Here he is having some fun with us and taking his "Summer 60"...
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Here he is having some fun with us and taking his "Summer 60"...
Our John McGillen provides a first glance at the new look Trojans. (Note: Transfers Ari Stewart and Eric Wise are not allowed to practice yet. Sophomore Curtis Washington is not pictured...sorry Curt!)
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Miller played for Kevin O'Neill for three of his four seasons as a Golden Eagle. He is the Marquette career leader in assists.
The Trojan great doubled up on gold medal finishes at the 2011 World Championships with a win in the 200-meter breaststroke last night. In doing so, she avenged a fourth place finish in the same event at the 2009 World's.
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Soni is expected to challenge for a third gold in Shanghai when she races Trojan Swim Club teammate Jessica Hardy in the 50-meter on Sunday.
Written by Jovan Buha, USC Blog Contributor
The USC's men's basketball team had its first practice Thursday night, beginning a series of 10 NCAA-granted practices before it heads to Brazil in August. The practice went for two-and-a-half hours and showcased some of the Trojans' new talent.
- The theme of the practice was patience. With at least six new projected rotation players and only two mainstays from last season's squad, both Kevin O'Neill and Jio Fontan realize the Trojans will need time to adjust. Moving forward, the focus of the rest of the practices will be developing team chemistry, teaching the newcomers USC's system, and polishing up to face some of Brazil's toughest competition.
- Among the Trojans new additions (Dewayne Dedmon, Aaron Fuller, Greg Allen, James Blasczyk, Byron Wesley and Alexis Moore), Dedmon and Moore were the most impressive. Dedmon's size, length, athleticism, hustle, energy and shooting touch were a sight to see, while Moore's maturity, tenacity, poise and 3-point shot had him looking like a college veteran. Additionally, Allen's 3-point shooting looked on par to his reputation, and Fuller's skill and strength were evident when battling in the paint.
- O'Neill denied having a predetermined starting lineup already, although he hinted that Fontan, Dedmon and Mo Jones would likely be starters, with the two other spots up for grabs. Throughout practice, the Trojans were split up into two groups: one wearing red jerseys, and one wearing black jerseys. The "black jersey" squad was composed of Jones, Fontan, Fuller, Garrett Jackson, and Dedmon, likely the projected starting lineup at this point.
Here are two video interviews with K.O. and Jio Fontan talking about their first impressions from today's practice.
Click here to listen to the head coach on Mike and Mike.
Click here to listen to Kiffin with Colin Cowherd.
ESPN producer Lisa Stokes documented Kiffin's day in pictures.
Click here to read more about the Trojan alum.
Collier sat down with us for an introductory interview inside Heritage Hall to discuss how she plans to build the program, her unique coaching style and much more.
While the offense emerged from the offseason at full strength save for Marc Tyler's suspension, the defense reported a pair of knee injuries, which will sideline redshirt freshman DB Patrick Hall and incoming freshman DE DeVante Wilson. Plus, Lane Kiffin announced that 2011 commit DE Steve Dillon has been granted a release from his letter-of-intent.
The head coach did not have anything new to report on DL Armond Armstead's condition, but he has not been ruled out for the season.
With the defensive line depth in question, Kiffin noted that Devon Kennard's move from middle linebacker to defensive end could be a huge factor this season as he works in with Nick Perry and Wes Horton.
"Every football and men's basketball game will be available to a national audience," said Scott who is making good on the promise he made going into the TV right negotiations.
The Pac-12 will own and control all the networks, which will be available on any device (not just TV) as long as it is authenticated by the cable partner. The network will debut for the 2012-13 school seasons.
The six additional networks will be strewn across the conference footprint in the Washington, Oregon, Northern California, Southern California, Arizona and Mountain regions.
While satellite companies were not addressed in this announcement, the commissioner implied in a follow-up answer that they are still working to find a home on that platform as well.
The Pac-12 started the press conference with a cool new video, which features some great USCTrojans.com captured content.
Tuesday, Johnson took on veteran tour pro Gilles Muller in the first round of the Farmer's Classic at UCLA. After dusting Muller 6-2 in the first in just 23 minutes, Johnson lost the battle in the second and third sets (3-6 and 4-6), so he is still searching for his first professional main draw win, but he is hardly discouraged.
"I can hang with these guys," Johnson said after the match. "He was a semifinalist last week and I'm right there with him. I came out strong and maybe a couple of points in the middle of the third, a little experience on my part, and things turn out differently."
Muller is ranked 71st in the world and famously knocked Andy Roddick out of the 2005 U.S. Open.
"Tonight is another testament that I will play this game for a long time and hopefully be very successful at it," said Johnson. "Tennis is pretty small margins and one or two shots make a difference in the whole match."
