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  • Caleb Williams, C.J. Stroud, Max Duggan and Stetson Bennett named Heisman finalists

    The Athletic "Four quarterbacks — USC’s Caleb Williams, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, TCU’s Max Duggan and Georgia’s Stetson Bennett — are finalists for the 2022 Heisman Trophy. Here’s what you need to..." December 05

  • USC's Pac-12 Title Loss Opens the Door for Ohio State in Top Four of CFB Playoff

    Bleacher Report "It wasn’t supposed to end like this. No, USC’s dream season was destined for something more. The (soon-to-be) Heisman-winning quarterback was supposed to carry his team to a conference championship in his first year on campus. A program that has been down for so..." December 03

  • Inside the one-year makeover of Lincoln Riley's USC

    ESPN "Inside the training complex named after head coach John McKay on USC's campus, there's a whiteboard that has become more than just the backdrop of a classroom. Earlier this year, as players came together to begin spring ball for a team that looked completely different than the..." December 02

  • Lincoln Riley's USC Turnaround Has Been Staggering

    The Big Lead "A year ago yesterday, Lincoln Riley had his introductory press conference as the new head coach at USC. That came one day after he shocked the college football world by leaving Oklahoma to take over a team in the midst of a 4-8 season. The Trojans now find themselves in the top four..." November 30

  • QBs C.J. Stroud, Hendon Hooker, Caleb Williams finalists for Maxwell Award

    The Athletic "Quarterbacks C.J. Stroud (Ohio State), Caleb Williams (USC) and Hendon Hooker (Tennessee) are finalists for the Maxwell Award, given to the “player of the year” in college football, ESPN announced Tuesday, along with the rest of the National College..." November 29

  • Lincoln Riley’s firm take on USC football ‘revenge game’ narrative in Pac-12 Championship vs. Utah

    Clutch Points "USC football head coach Lincoln Riley addressed the ‘revenge game’ narrative ahead of their Pac-12 Championship clash with Utah, per Antonio Morales. “This is not a revenge game,” Riley said. “This is not what this is. We played a really good..." November 29

  • Why USC should be ranked ahead of LSU in College Football Playoff rankings

    Clutch Points "Whenever the new edition of the College Football Playoff Top 25 releases, controversy immediately follows. The latest rankings were no exception and immediately raised questions among college football fans after the release on Tuesday night. Many placements drew controversy, but none..." November 25

  • Caleb Williams’ Heisman moment — plus a defensive stop! — sends USC to Pac-12 title game

    The Athletic "Amid the frenzy, Caleb Williams calmly climbed, rung by rung. Soon enough, it was the USC quarterback standing tall with the crowd in front of him as it roared in excitement. These are the types of moments he came to USC for. At this point in time, he was leading..." November 20

  • NFL scouts already view USC Trojans QB Caleb Williams as potential No. 1 pick in 2024

    Sportsnaut "Caleb Williams emerged as one of the best college football quarterbacks immediately upon his debut. He took over for Spencer Rattler and became the star of the Oklahoma Sooners offense then followed Lincoln Riley to the USC Trojans. While Williams doesn’t become draft-eligible..." November 18

  • A historic matchup hits the USC and UCLA rivalry this week

    ESPN "Shane Lee was confused. The USC linebacker walked out of Monday morning meetings this week and saw the Trojan statue near the center of campus covered in shimmering silver tape pulled taut. Lee, who transferred to USC this offseason from Alabama had to turn to backup..." November 18

  • College Football Playoff Rankings: USC, You're the Pac-12's Final Hope

    Bleacher Report "If every season is solely judged on which programs reach the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 has consistently fallen on the wrong side of that pass-or-fail exercise. After two months of optimism in 2022, the conference is merely a USC loss removed from another failing..." November 16

  • USC HC Lincoln Riley drops a bold Caleb Williams Heisman Trophy take

    Clutch Points "As the stretch run of the college football season has now arrived, there will be a multitude of storylines to watch over the remainder of regular season play. For one, there still is no clear-cut frontrunner for the 2022 Heisman Trophy award, although players such as USC quarterback Caleb..." November 10

