TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Christian Rector saw a receiver break free off the edge and slipped into coverage. Realizing the ball was coming his way, he stuck his hand up, tipped it to himself and made a...
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton kept his job last year despite the Trojans' first losing season since 2000.
As USC stumbles through another mediocre season and a...
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Southern California at Arizona State. Two teams in need of a win meet in the desert Saturday afternoon....
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Clay Helton brought the Air Raid offense to Southern California this season, he stressed that it could be executed in such a way to maintain balance between run and...
No. 7 Oregon (7-1, 5-0 Pac-12) at Southern California (5-3, 4-1), Saturday at 8 p.m. EDT (FOX).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California running back Kenan Christon showed he can provide big plays, scoring on touchdowns runs of 55 and 30 yards in a memorable debut against Arizona.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California running back Markese Stepp needs surgery and could miss up to five weeks due to an ankle injury suffered against Arizona last weekend.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California emerged from the difficult first half of its schedule with a fairly brutal record, at least by the Trojans' perennially lofty standards.
Halfway through the season there has already been a coaching change in major college football.
Rutgers fired Chris Ash before the calendar flipped to October. Who else is a candidate to join...
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Brian Kelly of No. 9 Notre Dame knows a little how his Southern California counterpart Clay Helton might feel as their teams prepare for their 91st meeting Saturday...
Southern California (3-2) at No. 9 Notre Dame (4-1), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT (NBC)/
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Freshman quarterback Kedon Slovis will return from an apparent concussion to start for Southern California at No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Kedon Slovis is in the concussion protocol for No. 21 Southern California, increasing the likelihood of Matt Fink making his first career start at No. 17 Washington...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The inauguration of new University of Southern California President Carol L. Folt began with a procession of hundreds through Alumni Memorial Park, with its lush green hedges...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback Kedon Slovis was knocked out of the Trojans' 30-23 victory against No. 10 Utah on Friday night after taking a legal but hard hit from Utes...
No. 10 Utah (3-0, 0-0 Pac-12) at Southern California (2-1, 1-0), Friday at 9 p.m. EDT (FS1).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton has no illusions about where the Pac-12 South showdown Friday against No. 10 Utah will be decided.
The first step toward Southern California making a coaching change that seems inevitable occurred earlier this week when athletic director Lynn Swann stepped down.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Athletic director Lynn Swann seemed to be the only person standing between coach Clay Helton and a pink slip at Southern California last year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California quarterback J.T. Daniels will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and the meniscus in his right knee during the Trojans' opener.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When J.T. Daniels left the field unable to put weight on his right leg, the quarterback's Southern California teammates understandably fell into a funk that lasted through...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California's bid to secure coach Clay Helton's future begins with a revamped offense, a refurbished classic stadium and a daunting opponent.
Oregon is on the rise. Utah might have its best team since joining the Pac-12. Washington has a new former five-star quarterback. And USC has a coach planted firmly on the hot seat.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton is still in charge at Southern California after its first losing season in 18 years. The folksy head coach realizes he probably won't be for much longer if he can't...
Can a coach really be on the "hot seat" in Year 2?
We might find out this season at Florida State.
Willie Taggart is trying to turn things around after a rough debut with the...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Receiver Bru McCoy and cornerback Chris Steele have officially joined Southern California's football program, apparently wrapping up two recruiting sagas back where they...
Southern California hired North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Wednesday night, filling the vacancy abruptly left by Kliff...
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Kliff Kingsbury was Southern California's offensive coordinator for just 34 days, Clay Helton says he isn't mad after the Arizona Cardinals swooped in.
Kingsbury became the Cardinals' head coach and left the Trojans in the lurch Tuesday, leaving LA just over one month after he agreed to take charge of USC's offense. The former Texas Tech coach's abrupt departure throws USC right back into turmoil, but Helton was graceful and conciliatory in a brief statement.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has hired former Bowling Green head coach Mike Jinks as the Trojans' running backs coach and Chad Kauha'aha'a as their defensive line coach.
Head coach Clay Helton announced the latest additions to his revamped staff Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury was named Clay Helton's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Southern California on Wednesday.
Kingsbury is considered one of the top offensive minds in football despite being fired by Texas Tech on Nov. 25. He went 35-40 in six seasons in charge of his alma mater, but the Red Raiders consistently had one of the nation's most dynamic offenses.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Offensive coordinator Tee Martin is one of three USC assistants who are not being retained by coach Clay Helton following the Trojans' first losing season in 18 years.
The school on Tuesday announced the departures of Martin, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze and Ronnie Bradford (defensive backs). USC also said quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis has left the staff to pursue another opportunity. In October, offensive line coach Neil Callaway was fired.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Clay Helton has lost the support of a sizable portion of Southern California's fan base, athletic director Lynn Swann still believes.