In this case, he had three consecutive break points in the first game of the second set, but Muller served his way out of it. Johnson double-faulted on break point in the second and then double-faulted twice in the pivotal game of the third set.
Undeterred, the USC three-time national champ is headed for a full summer and fall pro schedule, including the U.S. Open, before returning to school.
"I'm going to play the rest of the year at ATP, challenger, pro circuit stuff and see how it goes. Unless something incredible happens, I'll be back at SC in January ready to get another national title."
Here are John McGillen's photos from yesterday's match on center court...
Matt Leinart's first official pass of his USC career was a 5-yard touchdown connection to Mike Williams at Auburn. In all, the lefty and his #1 target hooked up for 30 scoring throws in just two seasons together (and one famous pass from Williams-to-Leinart...video below).
While the deal has yet to be finalized, Matt Leinart is likely headed to Seattle to be reunited with former head coach Pete Carroll and top receiver Mike Williams, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen. He'll have to battle Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst for the starting job.
NFL free agency has picked up at a frenzied pace this week and Trojans are going every which way. Three undrafted Trojans have found their first homes in the league.
Tuscon native C Kris O'Dowd will stay at home in Arizona. RB C.J. Gable was signed by New Orleans and LB Michael Morgan is also on his way to Seattle.
We'll keep you updated on any and all Trojans on the move.
The 2008 Olympic gold medalist touched the wall in 1:05.05, which was a comfortable second ahead of rival Leisel Jones (1:06.25).
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Soni will also compete in the 200-meter and 50-meter breaststroke at the 2011 World Championships.
Here are all the platforms on which you can find Coach Kiff as he cycles through the ESPN car wash:
(All times eastern)
9:15am - Mike & Mike (live) on ESPN2
9:40am - SportsCenter (live) on ESPN
9:50am - Twitter chat on Twitter.com/SportsCenter
10:10am - ESPN RISE (Taped Segment)
10:30am - GameDay (Taped Segment)
11:00am - ESPNU College Football Podcast (Taped Segment)
11:30am - ESPNU (Taped Segment)
12:00pm - ESPN.com Page 2 on ESPN.com/Page2
12:30pm - The Herd (live) on ESPNU
1:00pm - College Football Live (Taped Segment)
1:25pm - Doug Gottlieb Radio Show (Taped Segment)
1:45pm - Scott Van Pelt Radio Show (Taped Segment)
Line of the Day
Matt Barkley on debunking a Lane Kiffin myth: "You are in the same place for two years in a row now, which is good. I'm happy to have the same coach for two years in a row. We're progressing."
Story of the Day
Andrew Luck's beard. The Stanford QB and Heisman candidate is rocking the Dan Fouts' facial hair, which even he admits might be a questionable look for him.
Real Story of the Day
UCLA freshman QB Brett Hundley, who was expected to compete for the starting job, will miss 3-4 weeks after undergoing knee surgery brought on by an injury suffered on the basketball court, Rick Neuheisel announced in his presser.
Interview of the Day
After a million interviews and no food, Matt Barkley was inspired by the Fox studio surroundings and broke out his favorite accent just for us.
Picture of the Day
Barkley with USC Heisman winner Marcus Allen and the new voice of the Pac-12 Gus Johnson.
You can watch a live stream of Pac-12 Media Day on the conference's website. Here is the complete schedule of interviews...
9:00 a.m. PT Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott Opening Remarks
9:05 a.m. PT CAL Coach Jeff Tedford/WR Marvin Jones
9:20 a.m. PT ORE Coach Chip Kelly/TE David Paulsen
9:35 a.m. PT OSU Coach Mike Riley/S Lance Mitchell
9:50 a.m. PT STAN Coach David Shaw/QB Andrew Luck
10:05 a.m. PT WASH Coach Steve Sarkisian/RB Chris Polk
10:20 a.m. PT WSU Coach Paul Wulff/WR Jared Karstetter
10:45 a.m. PT ARIZ Coach Mike Stoops/QB Nick Foles
11:00 a.m. PT ASU Coach Dennis Erickson/QB Brock Osweiler
11:15 a.m. PT COLO Coach Jon Embree/QB Tyler Hansen
11:30 a.m. PT UCLA Coach Rick Neuheisel/RB Johnathan Franklin
11:45 a.m. PT USC Coach Lane Kiffin/QB Matt Barkley
12:00 p.m. PT UTAH Coach Kyle Whittingham/OT Tony Bergstrom
To celebrate, we are posting former USC and current Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel's interview with athletic director Pat Haden.
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Here are the bullet points...
- USC returns 13 starters (6 on offense, 7 on defense, 0 kickers)
- #17 was the highest ranking the Trojans received in any national preseason publication so far.
- The 2011 schedule features 7 teams that played in bowl games last season.
