USC Football Offseason: Trojans Prepare For Overhaul

The USC Trojans have to be prepared for a lot of changes this offseason.

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USC Football: Lane Kiffin Adds Three New Coaches To The Staff

USC lost coaches Joe Barry (linebackers) and Ted Gilmore (wide receivers) to the NFL this offseason.

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USC Trojans Hire Tee Martin As Wide Receivers Coach

Matt Barkley was happy to break some news tonight. The USC Trojans have a new wide receivers coach.

Martin is probably best known for being the national championship quarterback of the 1998 Tennessee Volunteers squad. In the past two years he's been on the coaching staff of the Kentucky Wildcats as receivers coach, where he also served as passing game coordinator in 2011. Martin will arrive in Los Angeles in Friday.

If you thought the USC receivers were fierce before, look out now. Robert Woods, Marqise Lee, George Farmer and Nelson Agholor all being on the same team gives the Trojans perhaps the most talented receiver corps for Matt Barkley to throw to. USC should have one of the most potent offenses in the country in 2012, and Martin should help keep them at the top of their game.

Martin apparently didn't have kind words to say about Lane Kiffin's departure from Tennessee as a Vol, but it's hard to turn down a job at Heritage Hall.

To discuss Martin's hiring with USC football fans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles.

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Matt Barkley Named 2011 College Football Performance Awards National Performer Of The Year

USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley elected to not enter the 2012 NFL Draft. He'll return to the Trojans next year for a shot at taking the team to the Pac-12 Championship Game and beyond. Barkley still has one more year left at college, but he is still picking up awards from his strong season last year.

PRWeb relays the news that Barkley has been named the 2011 National Performer of the Year by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA). The CFPA recipients were named on Sunday, with Barkley taking home the top award.

Barkley certainly put together a great season in 2011, leading a talented team to a dominating season despite being bowl game-ineligible. He finished the year averaging 294 yards per game and set a single-season Pac-12 record for passing touchdowns, with 39. In all, he passed for 3,528 yards with a 69.1 percent completion rate.

For all news and information regarding Matt Barkley and the USC Trojans, please visit Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Hire Marvin Sanders, Scottie Hazleton, According To Report

The USC Trojans are trying to fill back in their coaching staff after two prominent coaches left for other positions. Linebackers coach Joe Berry departed for the San Diego Chargers, and USC really hasn't had a secondary coach ever since Willie Mack Garza resigned before the 2011 season.

Lane Kiffin didn't go for big names here, but instead decided to go with some under-the-radar names.

Sanders has been working with defensive backs in three different places the past decade, including Colorado State, North Carolina and Nebraska. He was apparently joining Carl Pellini at FAU as the new defensive coordinator, but a lateral move to Heritage Hall at his familiar secondary coaching spot was enough to make him reconsider.

Hazleton is a bit of a curious hire because he has never coached or recruited on the FBS level. He's spent the past four years as the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at North Dakota State, where he has been very successful. There's no doubt that this will be a bit of a reach for Kiffin.


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USC WR Coach Ted Gilmore Accepts Job With Oakland Raiders

USC Trojans' wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore has reportedly accepted a position with the Oakland Raiders.

Gilmore spent only one season at USC, and came to the Trojans after leaving his post at Nebraska, where he coached receivers and was the recruiting coordinator since 2005. Before that, he was an assistant coach at Wyoming (1994-1996 graduate assistant/receivers/tight ends, 1997-1998 wide receivers), Kansas (1999 tight ends), Houston (2000 wide receivers), Purdue (2001-2002 wide receivers) and Colorado (2003-2004 wide receivers and assistant coach). He reportedly nearly joined Lane Kiffin's staff with the Raiders four years ago but instead chose to remain at Nebraska at that time. It looks like he's now getting his 2nd chance with that franchise.

Gilmore is the second USC coach to accept a job with a nearby NFL club, following linebackers coach Joe Berry, who left for San Diego.

For more updates on the Trojans, visit the Conquest Chronicles. For more on the Raiders, make sure you check out Silver and Black Pride.

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USC Linebackers Coach Joe Barry Accepts Job With San Diego Chargers, Per Reports

According to several reports, Southern California linebackers coach Joe Barry will be leaving the Trojans to take a job in the NFL, with the San Diego Chargers.

