Most Outstanding McQuin

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15621635_1367770166588518_4459347181417205958_n.jpgMen's water polo goalie McQuin Baron headlined USC's seven All-Americans this season by winning National Player of the Year today.

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Baron earned the honor by posting 247 saves (11.8 saves per game) with a 4.47 goals-against average --- the best in the MPSF. He only allowed double digit goals in two games this year: USC's two losses to Cal. Baron becomes the 10th Trojan to win National Player of the Year. He is USC's first winner since Kostas Genidounias in 2014 and the first USC goalie to win since Joel Dennerley in 2011.

IMG_7037.JPGBaron is joined by Blake Edwards on the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American First Team. Edwards led USC's potent scoring attack, with 42 goals this season. This honor marks the second straight first team All-American selection for the Australian.

Baron and Edwards are still in the running for the Peter J. Cutino Award --- collegiate water polo's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. The winner will be announced in June 2017.

USC's second-leading scorer, Matteo Morelli, earned a spot on the All-American second team for his 37-goal season. Morelli, Edwards and Grant Stein, who earned third team honors, are now tied at 28th on USC's all-time scoring list with 110 goals. Lachlan Edwards, who's right behind with 108 career goals, also earned third team honors this year.

Senior Nick Bell and freshman Matt Maier round out USC's All-American honorees, earning honorable mention for their efforts in USC's 24-2 season.

Trojans Beat the Big Red

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USC men's basketball improved to 11-0 on the season with a 79-67 win over Cornell last night.

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As has been the case nearly every game this season, the No. 23 Trojans got off to a slow start. They finally took the lead just before the end of the first half, and didn't look back.

Forward Chimezie Metu scored in double-digits before halftime, and finished up with 17 points. Captain Jordan McLaughlin added 16, plus 9 assists, to help the Trojans go undefeated in their non-conference home slate.

Freshman Nick Rakocevic got in foul trouble early, so Charles Buggs came off the bench and had his best game as a Trojan so far. He went 3-of-4 from the field for 9 points in 23 minutes. USC head coach Andy Enfield said Buggs provided a jolt of energy to the team.

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Overall, the Trojans outshot the Big Red, 48.4 pct to 40.9 pct, and racked up 10 blocks to create extra possessions for themselves.

Next up for the Trojans is a bout with Missouri State at the Orleans Arean in Las Vegas on Thursday.

All-American Chad

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chadwheeler-allamerican.jpgUSC OT Chad Wheeler was recently named a first team All-American by Campus Insiders, adding a third new name to USC's All-American Walk.

Wheeler joins fellow senior OT Zach Banner and CB Adoree' Jackson (unanimous) in earning national recognition this season. Wheeler, who was also named first team All-Pac-12, was part of an offensive line that only allowed 11 sacks this year --- the fewest in the conference.

The Santa Monica, CA native started all but the first two games of the season and was twice named to Pro Football Focus' Pac-12 Team of the Week. He and the offensive line will be tasked with protecting USC QB Sam Darnold against Penn State's ferocious defensive front in the Rose Bowl.

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Almost an Upset

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USC women's basketball nearly knocked off No. 5 Mississippi State at the Galen Center yesterday, but fell just short, losing 76-72.

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In the championship game of the Women of Troy Classic, the undefeated Bulldogs (12-0) edged the Trojans (8-2) despite USC leading for more than 26 minutes of the game.

The Trojans built up a 7-point lead thanks to 24 points from Sadie Edwards, 15 points from Kristen Simon and 14 points from Minyon Moore. Asiah Jones also had a standout game, registering 8 blocks --- the most by a Trojan since Lisa Leslie's 8 in 1993 and the third-most in USC women's basketball history.

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The Bulldogs took the lead with 2:20 to go on 2 free throws, which seemed to be the theme of the later part of the game. Mississippi State finished 23-of-29 from the charity stripe, while USC hit 14-of-18.

Despite the loss in the title game, USC's Simon was named to the Women of Troy Classic All-Tournament team. Next up for Simon and the Trojans is a trip to UC Irvine on Wednesday before Pac-12 play begins.

USC Beats Troy to Go 10-0

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USC Beats Troy to Go 10-0

State of Troy: December 2016

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Each month, we sit down with USC athletic director Lynn Swann to get his take on the hot topics around Heritage Hall.

Swann on making the Rose Bowl...

USC_Womens_Soccer_NCA_College_Cup_Georgetown_McGillen_6720.jpgIt was a great November. For my first time being the athletic director during the holiday season, it's wonderful to have the gift of a Rose Bowl. The football team finished up extraordinarily well. Give Clay Helton all the credit for keeping them focused after a 1-3 start to get to a 9-3 season and a top 10 ranking. Our hats are off to him and the football program.

