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Spreecast with Sark and Agholor

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As a thank you to our valued season ticket holders, they were privy to an exclusive Spreecast this afternoon with head coach Steve Sarkisian and wide receiver Nelson Agholor.  Being a season ticket holder has its benefits, but we wanted share with everybody the archive of the Spreecast in case you are interested in what Sarkisian and Agholor had to say.


Coaches Start USC at 15

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USC is ranked No. 15 in the initial Coaches' Poll heading into the 2014 season.  The Trojans are one of six Pac-12 teams listed in the Top 25 joining No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 UCLA, No. 11 Stanford, No. 18 Arizona State and No. 25 Washington plus annual non-conference opponent No. 17 Notre Dame.

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USC finished last season ranked No. 24 in the Coaches' Poll, which no longer plays any significant role in determining the national champion.  The new College Football Playoff will decide the nation's best four teams by using a selection committee of trusted experts including USC Athletic Director Pat Haden.

Posted yesterday on social media, the Trojans are now actually 30 days to kickoff.
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The List That Lasts

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USC has long touted its NFL factory reputation in terms of all-time draft picks, first rounders and current players in the league, but Trojans are also tops when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Eleven USC alums have been enshrined in Canton, Ohio, which bests Notre Dame by one to lead the way among colleges.

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1. USC - 11
2. Notre Dame - 10
3. Ohio State - 9
4. Michigan - 8
4. Pittsburgh - 8
6. Alabama - 7
6. Syracuse - 7
8. Illinois - 6
8. Miami - 6
8. Minnesota - 6

The list of Trojans in the Hall of Fame (RB Marcus Allen, E Red Badgro, B Frank Gifford, DB Ronnie Lott, OL Bruce Matthews, OL Ron Mix, OL Anthony Munoz, RB O.J. Simpson, WR Lynn Swann, DB Willie Wood and OT Ron Yary) is likely to grow by at least two more soon when the late Junior Seau becomes eligible next year and Steelers DB Troy Polamalu decides to retire. 

Lord Tyron

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Do you remember the opening to the movie The Blind Side?  The general point was demonstrating the value of a franchise offensive tackle in the NFL.

Tyron-Smith.jpgUSC alum Tyron Smith can now take that argument to the bank.  The Cowboys reportedly signed their prized protector to a nine-figure deal today with the contract estimated at $110 million over the next 10 years, including $40 million guaranteed.

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Smith, who was a second team All-Pro last season, is excited about being a "Cowboy for Life", and the team knows what they have in the Trojan great. 

"We talk about building a program and building a football team and he was the first player that we took three years ago in that draft," head coach Jason Garrett said. "He's just been everything we've wanted to build this program and this team around.

"His work ethic is fantastic. His mental and physical toughness are as good as I've been around. He just continues to grow and develop as a player. Technically he's getting better. He's getting bigger and stronger. And he's just tough, competitive. He's what you want on your football team at a really, really important position."

The Spanish Armada

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USC women's golf alum Belen Mozo led Spain to the inaugural International Crown as part of a tightly bonded quartet of players.  The Spaniards closed out the match play competition in style winning all four points on the final day.

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Mozo clinched the victory with a 3-and-2 win over Moriya Jutanugarn of Thailand setting off the celebration.  Spain came into the competition as the No. 5 seed, but the foursome carried the confidence of a champion.

"Even though we were maybe the underdogs because of the seedings, I knew deep inside that what you need in a team championship is what we have," said Mozo. "We have always played together, we have always won together. Coming in, we knew we had that advantage over the other teams."

Here is Mozo on the Golf Channel talking about winning the Tiffany crown:


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.

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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.

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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:

Agholor-Camp3-McG.jpgAug. 4--6:15 p.m.  

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.