- Lane Kiffin on the defense: "The improvement of our defense will be extremely important to our success in 2011 and the future. Our defense last year was not to our standards. We're looking for a major upgrade now as we go into the second year in our system."
- WR coach Ted Gilmore is the only new fulltime assistant added to the staff.
- If Matt Barkley throws for 3,000+ yards and 20+ TDs, he will statistically move into third place on the career USC passing list in both categories.
- The Trojans do not feature a single fullback with any real experience. Freshmen Soma Vainuku and Charles Burks plus sophomore walk-on Hunter Simmons will compete for the job.
- Defensive stats that need changing: The Trojans allowed their highest total yardage per game average (400.0) since records were kept in 1955. USC allowed 26.7 points per game, the highest average ever. The defense yielded 30 touchdown passes, which is 11 more than the next highest total since 1955.
- The game at Colorado on November 4 will be USC's first Friday game since 1999 against Louisiana Tech.
- Due to the Pac-12 schedule, the Trojans will miss Oregon State and Washington State.
- OT David Garness could become the first Trojan letterman to claim Alaska as his home.
- Assistant coach Kennedy Pola changed his name back to Polamalu to "honor my parents, family and heritage." He changed it to Pola when he came to California at the age of 14.
- Devon Kennard (photo right) is officially listed at defensive end on the updated roster. He played middle linebacker last season.
The 1984 All-American was a three-time All-NCAA first team selection. She is USC's sixth all-time leading scorer and the second best rebounder in school history.
The 1984 Olympic gold medalist will join Cheryl Miller and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as the only Trojan players in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.
L.A. Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth chronicled Gillick's rise to stardom from his Southern California roots.
The Philadelphia Daily News recapped his momentous day as the World Series winning retired Phillies GM was saluted at a celebratory party.
And below, you can watch Gillick's Cooperstown speech in its entirety. The championship architect was enshrined alongside his former player Roberto Alomar and masterful right-hander Bert Blyleven.
Gillick's GM resume is headlined by three World Series rings. He built the Blue Jays into back-to-back champions in 1992-93 and closed his career in style by leading the Philadelphia Phillies to the 2008 crown.
He once traded the iconic Ken Griffey Jr. from Seattle only to see the Mariners win a record 116 games the following season. Gillick heads to the Hall alongside Roberto Alomar, who he brought to Toronto to help build the powerful Blue Jays teams of the early 90s.
Click here for an ESPN.com article ranking Gillick's 10 best moves as a GM.
As a collegiate at Troy for two seasons, he helped USC win the 1958 college baseball championship. He is a local product out of Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks.
The Heisman winner was back inside the Coliseum for the Spring Game and athletic director Pat Haden caught up with him on the sidelines.
Take a look...
The venerable stadium is vastly improving connectivity by installing increased permanent hardware, which will improve the signal for all cell phone carriers.
Construction is under way and on schedule. They plan to have it ready by kickoff.
Click here for the full story on Cook.
USC baseball trails only Arizona State (99) in the race to 100 big leaguers from the same alma mater. The Trojans could hit the century mark this season with Tommy Milone (Nationals), Brad Boxberger (Reds) and Grant Green (A's) all on the precipice of a call-up.
Milone was a AAA All-Star this season for the Syracuse Chiefs. Boxberger was moved up from AA to AAA after pitching to a 1.31 ERA through his first 30 games. Green was the MVP of the Futures Game and has rocketed up the organizational ladder in just two years.
Major league baseball allows the rosters to expand from 25 to 40 starting September 1, so if the ex-Trojans don't get the call in the next six weeks, they could get their opportunity in the final month.
We're working on tracking down a photo that he took next to his Fathead in the auditorium. Mostly, he reminisced with former teammate and current graduate assistant Lenny Vandermade about the good old days.
Meanwhile, this video went viral today as some Pittsburgh Steelers may or may not have messed with Polamalu's moneymaker.
"NFL @ L.A. with Keyshawn Johnson" will air on Sunday mornings from 8-9 during the offseason and 7-9 during the season. Dave Shore will co-host the 710 ESPN Radio show which debuts August 14.
Johnson played just two seasons at Troy, but amassed 2,796 yards and 16 TDs. In 1995, he caught a USC single-season record 102 balls. He was the #1 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft.
Earlier this year, Johnson spoke to the team after spring practice.
Senior Joelle Bekhazi (photo right) leads the way with her third consecutive selection. She was named a 2nd team All-American a year after grabbing first team honors en route to a Trojan national championship.
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Patricia Jancso (2nd team), Kristen Dronberger (3rd team), Nadia Dan (Honorable Mention) and Flora Bolonyai (Honorable Mention) joined Bekhazi on the All-American accolade list as voted by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.