Barry has informed the team, and several players have already taken to twitter to offer congratulations and express their regrets to see him go.

Hayes Pullard: "Congrats on your Decision. Love having you Teach me all the Ropes. Turn it up there in the NFL. See You Later...."
Dion Bailey: "Sad day.. I feel like crying.. Happy for him though !! Chargers get ready For the best coach ever !!"

The Trojans are known for producing NFL-caliber linebackers on a yearly basis and this last season proved that Barry knows how to coach the position, even to young players. Of USC's freshmen linebackers last year, Hayes Pullard started 12 games, Dion Bailey started 11, Lamar Dawson started three, and Tre Madden started once. Bailey and Pullard led the team in tackles. Impressive, and no doubt a big part of the reason that Barry is moving up to the NFL ranks.

For more updates on the Trojans, visit the Conquest Chronicles.

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WR Kyle Prater Transfers From USC To Northwestern

A five-star recruit from the 2010 class, wide receiver Kyle Prater, has decided to transfer from the University of Southern California to the Big Ten's Northwestern. As a Trojan, Prater was a redshirt in 2010, and in 2011 he played in 10 games but only caught one pass for six yards.

According to College Football Talk's John Taylor, the Illinois native is excited to be playing back in Chicago where he's close to his home.

"This is one of the best days in my life for me and my family and I’m just happy to be back close to home, my family and my support group," Prater said. "I’d like to thank USC and their administration for my release. I have the utmost respect for USC and the coaching staff, players, fans and everybody I was in touch with there. This Northwestern degree will take me far and help me become a better person. The dynamics of the school and the team have shown me a lot and I’m just happy to be a Wildcat."

According to NCAA transfer rules, Prater will have to sit out of the 2012 season but he will still have two years of eligibility starting at the beginning of the 2013 season. Even though they won't have him on the field this coming season, Wildcats head coach Pat Fitzgerald is happy to have the former Trojan.

"We’re extremely excited for Kyle to be able to come home to Chicago and join our Northwestern football family," head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. "He is a tremendous young man from a great family and is a product of a high school program we really respect in Proviso West. Kyle’s decision to attend Northwestern made sense for everyone involved and we’re looking forward to him contributing to our program on and off the field."

For more updates on the Trojans, visit the Conquest Chronicles.

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Armond Armstead Will Return To USC, Still Plans To Transfer

Armond Armstead is coming back to USC. But it's likely he won't be back to play football.

Armstead has spent most of the past few weeks looking around and trying to see if he could find a school to transfer with, as it looks like he wants to try and get a fresh start elsewhere. Armstead's been looking around at any other school that'll take him, including Notre Dame or Auburn.

Looks like it won't be working out that way.

Armstead will probably still be on track to play his final season of football at another school. Or he could test the waters and see if the NFL Draft would be interested in him despite missing the previous season.

Don't expect Armond to stick around to play football at USC a final season, or for his talented brother Arik to become a Bear.

To discuss Armstead and USC football, head to Conquest Chronicles.

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2012 NFL Draft Combine: USC's Marc Tyler, DaJohn Harris Invited To Indianapolis, Per Report

According to CollegeFootballNews.com, a part of FOX Sports' Scout.com, two USC Spartans have been invited to participate in the NFL Combine held in Indianapolis, Indiana, which takes place from Feb. 22-28. Those players are running back Marc Tyler and defensive tackle DaJohn Harris.

Tyler, who played for the Trojans for four season, carried the ball 122 times for 568 yards and four touchdowns and he averaged 4.7 yards per carry. He also caught 11 passes for 108 yards. He stands at 5-foot-11 and weights 230 pounds. Senior defensive tackle, Harris, who stands at 6-foot-4 and weights in at 310 pounds, played in 10 of the team's 12 games in 2011, making 21 tackles, 1.5 sacks and six passes defensed.

The Combine will give both Tyler and Harris a chance to display their athleticism and any attributes they have that will set them apart from others that play the same position.

For more on the USC Trojans, head over to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Football: T.J. Bryant And Patrick Hall Leave Program

The cutting of USC Trojans scholarships continues without haste. Two USC defensive backs are leaving the program. They will join Brice Butler, Amir Carlisle, and Kyle Prater on their way out of the program. GGary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kiffin, however, said that defensive backs T.J. Bryant and Patrick Hall were no longer part of the program.

