Pacific-12 RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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

  • Things We Learned: Schemes, more than players, propel No. 8 Notre Dame to win over USC

    NBC Sports "Even when Notre Dame dreams of the Playoff and USC bumbles its way toward another coaching change, the talent differential between the two rosters is negligible at best and tilted toward the Trojans at worst. The now-No. 8 Irish (5-1) do not individually have the speed, skill or strength to..." October 14

  • Ref Hilariously Botches Penalty Call After USC And Notre Dame Fight Before Halftime

    Sportsnaut "For the second time on Saturday, we had a skirmish between two teams in a big game as players from USC and Notre Dame clashed on the way to their locker rooms at halftime. For the second time on Saturday, we had a skirmish between two teams in a big game as players from USC..." October 14

  • Brian Kelly somehow avoids penalty despite being on field for onside kick

    Larry Brown Sports "Brian Kelly somehow avoided being called for a penalty despite being on the field during USC’s onside kick attempt towards the end of Saturday night’s game. Notre Dame hung on to beat USC 30-27 in what turned out to be a close game at the end. The Trojans scored to make it..." October 14

  • 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

  • Clay Helton, USC's future remain uncertain after loss to Notre Dame

    Sporting News - NCAAF "SOUTH BEND, Ind. — USC coach Clay Helton didn’t get fired on an airport tarmac Saturday night, which meant he survived the first six games everyone said would be so tough for the Trojans. Notre Dame beat the Trojans 30-27 at Notre Dame Stadium, dropping the Trojans to an..." October 13

  • Four College Football Teams on Upset Alert This Weekend

    The Big Lead "About halfway through the season, the pecking order in college football has been established, but there's still plenty of time for it to be disrupted several times over. This week has plenty of marquee matchups, and these teams should be looking over their shoulder. " October 12

  • Reggie Bush's USC Ban Could End In 2020

    TMZ "Great news for Reggie Bush ... his NCAA-issued ban requiring him to stay away from USC could expire in 2020, this according to USC's interim athletic director, Dave Roberts. Roberts spelled it out to Ryan Young of ... saying a new NCAA..." October 11

  • UCLA WR Theo Howard to redshirt, enter transfer portal

    ESPN "UCLA receiver Theo Howard announced Thursday he will redshirt this season and enter the transfer portal. Howard, who caught 107 passes between the 2017 and 2018 seasons, has appeared in one game this year but has not recorded a catch. " October 11

  • USC QB Kedon Slovis Cleared to Start vs. Notre Dame

    CBS Sports "USC is heading into a massive showdown Saturday night in South Bend, Indiana, when it takes on No. 9 Notre Dame, and will be doing it with one of its injured quarterbacks back in action. Coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday that Kedon Slovis has been cleared to..." October 09

  • Hilarious Chip Kelly ‘for sale’ ad posted to Craigslist

    Larry Brown Sports "UCLA fans have clearly had it with coach Chip Kelly. Midway through his second year at the helm, Kelly has gone just 4-14 with the Bruins. That failure has inspired some poor soul to create one of the funniest Craigslist ads you’ll ever see. It offers Kelly for sale “in..." October 08

  • Oregon’s Cyrus Habibi-Likio destroys fan who runs onto field

    Larry Brown Sports "A fan found out the hard way that running onto the field at Autzen Stadium can be a painful endeavor. During Saturday night’s game between the Oregon and Cal, a fan got the not-so-bright idea to run onto the field. As he approached the 15-yard line, he put his arms up in the air..." October 07

  • Washington State defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys resigns due to Cougars' struggling defense

    CBS Sports "Coaching changes have already begun this college football season, with Rutgers firing Chris Ash just a week ago. Now, Washington State is making a change on its defensive staff. On Friday night, the Cougars announced in a release that defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys was..." October 05

  • Washington State Defensive Coordinator Tracy Claeys Resigns

    Sportsnaut "The Washington State football program will be without defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys the rest of the season, as Claeys resigned on Friday. With Claeys out of the picture, Roc Bellantoni and Darcel McBath are taking over as intern co-defensive coordinators, per Kyle Bonagura..." October 04

  • Cal QB Chase Garbers out indefinitely, might return before end of the season

    California Golden Blogs "Head Coach Justin Wilcox announced to the media on Monday that Cal starting QB Chase Garbers is out for the long-term with an upper body injury. He might be able to return before the end of the season. This was first reported by the Daily..." October 01

  • Mike Leach blasts 'soft' Washington State team: 'They're fat, dumb and happy and entitled'

    CBS Sports "Washington State coach Mike Leach has never been one to mince words, and he sure didn't hold back after his team's 38-13 loss to Utah on Saturday. In his opening comments, Leach went right in on his team's inability to play through adversity, calling his players..." September 30