His answers don't need any added context. Pretty much, he only has eyes for himself and Matt Barkley. Kidding...well, sort of.
- Unfortunately, per NCAA sanctions, practices are still closed to the public. However, we'll bring you detailed practice reports, video interviews, photos, live chats and hopefully live stream some action for you, so stay locked in to USCTrojans.com/blog.
- The practices are more spaced out this year with only two two-a-day sessions.
- The annual kickoff BBQ "Salute to Troy" is August 21.
- August 22 is the first day of school.
Aug. 4-5- 7 p.m. practice
Aug. 6-7- 3 p.m. practice
Aug. 8-9- 7 p.m. practice
Aug. 10- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. practices
Aug. 11-12-13- 3 p.m. practice
Aug. 14- 12:30 p.m. practice
Aug. 15- no practice
Aug. 16- 3 p.m. practice
Aug. 17- 8:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. practices
Aug. 18-19-20- 3 p.m. practice
Aug. 21- 12:30 p.m. practice
Aug. 22- no practice
Aug. 23-24-25-26- 7:45 a.m. practice
Aug. 27- 12:30 p.m. practice
Aug. 28- practice (time TBA)
Aug. 29- no practice
Aug. 30-31-Sept. 1- 7:45 a.m. practice
LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke jumped out in support of Kiffin and Haden in today's paper.
"Cheers to Lane Kiffin for rolling up his sleeves and scrubbing out this latest Trojans mess before it left a stain," he wrote. "If the coach is truly to keep USC's remodeled house clean, this is how it has to happen, quickly and decisively, with no concern for the sweat or the pain."
Plaschke continued by comparing USC's approach to its rivals.
"If nothing else, Kiffin's actions have taught us that USC now has possibly higher standards than venerable Notre Dame and lovable Oregon."
Haden did a podcast with Ted Miller from ESPN.com and explained the reasoning behind the suspension, including stating that they considered throwing Tyler off the team.
"Miracles happen. Yesterday Jackson was told by the doctors he was in remission!!!! Yes, remission!! We are over the moon and so grateful!" @FightonJackson tweeted.
The Trojan Family has supported Jackson's fight en masse and we are right there with them. Fight on Jackson!
Today, defensive end Wes Horton is in the hot seat.
(In case you forgot, Wes and Shane Horton's dad was an American Gladiator nicknamed "Gemini." Also, "Mondo" is Armond Armstead.)
Click below to read the replay transcript!
- The beat writers are focused on the aftermath of the Marc Tyler suspension. Gary Klein breaks down the situation.
- Pedro Moura looks at who could step into Tyler's role.
- Whitney Blaine has a timely place on the potential breakout season in store for D.J. Morgan.
- Dan Weber would like to see T.J. McDonald step up as the face of the program.
- Michael Lev is already focused on this season's football opponents. Coming off a loss to Notre Dame, the battle in South Bend should be fun.
- Scott Wolf has a basketball note on the progress of Dewayne Dedmon.
- The Sporting News is running an online fan college football poll. This is your chance to get USC into the top 25.
- USC radio voice Pete Arbogast was elected to the Marshall High School Athletic Hall of Fame alongside three other men with ties to the Trojans, Bud Bradley (golf), Bob Kloppenburg (basketball) and the late Louis Wheeler (coaching).
- The Daily Pilot featured USC swimming coach Dave Salo after he just signed a five-year extension.
Morgan netted three goals against the Trojans in a stunning 13 minute stretch last October, but USC won the game 5-4 in overtime behind then freshman Elizabeth Eddy's hat trick.
Now a sophomore, Eddy is part of the core of Ali Khosroshahin's talented 2011 roster, which kicks off camp August 3. They open the season on August 19 at McAlister Field versus Long Beach State.
Click here for the full obituary.
Agee (left in the photo below) served under head coach Linda Sharp (right in the photo below) from 1978 to 1984 and worked with Trojan greats like Cheryl Miller, Cynthia Cooper and the McGee sisters.
A "Celebration of Life" reception will be held on Aug. 8 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Brea Glenbrook Club (1821 Greenbriar Ln., Brea, Calif. 92821-5922, 714-529-8002).
USC HEAD FOOTBALL COACH LANE KIFFIN
"I was very disappointed when I learned of Marc Tyler's inappropriate comments that were captured by the media last week. That is not the way that we expect our players to represent USC and our team.
"I have consulted with athletic director Pat Haden and I am suspending Marc for our upcoming season opener and potentially further, and in the meantime I am also suspending him from all team activities.
"Although Marc may find this punishment severe, it is imperative we continue to have a high standard for player behavior. Marc needs to work hard to show us that he can meet the standards of being a USC football player."
