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    USC Trojans (15-2, 5-2 Pac-12) at Utah Utes (8-10, 1-8 Pac-12) Salt Lake City; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Isaiah Mobley and the No. 16 USC Trojans visit Branden Carlson and the Utah Utes in Pac-12 action Saturday. The Utes are 6-4 in home games. Utah has a 5-7 record in games decided by at least 10 points. The Trojans are 5-2 in conference play. USC is second in the Pac-12 scoring 39.5 points per game in the paint led by Chevez Goodwin averaging 10.8. The teams square off for the 10th time this season in Pac-12 play. The Trojans won the last meeting on Dec. 2. Mobley scored 21 points to help lead the Trojans to the win. TOP PERFORMERS: Rollie Worster is averaging 7.7 points and 3.2 assists for the Utes. Marco Anthony is averaging 6.5 points over the last 10 games for Utah. Mobley is shooting 43.3% from beyond the arc with 1.7 made 3-pointers per game for the Trojans, while averaging 15.1 points and nine rebounds. Goodwin is averaging 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds over...
    BERKELEY — Cal will say goodbye to 28 seniors prior to Saturday night’s season finale against USC at Memorial Stadium. Fans probably haven’t seen the last of all of them. The Bears and Trojans bring identical records into their first season-ending matchup since 1918: 4-7 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12. Neither team will play in a bowl game. USC will return next season with a new coach when Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley takes the reins. Who comes back to Berkeley is a question focusing on players who still can utilize the extra season of eligibility the NCAA gave to all athletes impacted last year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Among those with the option are some significant players, starting with quarterback Chase Garbers, who will start for the 34th time in his career Saturday and has an 18-11 record when he plays more than half the game. Other seniors eligible to return include running back Christopher Brooks, wide receiver Nikko Remigio, safety Daniel Scott and outside linebacker Kuony Deng, who will miss his 10th straight game with...
    The same day USC football hired Lincoln Riley to be its next head coach, the school released a statement apologizing for fans who broke out a "F--- the Mormons" chant during the Trojans’ game against BYU on Saturday night. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Los Angeles, CA - November 27:  Quarterback Jaren Hall #3 of the Brigham Young Cougars against the USC Trojans during a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, November 27, 2021. (Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images) It’s still unclear at what point during the game the fans started to yell out specific chants, especially since no videos have surfaced on social media yet, but USC commented on it and said it was "distasteful" and "offensive." "The offensive chant from our student section directed towards BYU during the football game last night does not align with our Trojan values," USC said in a statement. Los Angeles, CA - November 27:  Quarterback Jaxson Dart #2 of the USC Trojans passes against the Brigham Young...
    USC football’s hire is official. All that’s left is to introduce the head coach. Don’t miss the live stream of the Lincoln Riley USC press conference. A new era of USC football is beginning at the Trojans welcome Lincoln Riley to Heritage Hall. The head coach has already been officially announced but he will have the chance to address the USC community for the first time in person during a press conference on Monday. This is one Trojan fans won’t want to miss. Lincoln Riley USC press conference live stream informationThe press conference to unveil Riley is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT/6:00 p.m. ET. The Trojans live stream weekly press conferences and Trojans Live shows on YouTube via the USC Athletics channel, so that’s where you can find the Riley press conference. USC pulled off the shock of the century by pulling Riley out of Norman. While he was denying a link to LSU, the Trojans managed to convince him to give up an established program at Oklahoma to start a rebuild at USC. In five years as the Sooners’...
    USC kicked off the coaching carousel on Sept. 13, when the Trojans fired Clay Helton after a Week Two loss to Stanford. On Sunday, the Trojans ended the carousel. Not officially, of course. There are plenty of vacancies remaining. But for all intents and purposes, the comatose colossus at the corner of Figueroa and Exposition has awoken — and it just won the hiring cycle. In fact, USC smacked a walk-off. Assuming they touch home and dot the ‘i’s with Lincoln Riley, the Trojans have hired a head coach who will instantly transform their program, the Pac-12 conference and college football in the western third of the country. For Riley, the move makes perfect sense: He has produced Heisman Trophy winners and College Football Playoff berths on a regular basis during a brilliant five-year run at Oklahoma. But the Sooners are joining the SEC in a few years. Competing for the CFP would be vastly more difficult against the likes of Alabama and Georgia than in the Pac-12, where USC is never far from a position...
