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  • Caleb Williams ready to face pressure head on as USC attempts to engineer historic one-year turnaround

    CBS Sports "Caleb Williams was made for this moment. It goes beyond the promise, the responsibility, the absolute understanding of his new football life in the nation's second-largest media market. His understanding of his place in the SoCal landscape comes the instant he shakes your..." August 10

  • New NIL collective coming to USC after school created entity to avoid them

    The Athletic "A third-party NIL collective will soon come to USC. The Athletic confirmed the Los Angeles Times report that donors will soon start a collective named “Student Body Right.” Two months ago, USC announced its NIL entity — BLVD..." August 10

  • DL Braylan Shelby commits to USC

    247 Sports "Friendswood (Texas) High Top247 edge rusher Braylan Shelby announced his commitment to USC on Saturday afternoon during a live broadcast on the 247Sports YouTube Channel. He chose to play for the Trojans over his other finalist in Texas. Shelby is commit No. 15 for head..." August 06

  • USC football snags ex-Big 12 executive for ‘high-ranking role’

    Clutch Points "Another big name is leaving the Big 12, but this time it’s a person, not a program. Ed Stewart, former top executive for the Big 12, is leaving the conference for USC football, who is hiring him for a ‘high-ranking role.’ ESPN has the details. “Ed..." August 05

  • Lincoln Riley on Pat Narduzzi’s tampering accusations: I take it personally

    Los Angeles Times "Three months after a fellow coach accused him of tampering with the top wideout in college football, Lincoln Riley finally got the chance to publicly defend himself against those allegations Friday. In his first Pac-12 media day as USC’s coach, Riley wrote off..." July 30

  • USC commit Malachi Nelson, No. 1 recruit in 2023, to visit Texas A&M

    ESPN "Just a few days after overtaking Arch Manning for the top spot in ESPN's 2023 player recruiting rankings, five-star USC commit Malachi Nelson is taking a visit to Texas A&M this weekend, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday..." July 29

  • USC, UCLA will enter Big Ten as full members in 2024

    The Athletic " USC and UCLA will enter the Big Ten as vested members in 2024, a departure from the league’s previous position of requiring a waiting period for new schools. “USC and UCLA will come in as full members,” Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said..." July 26

  • Colorado AD takes shot at USC, UCLA over Big Ten decision

    Larry Brown Sports "USC and UCLA are headed to the Big Ten in 2024, but Colorado athletic director Rick George apparently does not think it will be a big loss for the Pac-12. The Pac-12’s future has rightfully been in question after the two schools announced their departure. Rumors circulating that..." July 15

  • Inside the stunning USC-UCLA move to the Big Ten -- and the chaos that followed

    ESPN "Two weeks ago, many of college sports' most powerful people gathered at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas for the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics convention. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey, ACC commissioner Jim Phillips, countless athletic directors and..." July 12

  • In the wake of USC and UCLA moving to the Big Ten, here is what every league in college football should do

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF "Just about everyone in college football spent their Fourth of July weekend talking, texting and sitting through meetings about what will happen next in conference realignment and what, if anything, each school and league can do to either protect or maximize itself going forward. The..." July 05

  • 5-Star OT Prospect Francis Mauigoa Commits to Miami over Alabama, USC, Florida

    Bleacher Report "Francis Mauigoa, one of the top offensive linemen in the 2023 recruiting class, announced Monday he's committed to Miami. Keegan Pope of On3 reported the 5-star prospect's choice. Mauigoa has made a few stops in his high school career. He played in his native..." July 04

  • Pac-12 expansion candidates: Where should the conference look first without USC and UCLA?

    The Athletic "The Pac-12 originally chose to be patient with expansion. It figured it could wait and find the perfect fit or hold steady. In the wake of USC and UCLA’s departure to the Big Ten, the conference has lost that luxury. The Pac-12 Board of Directors met Friday morning..." July 02

  • Big Ten 'May Not Stop' at USC, UCLA Additions; Big 12 Linked to Arizona, More

    Bleacher Report "USC and UCLA are reportedly planning to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024, per Jon Wilner of the Mercury News. However, the Big Ten may not be done expanding. A source told Brett McMurphy of the Action Network that the Big Ten may not settle at..." June 30

  • USC, UCLA Reportedly Planning to Leave Pac-12 for Big Ten by 2024

    Bleacher Report "The next big domino in college football realignment might be about to fall. Jon Wilner of the Mercury News reported Thursday that USC and UCLA are planning to leave the Pac-12 for the Big Ten as early as 2024. The schools have yet to finalize their departures. " June 30

  • Ohio State beats Alabama, USC, Miami for 5-star WR Brandon Inniss

    The Athletic "Another recruiting cycle, another case of Ohio State cleaning up at receiver. Brandon Inniss, from American Heritage in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to the Buckeyes on Tuesday, becoming the second five-star receiver to join OSU’s 2023 class this week. Inniss is the No. 2..." June 21

