Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • Stanford's Bryce Love to skip Sun Bowl, prepare for NFL draft

    USA Today "Stanford running back Bryce Love is the latest college football player to announce he's skipping his school's bowl game to focus on preparing for the NFL draft. The 2017 Heisman Trophy runner-up will not suit up for the Cardinal when they face Pittsburgh on New..." December 18

  • Former five-star recruit Jaelan Phillips leaving UCLA football program

    L.A. Daily News "UCLA outside linebacker Jaelan Phillips had medically retired from football, a school spokesperson confirmed Saturday. The sophomore from Redlands East Valley High struggled with concussions during his brief UCLA career and also suffered a severe wrist injury in January from an..." December 17

  • Ex-USC WR Joseph Lewis Released from Jail In Domestic Violence Case

    TMZ "Ex-USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis has been released from jail after serving nearly 6 months of his sentence in his domestic violence case ... TMZ Sports has learned.  As we previously reported, 19-year-old Lewis was arrested back in July after his GF told police he had punched,..." December 16

  • Former No. 1 recruit Jaelan Phillips reportedly left UCLA, and it’s not clear what’s next

    SB Nation "UCLA sophomore edge defender Jaelan Phillips has left the program and is unlikely to return, 247Sports reported Saturday. Phillips has only played in 10 games across two college seasons, and the report says his exit from the Bruins is “injury-related, even though it’s not..." December 16

  • ASU QB Manny Wilkins suffers leg injury at end of bowl game

    Larry Brown Sports "Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins hobbled off the field after suffering a leg injury late in the Sun Devils’ bowl game on Saturday. ASU was trailing Fresno State 31-20 with under four minutes to go when Wilkins attempted a third down pass that was intercepted. Wilkins was..." December 16

  • Five-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux commits to Oregon

    Oregonian "The Oregon Ducks coaching staff has spent months assembling what is expected to officially become the highest-rated recruiting class in the history of the football program Wednesday. But it was Saturday’s nationally-televised ceremony, wedged into halftime of the New Mexico Bowl..." December 16

  • 5-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux, maybe the best recruit in 2019, chooses Oregon

    SB Nation "Five-star Oaks Christian (Calif.) defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux committed to Oregon on Saturday, giving the Ducks a player some regard as the best recruit in the class of 2019. Thibodeaux had more than 40 offers, including from most of the sport’s blue-bloods. His final group..." December 15

  • How Kliff Kingsbury’s arrival at USC changes the Trojans’ whole equation

    SB Nation "In each of the last last five years, Southern California has produced at least two of the 10 pro-style quarterback recruits on the 247Sports Composite. Texas has produced a handful of its own, but no region has churned them out like SoCal. USC signs QBs from that group frequently, but..." December 12

  • Report: Justin Herbert 'leaning heavily' toward staying at Oregon for senior year

    Sportsnaut "Potential top draft pick Justin Herbert has been rumored to be leaning toward staying at Oregon for his senior season for months. Now, yet another report has emerged indicating the junior quarterback is going to come back for another season in Eugene. This makes..." December 07

  • Tua Tagovailoa beats Kyler Murray for Walter Camp national player of the year

    Alabama "The first of three national player-of-the-year honors was handed out before the main awards show Thursday evening. And the Walter Camp Award went to … Tua Tagovailoa. Alabama’s quarterback beat Kyler Murray of Oklahoma, Gardner Minshew of Washington State, Will..." December 06

  • Colorado names Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker as new coach

    Sporting News "Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is the new head coach at Colorado, the school announced Wednesday.  He will start work immediately and will not coach the Bulldogs in the Sugar Bowl against Texas.   "Colorado has always been a place that I thought..." December 05

  • Kliff Kingsbury reportedly agrees to deal with USC

    Larry Brown Sports "It has been less than two weeks since Texas Tech decided to part ways with Kliff Kingsbury, and the former head coach has already landed a job with one of the top college football programs in the country. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported on Tuesday that Kingsbury has agreed to a..." December 04

  • Georgia Defensive Coordinator Mel Tucker Expected to Be Named Colorado Head Coach

    SI "Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is expected to be named as Colorado's next head coach, "barring a late change," ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports. The announcement is expected to come Saturday after the Bulldogs play Alabama in the SEC Championship..." December 01

  • USC set to hire Kliff Kingsbury as OC

    247 Sports "One of the best offensive minds in football is headed to Southern California.  Multiple sources have confirmed to that former Texas Texas head coach Kliff Kingsbury, one of the hottest free-agent coaches in football this offseason, has agreed in principle to..." November 29

  • Kenechi Udeze will not return as USC's defensive line coach

    Los Angeles Times "The first domino in Clay Helton’s offseason revitalization plan for USC football fell Tuesday morning, and it came with a true Trojan casualty. Defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze, an All-America defensive end on the school’s 2003 national championship team, announced on..." November 27

  • Tee Martin is out as USC offensive coordinator

    Knoxville News Sentinel "Tee Martin is out as the offensive coordinator at Southern California, the school announced Tuesday. Martin, the former Tennessee quarterback who led the Vols to a national championship in 1998, had his play-calling duties stripped earlier this season. Tee Martin is out as..." November 27

