Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Eric Bieniemy “doing his due diligence” regarding Colorado job

    Pro Football Talk "The University of Colorado wants to bring its all-time leading rusher back to school to coach the football team. Eric Bieniemy, currently the Chiefs offensive coordinator, is listening, at least for now. Adam Schefter of reported on Thursday night that Bieniemy is..." February 14

  • Colorado denied Mel Tucker chance to bid team farewell

    The Score "Colorado didn't allow Mel Tucker to address his players after accepting a deal to become the head coach at Michigan State, sources told ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. Buffaloes athletic director Rick George told reporters Wednesday that Tucker didn't speak to the..." February 13

  • Mel Tucker Reportedly to Be Hired as Michigan State Head Coach

    Bleacher Report "The Michigan State Spartans have reportedly agreed to hire Mel Tucker as their 17th head coach in program history Tuesday night, according to The Athletic's Bruce Feldman. The Spartans began their coaching search after Mark Dantonio announced he was stepping down as..." February 12

  • Eric Bieniemy becomes logical candidate for Colorado job after Mel Tucker’s reported departure

    Pro Football Talk "Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy did not get the chance to become a head coach in the NFL this hiring cycle despite his involvement in several coaching searches last month. But if Bieniemy wants to become a head coach right now, an obvious opportunity may have just fallen..." February 12

  • Michigan State's Mel Tucker hire underscores type of competitive imbalance NCAA ignores

    USA Today "Mere hours after a media tour to explain why he had rejected overtures from Michigan State to remain as Colorado’s football coach, Mel Tucker reversed course Tuesday night and reached an agreement to leave Boulder after just one season and head to East..." February 12

  • Colorado WR Laviska Shenault won't need surgery on nagging injury

    ESPN "Colorado's Laviska Shenault, a top wide receiver in the upcoming NFL draft, has been diagnosed with osteitis pubis -- inflammation of the pubic bone -- league sources told ESPN. The diagnosis, found during a visit at Dr. William Meyers' office in Philadelphia, actually..." February 12

  • Darrin Chiaverini named interim head coach at Colorado

    Larry Brown Sports "Colorado lost Mel Tucker to Michigan State but has already found an interim head coach to lead the team. The Buffaloes announced on Wednesday that Darrin Chiaverini will be the program’s interim head coach, which is a promotion from his previous role as assistant head coach and..." February 12

  • Cal announces football series with Minnesota and Wyoming

    247 Sports "The California Golden Bears’ busy offseason of scheduling non-conference opponents continued on Tuesday with a pair of home-and-home series. Cal will meet with both Minnesota and Wyoming in the 2028 and 2029 seasons. In 2028, Cal will host Wyoming (Sept. 2) and travel to..." February 11

  • Football Coach Mel Tucker ‘Committed’ To CU Amid Interview For Michigan State Position

    CBS Denver "University of Colorado Buffaloes head football coach Mel Tucker is reportedly set to be one of two candidates to interview for the Michigan State head coaching job. A twitter post Friday evening by the Detroit Free Press said Tucker and Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell were both..." February 09

  • Rob Likens officially named Miami Hurricanes wide receivers coach

    Sun Sentinel "The Miami Hurricanes officially named ex-Arizona State offensive coordinator Rob Likens as the team’s new wide receivers coach on Friday to complete their coaching staff. The South Florida Sun Sentinel first learned that Likens had emerged as the leading candidate for the..." February 08

  • Utah QB Jason Shelley announces he’s entering transfer portal

    Deseret News "Jason Shelley, who started five games for Utah at quarterback in 2018, is entering the NCAA transfer portal. The redshirt junior-to-be made the announcement via Twitter on Friday. “After a lot of praying and talking with my family I have decided to enter my name in the NCAA..." February 07

