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Top 10 Season

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USC has 11 spring sports currently ranked in the national Top 10, including three No. 1 teams.

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Photo Gallery: Spring Football Dance-Off

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The Trojans showed off their moves in more than one way Tuesday at the Coliseum. Here are the long-awaited John McGillen photos of the dance-off (and also some football):


Home Doubleheader for No. 1

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No. 1 USC women's sand volleyball will play a pair of matches under the Thursday afternoon sun against No. 9 Loyola Marymount (1:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Concordia (3 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) at Merle Norman Stadium. The Women of Troy will then head up to Malibu for another showdown with No. 3 Pepperdine (Saturday at 10 a.m.)

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The Trojans are undefeated in 2015 thanks to a deep lineup. USC is 35-1 on courts 3-5 this season, including a perfect 12-0 start by Eve Ettinger and Meg Norton (pictured) at No. 3.

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2015 USC Football Coaches Clinic

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REMINDER: The event is this weekend! If you have not booked in advance, space is still available and walk-up registration is welcome.

The USC Football Coaching Clinic, featuring USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Trojan coaching staff along with several guest head coaches, will be held April 3 and 4 at the John McKay Center on campus.

Click here to register online!

Click here for the brochure.

Click here for the registration form.

The comprehensive two-day clinic will have presentations by Sarkisian and his staff, as well as offensive and defensive staff roundtable discussions covering philosophy and scheme and in-depth position meetings led by each position coach. USC strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis also will conduct a presentation on player development and the off-season/in-season training program.

Head coach guest speakers include Boise State's Bryan Harsin, San Diego State's Rocky Long, Utah State's Matt Wells, UNLV's Tony Sanchez and Bellevue (Wash.) High's Butch Goncharoff.

The clinic also includes attendance at the USC spring football practice on April 4 on Cromwell Field, allowing attendees to see the presentations come to life.

The clinic is open to coaches of all levels, as well as fans who want to learn more about the USC football staff and its coaching philosophy.

Cost of the two-day clinic is $90 ($65 for a single day). The clinic offers a staff discount of $15 off per person for groups of five or more who pre-register together for both days.

Click here to email Jeff Fucci for more information.

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Allen Williams Supports Haden's Stance

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USC hurdler and triple jumper Allen Williams, an openly gay athlete, sat down with ATVN's Max Meyer Tuesday night and expressed his support and gratitude for Athletic Director Pat Haden taking a stance against Indiana's controversial new law.

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Armstead Case Settled

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In the wake of a settlement reached between former USC defensive lineman Armond Armstead and the school, here is the university's statement:

"We have seen the statements issued by Mr. Armstead's attorney that express Mr. Armstead's personal opinions.  While the university will not comment on the case, USC has always placed the health and safety of its student-athletes as its top priority."

Click here for more from the LA Times.

Chevron Human Energy Stories: Reggie Southall

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Not only does USC boast word-class athletes, but world-class student-athletes as well. Each month we will profile one of these outstanding Trojans who has chosen to pursue coursework in either the science, technology, engineering or math field (STEM).

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Sport:
Baseball
Year: RS Sophomore
Major:
Human Biology

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): Why did you decide to come to USC? 

Reggie Southall (RS):
I decided to come to USC because I think it was the best academic opportunity I had and also the best athletic opportunity with the history of Trojan baseball. I just wanted to be a part of that.

SB:
Did you know what you wanted to study when you first arrived here?

RS:
Yes. I think my sophomore year of high school I knew I wanted to do a kinesiology-type major. I wanted to learn about the human body because I figured that knowing how my body works would help me perform on the field better. That was something I decided very early. A lot of people told me that doing a science major was going to be hard but I think I've done alright.

SB:
How have you been able to balance baseball and your major? Baseball has more games than almost any other sport, is it tough to find time to get everything done?

RS:
Balancing is key. When we travel I'm doing homework on the plane and if I'm in the hotel room I'm usually working on stuff too. You've got to prioritize and know what's important and what's not. I remember when we played at Stanford I was in the lobby until probably 1 a.m. working on a lab report for biology. When something's due you have to just bear down and do it. Being a science major is very homework-intensive.

SB: Have you always liked science?

RS: Yeah, I've always loved math and science. My mom was a teacher so since I was young school always came first. When I started school, my mom always instilled in me that without academics I would never be able to play sports, especially the older I get. I've always seen that having that academic side will open more doors for you.

SB: Do you know what you want to do down the road with your human biology major?

RS: I think I might want to go to physical therapy school or physician's assistant school.

SB: You said you wanted to study human biology because it could help you as a baseball player. What do you see translate from what you learn in class to what you do on the field?

RS:
Some of the biggest things I've learned more about is nutrition and hydration. Just how important it is to keep your body hydrated and keeping certain amounts of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. You need a lot of energy to play baseball and it's important to understand how your body metabolizes all of that.