  • Lincoln Riley on his Oklahoma exit, the appeal of USC in college football's changing landscape

    ESPN "Lincoln Riley's meteoric rise has been a bit surreal, even for Riley himself. Not even 10 years ago, he was living in Greenville, North Carolina, and working as East Carolina's offensive coordinator. Fast forward to now, and the 38-year-old Riley makes his home in..." June 10

  • Bryce Young, Caleb Williams, More Agree to NIL Trading Card Contracts with Topps

    Bleacher Report "Topps has secured NIL deals for trading card rights with about 200 student-athletes, including some of the biggest stars in college football, per Jeremy Crabtree of On3. Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett and USC quarterback Caleb Williams..." June 09

  • USC chief of staff Brandon Sosna taking job in Detroit Lions front office

    The Athletic "USC chief of staff Brandon Sosna, athletic director Mike Bohn's right-hand man in charge of football, is leaving for a front office role with the Detroit Lions, The Athletic confirmed Thursday morning. ESPN first reported the move. Sosna's new role with the Lions will be..." June 09

  • Lincoln Riley sets the record straight as USC rebuilds in earnest while embracing steep expectations

    CBS Sports " Lincoln Riley has heard them all. You know, the real reasons he supposedly bolted Oklahoma for USC so suddenly late last year. The climb up the SEC hill was to too big for him with the Sooners transitioning from the Big 12. It's easier to win in..." June 07

  • Jordan Addison Says Decision to Transfer to USC from Pittsburgh Was a 'Gut Move'

    Bleacher Report "Star wide receiver Jordan Addison has opened up about his decision to transfer from Pittsburgh to USC. Speaking to ESPN's Paolo Uggetti, Addison called it a "gut move" to leave the Panthers after winning the 2021 Biletnikoff Award to join new USC head coach..." May 29

  • Coaching agents sound off on Brian Kelly, Lincoln Riley, 10-year deals, Auburn and more

    The Athletic "In many respects, the 2021 season resulted in a college football coaching carousel that was unlike any before, with 29 FBS head coaching jobs changing hands, including Lincoln Riley leaving Oklahoma for USC, Brian Kelly leaving Notre..." May 27

  • USC’s Newest Offensive Lineman Cooper Lovelace Shows Off His Incredible Flexibility

    Total Pro Sports "Flexibility is something the best athletes have to find a way to cultivate and maintain. By that standard, USC’s newest offensive lineman is a keeper. On Tuesday, the USC Trojans football program posted a video of incoming JUCO transfer Cooper Lovelace showing off some..." May 25

  • Jordan Addison Officially Announces He Will Transfer to USC From Pitt

    Bleacher Report "One of the most notable transfer portal sagas to date will end with former Pittsburgh wide receiver Jordan Addison at USC. The 20-year-old announced he will transfer to the Trojans on Thursday. ESPN's Pete Thamel reported on May 3 that Addison officially..." May 19

  • Why Jordan Addison should turn down USC and Texas for Alabama

    Saturday Down South "Say what you want about the future of college football. Say that it’s doomed because of NIL and the transfer portal. Say that it’ll forever be tarnished by the all-important desire to make a buck. Say that we’ve gone past the point of no return with..." May 17

  • Lincoln Riley, USC and the ‘million different things’ to do when a new coach comes to town

    The Athletic "Dennis Simmons had just pulled into the parking lot at Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium to begin work on Sunday morning, Nov. 28, after Oklahoma lost to Oklahoma State 37-33, when he got a call from his boss, Lincoln Riley. The head coach informed his receivers coach of the past seven seasons..." May 17

  • Four-star safety Braxton Myers commits to Trojans

    CBS Sports "USC added a big-time commitment on Monday as four-star safety Braxton Myers committed to the Trojans on CBS Sports HQ. Myers, the son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Michael Myers and a junior at Coppell (Texas) High School, committed to USC over offers from Arkansas,..." May 17

  • Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi praises Kedon Slovis using transfer portal 'the right way' amid Jordan Addison saga

    CBS Sports "Pittsburgh has been positioned as the center of the transfer portal world this week after star wide receiver and 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner Jordan Addison announced that he is on the market. USC quickly emerged as a potential landing spot, and a phone call was..." May 06

  • Former USC WR Bru McCoy commits to Tennessee

    247 Sports "Former USC wideout Bru McCoy announced his commitment to Tuesday evening.  McCoy entered the transfer portal back in mid January and the Vols immediately reached out. McCoy took an official visit in March and since then, it always seemed like more a matter of when, not..." May 04