  • Lynn Swann shows how far out of touch he is with the reality at USC by keeping Clay Helton

    Los Angeles Times "When Lynn Swann was glamorously hired to run USC athletics in the spring of 2016, there was a quiet concern that he had no experience in athletic administration and no ongoing close connection with the program. In one stunning move Sunday, both fears were realized. By..." November 26

  • Arizona State WR N'Keal Harry forgoes senior season as potential first-rounder

    Arizona Central "ASU football wide receiver N'Keal Harry declared for the 2019 NFL draft on Monday. The dynamic wide receiver for the Sun Devils shined for the Sun Devils during his three seasons in Tempe. Big things could be in store for him at the next level, according to some recent..." November 26

  • USC still planning to keep Clay Helton as head coach?

    Larry Brown Sports "USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton has insisted he feels like he has job security, and he expressed the same sentiment on Saturday night even after a loss to Notre Dame. November 25

  • John Harbaugh a candidate for USC's head coaching vacancy

    The Score "Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh is a candidate for USC's head coaching vacancy if Clay Helton is fired, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports. Harbaugh's future in Baltimore has been a matter of speculation this season as the Ravens sit at 5-5 and are coming off..." November 25

  • USC will retain Clay Helton: In letter, Trojans explain commitment to coach despite 5-7 season

    CBS Sports "With top boosters swarming, attendance down and the team dipping below .500, it was expected that USC would announce Sunday a parting of ways with coach Clay Helton. Instead, athletic director Lynn Swann announced the Trojans' commitment to Helton moving forward in a lengthy..." November 25

  • Massive buyout may have contributed to USC keeping Clay Helton

    Larry Brown Sports "USC on Sunday announced a somewhat surprising decision to commit to head coach Clay Helton heading into 2019, and one of the reasons for that could be very straightforward. Money. Prior to the 2018 season, USC signed Helton to a contract extension through 2023. Believing he..." November 25

  • Oregon QB Justin Herbert set to be evaluated after leaving game vs. Oregon State with injury

    Yahoo! Sports "Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert suffered an apparent injury during Friday’s game against rival Oregon State. Herbert, considered by many to be the top NFL quarterback prospect in the country, left the game after being sacked in the second quarter. Herbert was hit by Oregon..." November 24

  • Washington Huskies marching band members avoid serious injuries after bus rolls over

    Sporting News "A bus carrying members of the University of Washington marching band rolled over Thursday en route to Washington State, but no serious injuries were reported. Around 45 people were taken by ambulance to area hospitals to be treated for injuries that were not serious or..." November 23

  • USC receiver Michael Pittman Jr. plans to return for senior season

    Orange County Register "In a woeful season, often marked by an ineffective offense, one of the few brights spots to emerge for USC has been Michael Pittman Jr. Pittman has served as the Trojans’ big-play threat, a long 6-foot-4 target who has caught 34 passes for 667 yards and six touchdowns, both..." November 21

  • USC's Clay Helton doesn't expect to lose job after UCLA loss

    Sporting News - NCAAF "Saturday’s USC-UCLA game at the Rose Bowl featured the worst rivalry turnout since 1950, but enough hecklers were on hand to greet Trojans coach Clay Helton as he came off the field following a loss to the Bruins. USC's 34-27 defeat, before an announced crowd of 57,116,..." November 18

  • Mike MacIntyre won't return as Colorado head coach

    ABC News "Colorado's Mike MacIntyre has been informed by school officials that he will not be retained next season as the Buffaloes' head coach, sources told ESPN. MacIntyre is in his sixth season at Colorado, which has lost six straight games, including a 30-7 setback Saturday to..." November 18

  • Cal-Stanford postponed to Dec. 1 due to poor air quality

    Los Angeles Times "The Big Game, the annual football showdown between Stanford and California, has been rescheduled from Saturday because of poor air quality from wildfires in Northern California. Cal announced Friday that the game would be rescheduled to Dec. 1 at noon in Berkeley’s..." November 17

  • Washington Huskies mascot to retire during Saturday game

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Huskies are among the colleges that use a live mascot at their games, and the current dog will be retiring after Saturday. Washington’s dog, Dubs, is 10 years old and will lead the Huskies onto the field before the game for the final time Saturday. There will then..." November 17

  • USC football coach Clay Helton says he's not going anywhere

    Los Angeles Times "USC football coach Clay Helton took time out of a team meeting this week to assure players that he will not be leaving after the Trojans play their last two regular-season games, against UCLA and Notre Dame. With USC (5-5) out of the race for the Pac-12 Conference South title, Helton..." November 14

  • UCLA’s Moses Robinson-Carr suspended indefinitely

    Orange County Register "Defensive lineman Moses Robinson-Carr has been suspended indefinitely, UCLA head coach Chip Kelly confirmed Wednesday after the sophomore had not been seen at practice in recent weeks. The disciplinary action was a few weeks old, Kelly said, as Robinson-Carr has not played since..." November 14

