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USC will open its season in the 80,000-seat AT&T Stadium. Until then, the Trojans work while no one is watching.


Tom Hansen Medal Duo

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Announced on Tuesday, men's tennis' Max de Vroome and women's volleyball's Samantha Bricio are this year's Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners from USC, an annual award given to each institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athletes. Both Trojans displayed the ultimate combination of excellence on the court as well as in the classroom and community. 


This honor is the latest in a long list of accomplishments achieved in Bricio's final campaign, including the 2015 Honda Sports Award, Latino Spirit Award, 2015 AVCA National Player of the Year honors and All-American status. The outside hitter led the nation in four categories in her senior season and graduated in May with a degree in psychology. 

De Vroome capped off a very impressive Trojan career this spring, winning Pac-12 Men's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year and leading USC to its 10th-consecutive NCAA appearance. His career singles record is 109-42 with an all-time best ranking of No. 18, but his success extends far beyond the court as he was also a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree and received a 2016 Pac-12 Post-Graduate Scholarship to continue his education next year. 

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#FightOnForever: Tom Kelly

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The legendary "Voice of the Trojans", Tom Kelly, who called USC football and men's basketball games for five decades, died today at the age of 88 after a battle with cancer.

Click here for his complete obituary.

Kelly first broadcast USC football and men's basketball games in 1961 and he was behind the mic for Trojan games almost yearly until 2003. He did so on radio from 1961 to 1965 and 1973 to 1988, then on TV from 1989 until 2003. He described the action of five USC national championship football teams, five Heisman Trophy winners and 92 first team All-American football players. In 2001, he was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.

Click here for Tom Hoffarth's reflections.

"[Kelly's] voice was something you could hear from a subway tunnel six blocks away," current USC football radio voice Pete Arbogast told Hoffarth. "He was the voice -- he was the guy."

In his 2007 biography, Kelly summed up his legendary career by saying, "There's no rhyme or reason how I managed to remain the 'Voice of the Trojans' except luck and good fortune." And continued, "I don't know how I qualified but I'm thankful. I enjoyed every moment and realize I was one of the fortunate ones."


Johnson Wins At Last!

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Former USC men's tennis All-American Steve Johnson did a lot of winning while at USC, leading the Trojans to four straight NCAA Team Championships, taking home two NCAA singles championships and winning the last 72 matches of his career. In his fourth year on the ATP World Tour, Johnson is finally finding that winning rhythm on the professional level, taking home his first-ever ATP title at the Aegon Open in Nottingham last weekend. 

The 26-year-old bested Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas, 7-6(5), 7-5, to take home the first singles trophy of his career in the final warm-up tournament before Wimbledon began on Monday. 

"It's special. There's no doubt about that," Johnson told ATPWorldTour.com on Saturday. "You've always hoped to be lifting the trophy at the end. Up until today, it hasn't been a reality. To play a very solid final, I'm very happy to win my first title. Hopefully there will be many more to come."

Johnson is hoping the positive momentum continues into competition in Wimbledon this week, and early on it's already looking that way as the Trojan defeated Malek Jaziri, 7-5, 7-6 (2), 6-4, on Monday to advance to round two for the second straight year. 

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#USC2RIO: DeMar DeRozan

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The countdown is on to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and once again, USC will be represented by a roster of Trojans that would match most countries. Time to unveil your USC Olympians...

Name: DeMar DeRozan

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Basketball


DeRozan is the first-ever USC alum to make the "Dream Team" and only the third Trojan to play in the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Wearing the Stars and Stripes is a fitting reward for the kid from Compton who has turned himself into a two-time NBA All-Star, peaking with an Eastern Conference Finals run this season for the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan played one year at USC (2008-09), earning Pac-10 Tournament MVP honors after leading the Trojans to the program's only conference tournament title.

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Vote For Bricio!

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USC women's volleyball's Samantha Bricio won just about every accolade possible in the final season of her stellar, four-year Trojan career. The 2015 AVCA, Pac-12 and espnW Player of the Year, a recipient of the prestigious Honda Sports Award and a three-time AVCA All-American, the outside hitter finished her collegiate playing days on top. 