  • 2 reasons USC is helped by Notre Dame joining College Football Playoff Top 25

    Clutch Points "The USC Trojans have been one of the most consistent teams in the 2022 college football season. They are 8-1 so far, with their only loss coming against the Utah Utes, who once were in the AP top 10. The Trojans are in a good position to be in the Pac-12 Championship Game, but they..." November 09

  • Pac-12 commissioner says fans 'not in favor' of USC, UCLA move

    ESPN "USC's and UCLA's upcoming move to the Big Ten has not been popular with their supporters, according to Pac-12 commissioner George Kliavkoff. Both USC and UCLA will become full members of the Big Ten in 2024 after an offseason move that changed the structure of..." October 26

  • Oregon football: 3 reasons Ducks will win Pac-12 over USC, UCLA, Utah

    Clutch Points "Oregon football looks to be in a very good spot. A step back from recent success under Mario Cristobal was expected this season as he departed for Miami and was replaced by Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning, but quite the opposite has been true thus far. There are currently..." October 25

  • Wildest coaching carousel ever? USC, Ohio State, Miami, Bama and the crucial 2000-01 cycle

    The Athletic "At the end of 2021, seven of the best jobs in college football became available at roughly the same time. USC, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami and Oregon hitting the market in one season was a remarkable occurrence, one without much recent..." October 13

  • The rise of USC and UCLA make college football relevant in Los Angeles again

    ESPN "The Rose Bowl press box was shaking. UCLA quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson had found wide receiver Logan Loya on a crossing route across the middle and the receiver had turned it into a 70-yard touchdown. The score put the Bruins up 10 points on No. 11 Utah and..." October 11

  • Alabama beat out Texas, Georgia, USC for top WR recruit Jalen Hale

    Clutch Points "Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have signed yet another top recruit from the class of 2023. This time, it comes in the addition of wide receiver Jalen Hale. Hale is the 42nd-ranked player in the nation, as well as the eighth-ranked wide..." September 21

  • Oozing with talent, USC Trojans' Air Raid offense among best in college football

    ESPN "The story of USC's offense so far this season might best be told by starting with the man who has played only five total snaps. Aadyn Sleep-Dalton wears number 42, hails from Australia, and even if you've watched every USC game this season, you might have missed..." September 20

  • The surprising details behind Caleb Williams’ decision to leave Oklahoma for USC

    Clutch Points "Caleb Williams transferred from Oklahoma to USC over the offseason. His decision to move questioned by some and praised by others. Many felt as if Lincoln Riley’s move may have played a role in Williams’ decision. Caleb Williams recently joined College GameDay..." September 10

  • Lincoln Riley Looks to Lead USC Back to Its Football Glory Days

    SI "Before the Big Ten bombshell that would remake the college football landscape, USC was already embarking upon major change. The Trojans had brought in a big-name new coach, Lincoln Riley—poached from Oklahoma at great expense. He was soon followed by a veritable Rose Parade of..." September 09

  • ‘He can walk your dog’: Travis Dye’s hilarious statement on USC QB Caleb Williams

    Clutch Points "USC football seems to be back on track. And with Caleb Williams and Travis Dye leading the offense, the team could go far. USC started the season out in a big way. They took down Rice with a final score of 66-14. They are now the 10th-ranked team in the..." September 06

  • Tennessee WR Bru McCoy cleared to play by NCAA after transferring from USC

    CBS Sports "Tennessee's offense is set to be one of the most dynamic units in the country, and it got good news on the eligibility front Friday. Bru McCoy, a redshirt junior wide receiver who transferred to the program from USC in the offseason, has been declared immediately..." August 26

  • Pitt names USC transfer Kedon Slovis as starting QB

    ESPN "Pittsburgh has informed USC transfer Kedon Slovis that he's going to be the starting quarterback, the team announced Wednesday. Slovis beat out redshirt senior Nick Patti for the job. Slovis will replace Kenny Pickett, who led Pitt to the ACC title..." August 24

  • What USC, UCLA’s move to the Big Ten means for sports other than football

    The Athletic "Kaiya McCullough held the slip of paper in her hand that every UCLA student-athlete must at the beginning of every academic quarter. From class to class, she bounced around the campus in Westwood, Calif., introducing herself to her instructors, telling them she was a defender for the..." August 23

  • 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