    Lincoln Riley is reportedly nearing a deal to take over USC’s football team. According to Pete Thamel, the Trojans have zeroed in on the Oklahoma coach and an announcement could be coming within a day. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Sources: USC is targeting Lincoln Riley as the school’s next coach. — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 28, 2021 Expect an announcement on this in the 24 hours, per sources. The final details are being worked out. https://t.co/OqtP63a9Ml — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) November 28, 2021 I guess Lincoln Riley wasn’t lying when he said he wouldn’t be the next coach at LSU! He promised he wouldn’t coach the Tigers, but I didn’t hear him say anything about the Trojans! While everyone else was out here, Riley’s PR team and agent were playing 4D chess behind the scenes. “I’m not going to be the next head coach at LSU. Next question.” Lincoln Riley was asked about coaching rumors after Bedlam Saturday. pic.twitter.com/kzTJE8B3nU — ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 28, 2021 This is...
    CHILLICOTHE —Now this was Portsmouth Trojan football as Bruce Kalb best recalled it. That’s because what took place on Saturday night at Zane Trace took the Trojans and Kalb back down memory lane —two full decades in fact, when they last won an Ohio High School Athletic Association state playoff game. That was clear back in 2002, when all of the current Trojans weren’t even born yet —and Portsmouth played West in the regional championship game. “Nineteen years is a long time. Somewhere along the line, and it wasn’t any one person or one thing, but the program got off track. But this senior class has brought us back to where we belong,” said Kalb, the fourth-year PHS head coach and alumnus. “I hope to see a few more of these, whether it’s this year or in the future, the Portsmouth Trojans being in the postseason, and the Portsmouth Trojans coming away with a win.” While Portsmouth has played in the eight-team-per-region state playoffs multiple times, it wasn’t until on Saturday night —and with the aid of the expanded playoff...
    USC is reportedly taking a look at Jeff Fisher to be the next head coach of the Trojans. The Trojans are currently conducting a massive head coaching search after Clay Helton was fired a few weeks into the season. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) According to Brett McMurphy, the former Rams and Titans head coach is being looked at as a possibility. Ex-NFL coach & USC alum Jeff Fisher is in mix for USC’s coaching position, source told @ActionNetworkHQ. On Monday, former USC QB Carson Palmer said candidates include Penn State’s James Franklin, Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Cincinnati’s Luke FIckell & Steelers coach Mike Tomlin — Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) October 25, 2021 Fisher might be being looked at by USC, but I see no situation where the Trojans pull the trigger on hiring him. I just can’t see it happening. He was a mediocre NFL coach and he has zero college coaching experience. That’s not a great recipe for success. Sure, he played for USC back in the day, but that means next...
    Producer: ‘Rust’ Assistant Director Fired From Previous Film Following Prop Gun Discharge Missing Illinois grad student Jelani Day drowned, coroner says Jeff Fisher hasn't returned to the coaching ranks since he was fired by the Los Angeles Rams during the 2016 season, but he may soon resurface in the college ranks. According to Brett McMurphy of Action Network, Fisher is "in the mix" to be the next head coach of the USC Trojans. © Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports Fisher, 63, played defensive back for USC before he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the seventh round of the 1981 NFL Draft. After a brief playing career cut short by an ankle injury, Fisher began coaching as an assistant for the Bears in 1985.  While Fisher has no experience coaching college football, former Chiefs and Jets head coach Herm Edwards had minimal college coaching experience when he was hired by the Arizona State Sun Devils in 2018. Former Eagles and 49ers coach Chip Kelly is also in the Pac-12 after taking over as the UCLA Bruins' head coach in...
