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Title IX Turns 45

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17_Womens_TitleIXGraphic.jpgForty-five years ago today, Congress passed Title IX, creating a boom in women's sports on the NCAA level.

A section of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX ensured that "no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance."

Since its inception, USC's women's sports have blossomed. Across 12 women's sports, USC was won 30 national championships (20 NCAA) and 73 individual NCAA championships.

USC's first women's team title came four years after Title IX was implemented. Head coach Chuck Erbe led the women's volleyball team to the AIAW Championship in 1976 for the first of six titles for the program. Only women's tennis has more at USC (seven).

USC's 20 women's NCAA titles are the seventh-most in the nation, while their 73 individual titles rank ninth.

In addition to USC's national titles, 18 Women of Troy have earned the Honda Award for the top female athlete in their sport. The first was Cheryl Miller of USC women's basketball in 1984, and the most recent was Samantha Bricio of USC women's volleyball in 2016.

Bricio's dominance helped USC's athletic department earn the 2016-15 Capital One Cup, given to the nation's top women's athletic program based on NCAA finishes.

Between basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, rowing, beach volleyball, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball and water polo, USC's women's sports have come on strong lately, winning at least one national title in four of the past five seasons.

In 2016, two women's teams went all the way: soccer won its second title in program history and beach volleyball won its third in a row.

Follow the Trojans on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see which women's team will be next!

I Spy An ESPY

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espys horizontal.jpgTwo Trojans who shined on the world's biggest stage in 2016 are nominated for awards at the 2017 ESPYS.

USC alum Allyson Felix is nominated for Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete after becoming the most decorated American woman in Olympic track and field history.

At the Rio Olympics last summer, Felix won two gold medals (in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays) and a silver medal (in the 400m).

She now has a total of nine gold medals -- six gold and three silver -- tying her with Jamaican sprinter Merlene Ottey for the most Olympic medals of any female track and field athlete in history.

Click here to vote for Felix for Best Female U.S. Olympic Athlete!

The only Trojan who had a more impressive Olympic showing was swimmer Katinka Hosszu. The Hungarian USC alum, nicknamed The Iron Lady, is nominated for Best International Athlete.

Hosszu burst onto the scene at the Rio Olympics, setting a world record and taking home the gold in the 400m IM in addition to winning the 200m IM and the 100m Back. She also earned a silver in the 200m Back.

No other swimmer at the Rio Olympics won more individual events.

Click here to vote for Hosszu for Best International Athlete!

The 2017 ESPY Awards will take place on July 12 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast on ABC.

Lynn The Legend

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17_Baseball_LynnHOF.jpgOn July 1, USC baseball legend Fred Lynn will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In his three years at USC, Lynn led the Trojans to three straight NCAA titles. He played 158 games in Cardinal and Gold, batting .320 with 28 home runs and 11 RBI. In 1971, he earned a spot on the College World Series All-Tournament team after hitting .467. In 1972, he was named an All-American. Lynn also enjoyed a stint on the USC football team in 1971.

Lynn, who was born in Chicago, is already a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame (Class of 2007).

The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame was created more recently, in 2013. Despite its young nature, Lynn is already the second Trojan inducted. Former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, who led the Trojans to 11 national championships, was one of six members of the inaugural class.

USC's two representatives in the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame are the third-most of any school in the nation.

Lynn will be officially inducted in a ceremony on July 1 at the College Home Run Derby in Omaha. The ceremony will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PT.

Saint Nick

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Down 17 points in its First Four matchup against Providence, USC men's basketball needed some serious help to pull off a win.

An unlikely hero came off the bench midway through the second half to provide the spark the Trojans were looking for: freshman Nick Rakocevic.

In the highlight of his season, Rakocevic netted nine points, plus a steal and a rebound to lead USC to a 75-71 victory and keep its tournament hopes alive.

The forward played in all 36 games his freshman season, starting eight. He averaged 5.2 points and 3.7 rebounds in 14.9 minutes of action per game.

Rakocevic aims to come back bigger and better for his sophomore season, which begins this fall. Click here for tickets!

Trojan Made: Ivan Lewis

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This summer, USC football is putting in work to get ready for the 2017 season.