  • Florida, Cal announce home-and-home series

    Tampa Bay Times "The Florida Gators have added another Power Five opponent to their future schedules, announcing a home-and-home series with Cal. UF will host Cal on Sept. 19, 2026 and travel to Berkeley on Sept. 4, 2027. The Gators have played only twice before and not since 1980, when UF..." February 07

  • Marvin Lewis, Antonio Pierce named co-defensive coordinators at Arizona State

    Pro Football Talk "Marvin Lewis is back coaching full time. Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards announced Tuesday that Lewis and former NFL linebacker Antonio Pierce will serve as co-defensive coordinators. They replace Tony White, who left to become the defensive coordinator at..." February 04

  • Chiefs took SB spin-move trick play from 1948 Rose Bowl

    The Score "Early in Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs faced a fourth-and-1 situation on the San Francisco 49ers' 5-yard line. The Chiefs decided to go for it and called a running play that involved four players spinning before the snap. It turns out the play - which saw..." February 03

  • KJ Costello will transfer to Mississippi State

    Larry Brown Sports "Mississippi State coach Mike Leach has scored an early coup by landing a quality quarterback to lead his program. Stanford graduate transfer K.J. Costello announced on Instagram that he has decided to transfer to Mississippi State for his final year of eligibility. " February 03

  • Miami TE reportedly transfers to join brother at UCLA

    The Spun "The younger brother of an NFL player announced his transfer destination earlier this week. Evidence Njoku, the younger brother of former first round pick David Njoku, decided to leave Miami after failing to lock down a starting role. He is the older brother of UCLA wide receiver..." February 01

  • Report: ASU DL coach, top recruiter Jamar Cain going to Oklahoma

    Arizona Sports "Herm Edwards’ coaching staff at Arizona State is reportedly losing one of its most important pieces. ASU defensive line coach Jamar Cain is set to become the new outside linebackers coach at Oklahoma, per The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman. Cain has a..." February 01

  • Arizona safety Troy Young enters transfer portal

    247 Sports "Arizona senior safety Troy Young entered the transfer portal on Friday morning. As of now, he will have to sit out a year before being eligible to play. This is the second time this week that Arizona has lost a safety to transfer with Xavier Bell being the..." February 01

  • University of Utah football player arrested for allegedly raping 17-year-old girl

    Salt Lake Tribune "A University of Utah football player has been arrested after police say he kidnapped and raped a 17-year-old girl. Terrell Perriman, a 20-year-old wide receiver for the team, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail Thursday morning. A statement describing the probable..." January 30

  • Grad Transfer RB Brittain Brown Makes Commitment To UCLA Official

    247 Sports "Brittain Brown, the graduate transfer running back, has made it official that he's committed to UCLA. We reported Friday that he had verbally committed after officially visiting. " January 29

  • Arizona's Xavier Bell enters transfer portal

    247 Sports "Arizona redshirt junior safety Xavier Bell has entered the transfer portal. Bell played as a reserve in the past two seasons, but was never unable to breakthrough and become a starter. Sources indicate he will graduate and be eligible to play right away, but as of now there is no..." January 29

  • Jack Sears, USC graduate transfer QB, no longer coming to Aztecs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "University officials at San Diego State confirmed Sunday that graduate transfer quarterback Jack Sears is no longer going to attend the school. Sears was a quarterback at USC who entered the transfer portal in August, when he announced plans to leave the school. He visited..." January 28

  • Stanford QB Grad Transfer K.J. Costello Reportedly Visiting UW

    SI "The Washington football coaching staff apparently is considering all options for replacing NFL-bound quarterback Jacob Eason, a position that could determine whether the Huskies are good or great next season.  K.J. Costello, according to a Seattle Times report, is visiting..." January 28

  • 2020 Recruits Most Likely to Light Up College Football as True Freshmen

    Bleacher Report "Prospect fans know the guys the college football recruiting services expect to be the next big things. But who will shine right away? It's not easy going from high school to the FBS, but every year some players see that freshman wall and blow right through..." January 28

