Latest Southern California Trojans football News

Boilermakers hire Callaway as newest coaching staff member

Feb. 19, 2020 5:08 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue coach Jeff Brohm hired longtime assistant coach Neil Callaway as the Boilermakers' new senior analyst Wednesday. Callaway was Brohm's offensive line coach in 2014 and 2015 at Western Kentucky before Callaway took the same job at Southern California. Callaway spent two...

Tennessee's Trey Smith wins Jason Witten Man of Year Award

Feb. 18, 2020 11:55 PM EST

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith has won the Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award given annually to a Division I football player who has shown exceptional courage, integrity and sportsmanship on and off the field. The award was given out Tuesday night at the Dallas...

USC hires lauded assistants Sean Snyder, Donte Williams

Feb. 12, 2020 10:40 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has hired Sean Snyder as its special teams coordinator and Donte Williams as its cornerbacks coach and defensive pass game coordinator. Clay Helton announced the additions to his coaching staff Wednesday night. The 50-year-old Snyder has spent the past 26 years...

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal reacts during second half of the Rose Bowl NCAA college football game against Wisconsin Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Oregon gets boost to recruiting class by adding Jones

Feb. 5, 2020 7:28 PM EST

Oregon locked up most of its stellar recruiting class during the December early signing period. The Ducks got a huge boost on national signing day — literally. Jayson Jones, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive lineman, announced Wednesday he signed with the Ducks after initially committing to Alabama. Jones,...

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...