SB: Transferring to baseball now, how do you feel like you and your team have developed in the past couple years? 

RS: There were 17 of us when we came in freshman year. It was a young group. I've definitely personally seen myself grow a lot physically, I've gotten a lot bigger, I've definitely matured a lot mentally, just understanding the game better. I think as a team, that's the reason we've been more successful because we are all maturing as a group. If we can get everybody on that track then we will be very good.

SB: What does it mean to you to be a USC athlete?

RS:
It means a lot to me to wear that SC on my sleeve.  Just walking around and seeing people wearing USC shirts gives me a certain amount of happiness knowing that I go there and that I get to be a part of that legacy. I'm living a life that a lot of people want to live and I'm very blessed for that.

2015 Spring Practice #10: Notes

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The Trojans were challenged on and off the field by the coaches despite taking the pads off.
  • Head coach Steve Sarkisian called a timeout during practice to surprise the guys with a dance-off. We will publish all the photos in another post, but freshman OL Roy Hemsley (pictured) was declared the winner. Besides a little team bonding, the head coach wanted to test the Trojans ability to have fun and celebrate one minute and then refocus the next.
  • USC_spring_033115USC_football_spring_033115_MCG4478.jpgWhile practice was a little less physical, the activity level was still high. Wide receivers Steven Mitchell and Ajene Harris made eye-popping big plays. Mitchell showed off his moves in the open field by taking a bubble screen the distance and then Harris got behind the defense to make a fingertip catch on a bomb from Max Browne.
  • "Steven has had a really nice spring. I think, quite honestly, he has been motivating Ajene. Ajene had a great practice today as well. But Steven has been explosive with the ball in his hands, and that's what that position in our offense needs to be," Sarkisian said about the sophomore receivers.
  • "It has been up-and-down just due to my hamstring," Harris described his spring, which has been nagged by a lingering muscle injury. "I'm just coming out here competing, trying to find my role in the team. Everybody is coming out here and making plays."
  • The wide receivers are benefiting from accurate balls thrown their way by Cody Kessler and Max Browne. In the best shape of his career, Kessler is delivering passes on time and on target all over the field. He is focused on developing chemistry with the revamped receiving corps. "The best part for me is seeing other guys improving and seeing guys like Isaac [Whitney] have a standout day today and even Steven Mitchell," the quarterback said. "That's the best part about playing quarterback here. You have guys like that. I can throw a one-yard route to Steven and let him go 40 or 50 [yards]."
  • Sarkisian paid Browne the highest compliment a backup can receive, saying, "Max Browne is playing lights out right now for us. I would have not a problem if Cody went down and Max had to step in the game. I think Max would do great."
  • Defensively, Su'a Cravens was terrorizing the backfield. If he was allowed to tackle the quarterback, he would have accounted for at least three sacks. "Su'a had a heckuva practice today," said Sarkisian. "He was really electric coming off the edge."
  • Sarkisian was asked about Pat Haden's stance for gay rights today, and he explained that the coaching staff uses social issues as teachable moments for the team. "I support Pat every step of the way," said Sarkisian. "I met with the team on it today. I think it was a good statement for us to learn about. We've had issues this spring nationally that have allowed us as a team to grow."
  • Here is an extended press conference with Sarkisian at the Coliseum today:



Photo Gallery: Men's Basketball Awards

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USC men's basketball enjoyed its annual year-end banquet last night by celebrating the best performances of the season. Here are this year's winners:

Harold Jones Award (Most Improved) - Julian Jacobs
Bob Boyd Award (Top Rebounder) - Nikola Jovanovic
Ryan Francis Scholarship Award (Example of Being a Trojan) - Jordan McLaughlin
Bill Sharman Award (Top Free Throw Percentage) - Katin Reinhardt
Forrest F. Twogood Award (Best Defensive Player) - Elijah Stewart
Dr. James Zumberge Award (Top GPA) - Samer Dhillon
John Rudometkin Award (110% Effort) - Malik Marquetti
Ernie Holbrook Award (Most Inspirational) - Samer Dhillon

Here are the John McGillen photos from the event:


Samba Queen

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USC women's water polo freshman goalie Victoria Chamorro was a mostly impenetrable wall over the weekend, keying a 20-6 win over No. 17 Loyola Marymount and a 19-5 victory over CSU Bakersfield. For her efforts, the Brazilian import was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Week for the second time this season.

At just 18, she is already the starter for the No. 3 Trojans and a member of the Brazilian National Team. Chamorro is averaging 6.6 saves per game and 4.2 goals-against per game so far in her freshman season at Troy.

Chamorro and the Women of Troy will carry a five-game win streak into a trip to Berkeley this weekend, facing Cal at 12 p.m. on Saturday (April 4) in an MPSF match to be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

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