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Hoops Appreciates the Fans

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As USC men's basketball made a late push to recover from a 26-point deficit last night, a group of fans started an impromptu "USC" chant spurring the Trojans to cut the lead all the way down to 5.  While USC did not end up getting the victory, head coach Andy Enfield made a point to thank all the fans, but that group in particular, for their unwavering support through a trying season.

With one more home game to go this Saturday at 1 p.m. vs. Oregon, USC men's basketball will celebrate Fan Appreciation Day complete with a pregame Fan Fest, 25% off all items in the Galen Center bookstore, and contests, prizes and surprises throughout the day.

Click here for discounted tickets to the game.
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Carlson Sets the Pace

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USC senior swimmer Kasey Carlson became the program's first ever Pac-12 champion in the 50y free Thursday leading the Women of Troy to an overall second place standing after two days.  Carlson broke her own school record in the 50y free en route to her second career Pac-12 title, claiming the crown in 21.74, 0.16 below her previous best.

"The women are crawling back into the team race after a sub par morning," USC head coach Dave Salo said. "They are fighting to give it a strong Trojan effort. Kasey was awesome, as was the relay. Diving had a very strong evening, too."

Click here for the recap of Day 2.

Diving's strength came in the 1m as Haley Ishimatsu finished third and Sam Adams scored fifth.  The action continues Friday and Saturday as the Women of Troy try to track down Stanford for the Pac-12 title.

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Building an Army

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor


Building a new program takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but more importantly a group of people that truly believes in the cause. USC women's lacrosse embarked on its historic first season in 2013 finishing 8-10 overall but 5-3 in conference play. Now that they have a season under their belt, the Women of Troy are looking ahead to moving past all the attention surrounding their rookie season. 

"Our mission is just to get better every single day," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "That's what our focus has been on, on what we can do every single day to improve. We haven't set goals or talked about where we want to be in the end. We've just focused on where we want to be today."

This mentality would be nothing but words if it weren't for the army of girls who make this new program's success possible. Their determination to be the best that they can be each day and the work that they have put in in the offseason promises for an exciting 2014 season. 

"It's amazing to be a part of something new and being able to pave your own way," said sophomore Amanda Johansen. "Especially with the coaches that we have, you want to win and you want to put your best into it. You want to compete every single day so it's really something that I'm never going to forget."

Johansen started in every single game as a freshman finishing with 41 goals and 16 assists in her rookie season. After working primarily on her weak hand in the offseason, the sophomore is looking to be even more dynamic on the field, especially as a leader.

"It's definitely a different game in college than it is in high school. Everyone needs to get out of their old habits because it's a different game. People are stronger, faster and more skilled so coming out of high school and having a majority of the girls on the team be freshmen last year we all had to get out of those habits really quickly," explained the sophomore midfielder. "This year it helps because there are people there telling the new girls coming in what they need to do to succeed from the beginning so we aren't having to waste any time breaking old habits."

The Trojans welcome 13 freshmen to their 37-woman squad who everyone is hoping will make an immediate impact just like last year. "Obviously, just being a freshman is so special," said Munday. "They're just so excited and passionate about being here and being a part of this. It's really cool because our older players have set the standard for what we want USC lacrosse to be and now the freshmen get to come in and be a part of it."

And that's exactly what this young women's lacrosse program has done: they've bought into the mentality and executed it tremendously. 

"There really aren't any expectations. There aren't any goals for this season. We're all about getting better every single day." said Munday. "I was just so proud of the girls last year...I really think for them it was just their passion and their commitment. They didn't rely on the fact that they were young in this new program. They just wanted to be the best they could be. I'm just proud of them for buying in, for being mature and working as hard as they possibly could and continuing to do so."

Make sure to check out these hardworking Trojans in action as they try to build on what they started when they take on the Marist Red Foxes on Cromwell Field at 3:00pm. 

Rainy Day News

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Due to inclement weather, USC women's lacrosse's season opener will be moved to Cromwell Field inside the Loker Track Stadium.  The game against Marist is still scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT start.

Click here for more.

The USC baseball three-game series vs. Cal Poly will not begin until Saturday at 6 p.m. followed by a Sunday doubleheader starting at Noon.  With the changing forecast, please follow @USC_Baseball for live updates.

