Southern California Rumors & News

  • USC receiver Joseph Lewis pleads no contest to two counts of domestic battery

    Los Angeles Times "USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV pleaded no contest Wednesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court to two counts of domestic battery with an injury relating to his February arrest. Lewis agreed to a plea deal that he rejected last Thursday. With a jury nearly selected for his trial..." May 24

  • Jury Rules in Favor of NCAA in Former USC Assistant Todd McNair's Defamation Lawsuit

    SI - College Football "A jury voted 9-3 Monday in favor of the NCAA in a defamation lawsuit brought on by former USC assistant coach Todd McNair, according to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times. McNair was named in the NCAA's investigation into whether or not Reggie Bush received..." May 22

  • Report: Alabama will be paid $6 million to play USC in 2020

    College Football Talk "There is one big reason why Alabama has taken on so many neutral site games over the years. Money. In 2020, when Alabama opens the season against USC in the Advocare Classic in Arlington, Texas, the Crimson Tide will once again be richly paid. According to a report..." May 18

  • Tua Tagovailoa says he wanted to transfer to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "The talk about Tua Tagovailoa considering transferring away from Alabama apparently was quite legitimate. Tagovailoa spoke at his former middle school in Hawaii on Thursday. According to Hawaii News Now, the Alabama quarterback told the students that he was discouraged by not playing..." May 18

  • Once committed to Illinois, USC grad transfer Jalen Greene now headed to Utah State instead

    College Football Talk "That whole thing where Illinois picked up a Power Five transfer earlier this offseason?  Never mind, apparently. In late March, Jalen Greene took to Twitter to announce that he had committed to Illinoisafter deciding to transfer from USC.  Showing that..." May 15

  • Todd McNair asks for $27 million in damages as case goes to jury

    ESPN "Former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair's defamation trial against the NCAA is now in the hands of the jury. During closing arguments Friday, McNair's attorney, Bruce Broillet, called for an award of roughly $27 million in actual damages. The figure does not include potential punitive..." May 12

  • Todd McNair's credibility questioned during testimony at trial

    Los Angeles Times "The four-paragraph email Eleanor Myers wrote in March 2010 has been a frequent exhibit during the first two weeks of testimony in former USC assistant football coach Todd McNair's defamation trial against the NCAA. "On the other side," Myers, a member of the NCAA infractions committee that..." May 09

  • J.T. Daniels calling high school career early to compete for USC starting job

    CBS Sports "Between classes, J.T. Daniels has a few minutes. But just a few. The Mater Dei High School senior quarterback's class load has to be among the most difficult in America. Among his classes this final semester are studies in economics, government, English, comparative religions and..." May 07

  • JT Daniels Is in a Big Hurry to Be the Next Great USC Quarterback

    Bleacher Report "The next great USC quarterback is trying to do something that's never been done at his high school. This idea turned into an obsession that eventually will end with JT Daniels skipping a full calendar year of high school by—are you ready for this?—completing two academic years in one to get on..." May 03

  • Southern California DT Kenny Bigelow transferring to West Virginia

    ESPN "Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow, once a top 25 national recruit who then suffered two major knee injuries, is transferring from Southern California to West Virginia. Bigelow, who initially announced he was retiring from football in October before the NCAA awarded him a sixth year of eligibility." April 02

  • Young USC QBs frustrate Clay Helton in scrimmage

    Orange County Register "Asked his impressions of USC’s young quarterbacks following a situational scrimmage Saturday, Coach Clay Helton let out a sigh. “I want to reserve the right to watch the tape,” Helton said. The early assessment was not favorable for third-year sophomore Matt Fink or redshirt freshman Jack..." April 02

  • Report: Alabama, USC to open 2020 season in Dallas

    College Football Talk "There was a flurry of Alabama scheduling news on Saturday. First, it was reported that Alabama is in discussions with Notre Dame for a home-and-home series at an undisclosed date in the future. That report sparked a second item that the Tide is also reportedly discussing a home-and-home with Texas..." March 26

