Pac-12 Network Likely Coming to DirecTV and More USC Football News


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1st & 10:

First Take… Fear not Trojan fans with DirecTV, the Pac-12 Network is coming your way soon.

At least, that’s what can be inferred from the news Tuesday that the FCC is nearing approval for AT&T’s merger with the satellite television provider.

Last fall Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott predicted that the AT&T merger could be the catalyst towards getting the channels available on DirecTV after an elongated battle between network and provider over subscriber fees.

The Pac-12’s relationship with AT&T seems to trump the disagreement with DirecTV, which is good for Trojan fans who have had to go extra lengths to catch USC games on the network.

The probable addition of the Pac-12 Networks to DirecTV this fall is even more important than usual, considering USC’s first two games of the season are set to air on the channel half the fanbase has been without for years.

Of course, it must be said that this a probability, not a certainty. AT&T and DirecTV need to meet certain conditions for approval to be sealed.

Moreover, there is no guarantee that the network will be available before Sept. 5, so cross your fingers for a speedy merger, DirecTV subscribers.

And Ten USC Football Links…

  1. LA Times: Lindsey Thiry’s previews of incoming Trojans continue with De’Quan Hampton, who she projects to slot in as a back up receiver and special teams contributor.
  2. OC Register: Michael Lev’s previews of USC’s upcoming opponents continue with Pat Hauge of giving the inside scoop on the Idaho. The Vandals are still recovering from a “meteoric fall.”
  3. ESPN: And finally, Kyle Bonagura’s previews of Pac-12 position strength continue with wide receivers in the South. USC is in “great shape” at the position despite losing Nelson Agholor and George Farmer to the NFL. UCLA and Arizona join them among the elite.
  4. ESPN: Tre Madden is “100%” and readying himself to make the most of this fall camp. He is also full of praise for USC’s incoming running backs, who have earned respect with their work rate.
  5. Bleacher Report: Cody Kessler checks in at No. 5 among Brian Pedersen’s top fifth-year seniors for 2015. Connor Cook and Shilique Calhoun of Michigan State, Shawn Oakman of Baylor and Trevone Boykin of TCU outrank him.
  6. Bleacher Report: Looking at the top and bottom coaches against ranked squads reveals Steve Sarkisian belongs a little bit in both categories. Though not among the elite even among Pac-12 coaches with an 11-20 record, Sark is on the upswing with a 3-2 record against ranked teams in one year at USC.
  7. Conquest Chronicles: Antwaun Woods told Trajuan Briggs that he is 95% ready to go as he comes back from injury, but should be 100% by the time camp arrives.
  8. Despite being a back up to Kessler, Max Browne ranks No. 23 among the key Trojans for 2015 as voted by the staff over at
  9. Reign of Troy: USC added Rice to the 2022 schedule, filling the second of three opponent openings for that season. Yes, we know, its cupcake central but when you have Notre Dame as a built in opponent it is still pretty hard to underachieve on the scheduling ratings. Don’t forget, USC and Tennesee were supposed to face off that year before the series fell through.
  10. Reign of Troy: Keep up to date with the social media happenings of Trojans past and present with this week’s Twitter round up, in which we learned Rodney Peete’s family beat Rob Gronkowski’s on Celebrity Family Feud and more than a few players are into golf.

Stat of the Day:

USC is 3-0-1 all-time against teams currently playing in the Conference USA. Three of those four games came against Rice, whom the Trojans added to the 2022 schedule.

Tweets of the Day:

"August 7 I will be on campus I can't wait ❤️"

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