  • Pitt's Jordan Addison to Officially Enter Transfer Portal amid USC Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Amid rumors he could be going to USC, star wide receiver Jordan Addison is reportedly going to enter the transfer portal.  Per ESPN's Pete Thamel, Addison's name is "expected to officially appear" in the portal on Tuesday afternoon.  " May 03

  • USC lands 3-star safety Christian Pierce

    The Athletic "USC landed a commitment from three-star safety Christian Pierce on Sunday, making Pierce the sixth member of the Trojans’ 2023 recruiting class. The Rancho Cucamonga standout is the No. 594 overall recruit in the country and rated as the No. 49 safety. Pierce chose USC over..." May 02

  • Pat Narduzzi furious with Lincoln Riley over reported transfer

    Larry Brown Sports "The overhaul of NCAA rules regarding transfers and NIL rights has led to a lot of new issues for coaches to deal with. It may also spark at least one high-level coaching feud. Reports indicated Friday that Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison is considering a transfer, with USC among the..." April 30

  • Bob Stoops: Lincoln Riley 'Didn't Invent' Oklahoma Football, Backs Program's Future

    Bleacher Report "Lincoln Riley was Bob Stoops' handpicked successor at Oklahoma, but the Sooners coaching legend isn't too concerned about his protege's departure. "Lincoln Riley didn't invent OU football," Stoops said Tuesday when being honored by the Oklahoma..." April 26

  • Expectations for USC football in 2022: Can Lincoln Riley lead Trojans to Pac-12 title, CFP in debut season?

    CBS Sports "USC made one of the splashiest college football coaching hires in recent history last November, poaching Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma after he posted a 55-10 mark in five seasons. After such a universally lauded hire on the heels of a 4-8 season, hype is radiating out of Los..." April 22

  • USC coach Lincoln Riley pens letter to Oklahoma fans, explains abruptly leaving Sooners to Trojans

    CBS Sports "Nearly five months after his stunning decision to leave Oklahoma for USC, Lincoln Riley has penned an open letter to Sooners fans in the Players' Tribune explaining his decision to leave the storied Big 12 program for the West Coast. After sharing several of his best memories from..." April 20

  • Brenden Rice details leaving Colorado, following in father Jerry Rice's footsteps

    247 Sports "When Brenden Rice entered the transfer portal, he was still thinking about returning to Colorado. Fifteen minutes later, new USC coach Lincoln Riley gave the wide receiver a phone call. Everything changed. Brenden, the son of Hall of Fame receiver Jerry Rice, knew right..." March 26

  • USC wide receivers coach Dave Nichol dead at 45

    247 Sports "In tragic news surrounding the USC football program, wide receivers coach Dave Nichol is dead, the Trojans said Friday. Nichol was just 45 years old. Earlier this week, Nichol was ruled out indefinitely due to a private medical manner and Luke Huard took over as..." March 25

  • Bru McCoy Is Having An Official Visit at Tennessee

    Larry Brown Sports "Bru McCoy never lived up to his potential at USC, but the promising wide receiver is hoping to revive his collegiate career elsewhere. McCoy, who is in the transfer portal, is taking an official visit to Tennessee this week weekend, according to Chris Hummer of 247Sports. " March 25

  • USC eyes return to glory under Lincoln Riley with superstar transfers tasked to lead quick turnaround

    CBS Sports "No college football team in the country has more intrigue surrounding its program during the spring practice schedule than USC as new coach Lincoln Riley begins the on-field effort of restoring glory to a program where the expectations include championships. The results in that..." March 22

  • Ole Miss football: QB Jaxson Dart drops hype video for spring practice

    247 Sports "Ole Miss football quarterback Jaxson Dart enters his first spring practice with the Rebels this week in competition with Luke Altmyer for the starting job this season following the program's 10-win campaign under outgoing signal caller Matt..." March 19

  • USC's Lincoln Riley Spent $17.2M on 13,000 Square-Foot LA Oceanfront Estate

    Bleacher Report "USC head football coach Lincoln Riley paid nearly $17.2 million for a seven-bedroom mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County. Dirt's Wendy Bowman reported Tuesday that California property records show Riley secured the..." March 10

  • 8 Underclassmen with the Best Shot at the Heisman Trophy

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 college football season began with the likes of quarterbacks Spencer Rattler and D.J. Uiagalelei leading the Heisman Trophy odds. Instead, Alabama quarterback Bryce Young took home the hardware. Young became the second Bama player to win in two seasons, following Tide receiver Devonta..." February 23

  • Caleb Williams’ final 3 transfer options revealed

    Larry Brown Sports "In early February, Caleb Williams officially made his transfer decision. He opted to depart Oklahoma in favor of USC, following in the footsteps of head coach Lincoln Riley. “I wanted to go somewhere I thought would provide me with the best development both on and off..." February 19