Latest Southern California Trojans football News

USC hires Todd Orlando to be Helton's defensive coordinator

Jan. 24, 2020 4:31 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Todd Orlando has been named Southern California's defensive coordinator. Clay Helton announced the hiring Friday of the veteran assistant who spent the last three seasons as Texas' defensive coordinator. Orlando was fired by the Longhorns on Dec. 1 after three seasons with coach Tom...

Tennessee announces addition of USC grad transfer WR Jones

Jan. 22, 2020 6:21 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Wide receiver Velus Jones will join Tennessee as a graduate transfer from Southern California. Jones already had said Jan. 9 on social media that he was going to play for the Volunteers. Tennessee announced Wednesday that Jones was joining its program. Because Jones has already...

Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, left, is blocked by Southern California offensive tackle Austin Jackson (73) during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)

USC offensive lineman Austin Jackson will enter NFL draft

Jan. 15, 2020 9:30 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California left tackle Austin Jackson will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. Jackson announced his decision Wednesday. Jackson was the anchor of USC's much-improved offensive line last season. The 6-foot-6 junior was named to the All-Pac-12 first team. Jackson's...

Southern California head football coach Clay Helton speaks to members of the media about the 2019 Holiday Bowl during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

USC DC Clancy Pendergast, special teams coach Baxter out

Dec. 28, 2019 8:35 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and special teams coordinator John Baxter will not return to coach Clay Helton's staff at Southern California. Helton announced the dismissals Saturday, one day after the No. 22 Trojans (8-5) lost 49-24 to Iowa in the Holiday Bowl. The changes were...

Iowa tight end Sam LaPorta (84) runs with the ball while defended by Southern California cornerback Greg Johnson (9) during the first half of the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Orlando Ramirez)

Smith-Marsette has 3 TDs, Iowa beats USC in Holiday Bowl

Dec. 28, 2019 1:28 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A tough month for the Iowa Hawkeyes ended with a rousing Holiday Bowl victory over Southern California that would have made Hayden Fry and Bump Elliott proud. Ihmir Smith-Marsette scored on a 6-yard run, a 98-yard kickoff return and a 12-yard reception — all in the second quarter...

Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz speaks to members of the media about the 2019 Holiday Bowl during a press conference on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. (Bryon Houlgrave/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Iowa to honor Hayden Fry while facing USC in Holiday Bowl

Dec. 26, 2019 7:19 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Nearly 30 years after Hayden Fry last worked a sideline in San Diego, the No. 19 Iowa Hawkeyes will remember their former coach when they play No. 22 USC in the Holiday Bowl on Friday night. Iowa will remove the Tigerhawk decals from its helmets to honor Fry, who died on Dec. 17 at age 90....

No. 19 Iowa, No. 22 USC meeting in Holiday Bowl

Dec. 26, 2019 5:37 PM EST

Holiday Bowl: No. 22 USC (8-4) vs. No. 18 Iowa (9-3), Friday at 8 p.m. EST (FS1). Line: Iowa by 2½. Series record: USC leads 7-2. WHAT'S AT STAKE The Hawkeyes will be playing for the memory of former coach Hayden Fry, who died on Dec. 17 at age 90, and for a 10-win season. Fry coached at Iowa for 20 seasons,...

Georgia coach Kirby Smart speaks with the media on National Signing Day in Athens, Ga, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

All-star games could shake up team recruiting rankings

Dec. 20, 2019 8:37 PM EST

College football’s early signing period closed with several top-100 prospects still officially uncommitted. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re undecided. Nine of the nation’s top 100 prospects according to composite rankings of recruiting sites compiled by 247Sports are listed as...

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney speaks during a news conference ahead for the College Football playoffs Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, in Atlanta. Ryan Day of Ohio State was unable to attend. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Playoff participants also contend for team recruiting title

Dec. 18, 2019 10:04 PM EST

Teams competing for the national championship this season got good news well before the College Football Playoff — even if they didn’t have much time to celebrate. The early signing period opened Wednesday with three playoff teams — Clemson, LSU and Ohio State — landing eight of the...

USC keeps offensive coordinator Harrell with multiyear deal

Dec. 16, 2019 7:51 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is staying at No. 22 Southern California. Harrell and the Trojans (8-4) have agreed to a multiyear contract extension, the school announced Monday. The 34-year-old Harrell was a widely sought candidate for other top collegiate jobs after his sole...