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Adoree’ Jackson to skip spring practice, focus on 2016 Olympics

USC Trojans two-way star Adoree’ Jackson will forego practicing with the football team this spring and instead focus on track and field with the hope of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ESPN reported Jackson’s plans, which were formally announced by coach Clay Helton. “I’ve always believed that if you’re going to be a master of something, you’ve...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

USC's Adoree' Jackson to focus on track, Olympics this spring

Adoree’ Jackson is one of the most dynamic players in college football, but his talents are not limited to the gridiron. Jackson is also attempting to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio in the long jump, and as a result, he will be limited in terms of spring football activities this year. USC head coach Clay Helton says that’s fine. Helton says Adoree' Jackson is...
Via College Spun
December 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: USC OT in custody for psychiatric evaluation

USC offensive tackle Chad Wheeler is in protective custody for a psychiatric evaluation after an altercation with police, according to a report by NBC.  Wheeler, a starting offensive lineman for the Trojans, missed Saturday’s practice for a “personal issue,” head coach Clay Helton told reporters.  Per NBC, here’s what happened:  Los Angeles officers responded to a...
Via College Spun
December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

USC promotes Tee Martin to offensive coordinator

After four seasons as the wide receivers coach for the USC Trojans, Tee Martin is adding another title to his job responsibilities: offensive coordinator. Head coach Clay Helton confirmed that Martin will take on the additional duties starting with the 2016 season: USC WR coach Tee Martin, a Broyles Award nominee, has been promoted to offensive coordinator by @USCCoachHelton...
Via Gamedayr
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

USC promotes Tee Martin to offensive coordinator

The USC Trojans have found their new offensive coordinator. Like the hiring of Clay Helton as the team’s permanent head coach, this hire is from within the program. According to Bruce Feldman, the Trojans have promoted wide receivers coach Tee Martin to the open offensive coordinator spot. #USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin has been promoted to offensive coordinator. — Bruce...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

This Yellow USC Concept Helmet Is A Pretty Interesting Design

When USC hits the field for the Holiday Bowl against Wisconsin on December 30, we expect the Trojans to wear their classic helmets. Going chrome with the current design is about the extend of what we see with alternate looks from the Trojans, but that doesn’t stop some of the internet’s top graphic designers from playing with some cool ideas for the program. Fresh Football Helmets...
Via College Spun
December 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: USC OT Zach Banner to return for senior season

The USC Trojans had a pretty successful 2015 season despite the adversity the team faced midyear. The team won the PAC-12 South division and went to the conference championship game for the first time in school history, falling just short of the title to Stanford. The team may be losing quarterback Cody Kessler to graduation, but whoever his replacement is can rest assured that he...
Via Campus Sports Net
December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

USC players feel ‘betrayed’ by Steve Sarkisian lawsuit

Steve Sarkisian has already been blasted by USC over the lawsuit he filed against the school, and it would appear he has angered some of his former players with the legal action as well. TMZ claims to have spoken with multiple Trojan football players who say they feel “betrayed” and “let down” by Sarkisian’s decision to sue USC. “I felt betrayed,” one player reportedly...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

USC blasts Steve Sarkisian in response to lawsuit

USC has responded to the wrongful termination lawsuit filed by Steve Sarkisian, and they did not hold back. Word emerged Monday that Sarkisian is suing USC, claiming they knew about his alcoholism and still fired him, causing him mental anguish. He is seeking $30 million, including the $12.6 million he is owed per his contract. USC general counsel Carol Mauch Amir issued this statement...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Sarkisian Files Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Against USC

Steve Sarkisian was fired after seeking treatment for alcoholism, and now he’s suing USC for wrongful termination. The former football coach was fired by athletic director Pat Haden on Oct. 12 while he was on his way to an in-patient clinic to receive treatment for his addiction. Sarkisian’s attorney told TMZ Sports on Monday that alcoholism is classified as a disability in...
Via NESN.com
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Sarkisian: Letter proves USC knew about alcohol issues

Steve Sarkisian has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against USC, claiming the school knew about his struggles with alcoholism well before he was terminated. TMZ obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which shows that Sarkisian is suing for $30 million — the roughly $12.6 million he was owed for the remainder of his contract plus compensation for “mental anguish” as a result...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Steve Sarkisian suing USC over way he was fired

Steve Sarkisian has filed a lawsuit against USC over the way he was fired, according to a report. Sarkisian, who was fired on Oct. 12 amid questions about his sobriety, was expected to spend 30 days in an alcohol treatment facility around the time the USC football team let him go. Sarkisian’s attorney, Alan Loewinsohn, told TMZ that USC broke the law by firing a person over...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 07, 2015  |  Discuss

