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Super Bowl XLIX Preview

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A USC alum has featured in 43 of the 48 Super Bowls to date, and the Trojans will be well represented in Super Bowl XLIX. The "USCHawks" coaching staff headed by Pete Carroll is loaded with USC connections, while alums Malcolm Smith and Mike Morgan will be suited up on game day.

The New England Patriots do not have any Trojans, although CB Brandon Browner is the son of former USC LB Keith Browner (1980-83). Along with the names listed below, Ben Malcolmson, Matt Capurro and Sandy Gregory in the Seahawks' administration all have Trojan ties.

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Photo Gallery: Hoops 3OT Thriller

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USC men's basketball played the third longest game in program history Thursday night and the longest since a four overtime victory over UCLA in 1985. While the drama ended in a loss to Colorado, the Trojans received outstanding individual performances from redshirt sophomore SG Katin Reinhardt and sophomore PF Nikola Jovanovic, which will ink their names in the USC record books.

Reinhardt tied the school record by making 9 three-pointers in a single game, which Anthony Pendleton set back in 1987. He finished the night with 35 points, the most by a Trojan since O.J. Mayo dropped 37 in 2008.

Jovanovic, who scored 30 points of his own, and Reinhardt are the first USC teammates to ever score 30 or more in the same game.

Here are John McGillen galleries from regulation and the overtimes:




Community Outreach Infographic

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USC Athletics has upped its commitment to the community in recent years, and the student-athletes have fully bought in giving hours of their time and energy to serve others.

Here is an infographic detailing Trojans' outreach in 2013-14:

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State of Troy: January 2015

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Each month, we interview USC Athletic Director Pat Haden to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Haden on USC Athletics already raising nearly $300 million in support of the University's $6 billion goal...

Haden-Nikias-JMC-PC.jpgFirst, the audacity of having a $6 billion campaign shows once again that USC is never afraid of a challenge in anything that we do. When President Max Nikias announced this four years ago, I scratched my head because we were just coming off a $2 billion campaign, so the enormity of this effort is incredible. Our development team has done a phenomenal job, but having so many great student-athletes is really what inspires our donors to support the department. Additionally, it shows the power and loyalty of the Trojan Family to accomplish these goals during the dark era of the NCAA sanctions.  

Haden wraps up his first year as a College Football Playoff member...

I am satisfied that I know myself and the other committee members gave it every opportunity that we could. We were remarkably diligent in our preparation. I felt pressure not to be the least prepared person in that room because I knew my colleagues were going to be ready. I think most people are satisfied with how it played out, but there are certainly people in Texas that are not, and I completely understand it. I am sure there will be people in some geography next year that are going to be upset based on whoever finishes fifth or sixth.

Haden on the effect of new NCAA reforms on USC...

We believe the NCAA's changes are good for student-athletes. The most immediate change is going to full cost of attendance for scholarships. We will have to budget for the new expense, but it puts about $2,000 more in the stipend checks for our student-athletes. Right behind that are the results of the O'Bannon lawsuit, which could be a significant cost to us. We are still trying to put a number on it, but up to $4-6 million per year. Autonomy has brought more topics of discussion to the table, and most of them will be good for student-athletes.

Team-MW-McG.JPGHaden previews spring sports including a Coliseum game for women's lacrosse...

This is our third year of women's lacrosse and on February 7, the Women of Troy will host Northwestern, the dominant program in the sport, at the Coliseum, and we would like to get as many fans as possible to that game. The game starts at 3pm, and admission is complimentary. I think we have a legitimate chance to win several national championships this semester. Both our tennis programs, both our track and field programs, both our golf programs, both our swimming and diving teams, men's volleyball, women's rowing, women's sand volleyball and women's water polo are all nationally ranked and expect to compete for titles. Baseball appears to be on the rise as well.

Haden on the recently completed academic semester being the best on record...

It is fantastic. It is hard being a world class athlete and a premier student at a place like USC. I do get frustrated when you see published reports about graduation success rates because those are historical and predate my tenure. We graduate 90% of the student-athletes that stick it out through their senior years. I make them promise mom right in front of me that they will finish school. Sometimes they disappoint mom, but we tell them how valuable a degree from USC will be throughout their entire life. Our Stevens Academic Center headed by Dr. Magdi El Shahawy has done a phenomenal job.

Click here for the fall semester grade report.

