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10 Days to Kickoff

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In 10 days, USC will suit up to battle Alabama in Arlington, Texas. The following week, the Trojans return home to emerge out of the Coliseum tunnel for the first time in 2016 against Utah State.

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The first 50,000 fans through the gates for the home opener will receive a Marcus Allen bobblehead. Don't miss out on this coveted collectible.

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Mock Game Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans suited up on Tuesday for their first practice of the school year, and the first since the official depth chart was released.
  • USC_FOOTBALL_FALL_CAMP_080716_mcgillen_9186 (1).jpgHead coach Clay Helton noted that the Trojans "really feel healthy right now," having returned a few players who were rehabbing injuries throughout Fall Camp. Only S John Plattenburg (concussion) and LT Chad Wheeler (foot) were held out with injuries.
  • Helton is conducting a mock game week, so he game-planned for Alabama on Sunday and gave the team a day off Monday. "We're treating it just like a typical work week this week, like we're playing this Saturday," Helton said. "Hopefully that keeps us ahead for the game."
  • Three days after naming Max Browne (pictured) the starting QB over Sam Darnold, Helton praised the way "both of them did their job today," calling them "two of the finest young men [he's] ever been associated with."
  • Browne said "it was awesome" when Helton told him he'd be the starter. "Emotionally, I felt like I'd played an entire season, to be honest, with the competition," he said. Browne sent a group text to his three brothers upon getting the news on Saturday, so that they could all be the first to find out.
  • In his first day of practice since being named the starter, Browne said, "To be brutally honest, it wasn't this totally different feeling or this totally different atmosphere. It was like, 'Alright. Next step. Let's go.'"
  • Browne believes the years he's spent as a backup will help him lead the team this season. "I've had my fair share of falling short and then coming back, battling back, which I think is a great life lesson and will serve us well this season, because it's not going to go perfect, and the ability to respond and lead these guys is huge," he said.
  • Darnold acknowledged his disappointment at not being named the starter, but said that he respects Helton's decision and admires Browne's work ethic. "He prepared every single day as if he was going to be the starter," Darnold said. "It really showed me how much hard work he put in, and I think that gave me even more closure as to why he should be the starting quarterback here."
  • When asked if he would consider transferring, Darnold reaffirmed his desire to be a Trojan for life. "I want to get my degree, first and foremost," he said. "This is my dream school. There's no way I'm going to leave this place. I love this place."
  • Helton announced that the team would select its captains at the end of the week and they'd be announced next week.
  • Here is Helton's full press conference:

Reserve Your Tailgate Spot Now

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USC fans can now begin purchasing their tailgate permits for the upcoming season.

While reserved spaces are optional, tailgate permits are required for groups with:
  • 50+ people
  • Common source container(s) of alcohol/keg(s)
  • Electrical needs (excluding personal generators)
  • A tent larger than 10'x20'
  • More than three 10'x10' tents
Fans who do not wish to purchase a $20 permit may still tailgate on campus on a first-come first-served basis.

Click here to reserve your tailgate spot!

All-American Aspirations

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USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and DB-WR-RET Adoree' Jackson were named preseason All-Americans by ESPN over the weekend.

Smith-Schuster ranked 4th in the nation last year in receiving yards (1,454) and has been tabbed to the Biletnikoff Award (top receiver) and Maxwell Award (top player) watch lists this season as well.

Jackson is one of the most versatile athletes in the country, having scored touchdowns four different ways during his USC career (reception, interception, punt return and kickoff return). Jackson has also been named to the watch lists for the Bednarik Award (top defensive player), Nagurski Award (top defensive player) and Thorpe Award (top defensive back) for the upcoming season.

Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith-Schuster were named preseason All-Americans by @espn. #FightOn

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Arrivederci, Italia

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USC's women's basketball team recently returned from its 10-day, six-city whirlwind trip to Italy. After visiting Milan, Lake Como, Bellagio, Venice and Florence, they ended their trip by touring Rome. They marveled at the Pantheon and the Vatican as well as the Colosseum, which they couldn't help but compare to the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in which USC plays its football games.

In addition to their sightseeing, they faced off against BC Silute, a team from Lithuania. Despite a strong start from the Trojans, Silute emerged victorious thanks to a game-winning shot with three seconds to go.

Check out the final video blog here:

Meet C.J. Pollard

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POLLARD.jpgName: C.J. Pollard

Position: S

Class: Freshman

Size: 6-foot-1, 185 pounds

Age: 18

High School: Serra (Gardena, CA)

Game: Another spring enrollee, Pollard is battling with the vets for playing time at the safety position. The freshman is a strong, physical safety who has a great pedigree as the son of a former Trojan defensive back.

Prep Career: Pollard earned 2015 Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-California second team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State second team honors, and more, as a senior DB-WR at Serra. Pollard had 62 tackles, including 2 TFL, and 5 deflections in 2015.