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Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis vs. St. Mary's

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USC women's tennis is on a 4-match winning streak heading into high profile duals at Texas (Sunday at Noon) and home to UCLA (Friday, March 7 at 3 p.m.).  The Trojans dominated St. Mary's Thursday 6-1 with NCAA champions Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian comfortably winning in singles and doubles.

Click here for the recap.

As the rankings stand now, the Crosstown Rivalry will pit No. 6 USC vs. No. 2 UCLA at Marks Stadium next week.  Here are the John McGillen photos from the latest win:


USC W Tennis v St. Mary's - Images by John McGillen

Kiki Start

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For USC women's basketball, it is winning time.  If they have any March Madness aspirations, the Women of Troy must get down to business with just two weeks remaining to state their case for selection.

The Trojans checked off one item on the road to the NCAA Tournament last night by defeating Utah 67-57 in Salt Lake City.  As teams continue to build a tent around Cassie Harberts in the paint, junior Kiki Alofaituli made them pay by scoring a career-high 16 points with a team-leading 7 rebounds.

Click here for the recap.

Alofaituli was joined in double figures by Brianna Barrett (13 points), Alexyz Vaioletama (11 points) and Harberts (10 points). Next up: The Trojans travel to Boulder for a regular season ending showdown with Colorado (Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks).

Click here for the SnappyTV highlights.

Here is Kiki post-game:

3-Points: OSU 76, USC 66

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Flat start dooms Trojans who drop their ninth straight with one more home game to come on Saturday (Oregon at 1:00pm). 


Feeling Rejected

The Trojans' offense was stifled by a tough Oregon State defense as the Beavers finished with nine blocks, seven of which came in the first half. USC shot just 29 percent in the first half which improved to 44.4 percent in the second. Though Byron Wesley returned from his suspension, he only managed nine points in tonight's effort as J.T. Terrell led the Trojans with 21 points, a season-high for the senior. "They played a great first half and we just could not make a shot," said head coach Andy Enfield. "They did their part in defending us and we just did not make any open shots."

Second Half Response

Despite a 26-point deficit, freshman Roschon Prince and senior J.T. Terrell fought hard in the second half to narrow the Beavers' lead. Both contributed tough points in the paint as well as Terrell's clutch three-pointer off an inbounds pass from Pe'Shon Howard. "[Roschon's] had his best week of practice the entire season so he earned the playing time," said Enfield. "He's one guy that I thought came in and really took advantage of his minutes which he earned in practice." The Trojans cut the deficit to five with 1:44 remaining but ran out of gas in the final 90 seconds. 

Senior Night

The Trojans will honor seniors Pe'Shon Howard, D.J. Haley, Omar Oraby and J.T. Terrell as well as walk-on Daniel Munoz on Saturday as they take on Oregon at 1:00pm in the Galen Center. This will be the final home game for the Trojans and the final home game for Enfield's first senior class at USC. "It's our last home game on Saturday and these seniors are terrific young men. They will hopefully play basketball somewhere or go into the real world and get a job and I think they are prepared for that. I'm really appreciative of their efforts and I think they played hard all season," said the head coach.

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Renewal Deadline Approaching

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USC football fans looking to renew their season tickets must do so by Friday (February 28) in order to maintain their season ticketholder rights and benefits.  Plus, new season tickets are already ON SALE.

Click here to renew your tickets.

Click here for new season tickets.

Among the new benefits for season ticketholders, you will receive an invite to an exclusive Spreecast to speak with Steve Sarkisian and some of the players on the eve of Spring Football.  Plus, you'll have the best seats secured for a big 2014 season with returning stars All-American DL Leonard Williams, RB Buck Allen, LB Hayes Pullard and the Pac-12's best recruiting class.

Click here for more.

"We will not shy away from the expectations that USC football embodies, we will embrace them," said Sarkisian. "I came here to win championships and so did all of our players." 

USC's leading passer, top 2 rushers (and 5 of its top 6 ground gainers) and 4 of its top 6 pass catchers (and 13 players in all who had a reception) are back from 2013. The Trojans averaged nearly 30 points and 400 total yards last year. The Trojan defense was in the national Top 25 in 8 statistical categories last season (including total defense, scoring defense, rushing defense and pass efficiency defense).