Swann on women's soccer's national championship...

We have 21 sports here, so I am just as proud of what women's soccer has accomplished. Under head coach Keidane McAlpine, we won the program's second national championship. I was on hand in Northern California for the semifinal against Georgetown and the final against West Virginia. The Mountaineers were ranked No. 1 with a roster full of Canadian national team players and Olympians, but we beat them, 3-1. It was an outstanding game played by an outstanding team. I cannot praise our team enough.

Swann on men's water polo's national runner-up finish...

Men's water polo has been at the top of its game forever, making 12 straight NCAA title matches. They came up a little short in overtime against Cal in Berkeley, but we are exceptionally proud of what Jovan Vavic has done and what his team has done. What I love about Jovan though is that he is never satisfied to finish second and will continue to doggedly pursue championships.

Swann on men's basketball's undefeated start...

USC_Football_Notre_Dame_Coliseum_2016_McGillen_6966.jpgI have enjoyed being in the locker room with Andy Enfield and his team after a couple of victories to listen to him talk about playing great defense and what it will take to win throughout the season. He talks to them about week-by-week improvement. Even in the face of adversity, when Bennie Boatwright went down with an injury, the team was disappointed but not devastated. They are focused on having a great season. They are in position to compete for a Pac-12 championship, which is the first goal, and ultimately to make the NCAA Tournament again.

Swann on women's basketball's excellent play...

The Women of Troy only have one loss, and they have dealt with injury trouble as well. They went on the road and picked up a quality win against a ranked Texas A&M team. We are hosting a tournament this weekend at the Galen Center, so we need to support them. We need to get more of our fans out to both men's and women's basketball games.

Swann on women's volleyball's season...

The women's volleyball team is young, but they had a nice season to earn a 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid. I look forward to them being outstanding over the next several years. They will continue to get better and continue to grow.

Swann on the academic semester coming to an end...

Academically, we had another tremendous semester in the classroom. Our Stevens Academic Center is there for a reason, and they are doing a great job mentoring and tutoring our student-athletes. Our Graduation Success Rate (GSR) has gone up for the third straight year, and at the present pace, it looks like it will improve over the next two years also.

Swann on visiting USC supporters across the country...

Earlier in December, I took a trip back East for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame dinner and met with several groups of our alumni who are eagerly engaged with USC and look to do more. They are excited about the Rose Bowl and our progress athletically and academically in all 21 sports. USC has changed and grown to become even more appealing across the country and globe. For example, our lacrosse program has put its sport on the map nationally for the West Coast, so we have more people interested in coming to USC from the East Coast where the sport has deep roots.

Swann on USC's competitive spirit...

I also had the chance to attend the Heisman dinner for the first time with some USC alumni, while we all enjoyed it, we look forward to the day when a Trojan is holding up the trophy again. That's what makes USC special. We had a tremendous fall semester, but we are never satisfied. We keep pushing to win championships in every sport and to get better and better every day, week, month and year.

Happy Holidays to the entire Trojans Family! We are thankful for the blessings of this past year and look forward to a tremendous 2017!

2016 USC Football Season Highlights

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The 2016 USC football season will end in the glory and splendor of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, but it started with a frustrating first month which culminated in a heartbreaking loss in Salt Lake City. In between, the Trojans bonded together, finding the Fight On spirit which makes this program unique.

Rose Bowl Thursday #1: Helton Presser

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On a rainy Thursday afternoon, USC head coach Clay Helton addressed Max Browne's decision to transfer to Pitt, the Trojans' depth on the offensive line and more.

End-of-Year Equinox

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QB Max Browne to Transfer to Pitt

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Redshirt junior quarterback Max Browne will transfer from the program and play at Pitt next year, he announced today.

The Sammamish, WA native was the Gatorade National Football Player of the Year out of Skyline High School in 2012. After redshirting his freshman year and appearing in nine games as a backup in 2014 and 2015, Browne was named a team captain and the starting quarterback entering this season.

In his three starts this year, he went 55-of-87 (63.2 pct) for 474 yards, 2 TD and 2 INT. Overall, Browne finishes his career at USC with 14 game appearances, 650 passing yards and 2 TD.

This year, he earned Howard Jones/Football Alumni Club Academic Award for having the highest cumulative GPA on the team (3.48). He also earned USC's Bob Chandler Award (given to the underclassman with outstanding athletic ability, academic achievement and character) and USC's Co-Lifter of the Year Award during his time as a Trojan.

Because Browne already received his Bachelor's degree from USC, he is eligible to play immediately at Pitt.