Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams isn’t a typical transfer.
Rather than adapting to a new coach and an entirely new system, Williams followed Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to USC. So he’s playing for the same coach, albeit at a different school.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Brett Neilon looks around Southern California’s locker room, the Trojans’ sixth-year center sees a few teammates who were with him all the way from the heights of a Pac-12 title to the depths of this storied football program's worst season in 30 years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jordan Addison said he didn't know Southern California was the school for him until the moment he set foot on campus for his recruiting visit shortly after entering the transfer portal in May.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pac-12 Commissioner George Kliavkoff said his conference is far from finished, despite the defections of Southern California and UCLA.
Kliavkoff confirmed the Pac-12 is actively exploring expansion and lobbed several feisty jabs at the Big 12 during an eventful opening speech at his conference's football media day Friday in the nation's second-largest media market.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The Big Ten has no additional expansion plans even though schools interested in becoming members have reached out to the conference in the week since the additions of Southern California and UCLA were announced, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said Friday.
In a surprising and seismic shift in college athletics, the Big Ten voted Thursday to add Southern California and UCLA as conference members beginning in 2024.
The expansion to 16 teams will happen after the Pac-12’s current media rights contracts with Fox and ESPN expire and make the Big Ten the first conference to stretch from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — All-American receiver Jordan Addison is transferring from Pitt to Southern California.
The Biletnikoff Award winner announced his decision Thursday on social media, ending weeks of speculation on where the top receiver in college football will play this season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has added a matchup with San Jose State to its football schedule for 2023.
USC added the Spartans in place of a previously scheduled matchup with BYU, the school announced Thursday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a coach charged with the monumental task of raising a prestigious college football program from its lowest depths in three decades, Lincoln Riley looked quite content after Southern California's spring game.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Former Georgia quarterback JT Daniels announced Wednesday he is transferring to West Virginia.
Daniels made the announcement on Instagram following a weekend visit to West Virginia’s campus.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California assistant football coach Dave Nichol died Friday in McKinney, Texas. He was 45.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nichol had cancer.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Caleb Williams missed the entrance to work on the first day of his new job at Southern California. He jogged out of the John McKay Center and headed the wrong way down McClintock Avenue before he got pointed to the right door for practice at Howard Jones Field.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst says he never personally spoke with Caleb Williams when the former Oklahoma quarterback was considering potential transfer destinations before choosing Southern California.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Norton Jr. has returned to UCLA as inside linebackers coach.
Bruins head coach Chip Kelly announced the hiring Friday of Norton, most recently the Seattle Seahawks' defensive coordinator.
An advocacy group filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, the latest step in a push to give employee status to college athletes and afford them the right to competitive pay, collective bargaining and other benefits and protections.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — If Alex Grinch’s Oklahoma defense had been able to make a few more stops, he might not be the new coordinator at Southern California under ex-Sooners coach Lincoln Riley.
Oklahoma couldn’t hold onto a nine-point lead going into the fourth quarter against Oklahoma State, allowing 14 points in the fourth quarter and losing 37-33 on Nov.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lincoln Riley says he didn't — and couldn't — talk to Caleb Williams between the day the coach left Oklahoma and the day his once-and-future star quarterback entered the transfer portal five weeks later.
Mississippi coach Lane Kiffin has pronounced himself the portal king, but Southern California's Lincoln Riley is aiming for that crown, too.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Caleb Williams is transferring to Southern California, following head coach Lincoln Riley from Oklahoma to the Trojans.
Williams posted his long-awaited announcement on social media Tuesday with a video that included the former five-star recruit in a USC uniform and famous Trojans fan Snoop Dogg rapping.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Richard “Rink” Babka, a former world record holder who was part of a U.S. medals sweep in the discus at the 1960 Rome Olympics, has died. He was 85.
Babka died Saturday of congestive heart failure in a hospital, according to the University of Southern California, which was informed by his partner, Sharon.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Lincoln Riley has confirmed his full coaching staff for his debut season with the Trojans.
Riley on Monday formally named a 10-man staff that includes Donte Williams.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Alabama's Bryce Young and Georgia's Stetson Bennett both transferred in 2018. One got a lot more attention than the other.
Already a celebrated quarterback prospect heading into his junior year of high school, Young made headlines in Southern California when he decided to attend powerhouse Mater Dei.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kedon Slovis is trading USC for Pittsburgh.
The former Trojans quarterback announced Tuesday he is heading east to join the ACC champion Panthers, where he will get a chance to replace ACC Player of the Year Kenny Pickett.
BOSTON (AP) — The chief executive of a California liquor distribution company who authorities say paid $500,000 to get her son into college as a bogus athletic recruit was sentenced to six weeks' imprisonment on Thursday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Alabama's Bryce Young and Ohio State's C.J. Stroud have been friends since middle school, competing in basketball and football while growing up in Southern California.
Young can already claim one victory against Stroud, winning the Heisman on Saturday night over his fellow finalist.
With everything Utah endured — and accomplished — this season, it's no surprise coach Kyle Whittingham was named The Associated Press Pac-12 Coach of the Year for 2021.