Bryant, a senior, redshirted last season. He has been suspended from all team activities and will graduate this spring, Kiffin said. He could transfer to a non-Football Subdivision School and play this season.

Neither Bryant nor Hall, a third-year sophomore, could be reached for comment.

Neither of these departures are of great importance. Bryant hasn't really been in the rotation for awhile and much talented youngsters have taken his place. Hall is a third year sophomore who hasn't really played much in this one. The Trojans continue to trim their scholarships as they try and prepare for the NCAA sanctions to hit, which would limit their scholarships.

USC might have a lot of players leaving who haven't been great participants in the program, but all these departures mean that the Trojans will not be a deep team in the upcoming seasons. This might not impact USC this season, but in the years to come this could be a big issue.

To discuss Bryant, Hall and USC football, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Football: Josh Shaw Transfers From Florida Gators

The USC Trojans might be losing a lot of good players, but they're also happy to get some top talent back. And they have to be happy with what they're getting from Joshua Shaw. The former Florida Gators defensive back is coming back home to California to play for the Men of Troy. Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times filed this report.

Shaw, 6 feet 3 and 197 pounds, told uscfootball.com in this report that he missed a game last season so he could come home to attend to a family situation. He was granted his release from Florida in late November.

Shaw will apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver. If granted, he would be eligible to play this season.

Shaw is hoping to play immediately, although that may not be so easy even if his waiver is accepted. USC has a pretty stacked secondary this season, so he might have trouble seeing the field, but even if he's declined he should be in good shape to try and get a starting spot by 2013.

Shaw was considered one of the top cornerbacks in the country in the 2010 recruiting class, and had 22 tackles in 10 appearances for Florida last season.

To discuss Shaw with USC fans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles. To check out what Shaw's capable of with Florida fans, go to Alligator Army.

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USC Football News: Brice Butler Transfers To San Diego State

The USC Trojans saw one of their many high-profile wide receivers leave the program when Brice Butler made the call to move on. Butler isn't going too far though, just headed down the I-5 highway to San Diego to play for the San Diego St. Aztecs.

Wide receiver Brice Butler will be leaving USC and transferring to San Diego State #wearesc
Jan 11 via webFavoriteRetweetReply

Butler and Brandon Carswell were the main third options last season behind top options Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Although Butler figured to be a strong third receiver next season with this dynamic duo, it's unlikely that the Trojans would be able to give him the touches he needed to showcase his ability and elevate his draft stock. By moving onto a program like San Diego State, he'd have a better chance to be the top man among all receivers.

USC is starting to lose their great wide receiver depth from last year, so Woods and Lee need to stay healthy to keep the Trojans deep passing game going the way it was in 2011.

To discuss USC football, head to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC Trojans Offseason: Brice Butler Transfers, Will Not Return

The USC Trojans will see yet another high-profile player leave their program. First it was tailback Amir Carlisle moving on from USC to Notre Dame. Then Kyle Prater made his move to leave the program. Now it's Brice Butler's turn apparently.

Tidbit from Mini War Room: #USC receiver Brice Butler will not return for his senior season. http://t.co/6VlrXBQw
Jan 10 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

To clarify: #USC receiver Brice Butler is in LA, graduated but is not going through workouts now. Will play final season elsewhere.
Jan 10 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply

Butler's transfer is a little strange, as he will be a redshirt senior next year and seemed to be a natural third receiver in an offense featuring both Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Perhaps Butler wants to go to a place where he'll be a feature receiver and elevate his draft stock, as it's likely he'll be down the totem pole with regards to being Matt Barkley's main target.

After a promising freshman campaign where he caught 20 passes in 2009, Butler only managed 21 catches in the next two season as he tumbled down the totem pole. He will be eligible to play immediately whereever he ends up going as he did graduate, so it's likely his new spot will give him a grand opportunity to shine.

To discuss the transfers and their impact on USC Football, go to Conquest Chronicles.

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USC WR Kyle Prater Announces Intent To Transfer

USC Trojans WR Kyle Prater announced his intent to transfer from the university via Twitter on Monday.

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