  • USC dismisses sophomore LB Levi Jones

    247 Sports " has learned through multiple sources that sophomore linebacker Levi Jones has been dismissed from the football program. A USC spokesperson declined to officially comment on the situation on Tuesday and said to ask head coach Clay Helton after Tuesday's..." November 13

  • Sources: CU, Mike MacIntyre to part ways at end of season

    The Denver Channel "Multiple sources have told Denver7 that the University of Colorado will part ways with football coach Mike MacIntyre effective at the end of this season. MacIntyre has spent six years as the head coach at CU, posting a 30-43 record. The Buffaloes have..." November 13

  • Utah RB Zack Moss aggravated knee injury climbing into bed, coach says

    Salt Lake Tribune "Utah running back Zack Moss' knee injury enabled his former backup to produce one of the team's biggest rushing days of the season Saturday, adding another twist to the Utes' adventurous football season. There's more to tell about what happened to Moss, whose injury..." November 11

  • Utah QB Tyler Huntley done for season with broken collarbone

    247 Sports "After suffering a health scare of their own at quarterback this week, the Ducks will head to Salt Lake City next week to face a team without its top quarterback. Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley suffered a broken collarbone in the second half of the Utes 38-20 loss to Arizona State on Saturday,..." November 04

  • JT Daniels to remain USC’s starting quarterback when medically cleared

    L.A. Daily News "Jack Sears stood in the tunnel outside the Coliseum locker room Saturday afternoon when he was approached by an admirer. Arizona State coach Herm Edwards arrived to shake hands with Sears before the USC quarterback was to speak with a group of reporters. “You played..." October 29

  • Clay Helton takes over USC play-calling duties, offensive line coach fired as Trojans struggle

    CBS Sports "Changes are coming for USC's football staff following a 38-35 loss to Arizona State that dropped the Trojans to 4-4 on the season. On Monday, coach Clay Helton announced two major shifts. The first is that he will take over game day play-calling duties, though offensive coordinator Tee..." October 29

  • Chad Johnson’s son commits to Arizona State

    Sportsnaut "During his playing days in the NFL, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was among the most boisterous and successful pass catchers in the league. A six-time Pro Bowler, Johnson racked up seven 1,000-plus receiving yards during a career that was largely defined by a 10-year tenure..." October 29

  • Oregon's Herbert in concussion protocol ahead of UCLA matchup

    Oregonian "Oregon may have injuries added to insult. Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert and wide receiver Dillon Mitchell are in concussion protocol following hits sustained during Saturday's 44-15 loss at Arizona and their status for this week's game against UCLA is..." October 29

  • Chris Petersen announces Jake Browning will remain the starting QB for the Huskies

    Seattle Times "Chris Petersen was emphatic on Monday: Washington senior Jake Browning will “absolutely” start at quarterback against Stanford on Saturday. “Jake Browning is and always has been our quarterback here,” Petersen said, adding: “There’s no one I care..." October 29

  • USC QB JT Daniels unlikely to play against Arizona State

    Larry Brown Sports "USC Trojans head coach Clay Helton is making it sound like JT Daniels is unlikely to play against Arizona State this weekend. Daniels suffered a concussion in the Trojans’ loss to Utah last week. He is still in concussion protocol and “50/50 at best” to play against..." October 26

  • USC to start third-string QB and redshirt freshman Jack Sears in place of JT Daniels

    CBS Sports "USC will start redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears in place of JT Daniels vs. Arizona State on Saturday afternoon, the school announced Friday. The status of the true freshman Daniels has been up in the air all week as he went through concussion protocol, after he left last week's game..." October 26

  • UCLA OL Justin Murphy out for the year with knee injury

    L.A. Daily News "Justin Murphy came to UCLA to restart his football career after knee injuries forced him into a brief medical retirement at Texas Tech, but the grad transfer offensive lineman’s new chapter may end much like the last. Murphy is out for the year with a season-ending knee injury,..." October 24

  • USC in rough shape at quarterback for ASU game

    Larry Brown Sports "The USC Trojans will be in a tough position during Saturday’s game against Arizona State because of injuries to their quarterbacks. Starting quarterback JT Daniels is in concussion protocol after being knocked out of the Trojans’ loss to Utah. Backup Matt Fink suffered..." October 22

  • Oregon QB Justin Herbert expected to return for senior season

    Sporting News "Don't expect to see Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert in the NFL next year.  The junior play caller seems likely to return to the Ducks squad for his senior season, according to a report from CBS Sports. Herbert is touted as a top draft pick, and some..." October 22

  • Mike Leach calls out Pac-12 over player safety in series of texts

    ESPN "Washington State football coach Mike Leach expressed anger and distrust in the Pac-12's commitment to player safety in a series of text messages he exchanged with conference officials last month, according to documents obtained by Yahoo Sports via a public records..." October 20

  • Cross Patton, son of Outkast rapper Big Boi, commits to Oregon

    USA Today "Georgia high school running back Cross Patton, the teenage son of legendary Outkast rapper Big Boi, committed to the Oregon Ducks on Friday. Patton, a diminutive speed back out of Woodward Academy (Atlanta, Ga.), stands just 5-foot-7 and 185 pounds, but has proven to be incredibly..." October 20