  • USC linebacker on 7,000 calorie a day diet to bulk up

    Larry Brown Sports "What do you do if you’re a football player desperate to gain weight? Eat as many calories as you can. That’s what USC’s Connor Murphy is up to. At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, he didn’t fit as a linebacker, so is trying to gain weight to shift to defensive end. “Eat 7,000 calories a day and eat..." March 10

  • USC WR Joseph Lewis IV charged with 5 domestic violence misdemeanors

    Orange County Register "The Los Angeles city attorney’s office has filed five misdemeanor charges against suspended USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV, who was arrested last month on suspicion of domestic violence, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the office. Lewis faces three charges of domestic battery..." March 06

  • USC WR Joseph Lewis IV avoids felony domestic violence charge

    Orange County Register "The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office has declined to file felony charges against USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV following his arrest earlier this month on suspicion of domestic violence, according to Greg Risling, a spokesman for the office. Lewis’ case, which was received..." February 28

  • USC football schedule, roster, recruiting and what to watch in 2018

    Sporting News - NCAAF "USC enters the 2018 season coming off its first Pac-12 championship since 2008, which earned coach Clay Helton a deserved extension through 2023. For all THEIR accomplishments in 2017, however, the Trojans are likely dissatisfied with the way last year ended. The Trojans not only missed the..." February 20

  • USC suspends sophomore five-star wideout after domestic violence arrest

    CBS Sports "USC freshman wide receiver Joseph Lewis was arrested on a domestic violence charge on Monday afternoon and has been suspended indefinitely from all football-related activities. According to 247Sports' USCFootball.com, Lewis was booked on a felony charge that is defined as a domestic battery..." February 13

  • 5-Star CB Olaijah Griffin Commits to USC over Alabama, Tennessee, Oregon

    Bleacher Report "Prized cornerback Olaijah Griffin is bringing his skill set to the USC Trojans. Tom VanHaaren of ESPN reported the 2018 recruit committed to the Trojans on Wednesday. Griffin shared a video via his Twitter account after the announcement. Griffin originally committed to UCLA last July, but..." February 07

  • 4-star ATH Devon Williams commits to USC

    USA Today High School Sports "As Devon Williams‘ recruitment unfolded, it was clear that the four-star wide receiver from Antelope Valley (Calif.) was looking for something more than just the most traditional in-state powers. He found it in spades among his four finalists of Oregon, USC, Utah and Alabama. If those four..." February 07

  • USC agrees to contract extension with coach Clay Helton through 2023 season

    CBS Sports "USC coach Clay Helton has led the program to consecutive double-digit win seasons and New Year's Six bowl games in his first two full seasons as the Trojans head coach, and his reward is long-term job security. The school announced Tuesday afternoon that Helton's contract has been extended..." February 06

  • Report | Tee Martin signs extension to remain with USC

    Fanrag Sports "USC Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin has signed a multi-year extension to remain with the program, according to Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports. Martin had previously interviewed for the Oakland Raiders head coaching vacancy this offseason, choosing to return to the collegiate ranks to..." January 20

  • Tee Martin will stay at USC, with an extension

    Pro Football Talk "The Raiders had interviewed USC offensive coordinator and receivers coach Tee Martin for two different positions in recent weeks. Martin won’t be making the jump to the NFL. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Martin is finalizing a contract extension to remain the offensive..." January 13

  • USC's Cameron Smith to return for senior season

    L.A. Daily News "USC linebacker Cameron Smith will return for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft. Smith announced his decision Wednesday in a post on his Instagram accouunt. “I’m honored to wear this cardinal and gold for one more year!” Smith wrote, attached with a picture of himself kneeling..." January 10

  • Deontay Burnett declares for 2018 NFL Draft

    Bleacher Report "Deontay Burnett is headed to the NFL. The USC Trojans wide receiver announced his intention to enter his name in the 2018 NFL draft Monday, forgoing his final year of eligibility. The junior recorded 86 receptions for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns in 2017. He was by far the favorite target..." January 08