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The BMOC

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On Throwback Thursday, Sports Illustrated released an amazing photo of Marcus Allen strolling campus in 1981. 

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The Singing Center

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Former USC All-American Ryan Kalil is coming off a Pro Bowl season, his fourth in the last five years, leading the Carolina Panthers to the NFC South title.  At the retirement press conference for longtime teammate Jordan Gross, he showed off a different talent serenading farewell to his friend.


Byron's Back

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After serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules, USC men's basketball leading scorer and rebounder Byron Wesley is expected to return to action tonight against Oregon State (8 p.m. tip at Galen Center).


As the best player and likely lone senior next season, Wesley needs to be the leader of this program, so he took the disciplinary measure to heart calling it "unacceptable" and telling the LA Times, "I let a lot of people down this weekend and, to be honest, I feel terrible about it. All I can say is that this won't happen [again] from this point on."

Click here for the entire feature on Wesley by Jim Peltz.

Wesley has had a remarkable season despite the recent indiscretion.  "He's become one of the best players in the conference," Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins told reporters.

He is averaging 17.6 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per contest, which make him a worthy candidate for All-Pac-12.  Against tonight's opponent Oregon State, he scored 23 points in an overtime loss in Corvallis.

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Carroll's Homecoming

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The night began with a standing ovation and concluded with the fight song led by the USC Marching Band. It's safe to say Pete Carroll's USC homecoming was something special. On the heels of a Super Bowl victory, Carroll visited campus Wednesday night to speak with students on his Win Forever philosophy. Bovard Auditorium was packed as people came to hear the legendary coach talk football, fun and the ingredients of success. 

"Tonight I really felt the Trojan love," said Carroll when asked about returning to the school he led to seven consecutive BCS bowl games and two national titles. "I love this place. It feels really good to be back."

Coach Carroll, one of just three coaches to ever win both an NCAA championship and a Super Bowl, is one of the best in the business and has reached that level thanks to strict adherence to a philosophy he developed early in his career. He described competition as the central theme of his program and the integral component of winning forever. 

The coach walked the audience through his journey, explaining the obstacles and opportunities he encountered on his way to USC and his current position with the Seattle Seahawks. According to Carroll, being successful takes vision, hard work, a deep understanding of yourself and discipline. But when you have those ingredients, anything is possible. 

In addition to his wealth of wisdom, the night included several special guests who dropped by for surprise visits including Coach Sark and USC alumnus Will Ferrell. Ferrell reminisced with Carroll about USC football practice memories and even brushed up on his kicking skills driving a football into the audience through imaginary field goal posts. Sark and Carroll compared coaching notes, explaining what they admired about the other and where they saw the future of USC Football.

"What has always stood out to me about Sark is his agile mind, his ability to think openly, and his ability to understand people," Carroll said. "He can handle any situation. Not everyone can do that. I'm thrilled that he has this opportunity. He knows what SC is all about. He's going to do a great job."

As the evening came to a close, it was easy to forget that Carroll's main title is football coach and not inspirational speaker. Drawing on the tenants of his life philosophy and delivering on the purpose of the night (he was invited by a business class to speak on entrepreneurship and success), the coach gave the audience a locker room-esque speech for the ages. 

"As you go through challenges, remember that grit is real," Carroll challenged. "It's about competing, it's about pushing yourself, it's about striving to be your best. The thing that's great about grit is that no one else controls it but you. You have the opportunity to create your own value. No one else will control what happens to you. You have the power.  That's being in control of your own destiny."

Check out the John McGillen gallery with photos from the entire event:      

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Trojans Live - Spring Season

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On a new Trojans Live last night, 5-star incoming freshman Adoree' Jackson made his debut.  Plus, we welcomed three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, women's basketball senior Cassie Harberts, new director of track and field Caryl Smith Gilbert and senior associate AD Mark Jackson, who talked about all the new athletic facilities.


Coming on Strong

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Lauded as one of the top prospects in the country upon arriving at USC, Anthony Paolucci is beginning to fulfill his potential at Troy.  The junior golfer won his first collegiate title at the Jones Invitational in Somis yesterday leading the Trojans to a second place finish.

Click here for the recap.

Paolucci's momentum started away from the team when he nearly qualified for the PGA Tour topping his second stage group to advance to the final round of Q School.  This season, he has taken up residence on the front page of the leaderboard with four top 10 finishes.

