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  • USC to ban fans from home athletic events through March 29

    ESPN "In response to the coronavirus outbreak, USC is implementing attendance protocols that will ban fans from home athletic events starting Wednesday and running through March 29. According to the school, events will be limited to the following: participating student-athletes and their..." March 11

  • Bryce Young on Alabama quarterback competition and turning down Southern California

    USA Today "The hardest part of Bryce Young's transition to the Southeastern Conference has been the weather, as the winter clouds and overcast skies of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, have replaced the near-constant sunshine of his hometown of Pasadena, California. "It was just weird going..." March 10

  • USC AD clarifies stance: "No talk" of leaving Pac 12

    247 Sports "USC athletic director Mike Bohn has been on the job less than four months, and already he’s making waves in Los Angeles. Bohn told 247Sports earlier this week that the Pac 12’s financial struggles relative to the other Power 5 leagues mean that..." February 28

  • A ‘miracle’ in his pocket: USC’s Austin Jackson changed sister's life with bone marrow donation

    USA Today "Austin Jackson watched his little sister Autumn require blood transfusions every three weeks for five years. He said sometimes her body rejected the blood, which required hospitalization. " February 26

  • USC officially replaces FCS school with San Jose State for 2021 game

    College Football Talk "USC football has officially returned itself to elite scheduling company. In July of last year, USC football angered a sizable portion of its fan base as well as former players by announcing that it had scheduled a 2021 game against UC-Davis.  The Trojans had been one of..." February 20

  • Chiefs took SB spin-move trick play from 1948 Rose Bowl

    The Score "Early in Super Bowl LIV, the Kansas City Chiefs faced a fourth-and-1 situation on the San Francisco 49ers' 5-yard line. The Chiefs decided to go for it and called a running play that involved four players spinning before the snap. It turns out the play - which saw..." February 03

  • Jack Sears, USC graduate transfer QB, no longer coming to Aztecs

    San Diego Union-Tribune "University officials at San Diego State confirmed Sunday that graduate transfer quarterback Jack Sears is no longer going to attend the school. Sears was a quarterback at USC who entered the transfer portal in August, when he announced plans to leave the school. He visited..." January 28

  • USC nabs Todd Orlando from Texas Tech

    College Football Talk "USC has a new defensive coordinator. The Trojans announced on Friday the school has officially hired Todd Orlando to fill the role of defensive coordinator. Orlando joins USC after coaching the past three seasons at Texas. Orlando actually joined the Texas Tech program..." January 25

  • Top 20 juniors who said no to NFL draft

    CBS Sports "The deadline for underclassmen to enter the 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and while many top programs are bidding farewell to some of their best players, the season also comes with announcements from draft-eligible who decided to return to school instead of going pro.  These..." January 22

  • USC OC Graham Harrell Won’t Leave For Eagles

    Pro Football Rumors "USC offensive coordinator Graham Harrell won’t leave the school to take on the same role with the Eagles, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports (on Twitter) hears. It’s not clear whether Harrell would have gotten the job in Philly, but he was among the coaches on their..." January 20

  • DL Jay Tufele, WR Tyler Vaughns skipping draft to stay at USC

    College Football Talk "Clay Helton has a lot of issues to deal with at the moment. Having a talented USC football team is not one of them. The Trojans received a rare bit of good news on Thursday evening as two key players announced they were skipping the 2020 NFL Draft. In back-to-back..." January 18

  • Early leaders for 2020 Heisman Trophy race include Trevor Lawrence, Justin Fields

    USA Today "Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields were in the same high school class coming out of the same state, Georgia. While Lawrence was an immediate star, Fields didn't blossom until transferring after his freshman season. They met in the Fiesta Bowl, with Lawrence..." January 17

  • USC OT Austin Jackson declares early for the NFL Draft

    Orange County Register "Prior to the 2019 season, no one was sure when USC offensive lineman Austin Jackson would be ready to play. He’d donated bone marrow to his younger sister over the summer and was careful as he worked himself back into football shape. But Jackson returned in time for..." January 17

  • Report: Rams’ Joe Barry Turns Down Promotion From USC

    Sportsnaut "The USC Trojans football program has not necessarily found itself on solid footing in recent seasons. Despite this, USC decided to retain embattled head coach Clay Helton following yet another down 8-5 season. It now looks like Helton is not going to get much help..." January 16

