Just Out of Jaco's Reach

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Last night, USC women's basketball fell to No. 11 UCLA, but Courtney Jaco's career showing was a bright spot for the Trojans.

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Jaco racked up 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, both new career marks for the senior. In doing so, she moved into No. 2 in USC's all-time 3-pointers made list. She now has 184 in her USC career.

Despite Jaco's impressive output, the Trojans fell, 74-59. Team photographer John McGillen captured all the action at the Galen Center last night.

2017 USC Football Schedule

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Schedule-2017.jpgUSC football will earn its Thanksgiving feast this year. The Trojans will play 12 consecutive weeks without a bye this season for the first time since 1995 as part of the 2017 schedule which features seven home games (all on Saturdays).

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USC has once again challenged itself with one of the most daunting schedules in the nation, including marquee non-conference matchups against Texas (September 9 at the Coliseum) and Notre Dame (October 21 in South Bend). The Trojans will host Western Michigan, the nation's top Group of Five team last year, on September 2 to kick off the new season.

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the second longest in the nation, the reigning Rose Bowl champions will be tested early and often in conference play. Stanford comes to the Coliseum in Week 2 (September 9) as part of a three-game home stand that will energize the Coliseum from day one.

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USC will then play four of its next six on the road, including a Friday night game at Washington State, the lone weekday game on the schedule this season. The Trojans will visit the Cougs and host Oregon State in 2017 after missing both schools in 2015 and 2016. USC will not play Washington or Oregon this year unless the teams battle in the Pac-12 Championship Game on December 1 or 2.

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The Trojans will close the regular season by visiting Colorado, the defending Pac-12 South champions, and hosting UCLA at the Coliseum on Saturday, November 18. USC will be off for Thanksgiving weekend, hopefully preparing for the Pac-12 Championship Game the following week.

USC MVB - Week 2 Recap

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After two hard-fought losses to Top 15-ranked teams, USC men's volleyball bounced back this week with an upset win over No. 3 Long Beach State. The Trojans couldn't hold on to their momentum, though, falling in three sets to No. 13 Cal State Northridge just three days later.

USC head coach Jeff Nygaard discussed the potential he saw in his team during the upset and dubbed senior outside hitter the team's "work horse" in his Week 2 recap.

Have You Herd of Zach Banner?

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Today, USC All-American OT Zach Banner stopped by "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd on FS1. A former FOX intern, Banner finally got a chance to sit on the couch and chat with Cowherd and Kristine Leahy about winning the Rose Bowl, preparing for the 2017 NFL Draft and more.

Bring the Heat

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Tomorrow night, USC men's basketball faces one of its toughest tests of the season when No. 14 Arizona comes to town.

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The Trojans (16-3, 3-3 Pac-12) are fresh off a road trip where they split games with Utah and Colorado. The Wildcats, meanwhile, are winners of 10 straight and have not yet lost a conference game (5-0). Arizona's only losses this season have come at the hands of now-No. 13 Butler and now-No. 4 (and undefeated) Gonzaga.

Arizona's Finnish freshman Lauri Markkanen (16.7 PPG) leads the five Wildcats averaging double figures this season. USC boasts four such players, with sophomore Chimezie Metu paving the way (14.1 PPG).

Metu and the Trojans will have to give their all to replicate the results of USC's last home game vs. Arizona: a 4OT, 103-101 win for the Trojans last year.

This year, the Trojans will have to find a way to beat the Pac-12's top scoring defense (61.6 PPG allowed). The Wildcats are also the third-best shooting team in the conference in terms of both field goals and three-pointers. Their three-point defense is tops in the Pac-12, as is their defensive rebounding.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. tomorrow night at Galen Center, and the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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Trojan of the Week: Chimezie Metu

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The Trojan Family voted USC sophomore Chimezie Metu the Jersey Mike's Trojan of the Week for men's basketball on the back of two strong performances against Utah and Colorado.

While Metu's 17 points paced the Trojans in the blowout loss to Utah, he put in his most impactful shift of the season in the dramatic win over Colorado. The big man made 11 of 14 from the field, including the game-winning hook shot, en route to a career-high 24 points.

Metu has been trending up for some time now. He has scored in double figures in 16 of 19 games this season, including 14 of the last 15. Last year, he reached double digits in scoring just six times.

He now leads the Trojans in scoring (14.1 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (1.7 bpg). While he has always been efficient from the field, Metu's biggest improvement has been at the foul line. He jumped from 51% last season to 75% so far this season.