  • QB Matt Fink Likely to Start for USC

    NBC Los Angeles "Quarterback Kedon Slovis is in the concussion protocol for No. 21 Southern California, increasing the likelihood of Matt Fink making his first career start at No. 17 Washington this weekend. Coach Clay Helton confirmed Tuesday night that Slovis isn't currently cleared to practice..." September 27

  • USC not sure when QB Kedon Slovis will return from concussion

    Yardbarker "USC will be without true freshman Kedon Slovis when they visit the Washington Huskies on Saturday, and the Trojans are unsure when they will get the quarterback back. Slovis exited the team’s win over Utah last week in the first quarter after being hit in the..." September 27

  • Mark May: Urban Meyer clearly angling for USC job

    The Spun "On Thursday afternoon, Mark May made a guest appearance on a CBS Sports Radio show and mades headlines when talking about Urban Meyer. May suggested the former Ohio State head coach took his analyst position at FOX with one thing in mind: the USC head coaching..." September 27

  • Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa: I nearly transferred to USC

    247 Sports "The 2019 college football season is still young, but it’s already a game of quarterback roulette for Clay Helton and No. 21 USC. Through four games, the Trojans have already gone through three quarterbacks, though it hasn’t been by design. Sophomore starter J.T...." September 26

  • Five-Star Quarterback Jake Garcia Commits to USC

    SI "Five-star quarterback Jake Garcia has verbally committed to USC, he announced Monday. Garcia's decision comes a day after five-star quarterback Bryce Young flipped his commitment to Alabama after decommitting from USC. Young had previously announced his intention to..." September 24

  • Remembering Kordell Stewart's 'Miracle at Michigan' 25 years later

    Sporting News "The "Miracle at Michigan" turns 25 today. On Sept. 24, 1994, No. 7 Colorado trailed No. 4 Michigan 26-21 with six seconds left to play in The Big House. The Buffaloes were at their own 36-yard line when Kordell Stewart launched one of the most memorable Hail Mary passes of..." September 24

  • Five-star 2020 quarterback flips to Alabama from USC after weekend visit to Tuscaloosa

    USA Today "Alabama’s future at quarterback received a massive lift Sunday afternoon when Bryce Young, one of the nation’s top dual-threat quarterbacks according to, flipped his commitment from Southern California to Alabama. Young, from Mater Dei in Santa..." September 23

  • South Carolina Newspaper Prints Insensitive Headline About Ryan Hilinski After Gamecocks Loss

    The Big Lead "Ryan Hilinski did not have a great day against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday. The Gamecocks quarterback went 13-for-30 for only 166 yards in South Carolina's 34-14 loss. However, it should be noted that Ryan Hilinski has had far, far worse days in his life, such as January 16,..." September 23

  • South Carolina does not accept newspaper’s apology for Hilinski headline

    Larry Brown Sports "A newspaper in South Carolina has apologized for an insensitive headline that was published over the weekend, but University of South Carolina officials feel it will take much more than an apology to make things right. Freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski started for South Carolina in..." September 23

  • USC is Still Very Much in Pursuit of Urban Meyer

    The Big Lead "Several reports have surfaced over the past few days claiming USC was not interested in hiring Urban Meyer to become its next football coach. The reports have typically claimed new USC president Carol Folt was against hiring Meyer and therefore the school's pursuit of him was done. I'm..." September 21

  • SC gets penalty after Reggie Bush celebrates with Markese Stepp on touchdown run

    Larry Brown Sports "Reggie Bush’s return trip to the LA Memorial Coliseum on Friday night culminated in a penalty for the USC Trojans. Bush was at the Coliseum as an analyst for FS1. He spent some of his time ripping his team for practicing shirtless before the game. But once the contest was..." September 21

  • USC president does not want to hire Urban Meyer

    247 Sports "College football insider Brooks Melchior of Sports By Brooks says it's not a matter of if, but when, Clay Helton will be let go this season as the head coach at USC. Unless the Trojans run the table and win the Pac-12 Championship, the end could come sooner rather than..." September 20

  • Mike Leach points out how poorly NFL scouts did with Gardner Minshew

    Larry Brown Sports "Gardner Minshew playing well as a rookie in the NFL is very much a feather in the cap of Mike Leach. Leach has long run a highly successful passing system in college, first at Texas Tech and now at Washington State. The knock on his quarterbacks was that they were taking advantage of..." September 20

  • Meet the Colorado WR Who Has the NFL Drooling: 'He's Julio Jones, Only Bigger'

    Bleacher Report "He has never seen anyone like him. Never. Anyone. It's a distinct description with zero wiggle room for a no-frills realist like Colorado head coach Mel Tucker. "That's just not a statement you're going to hear from me," Tucker says. ..." September 19

  • Arizona State starting 17-year-old on offensive line

    Arizona Central "At 17, it's easy to get caught up rites of passage when it comes to high school. Things like choosing a college, taking the SAT and going to prom. But Arizona State's LaDarius Henderson has other concerns. Not only is he already in college and playing for Pac-12 football..." September 18

  • Is this the reason why Lynn Swann suddenly resigned as USC AD?