    How long has it been since USC football got a road win against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in South Bend? The Trojans are in a drought. The USC vs. Notre Dame rivalry is full of streaks and droughts. For whatever reason, the Trojans and Irish aren’t keen on trading back and forth. When one side is better than the other, it tends to stay that way for a while. The Trojans are in the middle of one of those rough patches when it comes to facing the Irish. They’ve lost three in a row and seven of the last 10. While it’s only been four years since USC’s last win in the series, they’ve had to wait a lot longer for a victory on the road.When is the last time USC football beat Notre Dame in South Bend?The Trojans haven’t won at Notre Dame Stadium since 2011 when Lane Kiffin’s team jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead and returned a goal-line fumble for a touchdown in the second half to shut the door on an Irish comeback. They...
    The essential Carrie Underwood playlist 20 Ways To Make Extra Money in Your Spare Time © Provided by NBC Sports Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Much of 2021 was always going to be spent discussing Brian Kelly’s legacy at Notre Dame. In 2019 or so, it became rather clear Kelly would reach Knute Rockne’s Irish record of 105 career wins, and this season’s big-picture reflections began getting scheduled then. But one piece could have gone awry in the interim: Kelly has turned the Notre Dame-USC rivalry on its head, but a loss in the last couple years would have clouded that bullet point on his Irish résumé, but the fact of the matter would have remained true despite one loss, a loss that never came anyway. When Kelly arrived at Notre Dame, the Trojans had won the previous eight meetings by the casual score of 40-15. Only two games had been within a possession, while five had been decided by more than 30 points. This was no longer a rivalry. As Corey Robinson outlined...
    The Notre Dame-USC football rivalry is the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. How did the Fighting Irish and Trojans end up being rivals? Teams become rivals for many reasons. Most are regional with local bragging rights up for grabs. But some rivalries transcend those boundaries and take on a life of their own. The best and most historic of them all belongs to Notre Dame and USC. Universities in South Bend, Indiana and the heart of Los Angeles, California have no business being such heated rivals. Football just happens to connect them.Why are USC and Notre Dame rivals?The apocryphal version of how the rivalry started involves the wives of Notre Dame head coach Knute Rockne and USC’s athletic director, Gywnn Wilson. When the idea of a home-and-home series between the Irish and Trojans was proposed, Mrs. Wilson convinced Mrs. Rockne that a trip out west to enjoy Los Angeles weather every other year would be a nice way to escape winter weather. Mrs. Rockne, in turn, convinced her husband to schedule the series. Of course, the more realistic explanation...
    It sounds like there’s a good chance James Franklin is the next coach of the USC Trojans. The Trojans are currently searching for a new head coach after firing Clay Helton, and the PSU coach has been mentioned a ton as the possible choice. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) We are making a change in the leadership of our football program. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/xChL8xi0oG — Mike Bohn (@USC_mikebohn) September 13, 2021 According to John Canzano, he believes Franklin will likely be the next coach of the Trojans after speaking with industry insiders. USC football… talked to a few industry insiders this weekend about the Trojans’ search for the next head coach. Left those talks thinking James Franklin ends up with the job. — John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) October 17, 2021 James Franklin would probably be a great hire for the USC Trojans. The man has done a nice job with Penn State and he somehow managed to win at Vanderbilt before that. Anyone capable of winning at Vanderbilt is a legit coach. It’s...
    Is Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer bound for USC? USC canned Clay Helton earlier in the week, and the Trojans are now trying to fill the biggest opening in all of college sports. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) So, where does that leave us when it comes to Urban Meyer? “I gotta text from somebody in the league & they said Urban to USC.. he said maybe pro football isn’t sitting well with Urban Meyer” ~@mlombardiNFL #PatMcAfeeShowLIVE pic.twitter.com/OpK953vUrc — Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 14, 2021 It’s been well-documented that Meyer’s transition to the NFL hasn’t exactly been super smooth, which is why so many people expect him to be a major target for USC. He won three national titles at the college level. In the NFL, he looks a bit like a fish out of water. Yet, he got in front of the cameras and said there’s “no chance” he leaves the Jags for the Trojans. There’s just one little problem. His body language in the video resembles that of a...
