2015 NFL Draft Preview: Hayes Pullard

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The NFL Draft begins Thursday. Until then, we will profile the Trojans most likely to hear their names called.

Hayes Pullard brought so much to the table as a four-year starter at USC.

On the field, he littered the box score as the team's leading tackler in 2011, 2013 and 2014. The tackling machine finished 19 shy of the program's all-time record (Marcus Cotton - 396).

Pullard may have had an even greater impact in the locker room as a two-time captain. The Los Angeles product is a natural born leader who will bring those intangibles to whichever NFL teams drafts him.

Boyd to the Rafters

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Legendary USC men's basketball head coach Bob Boyd will have his No. 19 retired to the Galen Center rafters, senior associate athletic director Steve Lopes announced at Boyd's memorial on Sunday.

He was a three-year letterman (1950-52) at Troy before dedicating his career to coaching. As the head man, Boyd's Trojans went 216-131 overall from 1967 through 1979 and played in the postseason four times (the 1979 NCAA playoffs, 1973 NIT and 1974 and 1975 Commissioner's Conference tourney). His 1971 Trojan team, which went 24-2 and was ranked No. 5 nationally (Troy was No. 1 at midseason), is regarded among USC's best (he also won 24 games in 1974).

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Southern California Sweep

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

The Women of Troy continued their winning streak last weekend at the Pac-12 Invitational where they swept the singles and doubles titles. Meredith Xepoleas became the fourth straight Trojan to win the singles title winning her 17th consecutive singles match. Xepoleas entered the tournament as a number two seed and won all five matches in straight sets, ultimately defeating UCLA's Terri Fleming in the championship match. 

Shortly after Xepoleas took the singles crown, her teammates followed suit to win the doubles championship. Gabriella DeSimone and Zoe Katz defeated Washington in the championship round 8-4 after sacrificing no more than two games in the previous matches. 

In the Pac-12 Championship bracket, Zoe Scandalis and Giuliana Olmos made it to the semi-finals before losing on Saturday. The Women of Troy now have some time off as they prepare for the NCAA Championships beginning on May 9. 

USC Celebration with Lindsey Buckingham

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

In 1979, the USC Trojan Marching Band accompanied Fleetwood Mac on its song "Tusk" making them the only collegiate marching band to receive a platinum record. Lindsey Buckingham wrote that song and countless others earning Fleetwood Mac the distinction of one of the best-selling bands of all time with more than 100 million records worldwide. 

This Wednesday night at 6:00p.m., Buckingham will be performing at USC in the Bovard Auditorium for a night to celebrate the end of the school year put on by the USC Marshall School of Business, Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Thornton School of Music. 

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Sole Second

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USC women's lacrosse capped off the regular season with an impressive 16-4 win at San Diego State to secure sole possession of second place in the conference. The Women of Troy finished the MPSF schedule at 8-1, holding seven of nine league opponents under 10 goals.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans now begin the postseason with attainable goals in mind. First and foremost, they need a strong showing at the MPSF Tournament, having already earned a bye into the semifinals. USC will play the winner of No. 3 Denver, the tournament's host, and No. 6 Oregon on Friday, May 1.

The conference tournament champion receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Women of Troy are also on the bubble as a potential at-large selection if they fall short in Denver.

Cynthia Del Core scored four goals in the win over San Diego State.

Familiar Feeling for Men's Tennis

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No. 8 USC men's tennis has not always been its typical dominant self this year, but now that it is trophy time, here come the Trojans. USC powered through UCLA and Stanford over the weekend to claim another Pac-12 Championship.

The Trojans clinched the title in dramatic fashion thanks to senior captain Eric Johnson, who broke the 3-3 deadlock by defeating his Cardinal opponent 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 on court No. 2. Head coach Peter Smith tweaked his lineup late in the season to move Johnson up to No. 2 and fellow senior Roberto Quiroz back to No. 3, and they both came through with singles victories in the Pac-12 final.

Click here for the recap from Ojai.

USC will enjoy some time off now to rest its legs for another national championship run. Winners of five of the last six NCAA crowns, the Trojans will likely host the first and second rounds on May 8 and 9 at Marks Stadium.

Congratulations to @uscmenstennis on another #Pac12 Championship! #FightOn

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Photo Gallery: On to the Next One

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No. 8 USC men's volleyball survived No. 6 BYU in five sets and now advances to the MPSF semifinals at No. 2 UC Irvine on Thursday (7:30 p.m.). In a playoff atmosphere, the Trojans closed out the Cougars 15-13 in the final set behind a match-high 21 kills from Alex Slaught as well as career-highs from freshman Larry Tuileta in kills (18) and digs (15).

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While USC will be the underdog at Irvine, the Trojans are boosted by positive momentum, having won eight of their last nine matches, and a knack for stepping up in crunch time, sporting an 8-2 record in five-setters. Plus, USC defeated UCI on the road in five sets on January 23.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Galen Center classic on Saturday night:

Micah and the Crew Ready for Battle

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No. 8 USC men's volleyball has a massive match against No. 6 BYU on Saturday night at 7 p.m. inside the Galen Center. The MPSF quarterfinal is the last chance for the Trojans to defend their home court this season, and their postseason lives hang in the balance.

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USC and BYU split two meetings this season back on February 12 and 13 in the same venue. The Trojans will be led by senior setter Micah Christenson, who was named All-MPSF first team this week for the second time in his career. He was joined on the conference honor roll by Robert Feathers, Alex Slaught, Andy Benesh and Larry Tuileta (all pictured below).


Stan the Man at Pac-12 Tennis

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The Pac-12 Tennis Championships are underway in Ojai as the women battle for individual supremacy, while the men compete in a team tournament. Plus, USC legend Stan Smith is the honorary guest 51 years after winning his first Ojai title.

Click here for a Q&A catching up with Smith.

Smith first won at Ojai as a high schooler in 1964, and then picked up the Men's Open doubles crown in 1965. While at USC, he collected the Collegiate Singles Championship from 1966-68 as well as the doubles in 1966 and 1967. He would go on to win the 1971 U.S. Open and 1972 Wimbledon (pictured).

The current Trojans are focused on hardware of their own. Giuliana Olmos and Zoe Scandalis advanced to the singles quarterfinals, while the men got a bye into the team semifinals, where they will play UCLA (today at 3 p.m.).



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No. 8 USC men's volleyball has branded its MPSF quarterfinal against No. 6 BYU "The MegaBowl," a reference to Semi-Pro starring famed alum Will Ferrell. The fourth-seeded Trojans need the win to keep their NCAA hopes alive, so they are looking for a raucous crowd to enter Galen Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

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Here is a preview from senior captain Chris Lischke, freshman Larry Tuileta and junior Brooks Varni: