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  • USC QB Kedon Slovis exits with leg injury issue against Arizona State

    Larry Brown Sports "USC freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis exited Saturday’s USC game at Arizona State due to what appeared to be a left leg injury issue in the third quarter. Slovis completed a pass on a 3rd-and-3 from the USC 13 for a first down but was knocked down on the play. He was down on the..." November 09

  • USC Hires Mike Bohn to Be New Athletic Director

    Bleacher Report "The University of Southern California announced the hiring of Mike Bohn as the school's new athletic director Thursday. Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports first reported the news Wednesday. Bohn has previously served as the AD at a number of universities: Idaho,..." November 07

  • USC president not budging from her anti-Urban Meyer stance

    Larry Brown Sports "USC fans may be dreaming of Urban Meyer swooping in next season and returning their football program to national championship contention, but it is possible Meyer won’t get the Trojans head coaching job even if he wants it. There has been talk for weeks now that USC president..." November 07

  • Potential new USC AD told he cannot pursue Urban Meyer, could back out

    Larry Brown Sports "USC supposedly has a deal in place with Cincinnati athletic director Mike Bohn to make him their next AD, but many expected an official announcement on Monday. While the Trojans could make the move official at some point this week, speculation is increasing that Bohn may be having second..." November 05

  • Clay Helton says he's still the right man to lead USC

    ESPN "With yet another loss signaling more and more questions about Clay Helton's future at Southern California, the Trojans' head coach said Saturday night that he still feels like he's the right person to lead USC's football program. Bristling when asked why he felt..." November 03

  • Report: USC will do ‘whatever it takes’ to hire Urban Meyer

    Larry Brown Sports "Urban Meyer has been repeatedly linked to the USC head coaching job since he decided to step down at Ohio State last season, but there have questions about whether the school is actually interested and if Meyer would consider taking the job. According to one report, USC plans to pursue the..." November 01

  • USC Trojans freshman wide receiver Bru McCoy to miss 2019, debut next season

    247 Sports "It's official: Bru McCoy will not play in 2019.  USC head coach Clay Helton confirmed on Tuesday the true freshman wide receiver, who battled a mysterious illness earlier this season and overall eligibility questions after his transfer from Texas, will not suit up..." October 30

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • 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

  • Bru McCoy dealing with mysterious illness

    Larry Brown Sports "USC wide receiver Bru McCoy has been unable to practice leading up to the season, but doctors can’t seem to figure out what it is that is causing his health issues. McCoy, a 5-star wide receiver and who is ranked by 247 as a top-10 recruit, has been battling fevers for nearly..." August 17

  • 25 Names You Need to Watch for 2019 College Football Season

    Bleacher Report "Heading into the 2019 season, there is a general consensus on the top players in college football. However, the order changes a bit when thinking about the most noteworthy. We've highlighted 25 names you should prepare to hear constantly this campaign. Many of them are..." August 15

  • NCAA Approves USC DB Chris Steele's Eligibility Waiver After Transfer From Florida

    SI "The NCAA approved USC defensive back Chris Steele's immediate eligibility waiver. Steele confirmed the news on Twitter on Tuesday, calling the move a "blessing from God." Steele entered Florida as a freshman as part of the class of 2019. He joined the program..." August 07

  • USC's Austin Jackson donating bone marrow to ailing sister

    247 Sports "Junior offensive tackle Austin Jackson will undergo surgery within the next week to donate bone marrow to his younger sister, according to his social media posts on Wednesday. The posts explained that Jackson's sister Autumn suffers from Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA), a rare bone..." July 06

  • WR Josh Imatorbhebhe becomes third USC graduate transfer to join Illinois this offseason

    CBS Sports "The pipeline between USC and Illinois continues to flow, as it was announced Monday morning that wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe is transferring to Illinois. As a graduate transfer, Imatorbhebhe will be immediately eligible and give Illinois' receiving corps a boost. Imatorbhebhe..." June 17

  • 4-star freshman Bru McCoy returns to USC

    The Score "Four-star freshman Bru McCoy has returned to USC after transferring to Texas earlier this year, the school announced Tuesday. McCoy, the No. 1-ranked athlete in the ESPN 300 for 2019, originally committed to USC but opted to transfer after Kliff Kingsbury left for..." June 12

  • USC quarterback Matt Fink not transferring to Illinois, will remain with Trojans

    CBS Sports "Southern California quarterback Matt Fink apparently had his foot out the door. His name was in the transfer portal and he was reportedly close to committing to Lovie Smith and Illinois. But Thursday Fink put the speculation to rest with an announcement that he would be remaining with the..." June 06

  • Change of plans: Chris Steele likely to land at USC, not Oregon

    247 Sports "While we are still waiting for the official word from the player himself, all indications as of Wednesday afternoon are that Chris Steele is going to enroll at USC — ending a winding journey that saw the four-star freshman transfer from Florida and then commit to Oregon within a..." June 05

  • Five-star wide receiver Bru McCoy informs Texas he plans to transfer back to USC

    Burnt Orange Nation "A bit more than four months removed from his surprising decision to depart from the USC program — just weeks after signing and enrolling early, at that — and transferring to Texas, it appears Bru McCoy is set to take his talents back to California. In a move that’s..." May 31

  • USC RB signee Kenan Christon wins 100 meter state title

    247 Sports "Kenan Christon is officially the fastest high school football player in California.  The four-star USC running back signee captured the 100 meter state title at the CIF State championships with a blazing 10.30 on Saturday evening at Buchanan High School, which tied the state..." May 28

  • UNLV makes official addition of USC transfer once headed to Minnesota

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Wide receiver Randal Grimes, a Desert Pines High School product, announced Thursday that he is transferring from Southern California to UNLV. Grimes (6 feet 4 inches, 205 pounds) hopes to be eligible to play this season. UNLV has applied for a waiver for Grimes, but the NCAA has not..." May 28

  • Texas WR Bru McCoy reportedly considering transfer back to USC

    Burnt Orange Nation "The Bru McCoy era in Austin may be coming to an end after only one semester. On Monday morning, the rumor mill began churning with talk that Bru McCoy, a former five-star prospect who committed to USC over Texas on Jan. 5 before electing to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal just weeks..." May 27

  • Urban Meyer shrugs off USC rumors: 'I think I'm done' coaching

    The Score "Despite Urban Meyer's retirement from coaching following the 2018 season, rumors persist about a return to the sidelines. Reports have linked Meyer to the USC job, should the program move on from Clay Helton. Meyer, who will join the FOX Sports college football studio..." May 26