On Tuesday, he used all that experience to birdie the 18th hole and snag a long awaited victory.  "I'm very happy for Anthony," USC Coach Chris Zambri said. "He has been close and this is well deserved. It's disappointing that the team did not get the victory and it stings to come this close and lose. The good news is there is tons of golf left to be played this year we are playing pretty well."

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Swimming in Seattle

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No. 2 USC women's swimming and diving begins its quest for a Pac-12 title today as the conference championships get underway in Seattle.  Led by senior All-Americans Kasey Carlson, Meghan Hawthorne and Stina Gardell, the Women of Troy are considered one of the favorites among a star-studded field including No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Cal and No. 11 Arizona.

Click here for the USC preview.

USC has never won the conference title, but the Trojans have been knocking on the door finishing second last year, and third the previous three seasons.  Big meets are all about depth, and the Women of Troy are loaded with talent including defending Pac-12 individual champions Carlson (100y breast), Haley Ishimatsu (platform) and Kendyl Stewart (100y fly). 

Click here for the Pac-12 event page.

Pac-12 Networks will televise the championships on a delayed broadcast first airing Monday, March 3 at 9 p.m. PT.

Carlson is the top seed in the 100y breast and 100y free.
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Admire the Consistency

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The winning streak could not last forever.  USC women's golf finally faltered at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate finishing second behind UCLA, and snapping the Women of Troy's record-setting run at eight consecutive tournament victories.

Click here for the recap.

Nevertheless, the dominant Trojans remain No. 1 in the country for the 12th poll in a row.  The Women of Troy are ranked in the top 5 for the 20th consecutive time.

It is also the 64th straight poll in which USC is ranked in the top 10, breaking the longest streak of top 10 appearances for any women's program since the poll resumed in 2001-02.  The Women of Troy entered the top 10 in November 2006, and have not budged since.

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Trojans at the 2014 Combine

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All seven Trojans wrapped up positive experiences at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this week.  Up next, all the aspiring players will show off their skills at USC Pro Day on March 12.

Here's how each Trojan fared at the Combine:

WR Marqise Lee - 4.52 40-yd dash, 38" vertical and 127" broad jump

Lee's broad jump was the third best performance by any receiver.  According to scouts, his overall workout solidified his position as the likely second overall receiver taken behind Clemson's Sammy Watkins.

OLB Devon Kennard - 4.70 40-yd dash, 23 bench press reps, 30" vertical and 113" broad jump

Kennard was one of the busiest Trojans at the Combine competing in every possible drill.  He posted a solid 40 time, and weighed in at a lean and mean 249 pounds. 

C Marcus Martin - 23 bench press reps

Coming back from the knee injury he suffered against UCLA, Martin was limited to the bench press and interview sessions.  He is expected to do more at USC Pro Day.  Nevertheless, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock lists Martin as the best center in the draft.

S Dion Bailey - 4.66 40-yd dash, 34" vertical and 113" broad jump

Bailey had to wait until the final day to participate, but he made it count competing in every possible drill.  While some scouts see him as a "tweener", Bailey's instincts and ball skills are desirable traits.

DL George Uko - 4.99 40-yd dash, 18 bench press reps, 29.5" vertical and 110" broad jump

Uko trimmed down for the Combine showing that he can be a defensive end at the next level.  He is projected to be a late round pick.

RB Silas Redd - 4.70 40-yd dash, 18 bench press reps, 37" vertical and 122" broad jump

Redd impressed scouts with his muscular physique which put aside any notions that he is a scat back.  He'll have the opportunity to improve on his 40 time at Pro Day, but his vertical leap was impressive.

TE Xavier Grimble - 26.5" vertical and 113" broad jump

X elected not to run at the Combine, so Pro Day will be big for his stock.  Coming off an injury-plagued season, he needs to show off his athleticism to move up draft boards. 

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The Cardiac Kids

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USC baseball puts its undefeated record on the line today for their first road test of the season at Long Beach State (6 p.m. PT at Blair Field). 

Click here for the preview.