    Larry Brown Sports "Lynn Swann’s sudden resignation as USC’s athletic director on Monday caught many people by surprise. After all, Swann managed to hang onto the gig for 3.5 years despite being terrible at it, by most accounts. So why did he resign from his position? What was the impetus? It..." September 17

  • Five Possible Replacements for USC Coach Clay Helton

    The Big Lead "Every college football observer with at least one working eye or ear could tell that Clay Helton had some tough hills to climb this season to remain head coach of the USC Trojans moving forward. That issue is now moot. So far this season, the Trojans have barely scraped by a half-strength..." September 15

  • Air Force Perfectly Trolled ESPN on Twitter After Upset Win Over Colorado

    12 Up "It seemed like new Colorado head coach Mel Tucker was going to coast to 3-0 following an upset win against Nebraska. All he had to do was take down Troy Calhoun and Air Force. Behind two PASSING touchdowns from Donald Hammond and 289 yards rushing behind a patented service..." September 15

  • 'Tyler's here with us': South Carolina QB Ryan Hilinski plays for his family

    ESPN "COLUMBIA, S.C. -- When the South Carolina Gamecocks raced out of the tunnel Saturday morning for their game against Charleston Southern, freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski led the stampede, right fist in the air. When Kym Hilinski saw her son at the front of the charge, she yelled,..." September 11

  • Stanford OT Walker Little out for season

    USA Today "The Stanford Cardinal’s offensive line took a major hit on Tuesday, as head coach David Shaw announced that offensive tackle Walker Little will be out for the year with a knee injury. Little started all of 2018 as Stanford’s left tackle, his performance earning him..." September 11

  • Jack Del Rio would be interested in USC job

    Larry Brown Sports "USC coach Clay Helton’s seat isn’t getting any cooler despite his team’s successful start to the season. The latest heat comes from former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio. The one-time USC linebacker openly admitted that he’d be interested in the job if it were to..." September 10

  • K.J. Costello to play for Stanford against UCF

    Sportsnaut "The Stanford Cardinal will have starting quarterback K.J. Costello back in the lineup Saturday for their road game against the UCF Knights. Head coach David Shaw shared that update Tuesday, noting offensive tackle Walker Little is having season-ending surgery and that inside..." September 10

  • Lynn Swann Resigns as USC Athletic Director

    The Big Lead "Lynn Swann is out at USC. After three years packed with scandals and overseeing underachieving teams, Swann has finally stepped down as athletic director at his alma mater.   September 09

  • UCLA's Chip Kelly not panicking despite 0-2 start

    ESPN "Despite an 0-2 start behind an offense that ranks 119th or worse nationally in scoring, rushing and total offense, UCLA coach Chip Kelly said he isn't hitting the panic button with the Bruins. "There's never a panic button," Kelly said before UCLA's practice on..." September 09

  • Stanford sees “no chance” Paulson Adebo doesn’t declare for 2020 draft

    Pro Football Talk "Once a college football player has decided he’ll enter the next year’s NFL draft, how much longer should he keep playing for free? That may be a question that Staford cornerback Paulson Adebo is asking himself right now. Adebo is in his third year out of high school and..." September 08

  • College football schedule, games 2019: What to watch in Week 2, TV channels, kickoff times

    CBS Sports "If Week 1 was the college football appetizer, Week 2 is going to provide fans a feast of epic proportions. Why? Because we get two of the biggest nonconference games of the year spread out for your afternoon and evening viewing pleasure. No. 1 Clemson will host No...." September 07

  • Stanford QB K.J. Costello out Saturday against USC

    Sportsnaut "Two of the best-known quarterbacks in the Pac-12 will not be on the field when Stanford and USC do battle Saturday in Southern California. Trojans sophomore quarterback J.T. Daniels is out for the season with a torn ACL. Meanwhile, Cardinal quarterback K.J. Costello has been ruled out..." September 05

  • Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis is eager to lead USC after JT Daniels’ injury

    Los Angeles Times "Kedon Slovis sat in front of his locker Saturday night, his mind racing. Each passing moment felt like an eternity. A few minutes earlier, before JT Daniels tore two ligaments in his knee in the first half of the season’s first game, Slovis was USC’s..." September 04

  • Stanford QB KJ Costello questionable for USC game

    Larry Brown Sports "Stanford will enter its second game of the 2019 season with uncertainty at the quarterback position. Starting quarterback KJ Costello is questionable for Saturday’s game against USC after suffering an injury on a hit that knocked him out of the team’s win over..." September 03

  • Could Jack Sears return to USC football program after JT Daniels’ injury?