  • USC Fires Athletic Dept. Officials Tied to College Admissions Scandal

    TMZ "Heads are rolling in USC's athletic department over the college admissions scandal and university fundraising -- a key part of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's defense. The university just fired 3 officials -- CFO Steve Lopes, senior associate athletic..." January 14

  • Iowa WR Brandon Smith Accidentally Hit A Woman In The Face As He Crashed Into A Wall

    Total Pro Sports "Early on in the second quarter of the Holiday Bowl game against the USC Trojans — Iowa wide receiver Brandon Smith put a juke move on a defender and got loose for what should’ve been a touchdown catch. " December 28

  • Pac-12 coaches reportedly don’t think much of USC’s recruiting class

    Larry Brown Sports "USC’s decision to keep Clay Helton as head coach is looking worse and worse, especially as rivals are assessing the Trojan recruiting class. Based on 247 Sports’ recruiting rankings, USC’s 2020 recruiting class is worst in the Pac-12 and 79th best in the nation,..." December 23

  • Apple Held Preliminary Talks With Pac-12 Conference, MGM

    Wall Street Journal "Apple Inc. AAPL 0.10% has been exploring opportunities to strengthen its upstart TV service, including deals for James Bond franchise-owner MGM Holdings Inc. and college sports rights, according to people familiar with the matter. Executives at Apple met with..." December 19

  • Clay Helton Has to Answer For USC's Massive Recruiting Failures

    The Big Lead "Clay Helton has some explaining to do. After USC announced it was retaining Helton as its head football coach on December 4, he's done precisely nothing to improve his program. Two completely wasted weeks have passed and have ultimately culminated in disaster during..." December 19

  • USC Already Blew it With Retaining Clay Helton After Disastrous Early Signing Period

    12 Up "The USC football program has been in shambles under Clay Helton almost precisely since he was hired as the Trojans' head coach in 2016. Numerous alumni have agitated to push Helton out the door, but new Trojans athletic director Mike Bohn opted to stick with Helton for at..." December 18

  • USC successfully retains Graham Harrell as offensive coordinator

    Larry Brown Sports "The USC Trojans announced big news on Monday. The Trojans announced that they have successfully retained Graham Harrell as their offensive coordinator. He reportedly signed a multi-year deal. " December 16

  • Talks between Bob Stoops, USC broke down over money

    Larry Brown Sports "USC athletic director Mike Bohn claimed he did not speak with any other head coaching candidates before deciding to stick with Clay Helton, but a report claims the school got to the point of contract negotiations with at least one high-profile candidate. According to Scott Wolf of the..." December 06

  • USC retaining Clay Helton for 2020

    CBS Sports "Following an up and down season that saw the temperature of his hot seat enflame and cool down seemingly every other week, Clay Helton has been retained at USC. The Trojans have decided to keep their embattled fourth-year coach with the goal of him remaining there long-term. Athletic..." December 04

  • Report: USC ‘Steamed’ At Report Clay Helton To Be Fired

    Sportsnaut "Adam Maya of SI.com reported Sunday that the USC football program is set to fire head coach Clay Helton and target Urban Meyer. The university is reportedly “steamed” about the report, which has been disputed by many. " December 01

  • USC Needs to Fire Clay Helton, Retaining Him Would Be a Massive Mistake

    The Big Lead "USC should fire Clay Helton. It's as simple as that after years of missteps and ridiculous self-inflicted wounds that have sent the Trojans reeling into mediocrity. If USC president Carol Folt and new athletic director Mike Bohn want to oversee a top-level football program, they need to..." November 27

  • USC 'leaning toward' retaining Clay Helton as football coach for 2020 season

    CBS Sports "USC coach Clay Helton was on the hot seat before the 2019 season even began. However, after leading the Trojans to an 8-4 record despite numerous injuries to key players, Helton could be back to lead the team in 2020. The new powers that be at USC are leaning towards retaining Helton,..." November 27

  • College football major position awards finalists announced

    The Score "The finalists for a number of major college football awards were announced Monday. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow and Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young are both nominated for multiple honors. Here are the notable award..." November 25

  • Kedon Slovis sets USC single-game passing yards record in win over UCLA

    The Score "Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis broke USC's single-game passing yards record after throwing for 515 yards and four touchdowns in a 52-35 shootout win over UCLA on Saturday. Matt Barkley previously held the school record with a 493-yard passing day against Arizona..." November 24

  • 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 TrojanSports.com ... 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