But there's one more award Bricio can add to her resume this year, and the Trojan needs your help to bring it home. The recent USC graduate is nominated for Best Female College Athlete of the Year at the 2016 ESPY Awards, which will be held on Wednesday, July 13 at 5pm PT at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles.  

Click here to vote for Bricio now!

This season, she led the nation in points (803.0), points per set (6.18) and service aces (86). She holds four career records at USC: kills (2,095), attacks (5,499) service aces (301) and points (2,546.5). Bricio is also the Pac-12 record holder for aces, is third in attacks and fifth in kills. 

Voting continues all the way up to the start of the show, so be sure cast your vote and spread the word!

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With confetti still falling on the streets of Cleveland, it's time for the 2016 NBA Draft, where USC's most recent first team All-Pac-12 point guard, Julian Jacobs, will find out which city will reap the benefits of his striking athleticism next. Beginning at 4 p.m. PT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Thursday, 30 NBA front offices will select what they hope to be the future of their organizations and Jacobs is hoping to be the first Trojan drafted since 2011. 

In the 2015-16 season, the versatile guard averaged 11.6 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and a conference-leading 5.4 assists per game. At 6-foot-4 he possesses good height for his position with even better athleticism, showcased game after game last year as he compiled a dunk reel prime for SC Top 10 pickings. His leadership over the course of the last three seasons is impressive to NBA scouts as well, considering the point guard helped guide USC from a 11-21 record his freshman year to a 21-13 record this March and the Trojans' first NCAA Tournament berth since 2011. Jacobs did not receive an invite to the 2016 NBA Draft Combine, but is still projected to be a late second round pick. 

Also in the mix on Thursday night is former USC forward Nikola Jovanovic who averaged 12.1 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season. The Serbian-native has reportedly worked out for the Pistons, but is projected to be on the bubble to be drafted in the late second round.  

#StartYourStreak: Jeff Schneider

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schneider.jpgThe Trojan Family has some of the most devoted fans in college football, including Jeff Schneider.

Each fall, Schneider takes the term "passion" to a new level as a dedicated USC fan who travels 2,300 miles almost every other weekend to watch his Trojans take the field in the Coliseum. He didn't go to USC, but the Florida resident understands the Trojan Family as true as anyone after being adopted in by USC alumni at the 2005 Orange Bowl. In the 11 years since, Schneider has bled Cardinal & Gold.

"I always get goosebumps when I step foot into the Coliseum," Schneider said. "This place is special."

Click here to Start Your Streak today with a customizable mini-plan!

Props to Peterson

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Junior USC women's water polo captain Avery Peterson leads a trio of Trojans receiving All-Academic honors from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches for the 2016 season. In addition to Peterson, freshmen Courtney Fahey and Mackenzie Flath earned spots on the national academic list for their cumulative GPAs of 3.20 and above. 

This is the third ACWPC All-Academic selection for Peterson, a communications major with an impressive 3.41 GPA. Fahey leads the Women of Troy on the academic front, boasting a 3.47 GPA while Flath rounds out the talented group with a 3.28 GPA. The trio all contributed to the Trojans' remarkable, national championship-winning 26-0 season. 

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Volleyball Set For 2016

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The defending Pac-12 co-champion USC women's volleyball team announced its schedule for the 2016 season on Tuesday, including 19 televised games with a pair set to be broadcast on ESPNU. 

Click here for USC's complete schedule

In addition to the regular 10 conference matches on the schedule, the Women of Troy will also host three pre-conference tournaments at the Galen Center, providing fans with plenty of opportunities to come out and cheer on the Trojans. The lineup in 2016 won't be an easy one in the ever-competitive Pac-12 Conference as the Trojans will face teams that made 2015 NCAA Tournament appearances 16 times this year. 

The Trojans open the season against crosstown rival UCLA on September 21 at home, and will host Senior Day on November 19 against Oregon. All but seven conference matches will be televised, the majority on the Pac-12 Networks, aside from both matches versus Stanford (October 23 and November 10) which will be aired on ESPNU. 


Be sure to follow @USCWomensVolley on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for season updates, photos and more!

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