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Salute to Troy 2014

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The annual Salute to Troy football kickoff BBQ is set for Saturday, August 23, with dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. and the program to follow at 6:30 p.m.  You are all invited to the outdoor event on campus at Cromwell Field, which includes the opportunity to take pictures with the players, collect autographs, and hear from the coaches about the upcoming season.

Please RSVP by August 18 by calling 213-740-4164 or click here to make a credit card reservation or click here to email us for more information.

This year's Salute to Troy will also honor the 50th anniversary of the 1964 team and the 25th anniversary of the 1989 Trojans.


Lovemark Climbing Up

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USC men's golf alum Jamie Lovemark has spent most of his career working his way through the Web.com tour trying to earn his card on the big stage.  Now a full-time PGA pro, he is playing the best golf of his life as evidenced by a 12th place finish this weekend at the RBC Canadian Open.

Lovemark burst onto the professional scene in 2009 when he lost a playoff to finish second at the Frys.com Open, but this is his best result since his rookie season.  He earned $101,888 for the strong showing, and he has now made four consecutive cuts.

The 26-year-old is ranked No. 181 in the world having made $290,464 this season.  He was a two-time All-American at USC including winning the 2007 NCAA individual title.

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Jason Part II

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The second act of Jason Lane's career is even more captivating than the first.  The outfielder, who once homered in the NLCS clinching game for the Houston Astros, is now a left-handed hurler for the San Diego Padres, and the 37-year-old earned the first mound start of his major league career today.

Lane took the hard luck loss, but he likely won't bemoan any misfortune after his cinematic comeback.  He pitched well on the day logging six innings, while giving up just a single run, and he went 1-for-2 at the plate.

Click here for more.

Lane was an All-American at USC showing off his dual threat skills in the 1998 College World Series.  In the championship game, he not only pitched 2.2 shutout innings to pick up the win, but he also capped the 21-14 victory with a 9th inning grand slam.

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Beach Bronze

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While USC women's volleyball legend April Ross was collecting yet another title on the sand, the next generation of Trojans were also bringing home the hardware.  Sophomores Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes teamed up to take the bronze medal at the 2014 FIVB Beach Volleyball U21 World Championships in Cyprus.

Click here for the complete story.

The Trojan duo defeated Switzerland's Nina Betschart and Nicole Eiholzer, 21-16, 21-23, 15-7, to claim the bronze.

It was the second FIVB bronze medal that Hughes and Claes have won. Last year, they were third at the FIVB U19 World Championships in Portugal.


Fall Camp Viewing Policy

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USC fall camp begins Monday, August 4, as the Trojans begin the long grind to opening kickoff at the Coliseum on Saturday, August 30.  Fans will have the opportunity to view many of the fall camp practices from the deck at Dedeaux Field, and the August 4, 5, 6 and 8 sessions are free to be watched from the Howard Jones east sideline.

Public attending practice must sign in and present a current ID.  No cameras, still or video, are permitted.  The schedule is subject to change and the public availability for the Coliseum practices is still to be determined.

Here is the list of practices open to the public, and again, note that the top four can be viewed from the Howard Jones east sideline:

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Aug. 5--6:15 p.m.

Aug. 6--2:30 p.m.

Aug. 8--2:30 p.m.

Aug. 10--8:45 a.m.

Aug. 11--2:30 p.m.

Aug. 15--8:45 a.m.

Aug. 17--2:30 p.m.

Aug. 20--9 a.m.

Aug. 21--2:30 p.m.

Aug. 22--9:15 a.m.

Sark at ESPN

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Pac-12 colleagues are going through the annual ESPN "Car Wash" today jumping from platform to platform previewing the upcoming season.

For a sample of Sark's takes, click here to listen to him on Mike & Mike or here to listen to him on SVP & Russillo.


Comfortable at the Coliseum

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Trojan Seats are back again this year, and you can reserve yours for just $35 if you sign-up before July 31.  In a week, the price will increase to $40.

Click here to reserve now!

The seatbacks are yours for the season and greatly enhance the comfort of sitting and enjoying a game inside the Coliseum.

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The Transition

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Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 11.01.43 AM.pngFormer USC women's volleyball player Kelli Tennant, whose rise up the ranks in the sports broadcasting world has now landed her as a host on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and SportsNet LA, has authored a book, "The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide To Life After Sports."

Inspired by the challenges she faced when her playing career was cut short by injury, Tennant began working on the book in 2009.  She openly writes about her struggles and also includes real-life anecdotes from numerous professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes, including ex-Laker Luke Walton, who wrote the book's foreword.  The book concludes with a game plan to help athletes adjust.

Tennant's goal is to get the book into the hands of as many transitioning athletes as possible, from the high school to the pro levels.

"The cheering will stop," Tennant writes.  "This book is to help prepare you before that day comes so you have the tools to make the transition, successfully."

"The Transition" is available on Amazon or Kindle.  A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to charities that benefit disadvantaged athletes, including USC's Swim With Mike.


2014 USC Football Poster

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The 2014 USC football schedule poster was unveiled today.  As always, the posters are free to fans at the Coliseum opener (against Fresno State on August 30) and the Heritage Hall lobby while supplies last.

(Click on the image below to enlarge and download.)

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2014 Football Preseason Notes

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The USC Sports Information office released its comprehensive preseason primer ahead of the 2014 football season. 

Click here to read the preseason notes.

The document is loaded with stats and information, but here are a few fun facts that might interest you.
  • USC is one of only four teams (along with Central Florida, Iowa State and North Carolina) to play its first six games of 2014 against teams with winning records in 2013.
  • USC is one of only three NCAA FBS schools (along with UCLA and Notre Dame) that has never played an FCS opponent since the divisions were established in 1978. 
  • USC has three players with the surname Simmons (DT Delvon Simmons, OG Jordan Simmons and DB Lamont Simmons), but none of them are related.
  • USC's roster features a Jr. (DL Greg Townsend Jr.), a III (DB Leon McQuay III) and a IV (RB James Toland IV).
OL Aundrey Walker, who is the youngest of 14 brothers, has 17 siblings total.
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