    USC’s dismissal of Clay Helton on Monday, two days after yet another embarrassing loss, was jolting. Not because Helton deserved to keep his job after so many years of stagnation. Not because the evidence was flimsy. Not because we’re only two weeks into the season. But because the move was so unlike the USC that we had come to know — the USC that accepted mediocrity from its blue-blood football program and handled administrative matters with a knack for incompetence. But athletic director Mike Bohn, on the job for less than two years, isn’t a former USC player collecting a paycheck and playing golf and signing autographs and living forever in 1973. Bohn is a real college sports administrator, with actual experience in the field, who sees the landscape and recognizes this is a moment in time the Trojans cannot afford to let pass. And that moment has nothing to do with which coaches may or may not be available when it comes time to make the hire. Instant reaction: —...
    Urban Meyer. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports USC football mercifully fired Clay Helton and now there’s only one head coach to replace him who can save and fix the once-proud Trojans: Urban Meyer. Though it’s felt inevitable for some time, a 42-28 loss to Stanford in Week 2 of the 2021 season proved to be the final straw for USC football and their patience with head coach Clay Helton. On Monday, the school’s athletic director Mike Bohn released a statement saying that he’d notified Helton that he’d been let go from the program. Now, one of the most storied jobs in college football is open once again. And the Trojans brass has the immense responsibility of filling that void adequately. One name that is going to come up is current Jacksonville Jaguars and former Florida and Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. That’s only going to be fueled by the fact that his first season in the NFL has basically gone poorly from Jump Street. While USC football hiring Urban Meyer might seem like a pie-in-the-sky notion, the...
    Running back Vavae Malepeai #6 of the USC Trojans runs for a first down against the Stanford Cardinal in the first half of a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans walks off the field after the Stanford Cardinal defeated the USC Trojans 42-28 during a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 11, 2021. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans reacts after a turnover against Stanford Cardinal in the second half of a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 11, 2021. Stanford Cardinal won 42-28. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) Defensive end Ryan Johnson #23 of the Stanford Cardinal pressures quarterback Kedon Slovis #9 of the USC...
    The season hasn’t even started yet but USC football coach Clay Helton has already secured a big win. USC football coach Clay Helton has been on the hot seat since the moment he was hired to lead the Trojans. That hasn’t changed entering this season after going 5-1 in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, but he’s entering the 2021 season with some momentum on his side. Helton announced on Tuesday evening that every member of the USC football team is fully vaccinated. This is a testament to great leadership and comes before a university-wide mandate requiring the vaccine, which Ohio State and LSU have made public earlier this week. Expect more universities to do the same now that the Pfizer vaccine has been granted FDA approval. While Helton’s been questioned for a litany of things during his tenure as the USC football coach and fans have dreamed of Urban Meyer, Bob Stoops, James Franklin or any other prominent name to lead the Trojans, this is a big win for him. Helton said the team is 100% compliant when it comes...
    PORTSMOUTH — If Tuesday’s result was a glimpse of what the Portsmouth Trojan baseball program can be in the immediate, the future is extremely bright. In their return to game action for the first time since the end of the 2019 postseason, the Trojans defended Hatcher Field with promise — defeating visiting Oak Hill 14-3 in five innings and earning the first win of head coach Aaron Duncan’s varsity baseball coaching career. Duncan, who was hired in 2019 following the departure of former Trojan skipper Josh McGraw to Jackson High School, said afterwards the result was much to do with his player’s hard work put in since their last OHSAA game nearly two years ago. “I joked with some people after the game that we waited two years to get that first game under our belt, and now we have nowhere but down to go from here,” Duncan said. “These kids have worked their hind-ends off for two years, and they’re just now getting to see the fruits of their labor with this victory. I couldn’t be happier.” Portsmouth led...