USC ATHLETIC DIRECTOR PAT HADEN
"We have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes at USC. While the vast majority of our student-athletes act appropriately, Marc did not and stepped way out of line. He did not represent himself, his university or his team the way we expect. Marc has a lot to do to prove he belongs on our team. We hope Marc learns from this and comes back a changed and better person."
USC SENIOR TAILBACK MARC TYLER
"I want to apologize for embarrassing USC, my teammates and coaches. I am disappointed that I let down all the people who have supported me as I have been working through some personal issues. After meeting today with Mr. Haden and Coach Kiffin, I realize how my behavior and my statements, even though I was joking, can reflect poorly on so many people. As a veteran player, I should know that my job is to be an example for the younger guys. I accept my punishment and I regret that I will miss the opening game of my senior year. I am committed to doing everything the right way so that I can be reinstated to the team."
Cunningham, an All-American and national champion in 1972, amassed 25 touchdowns in his three year varsity career, which he capped with a four TD Rose Bowl MVP performance.
While his on-field numbers pushed USC to 24 wins over his three seasons, his single game dominance against Alabama rocked the college football world. After Cunningham ran over the Tide for 135 yards and 2 TDs on just 12 carries, "Bear" Bryant decided it was time to integrate Southern football.
The USC QB heads (at least alphabetically) the Walter Camp player of the year award preseason list.
Barkley is one of 40 names on which the Camp folks are keeping an eye. Six Pac-12 stars made the cut.
Click here for the complete list.
USC football players have won six Walter Camp trophies since the award's inception in 1967. O.J. Simpson (1967-68), Charles White (1979), Marcus Allen (1981), Matt Leinart (2004) and Reggie Bush (2005) are past recipients.
(Photo by Jon SooHoo)
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Butkus Award 2011 Watch Lists.pdf
Chris Claiborne (1998) is the only Trojan to win the Butkus, which has been around since 1985.
"I think we have found the right person in Anna for the start of our sand volleyball program here at USC," said women's indoor head coach Mick Haley, who will oversee the sand program. "We have a coach who has invested over 30 years in the sport and possesses the passion we believe is needed here. We plan on giving her the support needed to be successful right away. We are excited to get the players here in the fall and start training."
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Collier, a USC alum (class of '77), has been a beach volleyball coach since 1990. She's led teams to multiple Olympic games and has worked with stars such as Misty May-Treanor, Kerri Walsh, Holly McPeak and many others.
"I am extremely excited about returning to my alma mater and coaching the first women's sand volleyball team," Collier said. "It feels like home."
"He has a chance to be special,'' O'Neill told ESPN.com's Andy Katz. "He has three years left. He won't make it three years. He may not make it past one.''
Click here for Katz's full story.
We'll get a nice sneak preview of Dedmon and the other new Trojans (C James Blasczyk, PF Aaron Fuller, SF Byron Wesley, SG Greg Allen and PG Alexis Moore) during the 10 additional practices this July and August thanks to the Brazil trip.
Jovan Vavic will send seven pupils (5 women and 2 men) to the FINA World Championships in Shanghai and three players to the World University Games also in China.
Click here for the complete list.
Three women's water polo talents will also play in the FINA Junior World Championships this fall in Italy.
We're sorry we could not answer every question, but we're taking some of the leftovers and adding them to the next "State of Troy." Thanks for the great support and interest!
Download the complete official 2011-12 USC men's basketball schedule!
The Trojans made the NCAA tournament last year largely because they scored quality wins over Texas and Tennessee before league play. The bar will be raised even higher this season as USC seeks a fifth NCAA berth in the last six years.
Galen Center will play host to showdowns against Kansas, Georgia, TCU, Nebraska and New Mexico. Returning guards Jio Fontan and Maurice Jones will be expected to steady the Trojans in hostile road atmospheres at San Diego State, UNLV and Minnesota.
Over Thanksgiving, USC could face likely preseason #1 North Carolina in the Las Vegas Invitational.
And in conference, the Trojans host every Pac-12 team except the Oregon schools. USC trips to every opponent save for Utah and Colorado.
Coming off a season as USC's #1, Sanchez was called into the Aces squad a week ahead of schedule to replace former world #1 Lindsay Davenport. Click here for the full story.
The Aces are coached by Rick Leach who was a two-time NCAA doubles champion (1986-87) and four-time All-American at USC. He is also the son of legendary Trojan tennis coach Dick Leach, who won four national championships at Troy, and the husband of Davenport, who is a native Los Angeleno.
So, the Trojan Family runs deep through St. Louis this summer as Sanchez and Leach lead the Aces in the World Team Tennis Pro League.
Former USC national champion Amy Rodriguez is expected to lead the line again Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. pacific on ESPN for the semifinal match-up with France.