  • Justin Herbert helps draft cause with MVP showing at Senior Bowl

    ESPN "Justin Herbert might have had more at stake than any other player at the Senior Bowl this week, with the Oregon quarterback trying to prove he is worthy of a top-10 draft pick. He responded by being named as both the "Practice Player of the Week" and the MVP..." January 26

  • USC nabs Todd Orlando from Texas Tech

    College Football Talk "USC has a new defensive coordinator. The Trojans announced on Friday the school has officially hired Todd Orlando to fill the role of defensive coordinator. Orlando joins USC after coaching the past three seasons at Texas. Orlando actually joined the Texas Tech program..." January 25

  • Tight End Jordan Wilson to Leave UCLA

    247 Sports "Redshirt junior tight end Jordan Wilson has announced his intentions to transfer from the UCLA football program. Wilson posted on Twitter that he is entering the transfer portal and will be looking to play somewhere else for his final year of eligibility after he graduates..." January 25

  • UCLA athletics lost $18.9M in 2019 "A financial report by UCLA athletics paints a dark picture about the current state of affairs, as the department reported a $18.9 million deficit for the 2019 fiscal year, per Jon Wilner of the Bay Area News Group. Per Wilner: “The Bruins generated $108.4 million in revenue..." January 25

  • Oregon State confirms additions of transfers from Florida State, Washington, Air Force

    College Football Talk "Ahead of National Signing Day 2020, the Oregon State football roster has officially been bolstered. Earlier this month, it was reported that wide receiver transfers from Florida State (HERE) and Washington (HERE), Tre'Shaun Harrison and Trey Lowe, respectively,..." January 25

  • Stanford LB Andrew Pryts withdraws from transfer portal

    National Post "Stanford’s leading tackler has reportedly withdrawn his name from the NCAA transfer database. Inside linebacker Andrew Pryts will return to the Cardinal for his final season in 2020, reported on Wednesday. The redshirt junior started all 12 games and..." January 23

  • Top 20 juniors who said no to NFL draft

    CBS Sports "The deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and while many top programs are bidding farewell to some of their best players, the season also comes with announcements from draft-eligible who decided to return to school instead of going pro.  These..." January 22

  • Hawaii hires former Arizona State coach Todd Graham

    USA Today "Former Arizona State football coach Todd Graham has been hired as the football coach at Hawaii, the school announced Tuesday night.   He will be introduced at a news conference Wednesday. Graham went 46-32 in six seasons (2012-17) with the Sun Devils..." January 22

  • Washington State's Anthony Gordon Changing Number at Senior Bowl to Honor Tyler Hilinski

    12 Up "Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon was one of the most electric, high-volume passers in the country last year under Mike Leach, and his performance ended up earning him an invite to the Senior Bowl in Mobile.  Instead of his traditional No. 18, Gordon will wear No. 3,..." January 21

  • Former Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead named Oregon OC

    CBS Sports "It didn't take long for former Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead to land on his feet after getting fired earlier this month. Oregon announced on Tuesday that the program has hired the former Bulldogs coach to serve as its offensive coordinator. Moorhead replaces..." January 21

  • USC OC Graham Harrell Won’t Leave For Eagles

    Pro Football Rumors "USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell won’t leave the school to take on the same role with the Eagles, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports (on Twitter) hears. It’s not clear whether Harrell would have gotten the job in Philly, but he was among the coaches on their..." January 20

  • DL Jay Tufele, WR Tyler Vaughns skipping draft to stay at USC

    College Football Talk "Clay Helton has a lot of issues to deal with at the moment. Having a talented USC football team is not one of them. The Trojans received a rare bit of good news on Thursday evening as two key players announced they were skipping the 2020 NFL Draft. In back-to-back..." January 18

  • 3 Schools That Need to Go After Former Clemson QB Chase Brice in Transfer Portal

    12 Up "Quarterbacks like Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa lit up the college football world this season. But as is the case with all good things, their time at this level of football came to an end. Now, plenty of schools will have to turn their attention towards recruiting..." January 18