    The USC Trojans find themselves tied with UCLA atop the Pac-12 standings (both are 12-3 in conference), but just 1¹/₂ games ahead of an Oregon team (9-3 in conference) that will pay them a visit on Monday. Oregon’s defense has been less efficient on the road as opposed to in Eugene, allowing 14.2 more points per 100 possessions on defense in road games versus home games. To make matters worse, the Ducks are tasked with trying to shut a USC interior that ranks 17th in the nation in rebound rate and sixth in blocks per game, with projected top-five NBA draft pick Evan Mobley ranking fourth among all Division I players with 3.1 blocks per game. USC rates third in the country in opponents’ 2-point shooting percentage and has allowed more than 73 points in just two of its past 21 games. With Oregon having allowed at least 70 points in five of its seven games in a road or neutral-court setting, USC should have the upper hand and stay atop the conference. The Play: USC, -3.5
    Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. Want even more betting news? Sign up for VSiN’s free daily newsletter. Listen Live to VSiN’s sports betting shows. The USC Trojans find themselves tied with UCLA atop the Pac-12 standings (both are 12-3 in conference), but just 1¹/₂ games ahead of an Oregon team (9-3 in conference) that will pay them a visit on Monday. Oregon’s defense has been less efficient on the road as opposed to in Eugene, allowing 14.2 more points per 100 possessions on defense in road games versus home games. To make matters worse, the Ducks are tasked with trying to shut a USC interior that ranks 17th in the nation in rebound rate and sixth in blocks per game, with projected top-five NBA draft pick Evan Mobley ranking fourth among all Division I players with 3.1 blocks per game. USC rates third in the country in opponents’ 2-point shooting percentage and has allowed more than 73 points in just two of its past...
    Since he was 17, Tahj Eaddy has lived the life of a basketball nomad. It was slim like a rail then, barely pushing 6 feet, just 150 pounds. Too small to turn heads on the recruiting route, no matter how many plays he made every night for Notre Dame High in West Haven, Connecticut. « I was late, » said Eaddy, now 24. It took another seven years before he became the game-changing point guard that he has become at USC, where he and the 17th-place Trojans play Arizona on Saturday at the Galen Center. As a graduated transfer, Eaddy has set the tone in his only season for the Trojans in first place (18-3, 12-2 Pac-12), whose trajectory points skyward as March approaches. But even as a lanky young man, Eaddy was completely convinced where basketball was going to take him. So he obediently followed wherever he called. First, Memphis for his senior year of high school. Then Atlanta for a school year of preparation. It was during that extra season at the Skill Factory, in nearby Woodstock, Georgia, that he...
    Well, the Pac-12 did it again. Exactly two months after the conference put USC’s division-winning football team at a competitive disadvantage in the championship game, it jammed the Trojans’ first-place basketball team into a difficult spot with the postseason approaching. Only this time, the Pac-12 did the right thing by doing USC wrong. The decision to cram a matchup against Oregon into the Trojans’ late-season schedule, creating a five-games-in-10-days gauntlet in advance of the Pac-12 tournament, was the prudent move for the collective. It creates a high-quality duel Monday evening in the Galen Center between the hottest teams in the conference — their late January game was postponed — while giving the Ducks an opportunity to bolster their NCAA resume. Each tournament bid is worth millions of dollars to the Pac-12 over a six-year window. The shrewd move stands in contrast to the decision in December, when the conference treated its championship game like an AAU tournament and subbed in a replacement team (Oregon) to face the Trojans after the North champion (Washington) was unable to participate. How can one...
    In this different type of college football season, the PAC-12 is about to embark in a vastly different looking championship game. Instead of playing at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas- the scheduled host locale- it will be the played under the stately flame of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. And instead of having the two teams that lead the North and South divisions of the PAC-12, it will be South champion USC hosting the North’s No. 2 finisher Oregon, who was bumped into this spot when Washington’s COVID-19 issues forced them to back out on Monday afternoon. Nevertheless, a championship will be on the line and the Trojans could cap off a perfect – albeit abbreviated- conference season and lock in its bid to a New Year’s Six bowl with a victory Friday night (8 p.m. ET, FOX). And being able to predict the big events of this game could help you win $25,000 in FOX’s Super 6 contest.  Just download the free app, answer six questions correctly and you could win up to $25,000 while watching football. It’s...