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The hard copies are at the printer and will be available for $20 in early August (we'll make another announcement when they're ready). You will be able to purchase them at the USC Bookstore, Sports Information or by sending in a check (3501 Watt Way, Heritage Hall 103, Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0601).
A sneak peek at the cover...
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Salo led the women's squad to an impressive third place finish at nationals with Katinka Hosszu setting the pace as the best swimmer in the country. The men's team came in a strong seventh at NCAAs under his guidance.
"I am proud of the improvements we have made and quite eager to continue progressing in this direction," Salo said. "The vote of confidence from Pat Haden and (senior associate athletic director) Donna Heinel on the job that we are doing is greatly appreciated. It's great to be a Trojan!"
The recruiting database is celebrating a decade of existence by ranking the best teams and coaches over that span. The Trojans have had top 10 classes in nine of the 10 years and four #1 classes.
Orgeron has gained a reputation as a recruiting guru with tours of duty at Troy at the beginning and end of the last decade. He was Rivals.com national recruiter of the year in 2004.
- An NFL scout on Matt Barkley: "I've heard the comparison to Troy Aikman and I think it is valid." Here is a scouting breakdown of Barkley, Andrew Luck and Landry Jones, who are regarded as the top three quarterbacks in the country.
- Reggie Bush talked to SportsCenter about regretting the decisions he made at USC.
- Sam "Bam" Cunningham's big day is coming up this weekend as he is set to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame. They did a feature story on the legendary fullback.
- This is a cool interview done by ESPNLA.com with former Trojan hoops star Nick Young about learning the game on the street courts of Los Angeles.
- Former USC PG Gabe Pruitt is playing with Young and other local LA hoop talents in the Drew League this summer. Pedro Moura caught up with him.
- Trojans on Trojans. USC alum Adena Andrews profiled former Trojan track star Carol Rodriguez as she races for Puerto Rico.
- Jerry Crowe tells the amazing story of Ambrose Schindler, who helped USC football win the 1939 national championship.
- The LA Times ranked USC football the fourth most popular sports entity in Los Angeles and Trojan hoops came in 12th.
- Michael Lev rated Matt Barkley as the most indispensable Trojan for the 2011 season.
- Steve Bisheff questions if Barkley deserves all the preseason hype.
Green cracked a pair of doubles and drove in a run for the United States Team to lead the 6-4 win over the World Team.
Click here to see Green's RBI double complete with Aaron Boone's prideful Trojan commentary!
The A's shortstop prospect is hitting .288 at AA for the Midland RockHounds.
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Hubbs will also fill an associate head coach role under Cruz, who was an assistant at USC during Hubbs' final collegiate season.
"We are delighted to welcome Dan Hubbs back to the USC baseball program," said Cruz. "He did an outstanding job developing his pitching staffs at California and we know he'll do the same thing for us at USC."
In his time at Berkeley, Hubbs was known for breeding power arms, including cultivating staffs that broke the school's single-season strikeout record three times.
As a player, he set the since-topped USC single season saves mark with a national best 18 in 1993.
USC seniors Murphy Troy and Lizette Salas were honored this year by the conference.
Troy was the men's volleyball national player of the year, while Salas became a women's golf four-time All-American. Plus, they were both superstars in the classroom.
Click the link for the complete release.
2011 Thorpe Watch List Release.pdf
McDonald is one of only four Pac-12 players on the list.
Mark Carrier collected USC's only Thorpe Award in 1989, but Troy Polamalu (2002) and Taylor Mays (2008) were finalists. The award has been around since 1986.
Salas turned in the top performance of her young career in only her second major. She failed to make the cut as an amateur in last year's Open.
Click here for the full story and see how other Trojans fared.
"It was a great experience. I felt very comfortable out there, considering I've been a pro for a month," said Salas. "I wasn't the longest hitter out there but I was still able to score. All in all, it was a good start for my career and definitely a confidence booster as I just competed with the best players in the world."
First, the U.S. Davis Cup showdown went the way of the Spaniards, but USC star Steve Johnson undoubtedly gained valuable experience preparing Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan brothers for battle.
The photo below was tweeted out by the Bryans, who are Stanford alums just like the man in the middle, Bradley Klahn.
Johnson is returning for his Senior year in the hopes of matching Stanford's Paul Goldstein's feat of four NCAA team titles in four years. The Bryan brothers contributed to two of those national crowns before turning pro.
And second, you can likely see Johnson next at the Farmers Classic at UCLA starting July 25. The collegiate singles champ is hoping to earn a wild card into the event or he'll go through the qualification process.
Salas was just four strokes off the pace when Friday's play was suspended due to darkness.
She opened the LPGA major with a 2-under 69 on Thursday at the toughest annual test in women's golf. She shot a 73 on Friday at Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO.