  • USC OT Austin Jackson declares early for the NFL Draft

    Orange County Register "Prior to the 2019 season, no one was sure when USC offensive lineman Austin Jackson would be ready to play. He’d donated bone marrow to his younger sister over the summer and was careful as he worked himself back into football shape. But Jackson returned in time for..." January 17

  • Early leaders for 2020 Heisman Trophy race include Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields

    USA Today "Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were in the same high school class coming out of the same state, Georgia. While Lawrence was an immediate star, Fields didn't blossom until transferring after his freshman season. They met in the Fiesta Bowl, with Lawrence..." January 17

  • Vince Oghobaase To Become Defensive Line Coach At Boston College

    SI "Boston College added yet another coach this week, as UCLA defensive line coach Vince Oghobaase will be added to Jeff Hafley's staff. While Boston College hasn't officially made the announcement yet, a source confirmed the hiring, and Oghobaase's Twitter page makes it pretty..." January 17

  • Texas A&M transfer Kellen Diesch lands at Arizona State

    College Football Talk "The Arizona State football roster is the latest to benefit from a player coming in from a Power Five program. In early December, Kellen Diesch entered the NCAA transfer database, the first step in a move away from Texas A&M. A month later, Diesch has taken the..." January 17

  • Report: Rams’ Joe Barry Turns Down Promotion From USC

    Sportsnaut "The USC Trojans football program has not necessarily found itself on solid footing in recent seasons. Despite this, USC decided to retain embattled head coach Clay Helton following yet another down 8-5 season. It now looks like Helton is not going to get much help..." January 16

  • Joe Moorhead expected to land Oregon's OC job

    The Score "Former Mississippi State head coach Joe Moorhead is expected to be hired as the offensive coordinator at Oregon, reports Brett McMurphy of Stadium. Moorhead spent the last two seasons in the SEC, where his Bulldogs posted a 14-12 cumulative record. " January 15

  • USC Fires Athletic Dept. Officials Tied to College Admissions Scandal

    TMZ "Heads are rolling in USC's athletic department over the college admissions scandal and university fundraising -- a key part of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's defense. The university just fired 3 officials -- CFO Steve Lopes, senior associate athletic..." January 14

  • WSU Cougars to hire Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich to replace Mike Leach as head coach

    Seattle Times "A quick and concise search to find the next football coach at Washington State has apparently ended. Earlier in the week, a Spokesman-Review source indicated the Cougars had been targeting Nick Rolovich to replace Mike Leach after eight seasons and WSU finalized a deal with the..." January 14

  • Justin Herbert Knows What the Scouts Think, and He's Ready to Answer Them

    Bleacher Report "In the midst of contemplating his son's ascension into one of the most gifted and polarizing NFL quarterback prospects in recent years, a memory drifts into Mark Herbert's head. It goes back to the time when his son Justin was in middle school, and Mark was coaching his youth football..." January 14

  • A second chance allowed third-choice Ed Orgeron to lead LSU to national title game

    USA Today "It wasn't until Jimbo Fisher chose to remain at Florida State and Tom Herman opted for Texas that LSU turned its coaching search toward the interim incumbent, Ed Orgeron, and handed over the keys to a coach who as of that 2016 season was largely viewed as boyfriend material: good enough to..." January 10

  • John Donovan leaves Jaguars to become Univ. of Washington’s offensive coordinator

    SI "The Jacksonville Jaguars are losing a piece of Doug Marrone's coaching staff, as the University of Washington announced it has named Jacksonville offensive assistant John Donovan as its new offensive coordinator.  Donovan has coached with the Jaguars since 2016, serving as an..." January 10

  • WR Theo Howard transferring to Oklahoma from UCLA

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oklahoma Sooners have added a big graduate transfer at wide receiver for next season: Theo Howard. Howard, who spent his first three seasons playing at UCLA, was set to be a senior this season for the Bruins but did not play. Instead he decided to leave as a graduate transfer. He..." January 09

  • Mike Leach Reportedly Named New Mississippi State HC After Joe Moorhead Firing

    Bleacher Report "Mississippi State's coaching search has reportedly come to an end. According to Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, the Bulldogs hired Mike Leach to be their next head football coach Thursday. The position was open because the SEC program fired Joe Moorhead..." January 09

  • Social Media Loved Mike Leach, But Will Mississippi State?