    Larry Brown Sports "The injury news on JT Daniels was as bad as expected, leaving the USC Trojans in a difficult situation at quarterback. Daniels suffered a torn ACL and meniscus after being sacked late in the first half of USC’s season-opening game Saturday night against Fresno State. The..." September 02

  • USC quarterback JT Daniels hurt in opening win against Fresno State

    Los Angeles Times "A hazy, orange glow peered over the outer rim of the renovated Coliseum, as JT Daniels stood behind the line of scrimmage, a new offense at his fingertips, a new hope for USC football still alive. It was possible in that moment, however brief it proved to be, to imagine even the most..." September 01

  • USC QB JT Daniels Tears ACL, Out For 2019 Season

    Total Pro Sports "What a tough break for the USC Trojans. USC’s highly-touted sophomore quarterback JT Daniels went down with an injury in the first half Week 1 win over Fresno State and was unable return. Daniels landed awkwardly while sacked late in the second quarter, which would..." September 01

  • Colorado St. coach rips refs after Colorado loss

    ESPN "Colorado State coach Mike Bobo criticized Pac-12 officials after Friday's season-opening loss to Colorado in Denver, saying the rivalry game is too big not to have officials from a neutral conference. The Rams fell 52-31 to the Buffaloes, their fifth straight loss in the Rocky..." August 31

  • USC recognizing OJ Simpson’s Heisman jersey but not Reggie Bush’s

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is recognizing its Heisman Trophy winners with a display of jerseys for Saturday’s season opener against Fresno State. Reggie Bush did not make the cut, but OJ Simpson did. Technically, Bush is no longer a Heisman Trophy winner. He chose to forfeit the award in 2010 just..." August 28

  • Jack Sears enters transfer portal; lost USC QB battle

    ESPN "After finishing USC's quarterback competition No. 4 on the depth chart, redshirt sophomore Jack Sears has entered the transfer portal. Sears announced his decision earlier Tuesday via Twitter. "The past week has been a difficult time, a bump in the..." August 28

  • Washington QB transfer Jake Haener eyeing Fresno State

    247 Sports "The Washington Huskies named Jacob Eason their starting quarterback on Friday, leaving competitor Jake Haener with the decision to transfer elsewhere. Haener has ties to Fresno - his parents both have a background in the Central Valley before he attended Monte Vista High School in..." August 27

  • Jake Haener Leaves the UW Program

    247 Sports "It didn't take long for the dominoes to fall. On Friday afternoon, Washington Head Coach Chris Petersen confirmed the news that junior Jacob Eason had won the starting quarterback job over Jake Haener, Jacob Sirmon, and Dylan Morris. Twenty-four hours later, Haener, the junior from..." August 24

  • Healthy again, Arizona star quarterback Khalil Tate ready to take college football by storm

    CBS Sports "Two years ago, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate was college football's darling. The dual-threat wizard came off the bench vs. Colorado on Oct. 6, 2017, and broke off 327 rushing yards -- a single-game FBS record for a quarterback.  He didn't stop..." August 23

  • Sources: UW Huskies junior Jacob Eason wins starting quarterback job

    Seattle Times "It appears the wait is over. Washington appears to have settled on junior Jacob Eason as its starting quarterback, three sources confirmed to The Seattle Times on Thursday, after a report on Twitter earlier Thursday by KJR-AM’s Dave Mahler. Eason — a..." August 23

  • JT Daniels Named USC's Starting Quarterback

    SI "Sophomore quarterback JT Daniels has been named USC's starter, coach Clay Helton announced on Tuesday. Daniels beat out Jack Sears, Matt Fink and true freshman Kedon Slovis for the starting position after weeks of close competition. All four quarterbacks led lengthy..." August 21

  • The 10 college football coaches with the hottest of hot seats entering the season

    USA Today "For every head coach with rock-solid job security — Dabo Swinney and Nick Saban, to name two — there are a couple of dozen firmly on the hot seat heading into the 2019 season. One name in particular stands out: Southern California coach Clay Helton. On the heels of last..." August 19

  • HBO show to feature Washington State

    The Score "Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the Cougars. Washington State will be spotlighted in an HBO show similar to the network's "Hard Knocks" documentary series that follows an NFL team each year. The Cougars teased the upcoming partnership in a tweet..." August 17