Venturing to SEC Country

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No. 1 USC men's tennis is taking its traveling road show to the South for the Pac-12/SEC Showdown in Athens, Georgia, a venue at which the Trojans have enjoyed past championship success. USC will play No. 17 Florida on Saturday (7 a.m. PT) and No. 7 Georgia on Sunday (11 a.m. PT).

Click here for the complete preview.

The first real tests of the season will provide an early season report card for head coach Peter Smith, who has guided the program to five national championships in the last six seasons. The starting lineup features all experienced players from last year's title team including the No. 3 player in the nation Yannick Hanfmann.

Here are the players previewing the big showdown ahead:


3-Points: Colorado 98, USC 94 (3OT)

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Trojans battled to the end in triple overtime, but ultimately lost to Colorado in heart-breaking fashion.

For the complete recap and box score, click here.

Triple Overtime Insanity

The back-and-forth battle that ensued at the Galen Center Thursday night was one for the ages, although the Trojans would have liked to come out on top. The two teams put up a combined 192 points, led by Colorado's Askia Booker who had 43 points, the most points scored by a single player this season in the Pac-12. Nikola Jovanovic and Katin Reinhardt combined for 65 points but USC was unable to win the battle of attrition down the stretch. Despite the triple overtime outcome, the team was in good spirits as it moves on to face Utah on Sunday. "This is our third close game," Reinhardt commented after the game. "We're growing from it and you can see the progress. From the beginning of the season to now we look like a way different team, offensively and defensively. We've just got to learn how to close these games out. We've taken steps and I think that's a very good sign for us."

Katin's Cannon

The brightest spot in the Trojans' loss was an outstanding performance from redshirt sophomore Katin Reinhardt. The guard went an astounding 9-for-18 from the three-point line and totaled a career-high 35 points before fouling out in the third overtime. His nine threes tied the USC school record set by Anthony Pendleton in 1987. Heralded as a fantastic shooter when he arrived at USC, Reinhardt has struggled at times this season to find his rhythm. After Thursday's game however, he said he's finally getting back to his game of basketball, saying he feels great with where he's at at this point in the season individually.

Finishing Frustrations

Thursday was the third time in five games that the Trojans lost by four or fewer points - a somewhat-encouraging sign for a team that lost its first two conference games this season by an average of 22.5 points, but a frustrating one nonetheless. The Trojans certainly did not lack for effort, as they battled close with the Buffs for 55 minutes, but it's going to take some further fine-tuning to get this team over the winning hump. Head coach Andy Enfield noted that he is encouraged by the progress his team has made this season. "It's frustrating when you lose games," said Enfield. "It's not fun to lose but I can't be upset at my team for losing games like this even though we had chances to win because they played so hard. They're enthusiastic, they're great teammates. As long as we're together as a team and we keep improving, that's all you can ask as a coach."

Here are the SnappyTV highlights from tonight's game...

Sweet Sweep

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The USC men's volleyball team continues to charge through the early portion of its schedule, now with a 6-0 record after beating Long Beach State on Wednesday night. The No. 2 Trojans swept No. 11 LBSU thanks to performances from Christopher Orenic who had seven kills and five digs, and Andy Benesh and Micah Christenson who had six blocks apiece.

For a full recap, click here.

Next up, USC hosts Cal State Northridge on Friday (7 p.m.) at the Galen Center.

Here are seniors Chris Lischke and Robert Feathers with a recap of the Trojans' win:

Chasing Wins

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USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield was pleased with his team's effort in four of the last five games, and now the Trojans are looking to turn that work into results. USC hosts Colorado (tonight at 6:30 p.m.) and Utah (Sunday at 11:30 a.m.) this weekend led by high-flying guard Elijah Stewart.

Click here for tickets.


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Generations of Greatness

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Matthews family has become one of football's most iconic lineages, with three generations of Matthews men who've succeeded at the highest level. Three of the men, Clay Matthews Jr., his brother Bruce Matthews, and Clay Matthews III were all first-round NFL Draft picks coming out of USC.

In Nissan's "#withdad" series, Clay Matthews Jr. reflects on growing up in a football family and raising one of his own. See all of the #withdad series here.

Bourne To Be Great

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC men's volleyball player Tri Bourne was named the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball Rookie of the Year in his first full season of FIVB international competition. He became the first American since 2006 to be named the FIVB's top rookie, and the third ever.

Click here for the full release.

Bourne, teamed with John Hyden in FIVB play last year, played in 11 tournaments, winning a gold medal at Berlin in June and finishing in the Top 10 in nine of their tourneys. The duo won 43 of their 60 matches.

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