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  • NCAA refusing requests regarding Reggie Bush being allowed back at USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Reggie Bush is getting set to begin his work with FOX’s new college football pregame show this year, but he may have some trouble with access when the network needs to cover his alma mater. USC was forced to permanently dissociate itself from Bush after an investigation revealed the..." April 21

  • USC's Graham Harrell sizes up quarterbacks during spring practice

    Los Angeles Times "Graham Harrell has watched USC’s four quarterbacks for 13 practices, evaluating every decision, every throw, every interaction. Given how quickly the Trojans move through practice these days with Harrell pushing the pace, there is no shortage of data. But when asked whether he..." April 10

  • USC cornerback Greg Johnson ‘happy’ to return after exploring transfer

    Orange County Register "Four days before USC opened spring practice earlier this month, its depleted secondary took another hit. Greg Johnson, the only returning cornerback with starting experience, put his name in the NCAA transfer portal. Johnson’s entry in the online database allowed him..." March 22

  • Blind LS Olson participates at USC pro day

    ESPN "Jake Olson, a blind long-snapper at USC, participated in the Trojans' pro day on Wednesday to raise funds and awareness for retinoblastoma, a rare cancer which claimed his eyesight when he was 12 years old. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Olson put up 17 reps at 225 pounds on the bench..." March 20

  • USC's Swann 'blindsided' by admissions scandal

    ESPN "Lynn Swann, hired by the USC Trojans three years ago to run an athletic department all too familiar with scandal, says he won't resign in the face of more of it. Swann, speaking to the Los Angeles Times about the college admissions bribery case in which a senior associate athletic..." March 16

  • Federal Investigation Shows A USC Associate AD Helped Admit Fake Football Recruits

    Uproxx "A federal sting into a college entrance fraud ring titled OPERATION VARSITY BLUES (yes, that is the real name) concluded with 50 individuals being charged, as parents of kids paid a third party to facilitate payments to school programs and coaches to get students into schools by..." March 12

  • Four-Star WR Puka Nacua Signs With Washington After Backing Off USC Commitment

    SI - College Football "Former USC recruit Puka Nacua announced Sunday that he would be attending the University of Washington. Nacua, a four-star wide receiver from Utah, initally committed to USC in June, but also had interest in Utah, Oregon, UCLA and BYU, and declined to send in his national letter of..." February 11

  • Texas transfer quarterback Shane Buechele headed to SMU

    247 Sports "Texas quarterback Shane Buechele will transfer to SMU, he announced on Twitter. The former Arlington (Tex.) Lamar standout started 19 games for the Longhorns during his career, including all 12 his freshman season in 2016 when he became the first Texas quarterback since Colt McCoy in 2009 to..." February 07

  • USC suffers another bluechip WR decommitment

    College Football Talk "Signing Day 2.0 arrives Wednesday, and USC isn’t exactly sprinting toward the finish line. The Trojans already witnessed 5-star Bru McCoy reverse out of Heritage Hall after two weeks on campus, and now they’ve lost a player who figured to profit from his..." February 04

  • Graham Harrell would have full control of USC offense

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is pursuing a big change to their offense, and they may be willing to give Graham Harrell lots of power to transform it. The Trojans have talked with Harrell about becoming their new offensive coordinator, replacing Kliff Kingsbury, who held the position for around a month before..." January 28

  • USC WR Josh Imatorbhebhe has entered NCAA transfer portal

    247 Sports "Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe is the latest Trojan to hit the NCAA Transfer Portal on Monday, according to a source. The former four-star prospect out of Georgia is the third USC receiver to hit the portal in the last week, joining redshirt..." January 28

  • USC in talks with Graham Harrell to be new offensive coordinator

    Larry Brown Sports "USC is trying to go from one former Texas Tech quarterback to another. Weeks after Kliff Kingsbury left USC to take the Arizona Cardinals head coaching job, the team is now targeting Graham Harrell to be their offensive coordinator, according to a report. Rivals reporter Adam Maya..." January 27

  • After entering NCAA transfer portal, former USC WR Bru McCoy signs financial aid agreement with Texas

    Burnt Orange Nation "Better late than never — isn’t that the saying? After entering the NCAA transfer portal on Thursday, USC Trojans wide receiver Bru McCoy, ranked as the No. 1 athlete in the 2019 recruiting class, signed his financial aid agreement in preparation to transfer to..." January 25

  • So far, USC’s followed its worst season in 18 years with a terrible offseason

    SB Nation "USC had a terrible 2018. The Trojans went 5-7, the worst they’ve done since putting up an identical record in 2000. When the 2000 team sputtered, continuing a three-year decline under Paul Hackett, it led to the coach’s firing. USC hired Pete Carroll to replace him, and two or so..." January 25

  • USC five-star recruit Bru McCoy considering transfer to Texas

    Larry Brown Sports "USC’s recruiting class got a huge boost recently when five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy committed to the Trojans, but it sounds like he is having second thoughts. Adam Maya of reports that McCoy is considering transferring from USC to Texas. CFB Home also..." January 24

  • USC loses top RB recruit Jordan Wilmore

    Larry Brown Sports "USC has lost one of their top running back recruits for the 2019 class. Jordan Wilmore announced on Twitter Monday that he was decommitting from the school. “I would like to thank the God because none of this would be possible without him. I’d like to thank the..." January 15

  • Former USC S Bolden Commits to Miami Hurricanes

    247 Sports "The first commitment of the Manny Diaz Era at Miami is a big one.  Former USC safety Bubba Bolden announced on Twitter late Wednesday night that he has committed to play for the Hurricanes.  Bolden is currently at a junior college, but not..." January 10

  • USC top QB recruit ‘disappointed’ about Kliff Kingsbury leaving

    Larry Brown Sports "Kliff Kingsbury left the position he briefly held as USC’s offensive coordinator to take the head coaching job with the Arizona Cardinals, and some are disappointed with the move. Kingsbury was fired by Texas Tech after posting his third straight losing season. He quickly took a..." January 08

  • Report: Cardinals to pay USC $150K as buyout for Kliff Kingsbury

    Sportsnaut "The big news of this Tuesday is that the Arizona Cardinals announced they are hiring former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury as their next head coach. Of course, this move came just a month after the coach signed on as the offensive coordinator at USC, and the Cardinals are..." January 08

  • Top recruit Bru McCoy responds to haters after committing to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Five-star wide receiver recruit Bru McCoy officially committed to USC over the weekend, and some have questioned the decision given the current state of the Trojans’ program. Judging by his reaction, McCoy can’t wait to prove those doubters wrong. Shortly after he..." January 06

  • USC denying Kliff Kingsbury NFL interviews seems like a bad sign for Clay Helton

    SB Nation "College football and the NFL have fused schematically. The styles of play aren’t exactly the same at the two levels, of course, nor from team to team at each. But the big concepts popular at one level are also popular at the other, whether that’s the Chiefs running..." January 05

  • 5-star ATH Bru McCoy announces commitment to USC over Texas at the All-American Bowl

    Burnt Orange Nation "The dark horse finished second. On Saturday afternoon at the Army All-American Bowl, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei product Bru McCoy brought his well-documented recruitment to a close on national television, and it’s a story that didn’t end favorably for Tom Herman, as the..." January 05

  • Jaelan Phillips considering transfer to USC or Stanford

    247 Sports "Former UCLA linebacker Jaelan Phillips is considering a transfer to USC or Stanford, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told 247Sports. The No. 1 overall prospect in the 2017 class per the 247Sports Composite, Phillips announced in December he would withdraw from UCLA due..." January 05

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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