You can watch Salas (rocking her USC polo) compete for the U.S. Open crown Saturday and Sunday on NBC.
As per usual, national collegiate singles champion Steve Johnson leads the way as he gets his first call up from captain Jim Courier for the United States team as a practice partner for Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish and the Bryan brothers.
The USTA did a Q&A with Johnson to discuss his first Davis Cup experience.
The quarterfinal is in Roddick's hometown of Austin, TX. He invited the team over to his house for the 4th of July and made the four rookies entertain the vets with a hot dog eating contest.
"It was all in good fun," Johnson told USTA.com. "I ended up winning; it was the first to finish five hot dogs. When Andy has an idea, he goes with it and makes sure it happens. I was just trying to force them down. The biggest bummer, though, was not being able to enjoy the gourmet food at the house afterwards because I was so full."
The U.S. is taking on Spain in the main draw, but several other Trojans are representing their countries in the qualifying rounds for next year's Davis Cup.
Jaak Poldma (Estonia), Emilio Gomez (Ecuador), Cecil Mamiit (Philippines) and West Nott (Pacific/Oceania) are in action this weekend.
"There was no Internet. There was no demand. You did not turn over hats," Haden described earlier this year. "You just kind of decided. There was not a 'Signing Day.' I was recruited by all the schools, but it was not anything like it is today."
At the time, Haden was living with the McKay's, so it was an awkward situation when the greatest coaches in the country, legends like Alabama's "Bear" Bryant, Nebraska's Tom Osborne and Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian, would deliver their recruiting pitches with USC's legendary head coach sitting upstairs.
"My dad always told me I could go wherever I wanted," J.K. McKay tells the story. "We were seriously considering Notre Dame. When my dad got wind of that, he told me, 'Johnny, you can go anywhere you want, but I need the quarterback.'"
Here is a photo from 1971 passed on to us by reader Mark Jones from coach McKay's book...
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LT Matt Kalil and G/C Khaled Holmes made the preseason list for the Outland. They are USC's only two returning offensive line starters.
The Pac-12 had nine of the 65 names with the Big Ten leading the way. Defensive ends are not eligible for this award.
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In 1967, Ron Yary won USC's only Outland Award. He was a two-time All-American offensive tackle who went on to be the first overall pick in the 1968 draft.
T.J. McDonald's strong spring forced his name onto the Nagurski Watch List of 87 defensive standouts.
A Trojan has never won the award. The Pac-12 ranked fifth among conferences with nine names on the Nagurski list.
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Hornets forward Trevor Ariza, T'Wolves PF Michael Beasley, Warriors SF Dorell Wright and Grizzlies PG Marcus Williams were among the talents to participate.
Ariza, Wright and Williams are all Los Angeles products, while Beasley's closest connection to the Trojans came in 2008 when his Kansas State team knocked USC out of the NCAA tournament.
After interviewing Christian Tupou, who excels in the classroom as well as on the gridiron, LA Times writer Matt Stevens breaks down football IQ and the stereotypes associated with the culture in today's paper.
Here's an interesting quote from Tupou on the time demands required to have high football intelligence:
"The coaches are with us two hours every day teaching [during camp] -- and that's not enough. So in class, we're thinking about it. When we're lifting weights, we're thinking about what they've told us to expect. I'm thinking about it all day."
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Freshman All-American Robert Woods has drawn the attention of the Biletnikoff Award, which is given to the top wide receiver in the country each season.
Coming off team-leading marks of 64 catches and 786 receiving yards as a neophyte, Woods is named among the 75 best pass-catchers in the nation headed into 2011.
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Despite receiving greats like Lynn Swann, Keyshawn Johnson and Mike Williams, USC has never had a Biletnikoff Award winner.
From 1935-37, he filled the tailback position for Howard Jones and led the team in rushing in his first season. After a brief professional career with the Hollywood Bears, he returned to his alma mater as a coach.
He guided the freshman teams in 1939 and 1940 and then worked under Jess Hill as an assistant from 1953 to 1956. In the photo to the right from 1951, Pappas, the football alumni president at the time, is the second man in from the left peering over Hill's shoulder as he signs his new contract alongside then university president Fred Fagg.
Pappas transitioned into a pioneering administrative role as the creator of athletic support groups for the department and much of the scholarship fundraising system that is still in place today. For all his work, he was inducted into the USC Hall of Fame in 1997.
He remained an active member of the department until 2004. When he retired, he was the longest tenured employee at USC.
While he dedicated his life to his university, he risked it for his country in World War II. Pappas earned the Navy's Silver Star for his heroism at the "Battle of Okinawa."