Leading the Trojans into battle is head strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis. Lewis details the importance of eating right, sleeping soundly and "doing the little things better" in the first episode of Trojan Made.

Soccer Gets Its Schedule

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soccer home sched.jpgUSC women's soccer will kick off its national title defense on Aug. 18, the team announced as part of its schedule release yesterday.

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The Trojans kick off their 2017 season by hosting UC Davis at McAlister Field at 3 p.m., where they'll raise their 2016 NCAA title banner.

USC's home slate also features notable games against Santa Clara, Colorado and Stanford, all of whom finished in the Top 25 in 2016.

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USC's road trips will take the team to Missouri, Kansas, LMU, USD, and Pac-12 foes Utah, Arizona, ASU, Washington, Wazzu and UCLA.

In total, 12 of USC's 18 regular-season games will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

After going 19-4-2 en route to the program's second NCAA championship in 2016, USC welcomes a new crop of talent and appears ready to roll into 2017.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date!

In Good Company

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USC men's basketball rising sophomore De'Anthony Melton proved to be a jack-of-all-trades during his freshman season. While it took some time for outsiders to appreciate his impact, the numbers tell an impressive story when put in context.

Since the 1992-93 season, the only freshmen to average 4.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks are Melton and future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade (Marquette), according to college basketball writer Chris Stone.

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While Melton has some work to do to match Wade's career, the stat explains why Melton's stock continues to rise. Recently, he was selected for the Team USA U19 training camp roster and Draft Express projects him as the No. 19 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft if he decides to come out early.

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#ShowYourGrit

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showyourgrit-2.jpgToday, USC Athletics honors the memory of Trojan football alum and film star John Wayne by joining the John Wayne Cancer Foundation's #ShowYourGrit campaign.

John Wayne, born Marion Morrison, played tackle at USC in 1925 and 1926 before enjoying a film career that turned him into a cowboy icon, starring in films such as Stagecoach, Rio Bravo and True Grit. He beat lung cancer in 1964, but 15 years later, he lost his battle with stomach cancer.

Wayne's family founded the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to fund programs that save lives through research, education, awareness and support.

During the month of June, the #ShowYourGrit campaign raises money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Trojan fans can upload photos of themselves wearing a bandana or a cowboy hat to Twitter, Instagram or the JWCF's Facebook page using the hashtag #ShowYourGrit, and $1 will be donated to the foundation.

Click here to learn more about the John Wayne Cancer Foundation and click here to donate!

Mathews Making Moves

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During the 2016-17 season, USC men's basketball got a big boost from its freshman class.

That included solid play from guard Jonah Mathews, who averaged 7.0 points while playing 20.4 minutes per game.

Mathews, who comes from a basketball family, netted 42 threes on the season and collected 31 steals.

His breakout moment came on Dec. 24, when he scored a career-high 26 points to lift the Trojans to an overtime win over Wyoming in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic. Mathews also had six steals in the game.

With nearly the entire roster returning in 2017-18, Mathews and the Trojans are primed for an exciting year. Click here for tickets!

De Grasse Flies By

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USC track & field alum and Olympic medalist Andre De Grasse ran a wind-aided 9.69 to win the 100m dash at the IAAF Stockholm Diamond League meet this weekend.

De Grasse, who earned a silver medal in the 200m and a bronze in the 100m at the Rio Olympics, ran the fastest 100m in the world this year, although the 4.8 m/s of wind assistance disqualified it from officially topping the record books.

Still, the Canadian sprinter called the race "a good start to the season," noting, "I'm just looking forward to running that fast legally."

De Grasse's wind-legal PR is 9.91, which he ran at the Rio Olympics, placing only behind Jamaica's Usain Bolt and the USA's Justin Gatlin.

Since the outdoor season began, De Grasse has steadily improved his time. At the Diamond League Doha last month, De Grasse ran a 10.22. On Thursday, he won the Diamond League Oslo 100m with a 10.01.

He's also posted impressive times in the 200m: a 20.14 in Jamaica on May 20 and a 20.01 in Rome on June 8.

De Grasse, who graduated from USC last month, is back in action on July 1 in Paris.