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  • USC's Jaxson Dart sidelined after meniscus surgery

    The Score "USC quarterback Jaxson Dart faces an extended absence after undergoing surgery to repair his meniscus, reports The Athletic's Antonio Morales. The freshman was set to enter a competition with Kedon Slovis for the starting job after throwing four touchdowns in his NCAA debut..." September 24

  • James Franklin attracting significant interest from USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Penn State may be facing a battle to keep head coach James Franklin amid significant interest from USC. According to Scott Roussel of Football Scoop, Franklin is “high” on athletic director Mike Bohn’s shortlist of coaching candidates. In a related podcast,..." September 22

  • USC's Kedon Slovis cleared to practice, will enter QB competition with Jaxson Dart

    The Score "USC quarterback Kedon Slovis is expected to return to practice this week after an MRI and X-ray on his injured neck came back negative, interim coach Donte Williams said Sunday, according to The Athletic. Slovis suffered the ailment Saturday after being sacked during USC's first..." September 20

  • Scary Scene As USC Football Team’s Airplane Tipped Over On Tarmac

    Total Pro Sports "The USC Trojans traveled to Pullman, Washington this weekend to take on the Washington State Cougars. And while the trip ended exactly how they wanted — with a 45-14 victory — things didn’t get off to a great start for the team. Upon their arrival, the USC team plane..." September 20

  • Eric Bieniemy open to USC job

    Yardbarker "Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy made it clear this week that he is focused on his current job, but that does not mean he has completely ruled out the one he has been linked to. Bieniemy is believed to be someone USC will target after the school fired..." September 19

  • Bob Stoops issues non-denial when asked about USC rumors

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is in the hunt for a new football coach, and Bob Stoops certainly isn’t doing anything to dispel rumors that he might be interested. Stoops appeared on SiriusXM’s ESPNU Radio on Wednesday and was asked about chatter potentially linking him to the USC job. Stoops..." September 15

  • USC coaching search will include the biggest names and best teams in college football playoff chase

    USA Today "The only prospective candidate for the Southern California opening to issue a hard denial of interest is Jacksonville Jaguars coach Urban Meyer, who gave a terse two-word response to questioning on Wednesday: “No chance.” Given Meyer’s history, it may be easy to..." September 15

  • Why would Bob Stoops leave the good life to coach USC?

    The Athletic "In the immediate aftermath of the 2019 Big 12 Championship Game, with Oklahoma players and coaches celebrating on the AT&T Stadium field, I bumped into former coach Bob Stoops and joked that it was a surprise to see him. Shouldn’t he be in Tallahassee, Fla., getting his new Florida..." September 15

  • James Franklin, Luke Fickell deflect USC questions as coach search rumors begin

    The Athletic "Less than 24 hours after USC parted ways with head coach Clay Helton, rumored candidates to replace Helton have started to push back on questions about their interest in the role. Penn State coach James Franklin, when asked Tuesday about the USC speculation, said that he will address..." September 14

  • List of possible USC head coach targets to replace Clay Helton

    Larry Brown Sports "USC has finally fired Clay Helton in a move that many Trojans fans felt was long overdue. USC had not performed at the level they expect to be at in college football. They had become just an above-average team and nothing close to the national powerhouse they expect to be. Their..." September 13

  • What Trojans need in their next head coach

    247 Sports "Clay Helton’s days might be numbered at USC after his team lost to Stanford as a 17-point favorite. If the Trojans do decide to move on and find a new coach, there is one key element they should look for in every candidate. After double-digit win seasons in 2016 and 2017, USC..." September 13

  • Clay Helton out as USC head coach

    The Athletic "USC has fired coach Clay Helton. The move comes after two games into Helton’s seventh season. The Trojans began the season ranked 15th, but hopes of a surprise run to the College Football Playoff took a hit with a 14-point home loss to Stanford in Week 2. USC fell out of the AP..." September 13

  • Clay Helton shares message to players, fans after disappointing loss to Stanford

    247 Sports "The USC Trojans suffered a massive upset at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal in Week 2. After the game, head coach Clay Helton shared his message for the team moving forward. As 17-point favorites over the Cardinal coming into the game, the Trojans got pushed around at..." September 12

  • Hoosiers name USC transfer, former 5-star recruit Stephen Carr starting RB

    247 Sports "Indiana is looking to make its third straight bowl appearance for the first time since the 1980s, and coach Tom Allen could have a strong offense on his hands. The Hoosiers will return one of the Big Ten's best quarterbacks in Michael Penix Jr., and they added a key transfer..." August 30

  • USC Trojans wide receiver Bru McCoy won't face charges after July arrest, according to attorney

    ESPN "USC wide receiver Bru McCoy will not face criminal charges stemming from a felony domestic violence arrest on July 24. "The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has declined to file any criminal charges against Bru McCoy," said Michael Goldstein,..." August 26

  • Top College Football Freshmen in Best Position for Key Roles in 2021

    Bleacher Report "No matter the hype, incredible high school players aren't locked into a starting lineup as college freshmen. When these prospects sign a letter of intent, fans and analysts alike are quick to project immediate-impact potential. However, fall camp provides a more realistic outlook..." August 16