Utah is going to the Rose Bowl for the first time after defeating Oregon in the Pac-12 championship, a game the Utes reached after righting themselves following a rocky start on the field.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California receiver Drake London has declared his eligibility for the upcoming NFL draft after three seasons with the Trojans.
London was named the Pac-12's offensive player of the year this week after racking up 88 catches for 1,084 yards and seven touchdowns despite playing in only 7 1/2 games for the Trojans.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Trey Paster scored on a 55-yard fumble return in the second quarter, California’s defense made a clutch stop near the goal line, and the Golden Bears held off Southern California 24-14 in the season finale for both teams.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — USC will play its final game of the season Saturday in Berkeley, but the Trojans won’t have Lincoln Riley calling plays from the sidelines.
Riley, who was hired this week after five years at Oklahoma, is trying to settle in and set up shop in Los Angeles and won’t officially take over until the offseason.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona has hired UCLA defensive line coach Johnny Nansen as its defensive coordinator.
Nansen replaces Don Brown, who left to become the head coach at Massachusetts.
Nansen spent the past two seasons coaching the Bruins' defensive line and has coached in the Pac-12 since 2009.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California is playing for two coaches this week.
There is Lincoln Riley, the splashy new hire tasked with restoring the Trojans atop their historic perch at the pinnacle of West Coast college football, and Donte Williams, the interim coach asked to shepherd this year’s team through a lost season after the September firing of Clay Helton.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Standing on the top rim of the venerable Coliseum on a 76-degree autumn Monday, Lincoln Riley took a glance behind him at the Los Angeles panorama stretching from the Pacific Ocean to the Hollywood sign to the gleaming downtown skyscrapers.
Southern California desperately wanted a marquee head coach after more than a decade of underachievement and embarrassment.
The Trojans landed one of the biggest, brightest names in the game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brigham Young isn't used to having to rally from behind, yet the 13th-ranked Cougars were able to come back after blowing a 15-point lead in the second half against Southern California on Saturday night.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Rose Bowl was chilly, and the crowd was fairly sparse. The UCLA Bruins still celebrated their regular season-ending victory over California to honor the seniors who persevered through their difficult four-year transformation into a winner.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA is bowl eligible and has secured its first winning season since 2016.
The Bruins have one more goal going into their regular-season finale against California on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl — not having a letdown after a huge win over Southern California.
No. 13 BYU (9-2, No. 13 CFP) at USC (4-6), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: BYU by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaxson Dart was there when BYU upset Southern California in 2019, a recruit watching from the stands as the Cougars flustered the Trojans’ Air Raid offense by dropping eight defenders into coverage.
—C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, threw for 432 yards and six TDs as No. 5 Ohio State blew out No. 7 Michigan State 56-7
—Bryce Young, Alabama, passed for a school-record 559 yards and five TDs, and the No.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dorian Thompson-Robinson romped through the Coliseum end zone during the second quarter and looked up to see a young fan in Southern California gear holding out a UCLA hat and a pen.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California needed a break.
“You get into a grind,” defensive coordinator Todd Orlando said. “You push into the middle of November, whether you’re a coach or whether you’re a player, it can beat you up quite a bit.”
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The stakes are fairly low in the 91st Crosstown Showdown by the usual standards of Los Angeles' biggest rivalry game.
UCLA has already secured bowl eligibility for the first time under coach Chip Kelly, but the Bruins' record (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) and their recent play aren't particularly inspiring.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) at No. 24 Utah, Saturday. A potential preview of the Pac-12 Championship game could also have a huge impact on the College Football Playoff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Growing up in northern Utah, Jaxson Dart obviously couldn't acquire a full appreciation of what makes Southern California's rivalry with UCLA so good.
The Trojans' 18-year-old freshman quarterback realizes he's about to get a crash course in the emotions and excitement of Los Angeles' crosstown showdown.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — California's game against Southern California was postponed on Tuesday after a series of positive coronavirus tests in the Golden Bears program, the first major college football game to be rescheduled this season because of COVID-19.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fox ran onto the field at Sun Devil Stadium, leaped over a wall and scampered up the steps before hiding under a seat. It returned about a minute later around the 10-yard line, dodged a few workers and sprinted up a ramp out of sight.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A fox joined the Trojans and Sun Devils on the field.
The Pac-12 game Saturday night between Southern California and Arizona State was briefly delayed early in the first quarter when a fox ran onto the field near the 20-yard line.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California lost its coach after two games, dropped three games in the past five. Arizona State seems to have lost it focus, giving up 56 straight points over the span of two ugly losses.
Georgia Southern hired former Southern California coach Clay Helton on Tuesday, seven weeks after USC fired him.
Helton was the first coach fired this season, and was two games into his eighth season at USC.
1899 — Jim Jeffries beats Sailor Tom Sharkey to retain the world heavyweight title after referee George Siler stops the fight in the 25th round at the Greater New York Athletic Club.
1968 — Jim Turner of New York kicks six field goals to lead the Jets to a 25-21 victory over the Buffalo Bills.