    The Big Lead "Mike Leach is the new coach at Mississippi State. He'll bring his unique brand of whatever it is to the SEC. This makes three stops on his tour to towns that are decidedly Mike Leach-esque. Lubbock. Pullman. Starkville. It sounds like the tentpole shows of a roots rock band with..." January 09

  • Oregon State rewards Jonathan Smith with a new contract through 2025

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "Jonathan Smith is in it for the long haul. According to Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, Oregon State has given head coach Jonathan Smith a new six-year contract that will extend him through the 2025 season. Smith was slated to enter the third year of a five-year contract that would..." January 07

  • Kellen Moore could be deciding between OC jobs at University of Washington, Dallas Cowboys

    College Football Talk "It appears Kellen Moore, currently still under contract with the Dallas Cowboys, will have quite the decision to make in the coming days. The past two seasons, Kellen Moore has been an assistant on Jason Garrett‘s staff with the Dallas Cowboys.  The first he was..." January 07

  • 4-Star CB Dontae Manning Announces Commitment To Oregon

    The Spun "One of the most coveted defenders in the 2020 recruiting cycle is heading to the West Coast. 4-star CB Dontae Manning – who’s on the verge of earning a fifth star – is heading to Eugene to join Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks. Manning announced his decision..." January 03

  • UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi declares for draft

    Yahoo! Sports "UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi will forgo his final season to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The redshirt junior announced his decision on social media. " January 02

  • Oregon Ducks Smoke Fat Stogies to Celebrate Rose Bowl Win

    TMZ "The Oregon Ducks were smellin' roses -- AND cigar smoke -- after the team's huge 1-point win over Wisconsin on Wednesday ... whippin' out the stogies for an epic locker room celly!! Justin Herbert and co. partied like crazy after the 28-27 Rose Bowl thriller ... and..." January 02

  • Standout Players From New Year's Eve Bowl Games

    Sportsnaut "The college football season provided fans with a bittersweet day on Tuesday. An entertaining five-game slate of bowl games on New Year’s Eve, the final football games of 2019. While it’s sad to see football end in 2019, the year ended with a bang thanks to some incredible..." January 01

  • Sam Ehlinger shies away from saying ‘Texas is back’ this time

    Larry Brown Sports "Sam Ehlinger learned a hard lesson about making proclamations and decided not to repeat history this year. For the second straight year, Ehlinger’s Texas Longhorns pulled off an upset in their bowl game with a big win over a higher-ranked team that was disappointed about losing..." January 01

  • Justin Herbert’s Girlfriend: Who Is the Oregon QB Dating?

    Heavy "While the Oregon (11-2) take on the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) at the Rose Bowl on January 1, all eyes will be on Ducks; quarterback Justin Herbert, who is already an intriguing NFL prospect in the 2020 Draft. While there’s no questioning Herbert’s ability to..." January 01

  • Fan runs onto field during Rose Bowl, causes delay

    Larry Brown Sports "A fan ran onto the field during the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, causing a delay in the game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks. Late in the second quarter of the game, Wisconsin had the ball and was moving, but things stalled. ESPN would not show it, but they shared that a fan..." January 01

  • Iowa WR Brandon Smith Accidentally Hit A Woman In The Face As He Crashed Into A Wall

    Total Pro Sports "Early on in the second quarter of the Holiday Bowl game against the USC Trojans — Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith put a juke move on a defender and got loose for what should’ve been a touchdown catch. " December 28