  • 5-Star WR Prospect Amon-Ra St. Brown Commits to USC over Notre Dame, More

    Bleacher Report "Wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is one of the top playmakers in the 2018 recruiting class and will be suiting up for the USC Trojans after officially announcing his commitment during the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, per Blair Angulo of 247Sports. St. Brown comes from an excellent..." January 06

  • USC RB Ronald Jones intends to enter 2018 NFL Draft

    NFL.com "One of the best running backs in USC history is making the jump to the pros. The school announced on Friday via Twitter that junior RB Ronald Jones intends to apply for early eligibility into the 2018 NFL Draft. Jones rushed for 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns this season en route to..." January 05

  • Report: Sam Darnold expected to return to USC

    Larry Brown Sports "Though Sam Darnold continues to be regarded as one of the top NFL quarterback prospects in the country, it seems more and more likely that he will return to USC for his redshirt junior season. Sporting News’ Eric Galko reported in a column published on Tuesday that Darnold is expected to return..." January 02

  • After ugly bowl loss, Sam Darnold says he’s undecided on the NFL draft

    Los Angeles Times "It was a typical farewell party for someone who should not be leaving, but has to be going. Sam Darnold's likely last game as a USC quarterback Friday night was awkwardly painful, consistently sloppy and not a bit sentimental. With every mistake, Darnold showed everyone why, for football..." December 30

  • Reggie Bush criticizes officiating in Cotton Bowl

    Larry Brown Sports "USC had a less-the-ideal first half in Friday’s Cotton Bowl against Ohio State, and former Trojans star Reggie Bush thinks the officiating played a hand in it. In a pair of tweets, Bush ripped the referees for seemingly flubbing calls on two separate plays, one a no-call on a supposed pass..." December 30

  • John Elway attending Cotton Bowl to watch Sam Darnold in person

    Sportsnaut "After taking some time out of his schedule to watch Josh Allen perform in his final game for Wyoming, Denver Broncos general manager John Elway will be in Arlington, Texas, attending the Cotton Bowl Friday night so he can get an up-close and personal look at USC quarterback Sam Darnold. Mike..." December 29

  • USC LB Porter Gustin, CB Jack Jones in doubt for Cotton Bowl

    ESPN "The USC Trojans may enter the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday night without two key defensive players. Coach Clay Helton said Thursday that linebacker Porter Gustin is unlikely to play as No. 8 USC meets No. 5 Ohio State at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Helton said cornerback Jack..." December 28

  • USC OC Tee Martin 'disappointed' not to get interview with Tennessee

    CBS Sports "During the wild ups and downs of the Tennessee coaching search, one name that continued to circulate as a curious omission from the list of candidates was USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin. Martin was interested in the possibility of taking over at his alma mater as head coach, but told..." December 27

  • USC 4-star QB commit JT Daniels expected to reclassify, enroll in 2018

    Orange County Register "Quarterback JT Daniels of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana has notified USC he will attempt to reclassify up to the Class of 2018 and enroll at the university next month, according to a source within the football program with knowledge of the situation. The source could not confirm when..." December 22

  • Michael Pittman Jr. finds his place in USC offense after his father threatened to transfer him

    Los Angeles Times "Eight weeks have gone by — eight good weeks — so the Pittman family can talk about what happened with no hint of frustration. Michael Jr. has finally earned a spot at receiver for USC. Michael Sr. finally has something to cheer about, watching his son make big plays against UCLA and..." December 18

  • Tee Martin focused on USC but would reconsider if Tennessee was interested

    Sportsnaut "There have been some rumors recently that Tennessee is interested in hiring USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin to be its next head coach. On Friday night following USC’s victory over Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game, Martin was asked about those rumors. Martin said he has not been..." December 02

  • USC’s Tee Martin remains mum on possible return to Tennessee

    L.A. Daily News "College football’s annual coaching carousel took one of its wackiest whirls over the weekend. Tennessee, among six SEC schools to end the regular season with head coaching vacancies, planned to hire Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, reaching the point where the school on Sunday..." November 28