    USC football will need a lot of help to make the College Football Playoffs. USC football (5-0) has a date with the Oregon Ducks (3-2) in the Pac-12 Championship Game Friday on Fox. The fifteenth-ranked Trojans are in the same boat as the Ohio State Buckeyes. Both teams have played five games this season due to COVID-19. The Ducks replace the Washington Huskies as Pac-12 North Champions.  The Trojans beat Arizona State, Arizona, Utah, Washington State, and UCLA to get this opportunity. The Trojans have been led by Sophomore Quarterback Kedon Slovis who has thrown for 1,601 yards, 15 touchdowns, and four interceptions. Slovis is the main reason why the Trojans have the No.1 spot in Pac-12 passing yards with 319.2 yards per game. It helps that he has Drake London, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Tyler Vaughns to throw to who are two, three, and four, respectively, in Pac-12 receiving yards. They have a combined 12 touchdowns on the season.USC Football has to climb Mt. Everest to get in the College Football PlayoffThe Trojans need a lot of help to...
    A distant Asteroid Behind the force of gravity Tuesday Seen in more detail than ever before, and reveals a surprising resemblance to the close – which raises some interesting questions about the ancient appearance of the object. The asteroid in question, is called (101429) 1998 VF31, Is part of a group of Trojan meteorites that share the orbit of Mars. Trojans are celestial bodies They fall on the gravitationally equilibrium areas of space adjacent to other planets, which are located 60 degrees back and forth on the planet. Most of the Trojan meteorites we know share Jupiter’s orbit, but other planets have them, Including Tuesday And Even the earth. (101429) 1998 VF31 (hereinafter referred to as ‘101429’) Interestingly, 101429 is unique among the Red Planet’s backward Trojans (following Mars as it orbits the Sun). Depiction of Mars and Trojans; 101429 is the blue dot around L5. (AOP) All the rest of the group called the L5 Mars Trojans are called the Eureka family, 5261 Eureka – The first Martian Trojan discovered – and small fragments believed to be loose from...
    PORTSMOUTH — The Portsmouth Trojans simply weren’t going to be satisfied with another sub-par defensive performance to close out their regular season. After surrendering a combined 115 points in Ohio Valley Conference road losses at Chesapeake and Coal Grove during weeks four and five, third-year Portsmouth coach Bruce Kalb made the decision to challenge his team’s defensive capabilities. With a Gallia Academy team which has averaged 45 points in each of its three OVC wins coming into Trojan Coliseum on Friday, Kalb’s message was a short, but simple one. “I’m not going to lie, the last two weeks we haven’t lit the world on fire defensively,” Kalb said. “We put it before these guys — we’ve got to defend our home turf.” Defend their home turf, they certainly did. Although the result — an 18-12 overtime loss to the now 5-1 Blue Devils — didn’t reside in their favor, Kalb was proud of his team for stepping up to the challenge to limit Gallia Academy to just 12 points in 19 minutes and 39 seconds of possession during regulation. “We...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse USC football (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) These five recruits would be huge for USC football turning back around. You’re not going to come up with a short list of reasons as to why USC football head coach Clay Helton is on the hot seat entering the 2020 season. But among the reasons is that the recruiting has not been at the typical standard of the Trojans program. They just barely cracked the top 20 classes in 2019 and then were outside of the top 50 last year. For the 2021 recruiting class, though, Helton and his staff are aiming to change that in a major way. The Trojans currently have the No. 7 class in 2021 according to the 247Sports Composite team rankings. Though USC has not landed a 5-star just yet, they have three commits in the top 100, including two in-state quarterbacks. They aren’t done yet, though. In fact, the Trojans could end up with one of the top five or even top three classes for...
    Joe McKnight, USC Trojans. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Who was the most sought-after recruit USC football has had since the 2000s?USC football usually dominates out on the West Coast for a very good reason. The USC Trojans are the glamor program in the Pac-12. There is more top-tier talent residing in California than in any other state in that part of the country. Given their illustrious history of winning championship after championship, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise of how the Trojans have crushed it historically in the recruiting department. But who is their greatest recruit? In the age of the 247Sports Composite, that honor belongs to running back Joe McKnight. Back in 2007, McKnight was the crown jewel of his recruiting class. Though he didn’t hail from California, the five-star running back boasted a higher rating than any player USC has landed this century at a staggering 0.9997. The New Orleans, Louisiana native had six offers but ultimately chose USC. McKnight had offers from other programs such as the Alabama Crimson Tide, the Arkansas Razorbacks, the...
