the third quarter. Slovis completed a pass on a 3rd-and-3 from the USC 13 for a first down but was knocked down on the play. He was down on the..." November 09

  • Oregon State officially announces Charles Moore

    Rivals "Charles Moore, a former four-star defensive end from Louisville, Miss., has joined the Oregon State University football program, Beaver head coach Jonathan Smith announced Thursday. Moore will have to sit out the remainder of this season due to NCAA transfer regulations. The 6-4,..." November 08

  • USC president not budging from her anti-Urban Meyer stance

    Larry Brown Sports "USC fans may be dreaming of Urban Meyer swooping in next season and returning their football program to national championship contention, but it is possible Meyer won’t get the Trojans head coaching job even if he wants it. There has been talk for weeks now that USC president..." November 07

  • USC Hires Mike Bohn to Be New Athletic Director

    Bleacher Report "The University of Southern California announced the hiring of Mike Bohn as the school's new athletic director Thursday. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports first reported the news Wednesday. Bohn has previously served as the AD at a number of universities: Idaho,..." November 07

  • Potential new USC AD told he cannot pursue Urban Meyer, could back out

    Larry Brown Sports "USC supposedly has a deal in place with Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn to make him their next AD, but many expected an official announcement on Monday. While the Trojans could make the move official at some point this week, speculation is increasing that Bohn may be having second..." November 05

  • Ex-Alabama five-star defensive lineman Antonio Alfano transfers to Colorado

    247 Sports "Former five-star Alabama signee Antonio Alfano is transferring to Colorado. Colorado head coach Mel Tucker announced the news in a Tweet on Monday. The nation's top-ranked prospect in the 2019 class was in Boulder on Sunday to meet..." November 05

  • Oregon Ducks have impressive popup porta potty toilet on sideline during games

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oregon Ducks are known for being an innovative, forward-thinking athletic department. This is especially true when it comes to their uniforms and facilities, largely thanks to the backing of Nike founder Phil Knight, who has made his alma mater the company’s flagship school. Oregon is..." November 04

  • Clay Helton says he's still the right man to lead USC

    ESPN "With yet another loss signaling more and more questions about Clay Helton's future at Southern California, the Trojans' head coach said Saturday night that he still feels like he's the right person to lead USC's football program. Bristling when asked why he felt..." November 03

  • How each College Football Playoff contender could fare with its backup quarterback under center

    CBS Sports "As the College Football Playoff picture starts to come into focus, it's understandable that quarterbacks like Tua Tagovailoa, Justin Fields and Joe Burrow have become the faces of their team's playoff runs. But in four of the five College..." November 02

  • Report: USC will do ‘whatever it takes’ to hire Urban Meyer

    Larry Brown Sports "Urban Meyer has been repeatedly linked to the USC head coaching job since he decided to step down at Ohio State last season, but there have questions about whether the school is actually interested and if Meyer would consider taking the job. According to one report, USC plans to pursue the..." November 01

  • USC Trojans freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy to miss 2019, debut next season

    247 Sports "It's official: Bru McCoy will not play in 2019.  USC head coach Clay Helton confirmed on Tuesday the true freshman wide receiver, who battled a mysterious illness earlier this season and overall eligibility questions after his transfer from Texas, will not suit up..." October 30

  • Arizona fires defensive coordinator Marcel Yates

    Arizona Central "After a disappointing defensive performance at Stanford, and a lack of overall progress on that side of the ball, Arizona Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin has decided to make some significant changes. Sumlin has fired defensive coordinator Marcel Yates and linebackers coach John..." October 28

  • Michigan pays UCLA $1.5 million to cancel home-and-home series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Michigan Wolverines announced on Friday that they have cancelled a home-and-home series with UCLA that was planned for the future. The Bruins and Wolverines were supposed to meet in 2022 and 2023, but Michigan paid $1.5 million to cancel the series. " October 26

  • Burning Questions For CFB’S Biggest Week 9 Games

    Sportsnaut "Coming off consecutive weeks with stunning top-10 upsets, college football fans should be enthusiastic about the action happening in Week 9. It begins on Saturday morning with No. 13 Wisconsin cleaning its wounds after a loss to Illinois and with its focus now set on taking down No. 3..." October 26

  • Brenden Rice, son of NFL legend Jerry Rice, commits to Colorado's 2020 recruiting class

    Arizona Central "Letting everyone know he is paving his own path, Chandler Hamilton senior wide receiver Brenden Rice announced he is committing to Colorado in a video on social media on Tuesday. "Many say I'm living off someone else's name," says Rice, son of Hall of Famer and..." October 17

  • Anonymous NFL Scout Claims Drafting Oregon QB Justin Herbert Will 'Get Someone Fired'

    12 Up "What's the opposite of a ringing endorsement?  As the college football season nears its midpoint, it's about the time when prognosticators and pundits push Ducks QB Justin Herbert back up their draft boards. He was in the conversation for last year's first..." October 16

  • No. 12 Oregon's defense off to historic start

    USA Today "EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Running back Cyrus Habibi-Likio says Oregon's defense in practice is as good as — or even better than — some of the teams the Ducks have faced so far. "It's like game day, every day out there in practice. Game day," he..." October 16

  • The Biggest Disappointments in College Football So Far

    The Big Lead "We can't universally agree on much a a society, but college football upsets would probably be fairly close to unanimity. It's likely impossible, however, as upsets always require victims. These five from the Power Five are part of that latter group, as this 2019 season..." October 15

  • Mike Leach Banning Social Media: Can He Coach In This Era?

    12 Up "Mike Leach is one of the notorious coaches in all of college football. Ever since his days at Texas Tech, he's been no stranger to controversy, out-of-nowhere comical remarks, and everything in between. While his track record is solid and his coaching ability is lauded for..." October 14

  • Oregon star tight end Jake Breeland to miss the rest of the season with apparent knee injury

    CBS Sports "No. 12 Oregon will play through the back half of the season without its top receiving weapons on offense. On Monday, coach Mario Cristobal told reporters that tight end Jake Breeland will miss the remainder of the season after suffering an apparent knee injury in last week's 45-3..." October 14