After his destroyer, the USS Drexler, was hit by a Japanese kamikaze attack, he was blown into the sea as the ship took only a minute to sink into the Pacific. Despite injuries of his own for which he received a Purple Heart, he swam through burning oil to rescue two sailors by carrying them to rafts.
His grandson Geoffrey Arrobio emailed us two photos from his grandfather's archives.
The top picture is from the Doheny Library. The second photo features Pappas, John McKay and former USC QB Craig Fertig from 1988. Below from left to right, Harold Drury, "Bear" Bryant, McKay, John Hubbard and Pappas embrace at the John McKay Golf Invitational in 1972. (Click to enlarge all three photos.)
20 days away...
The conference kick-off party known as Pac-12 Media Day will be held this year at the Fox Studio Lot in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 26.
28 days away...
Move-in day! The team gets situated in their fall camp dorm on Wednesday, August 3, which means lots of pictures of big men carrying big mattresses.
29 days away...
Football practice begins. The first live day of fall camp is Thursday, August 4.
59 days away...
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Kennedy is enjoying a breakout season with the Diamondbacks, who are hosting the midsummer classic next Tuesday.
"I would be honored to make the team, especially to have the chance to pitch in front of our fans at Chase Field," said Kennedy.
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While the coaches are excited about the young trio of Christian Thomas, Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer, senior Rhett Ellison is the undisputed leader of the unit. His work ethic, skills and determination have drawn national notice from the Mackey Award, which honors college football's top tight end every season.
Ellison was one of 34 players listed on the Mackey Award preseason watch list. Click here for all the names.
In 2007, Fred Davis became USC's first and only Mackey Award winner.
Noble and powerful, Traveler has symbolized USC football over the last half century. The snow white steed gallantly gallops around the Coliseum to celebrate every Trojan touchdown with "Conquest" as its eternal soundtrack.
In 1961, Richard Saukko (photo right - click to enlarge) rode the original Traveler at a USC game for the first time after being persuaded by Bob Jani, then USC's director of special events, and Eddie Tannenbaum, then a student at Troy, after spotting him on the white horse at the Rose Parade.
Saukko performed the role as Trojan warrior for the next 27 seasons. Current rider Hector Aguilar is the seventh man to raise his sword atop Traveler.
Of course, the horses have come and gone as well. Traveler VII will lap the Coliseum in 2011 after every Matt Barkley touchdown pass. And, the breeds have ranged from Arabian to Tennessee Walker to Andalusian, but they are always pure white.
USC alumnus Bill Tilley, and his wife, Nadine, ensured the future of the Trojan mascot in 2004 by setting up a permanent endowment to support Traveler.
Click here to read Traveler's entire history.
Before she left, the Trojan striker took USsoccer.com back to USC for a tour. Rodriguez led the Women of Troy to the 2007 national championship, the first women's soccer crown in school history, but she is still around campus finishing up her degree.
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Here is part two which is more athletic based...
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Barkley and Woods are two of 66 student-athletes that have drawn national attention from the Maxwell Football Club. The Pac-12 has 11 players on the list, which ranks second behind the SEC's 12.
While the Maxwell list is comprised entirely of quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, they also announced the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list, which names the early frontrunners for national defensive player of the year.
USC safety T.J. McDonald was one of 65 players named.
First off, a big thank you to Dave Dulberg for keeping you all informed while I was across the pond. Dave will be with us all year long as a contributing writer and reporter, so you will read plenty more of his stuff.
As he mentioned, I was on a bit of a tennis pilgrimage to Wimbledon, but the blog was never far from my mind. On my day at the hallowed lawns, I ventured out to Court No. 14 to cheer on former USC men's tennis national champion Robert Farah.
Farah lost in the qualifying round in men's singles, but he made the third round of the gentlemen's doubles main draw alongside fellow Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal. Farah and Cabal took the first set last Tuesday, but after a lengthy rain delay, they were knocked out of the tournament in four sets.
Here are some Sam Tulin photos of the Trojan tennis hero living out his Wimbledon dreams...
- The Pac-12 conference may revolutionize the way college sports are broadcast if they partner with Google or Apple, writes Jon Wilner of The San Jose Mercury.
- Pedro Moura writes that USC running backs coach Kennedy Pola has officially changed his surname back to Polamulu upon returning home this past week to Samoa.
- Michael Lev posted a report saying that sources close to Reggie Bush say the former USC running back has no plans to return his 2005 Heisman Trophy.
- Ivan Maisel believes schools that reside in professional sports-dominated metropolitan markets like USC and UCLA, have a hard time selling football year after year.
- SCPlaybook.com's Whitney Blaine interviewed members of the USC football, to see who their favorite athletes of the year are midway through 2011.
- Marc Narducci says USA striker Amy Rodriguez's confidence comes from the recent success she has had for the Philadelphia Independence.