  • Notre Dame headlines top five overrated teams in preseason college football poll

    USA Today "Whether it's politics or college football, polls are still an inexact science that try to predict outcomes. So while there are 25 teams able to celebrate their inclusion in the preseason USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll this season, there is also reason for hesitation. Many..." August 10

  • Pac-20 Conference? How An Expanded Pac-12 Conference Could Look After Merger With Big 12

    USA Today "The Pac-12 has 12 schools. With Oklahoma and Texas set to leave the Big 12 for the SEC, that conference will soon have just eight. Might they merge to form a Pac-20 Conference or perhaps a Big 20? How about a Super Pac-20? According to multiple reports, the..." August 05

  • USC WR Bru McCoy Suspended After Arrest on Intimate Partner Violence Charge

    Bleacher Report "USC has suspended wide receiver Bru McCoy, according to Keely Eure of USCFootball.com. The decision came after McCoy was arrested and charged with intimate partner violence with injury in July, according to an L.A. Police Department spokesperson. "USC does not..." August 02

  • Reggie Bush won't get 2005 Heisman Trophy returned to him after decision by NCAA

    ESPN "The 2005 Heisman Trophy will not be returned to former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush any time soon. The NCAA will not consider reversing penalties or previously vacated records from past years based on recent changes to name, image and likeness regulations that went..." July 28

  • Documentary in the works involving Reggie Bush, USC scandal

    Yardbarker "Variety reported Wednesday a new documentary about former football running back Reggie Bush and his involvement in the USC scandal is in the making. In the exclusive, Variety says Bush "is ready to tell his side of the story" and that the film "will look at..." July 15

  • Documentary about Reggie Bush's stint at USC in the works

    The Score "College football fans will soon have another chance to understand what happened to Reggie Bush during his tenure at USC. A documentary is in the works about the former running back and his days with the Trojans, according to Variety's Brent Lang. The..." July 14

  • Ex-Texas WR Jake Smith transferring to USC

    CBS Sports "Not long after entering the transfer portal, former Texas wide receiver Jake Smith has found a new home. The sophomore and former top-50 recruit announced on his Twitter account Tuesday that he would be transferring to USC.  "Coach [Clay] Helton I..." July 07

  • 5-Star DL J.T. Tuimoloau Commits to Ohio State over USC, Oregon, Washington

    Bleacher Report "Defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, who is ranked first in 247Sports' national class of 2021 rankings, has chosen to attend Ohio State. Tuimoloau made the announcement on CBS Sports HQ on Sunday. He had four finalists: Ohio State, Oregon, USC and..." July 04

  • Five-star defensive lineman Mykel Williams commits to USC

    The Athletic "Five-star defensive lineman Mykel Williams has committed to USC, he announced via Instagram on Tuesday. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Williams is ranked No. 26 in the Class of 2022 and No. 3 in the state of Georgia, according to the 247Sports Composite Rating. The Hardaway High School..." June 15

  • USC and Clay Helton prepare for another season of high expectations and high anxiety

    The Athletic " Moments after USC suffered a frustrating loss to Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game last December, head coach Clay Helton was asked what next steps his program needed to take to reassert itself atop the conference. “Winning a championship,” he..." June 01

  • How USC’s 2001 upset of UCLA set a new precedent for West Coast college football dominance

    The Athletic "Shortly before USC took on No. 20 UCLA in its 2001 regular season finale, Antuan Simmons and the rest of the Trojans’ seniors gathered together. Simmons and his classmates had been recruited by John Robinson at the back end of his second tenure as USC head coach and..." May 14

  • Why USC, Georgia, Oregon and more are hot on the trail of 2023 QB Nico Iamaleava

    The Athletic "For nearly a year, Warren High School (Downey, Calif.) coach Kevin Pearson has done pretty much all he can to spread the word about his sophomore quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava Jr. He has practically begged college coaches to take notice and peppered them with film. He coached a..." April 16

  • Homeless man infiltrates USC's facilities, fields punts at practice

    The Score "USC is used to receiving special visitors at practice, but the Trojans unknowingly hosted a trespasser during their spring practice last week. A homeless man spent several days inside the school’s football facilities, a USC campus security source told Scott Wolfe of..." April 11

  • Homeless Guy Poses As USC Player For Days, Eats Meals, Hops In Jacuzzi, & Tried To Field Punts

    Total Pro Sports "Nothing will be crazier than this story for the remainder of this year. A homeless guy recently posed as a player on the USC Trojans and only got busted several days later as he tried to field punts during practice last week. Trojans Insider Scott Wolf got all the crazy..." April 09

  • Inside USC QB Kedon Slovis’ off year, his loss of confidence and quest to get it back

    The Athletic "Kedon Slovis knows all about the questions that swirled around his performance last season. On paper, his 2020 stats were fine. He threw for 1,921 yards and 17 touchdowns (with seven interceptions) in an abbreviated six-game season. Over the course of a normal 13- or 14-game season, he probably..." March 30