    Clay Helton, USC Trojans. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) Which five teams are poised to make the College Football Playoff very soon?At some point, any of these excellent football programs could make the College Football Playoff. We may only be entering the seventh year of this four-team tournament’s existence, but every year since inception there has been at least one team to make it into the field for the first time. 2019 saw the LSU Tigers win the SEC for the first time since 2011 and win their first national title since 2007. Though it may not happen this year, these are teams who will punch their ticket soon. To date, only 11 of the 65 Power 5 teams have achieved a national semifinal date. Only four programs have made it into the playoff more than once and only six have played in a national title game. The only two programs to play for a national title and not win it all where the 2014 Oregon Ducks and the 2017 Georgia Bulldogs. Maybe they buck the trend and win a...
    Clay Helton, USC Trojans. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) Is Clay Helton’s seat the hottest of any college football head coach?It’s pretty simple really: Clay Helton needs to win big or he’s done at USC football. Helton has been the full-time head coach of the USC Trojans for four years now. Though he is 40-22 overall and 31-12 in conference play, it is a different standard of excellence at USC, or it used to be. Understandably, USC has gone with coaches the athletic department thinks it can control after former head coach Pete Carroll got the program into trouble with sanctions in the late 2000s. Carroll left for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, then USC hired Lane Kiffin, fired him on the tarmac, had Ed Orgeron in-house as interim, didn’t retain him, hired Steve Sarkisian, terminated him for off-field issues and then promoted Helton from within. Got it? Good. In the words of Radiohead, “You do it to yourself, you do. And that’s what really hurts.” Despite Sam Darnold carrying a bad coaching staff to a Pac-12 Championship in 2017...
    After decades of failing minority students, this school district is pushing for racial equity. Heres how. As Black buying power grows, racial profiling by retailers remains persistent problem New $89 Air Cooler Is Flying Off Shelves In The US Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © USA TODAY Sports Seventh Round: Quarterback Matt Cassel Patriots: 2005 NFL Draft Getting a quarterback who plays any meaningful snaps with a seventh round pick is considered a win, and anything beyond that is just gravy. For the Patriots, their seventh round pick in 2005 provided a lot of gravy. Matt Cassel spent the first three years of his NFL career backing up Tom Brady, appearing in 14 games and completing 22-of-39 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns. He was called upon in the 2008 season thanks to an injury, and led the Patriots to a 10-5 record by completing 63.4% of his passes for 3,693 yards and 21 touchdowns, despite leading the league with...
    Next1 of 5Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse USC football (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) USC football hasn’t lived up to the program’s expectations and still has questions in 2020. Clay Helton‘s seat has been growing increasingly hot throughout the past few years with USC football. Over the past two seasons, the Trojans have managed a combined 13 wins and, now entering the 2020 season, it feels safe to say that anything short of turning the program much closer to double-digit wins could result in the head coach losing that title. The good news for Helton’s job security is that the Trojans made some progress last year and may have found some viable long-term solutions to issues that have plagued them. Those are things they look to hang their hat on this season but that doesn’t leave them without a number of questions that they’ll be faced with this year. For USC football to compete atop the Pac-12 and far exceed the effort they’ve put forth in recent years, the Trojans must answer these five questions in the...
    Fox Sports pundit Colin Cowherd thinks USC is a top-four college football program in America. Cowherd broke down teams into tiers during his show Tuesday, and he had Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma and USC in tier one. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) You can listen to his logic below. “There are 4 programs in America that are just different — Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.” @ColinCowherd breaks down his College Football tiers: pic.twitter.com/XUmwrnHPHF — Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) June 23, 2020 Let me start by saying that I like Colin Cowherd. I really do. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again to make sure there’s no confusion. He’s one of the best guys on TV, and I watch “The Herd” regularly. So, don’t take what I’m about to say as me being anti-Cowherd. That’s not the case at all. In fact, it couldn’t be further from the truth. What do you think of @ColinCowherd‘s CFB Tiers? ???? pic.twitter.com/mvEGRiooVM — FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) June 23, 2020 Having said that,...
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