Helton will remain USC's head coach despite presiding over the Trojans' first losing season since 2000, Swann announced Sunday.
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Less than two years ago, Clay Helton left the Rose Bowl field in triumph after leading Southern California past Penn State in one of the most thrilling bowl games ever played.
The Trojans' head coach left the same field Saturday by walking underneath a red-lettered sign reading "HELTON OUT. TIME FOR CHANGE."
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton believes his job at Southern California is secure as he heads into two games that could determine whether he's right.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California linebacker Levi Jones has been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Coach Clay Helton announced Jones' departure from the Trojans after practice Tuesday night.
Jones is a sophomore from Austin, Texas, who has played in eight games this season. He has 13 tackles, including three for losses.
Helton says Jones was suspended from last weekend's loss to California for the rules violation, but refused to provide more details.
Clay Helton is on the hot seat at USC and four teams in the Pac-12 South could wind up with identical records at the top of the standings at the end of the season. The conference's southern side enters the final two weeks in a jumble.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Southern California piled up one victory after another in a 14-game winning streak against California, defensive supremacy has always been on the side of the Trojans.
But the Golden Bears have the far sturdier defense going into the Coliseum on Saturday, and with it comes their best chance at victory since the two programs emerged as the dominant forces in the Pac-10 during the mid-2000s.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton said his offensive line wanted to control the game. And there's no question they opened up massive holes, for which Helton was thankful in his first time this season handling play calling duties for the Trojans.
"It's so easy as a play caller when the run is going, because it sets up so many other opportunities. . It set up our explosive plays and over 500 yards of offense," Helton added.
The USC Trojans are reeling after a confidence-busting loss at home while the Oregon State Beavers are reveling in their first conference win since 2016.
The contrasting teams meet Saturday at Reser Stadium.
The Trojans (4-4, 3-3 Pac-12) fell at the Coliseum 38-35 to Arizona State last weekend, snapping a 19-game winning streak at the venerable stadium. It marked the first time since 2001 that USC has a record of .500 or worse heading into November.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California had a different look Tuesday night at practice, its first since coach Clay Helton dismissed offensive line coach Neil Callaway and took over as the offensive play-caller.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton fired offensive line coach Neil Callaway and took over play-calling duties for the struggling Trojans on Monday.
With the season slipping away from the defending Pac-12 champions, Helton announced a shake-up of his coaching staff two days after USC dropped to 4-4 with its second straight defeat, a 38-35 home loss to Arizona State.
Helton took away the play-calling responsibilities from offensive coordinator Tee Martin, who remains on staff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Third-string redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Sears will start for Southern California against Arizona State on Saturday.
USC coach Clay Helton announced the decision Friday.
Freshman starter J.T. Daniels spent the week in concussion protocol after getting hurt in the Trojans' loss at Utah. USC also is without sophomore Matt Fink, Daniels' primary backup, after he broke three ribs at Utah.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The recent history between Arizona State and Southern California has been light on competitive games, with only one of the past seven games decided by fewer than 21 points.
That could change when the Sun Devils and Trojans meet Saturday as new Arizona State coach Herm Edwards has shown a preference for one-possession games.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It is still not clear whether freshman JT Daniels or redshirt freshman Jack Sears will start at quarterback for Southern California against Arizona State on Saturday.
The unknowns on offense have the Trojans defense understanding that the pressure is on them to save the season against the Sun Devils.
"If they don't score we win, so that's the mentality," defensive end Christian Rector said Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California senior linebacker Cam Smith is not expected to play against Arizona State on Saturday after having fluid drained from his knee.
Smith had injections of platelet-rich plasma and hyaluronic acid Tuesday into the same knee in which he tore his ACL as a freshman in 2015.
"It does not look favorable for this week," Trojans coach Clay Helton said Wednesday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels will be unavailable at the start of the Trojans' upcoming practice week while he recovers from a likely concussion.
USC coach Clay Helton also announced Sunday night that backup quarterback Matt Fink broke three ribs in the Trojans' loss at Utah.
With Daniels in the concussion protocol, Jack Sears will prepare to start for the Trojans (4-3, 3-2 Pac-12) against Arizona State at the Coliseum on Saturday.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Those final seconds on the game clock have really come to mean something in Southern California's series with Utah.
Three of the last four games between the two have been decided by plays in the final minute.
"When you look at basically three of the last four games, they've gone down to the last drive," USC coach Clay Helton said. "It's one of those games that you know is going to be a 60-minute game."
The next chance for a nail-biter comes Saturday in Salt Lake City.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California coach Clay Helton wants a balanced offense.
But the Trojans need to do more than establish equilibrium between the run and pass, as inconsistency in generating scoring drives is also a problem headed into their crucial Pac-12 South showdown at Utah on Saturday night.