Metu and the Trojans take on Arizona (Thursday at 6 p.m. PT) and Arizona State (Sunday at 5:30 p.m. PT) inside the Galen Center this week. Click here for tickets and follow USC men's basketball on Twitter and Instagram.


Reign On

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Lr_USC_waterpolo_ncaa_championship_stanford_hr_mcgillen_4463.jpgOn Friday, reigning national champion USC women's water polo begins its title defense.

Despite finishing undefeated and on top of the national rankings last year, the Trojans enter the 2017 season at No. 2 in the country. They'll put that ranking to the test at the UCSB Winter Invitational this weekend, where they open with No. 7 Michigan.

USC returns three first-team All-Americans in goalie Amanda Longan, driver Stephania Haralabidis and 2-meter player Brigitta Games. Haralabidis, who won the 2016 Peter J. Cutino Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of water polo), led the team with 63 goals last year. She and her twin sister, Ioanna, who ranked third on the team with 34 goals in 2016, enter their senior season trying to make one final splash.

Eight freshmen join the fold this season, including U.S. National Team member Paige Hauschild and two Canadian National Teamers: Nina Ceklic and Verica Bakoc. They'll help the Trojans compete in events such as the Cal Baptist Invitational, the Whittier Invitational, the Triton Invitational and the UCI Invitational.

The team hopes that after all that, they land a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Jovan Vavic has some experience there, as he's fresh off taking the men's team to the national title game. He's won 14 titles overall and aims for No. 15 this season.

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Golden Goalies

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USC_lacrosse_UC_davis_mcgillen_HR-3423.jpgBack in August, over 100 players tried out for the 2017 U.S. Women's National Lacrosse Team. Since then, three rounds have cuts have been made to whittle the team down to just 18 players. Of those final 18, only two are goalies, and both are members of USC's women's lacrosse program.

Junior goalie Gussie Johns and USC associate head coach Devon Wills made the final cut for the team that will compete at the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup from July 12-22 in Guildford, England.

Wills, a two-time world champion with U.S.A. Lacrosse already, has undoubtedly made an impact on Johns during her time at USC. Johns led the nation in goals-against average in 2016 (6.04 gaa) and was All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region. She led the nation's No. 1 scoring defense (5.80 gaa) and was the team's leader in ground balls (49).

Johns becomes the first Trojan lacrosse player to ever make the World Cup roster. Before she sets her sights on the World Cup, though, she must take on USC's 2017 season. Wills, Johns and the Trojans get started on Feb. 11 vs. St. Mary's, with hopes to take the next step and win a national championship.


Trojan Wish - Jayleen Cox

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IMG_0493.JPGOn Friday, a young man named Jayleen Cox attended the first sporting event of his life.

Eighteen-year-old Jayleen and his family watched the USC women's basketball game vs. Oregon on Friday night as part of USC's Trojan Wish program.

Jayleen was diagnosed with a mild case of autism at the age of two and by four years old he was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Jayleen lost his ability to walk at age 10 and has been in a power wheelchair ever since.

Recently, an organization called Walking Strong gifted the Cox family a wheelchair accessible 2016 Dodge Caravan minivan, allowing them to take their son out to places that weren't possible after he became wheelchair-bound.

This included Friday night's women's basketball game, where Jayleen got a pair of USC sunglasses and a fanny pack, met USC's Song Girls, participated in the high five line and player intros, and watched the game courtside with his family.

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2016 #USCtotheNFL Divisional Round

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Nick-nfl.jpgHeading into the third round of the NFL Playoffs, three Trojans remain in the hunt for the Lombardi Trophy.

In this weekend's Divisional Round, the Falcons beat the Seahawks, knocking out USC alums Pete Carroll and Mike Morgan. One more Trojan went down when, despite Brian Cushing's 4 tackles and a sack, the Patriots bested the Texans.

Packers linebackers Nick Perry and Clay Matthews and Steelers tight end Xavier Grimble are the three players still representing USC.

Perry racked up 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 QB hits and 1 pass defended, while Matthews added 1 tackle and 1 QB hit to help the Packers top the Cowboys on Sunday.

Grimble took two snaps on offense and one on special teams in the Steelers' win over the Chiefs.

This Sunday at 1:05 p.m. PT, Perry, Matthews and the Packers take on the Falcons in the NFC Championship. Just after, at 3:40 p.m. PT, Grimble and the Steelers face the Patriots in the AFC title game.

Perry, Matthews and Grimble are looking to add to the list of 110 Trojans to appear in a Super Bowl. Last year, USC's only representative was Panthers center Ryan Kalil. The year before that, USC produced three Super Bowl champs, in linebackers Mike Morgan and Malcolm Smith, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

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