USC head coach Clay Helton fires four assistants

USC decided to keep on Clay Helton as its head coach, but heading into the 2016 season, there will be some big changes. Sunday night, Helton and the school announced that four of the team’s coaches have been let go. Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is the most notable. Defensive backs coach Keith Heyward, offensive line coach Bob Connelly, and defensive line coach Chris Wilson...
Via College Spun
December 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Ex-USC star compliments Christian McCaffrey after game

Christian McCaffrey had himself a day in Santa Clara. The stat-stuffing Stanford star put up numbers that could barely fit into a tweet to lead the Cardinal to a 41-22 win over USC, and a third Pac-12 title in four years. McCaffrey's final stat line: 32 carries for 207 yards & TD, 4 catches for 105 yards & TD, 11-yard TD pass, 120 KOR, 29 PR. All-Purpose: 461. — Stewart...
Via College Spun
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Reggie Bush in USC's locker room ahead of Pac-12 title game

One of the greatest players in the history of USC’s football program was with the Trojans as they got ready for Saturday’s Pac-12 Championship Game.  Reggie Bush was in USC’s locker room ahead of the team's game against Stanford.  Bush won the 2005 Heisman Trophy at USC, but later forfeited the award after an NCAA investigation. USC was forced to disassociate from Bush...
Via College Spun
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Sarkisian says he’s 'excited to watch USC play'

For the first time since being fired as head coach at USC and reportedly entering rehab, Steve Sarkisian was on camera talking about the Trojans.  With the Pac-12 title game Saturday night, TMZ Sports wanted to know if Sarkisian would be tuning in to catch his former team. Sarkisian seemed excited about the game. Hopefully, Sarkisian is doing well. 
Via College Spun
December 05, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Football Players Excitedly Mob Head Coach Clay Helton After Announcement (Video)

Clay Helton is no longer the interim head football coach at the University of Southern California. Athletic Director Pat Haden announced that the school was promoting Helton and officially removing the interim tag from his title — a designation that made the day of Helton’s players. “I am extremely humbled,” Helton said in a statement, via ESPN. “During my six years here...
Via NESN.com
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC QB Cody Kessler comments on coach Clay Helton

The USC Trojans have announced that Clay Helton will remain the head coach for the school long-term. Cody Kessler will not be back for the Trojans next season, but he commented on Helton sticking on as the head coach and gave his thoughts about him. Cody Kessler: “Coach Helton is a great coach and an even better person. He has kept us together. He is the same guy every day....
Via Campus Sports Net
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC players celebrate Clay Helton getting permanent job

Clay Helton may not be the guy that USC fans and former players want, but it is clear that he is extremely popular with players on the team. On Monday morning, Helton had his interim tag removed by athletic director Pat Haden. USC released video of Haden introducing Helton as full-time head coach to the team, and the Trojans went absolutely nuts. That’s a pretty awesome sight...
Via College Spun
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC reached out to Jack Del Rio about head coaching job

The USC Trojans made Clay Helton their permanent head coach today, but also looked to the NFL for a candidate. Per a tweet from NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, the Trojans reached out to not only Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, but also Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio, who said he would remain in Oakland. Along with Chip Kelly, #USC reached out to Jack Del Rio to gauge his interest...
Via Campus Sports Net
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Carroll 'fired up' about USC hiring Clay Helton

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll took to Twitter and commended USC, his former employer, for changing Clay Helton’s title from interim to permanent. In fact, Carroll has reached peak “fired up” because of it. Congrats to @USCCoachHelton! An awesome head coach for the Trojans! Couldn't be more fired up! Good luck this weekend! #FightOn — Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll...
Via Sportsnaut
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

“But What About The Moon?” Clay Helton, USC, and Conrad Hilton

As you know, the very notion of a Carousel — the Coaching Carousel — conjures images of Mad Men and Don Draper’s most iconic sales pitch. Monday morning, a spot on the spinning Carousel was filled, and as a result, it’s impossible to resist another reference to a Don Draper moment in the conference room with a client. In season three of Mad Men, we are treated to the spectacle...
Via The Student Section
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC names Helton permanent head coach, so no Chip Kelly

USC announced on Monday that Clay Helton has shed the interim label and been named the school’s permanent head football coach. In a press release, USC athletic director Pat Haden said the Trojans had spent “weeks” interviewing candidates and speaking with NFL executives. “After weeks of searching the collegiate and pro ranks, interviewing candidates and speaking with head...
Via Larry Brown Sports
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss

USC Names Clay Helton Permanent Head Coach

The USC Trojans have a new head football coach. Monday morning, the school officially announced that interim head coach Clay Helton, who took over for Steve Sarkisian mid-season, has landed the full-time gig. Helton posted a 5-2 record with the Trojans in seven games this year, including an important rivalry game victory over UCLA this past Saturday. He also led the team to a Pac...
Via College Spun
November 30, 2015  |  Discuss
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