  • Washington quarterback Jacob Eason declares for 2020 NFL draft

    Seattle Times "The Jacob Eason Era is over. The morning after Christmas, Washington’s redshirt junior quarterback — who started for the Huskies in the 2019 season, after redshirting in 2018 — announced that he will declare for the 2020 NFL draft. “Playing this..." December 26

  • A 14th Stanford player enters the transfer portal

    College Football Talk "Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: A Stanford football player walked into a portal… According to, Andrew Pryts is the latest to enter his name into the NCAA transfer database.  The development doesn’t mean the linebacker..." December 24

  • Pac-12 coaches reportedly don’t think much of USC’s recruiting class

    Larry Brown Sports "USC’s decision to keep Clay Helton as head coach is looking worse and worse, especially as rivals are assessing the Trojan recruiting class. Based on 247 Sports’ recruiting rankings, USC’s 2020 recruiting class is worst in the Pac-12 and 79th best in the nation,..." December 23

  • Arizona picks up Oregon graduate transfer receiver Brenden Schooler

    Arizona Desert Swarm "What’s better than one Schooler brother on the Arizona Wildcats? How about two? Brenden Schooler, a wide receiver from Oregon, announced Saturday he was transferring to Arizona for his final season. As a graduate transfer, he is eligible to play immediately. " December 23

  • Oregon State suing Georgia Tech AD over buyout

    NBC Sports "There’s only one Pac-12/ACC matchup this bowl season but the far more interesting meeting between the two leagues might be taking place in a court room and not between the lines. As reported by the Oregonian, Oregon State has sued former athletic director and current..." December 23

  • Washington lets go of two assistant football coaches

    UW Dawg Pound "Just one day after UW’s decisive 38-7 victory over Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Jimmy Lake has taken the first official actions of his tenure as the new Huskies head coach. The UW Athletic Department announced on Sunday afternoon that neither offensive coordinator Bush..." December 23

  • Star Oregon RB CJ Verdell Plans to Return to Ducks for 2020 Season

    12 Up "While Justin Herbert is the most renowned figure on the Oregon Ducks offense, the team's rushing attack was arguably its most lethal weapon on that side of the ball. Aided by an elite and experienced offensive line, the Ducks run game carved up opposing..." December 21

  • Arizona hires ex-Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads as defensive coordinator

    ESPN "Former Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads has been hired as the defensive coordinator at Arizona, the school announced Friday. Rhoads coached defensive backs at UCLA the past two seasons and will inherit a defense that ranked fourth-worst in scoring among Power..." December 20

  • Colorado WR K.D. Nixon returning for senior season

    National Post "Colorado wide receiver K.D. Nixon changed his mind about entering the NFL draft and will return to the Buffaloes for his senior season in 2020. “After thoughtful evaluation and conversations with (coach Mel) Tucker and others about my future in football — and beyond, I..." December 20

  • Clay Helton Has to Answer For USC's Massive Recruiting Failures

    The Big Lead "Clay Helton has some explaining to do. After USC announced it was retaining Helton as its head football coach on December 4, he's done precisely nothing to improve his program. Two completely wasted weeks have passed and have ultimately culminated in disaster during..." December 19

  • Apple Held Preliminary Talks With Pac-12 Conference, MGM

    Wall Street Journal "Apple Inc. AAPL 0.10% has been exploring opportunities to strengthen its upstart TV service, including deals for James Bond franchise-owner MGM Holdings Inc. and college sports rights, according to people familiar with the matter. Executives at Apple met with..." December 19

  • Four-star CB Clark Phillips surprisingly flips from Ohio State to Utah

    CBS Sports "Even the teams atop the recruiting rankings suffer losses in recruiting battles. Ohio State, which is currently ranked at No. 3 in 247Sports' composite rankings for 2020, saw one of their top recruits bolt on Thursday. Four-star cornerback Clark Phillips committed to Ohio State back in..." December 19