Secondary coach Ronnie Bradford on the freshmen defensive backs: "They're young kids. It's one of those things where, one, you gotta just make sure that they're not overwhelmed with the situation, being next to good players. On this roster, you're gonna be playing against some guys who are going to be playing on Sunday. And they've done a good job of coming in and understanding that probably in high school when they were shutting down and no one was throwing to their side of the field. Guess what? They're throwing to their side of the field. So it's gonna be one of those things where you hope the kids don't get overwhelmed, but like I told somebody earlier, we're giving them this defense, it's kind of like trying to get a drink of water through a fire hose. And the kids are absorbing it. They're paying attention in meetings and they have questions. They come back with questions written on, 'Hey, Coach, how do we do this vs. this motion?' and that's all you can ask for from a coach is that they're absorbing what you're teaching."

Fun Fact: Both of Pollard's parents, Marvin and Pam, attended USC. His father was a CB on the football team from 1988-91.

Here is C.J. Pollard on learning Clancy Pendergast's defense, and more:


#AllAboutToughness

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Clay Helton preaches toughness to keep the Trojans in relentless pursuit of their ultimate goal.


Suit Up

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Far removed from his days on USC's football team, former Trojan linebacker Thomas R. Williams is aiming to prepare student-athletes for life after sports.

Williams won two national championships and three Rose Bowls during his time at USC. He then played in the NFL for five years, before moving onto his next endeavors, such as writing and motivational speaking.

Williams founded an organization called PURSUITS of Greatness, which provides student-athletes with custom tailored business suits at the end of their athletic eligibility. The organization is able to do so based on donations, and the goal is to spread it to every university, so all student athletes can "dress for success" when starting a new chapter in their lives.

Learn more about PURSUITS of Greatness here:

Olympic Excellence

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USC had another masterful showing at this year's Olympics, bringing home 21 total medals to up its all-time count to 309.

Click here for the full recap.

Those 21 medals in Rio tied for second-most of any American university, behind only Stanford.

USC's 309 Olympic medals (144 gold, 93 silver, 72 bronze) are still the most ever by an American university. The same goes for the 144 gold medals and the 451 athletes who have represented USC at the games.

USC sent 44 athletes to Rio 2016 (more than any other American university), and had they competed as a country, their 21 medals would be tied for 11th, and their nine golds would be tied for eighth.

Click here to catch up on #USC2RIO!

Katinka Hosszu led USC with four medals at Rio 2016, while sprinters Allyson Felix and Andre De Grasse came home with three medals each. Felix's medals helped her become the most decorated female American track athlete of all time, while De Grasse's success cemented him as the second-fastest man in the world, behind only Usain Bolt.

Here is the full breakdown of USC's medals at Rio 2016:

GOLD
Katinka Hosszu (swimming): 100m backstroke, 200m IM, 400m IM
Allyson Felix (track & field): 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay
Dalilah Muhammad (track & field): 400 IM hurdles
DeMar DeRozan: Men's basketball
Kaleigh Gilchrist: Women's water polo
Kami Craig: Women's water polo

SILVER
Katinka Hosszu (swimming): 200m backstroke
Allyson Felix (track & field): 400m
Andre De Grasse (track & field): 200m
Nia Ali (track & field): 100m high hurdles
Amanda Weir (swimming): 400m free relay

BRONZE
Aaron Brown (track & field): 4x100m relay
Andre De Grasse (track & field): 100m, 4x100m relay
Steve Johnson (tennis): Men's doubles
April Ross: Beach volleyball
Micah Christensen: Men's volleyball
Murphy Troy: Men's volleyball

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Seven More for SC

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Allyson.jpgUSC athletes added seven more Olympic medals to their tally over the weekend, bringing the Trojans' total count at Rio 2016 to 21.

Allyson Felix bolstered her place among the best track and field athletes of all-time by winning two medals on Friday and Saturday evening. Felix won gold in both the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay in addition to her silver medal in the 400m last week. Felix's nine total Olympic medals ties Merlene Ottey (Jamaica & Slovenia) for most medals all-time by a female Olympic track and field athlete.

Trojan track stars Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse, representing Canada, also medaled in the 4x100 relay on Friday evening. Team Canada finished the race in fourth, but upon Team USA's disqualification, Brown and De Grasse were awarded bronze medals. It was Brown's first-ever Olympic medal and De Grasse's third, having won bronze in the 100m and silver in the 200m earlier in the week.

On Sunday, three more Trojans brought home medals.

Micah Christensen and Murphy Troy, playing volleyball for Team USA, earned bronze medals in a five-set win over Russia. They came back from two sets down, mirroring their fight throughout the whole Olympics --- Team USA lost its first two matches, but went on a winning streak against No. 1 Brazil, No. 11 France, No. 26 Mexico and No. 2 Poland before losing to No. 4 Italy to end up in the bronze medal match.

DeMar DeRozan capped off a successful Olympics for USC by earning a gold medal in men's basketball. Team USA topped Serbia, 96-66, thanks in part to DeRozan's six points, two rebounds, two assists and a block.

USC now boasts 309 Olympic medals, including 144 golds.

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