The Trojans are off to a 7-0 start thanks to outstanding pitching and timely hitting culminating in Omar Cotto Lozada's walk-off three-run home run on Sunday.  Here is a look back at Sunday's dramatics as the Trojans hope to keep the good feeling going this week:


At It Again

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The USC water polo machine is on schedule to churn out another champion.  The No. 1 Women of Troy are 12-0 this season trying to defend their national title, and they showed their championship mettle defeating No. 3 UCLA in overtime Sunday to win the UCI Invitational.

Click here for the recap.

Junior Eike Daube (pictured) was the hero as she punched in a pair of overtime goals to overcome the Bruins.  And of course, All-American goalie Flora Bolonyai made 10 clutch saves.

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Photo Gallery: Women's Hoops' Senior Day

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While USC women's basketball wanted to send out its senior class with a victory, the Women of Troy were tripped up by Cal Sunday.  Nevertheless, the Trojan Family honored seniors Cassie Harberts, Desiree Bradley, Kate Oliver and Rachel Totten, and the quartet all marked their final home game by scoring at least one bucket apiece.

Harberts, who still has two more games plus postseason play to go in her USC career, will be the biggest loss.  She is in the top eight all-time in scoring and rebounding.  In her final home game, she had 18 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th consecutive contest.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos from an emotional day:


Katz Game

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No. 9 USC women's tennis served up a signature win last week taking out No. 4 California at Marks Stadium.  While several familiar names were instrumental in the dual match victory, freshman Zoe Katz played beyond her years sealing the doubles point in a dramatic tiebreaker with partner Brynn Boren before clinching victory for the Women of Troy in singles play.

Click here for the recap.

Katz dominated her higher ranked opponent 6-0, 6-4 sealing the 6-1 dual match victory.  The Los Angeles product was the first player in CIF history to win four straight doubles championships from 2009-2012 at Campbell Hall.

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Drama Kings

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USC baseball has started the season a perfect 7-0, but the nature of the victories is the true headline grabber.  The Trojans picked up four of the seven wins in their final at-bats, including a remarkable comeback today capped by Omar Cotto Lozada's walk-off three-run homer.

Click here for the recap.

Down to their final out in the 12th inning, and having already comeback from a two-run deficit in the 8th, USC strung together hits from Kevin Swick, Bobby Stahel and Cotto Lozada to win 5-3.  Something special is happening at Dedeaux Field this season...


3-Points: Cal 77, USC 64

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Trojans fight to the finish but fall to the Bears in Berkeley.

Click here for the recap and box score.

Hearty Effort

Screen Shot 2014-02-23 at 9.28.51 PM.pngThe Trojans held the lead at halftime, and recaptured the advantage late in the second half playing some of their best basketball this month.  Ignited by senior D.J. Haley, USC exhibited a ton of emotion on the court, and the bench erupted after every bucket.  "We played a very good game for 34 or 35 minutes," said head coach Andy Enfield.  Pe'Shon Howard paced the scoring with 17 points, while J.T. Terrell (14 points), Nikola Jovanovic (14 points) and Julian Jacobs (10 points) were all in double figures. 

Ultimately Not Enough

Despite the effort, a desperate Cal team playing at home was too much, and closed the game on a 24-10 run.  The Trojans have committed 10 or more turnovers in 24 consecutive games, and tonight, 11 of their 14 came in the second half.  "It went from a two-point game to a 10-point game very quickly," said Enfield about the missed opportunities.  "It is frustrating for the players and the coaching staff when your guards turn the ball over."

Coming Home

Hoping to snap an eight-game losing streak, USC returns to Galen Center this Thursday (Oregon State at 8 p.m.) and Saturday (Oregon at 1 p.m.).  Leading scorer and rebounder Byron Wesley could rejoin the team after serving a two-game suspension this week for a violation of team rules.  The Trojans lost to the Beavers in overtime in Corvallis, and led Oregon at halftime in Eugene, so they'll be looking to finish off a victory this time around.  "You saw tonight that our players come out and compete, and they play hard in practice.  It's frustrating when you don't get the wins that you think you deserve, but the other teams are pretty good too," said Enfield. 

The Constant Amongst Variability

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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College is a time for growth, exploration and self-discovery but for student-athletes their four years spent at a university are consumed by early morning practices, weekend getaways to opposing schools and countless hours devoted to the sport they know and love. 

However, senior Cassie Harberts is a prime example of how to get the most out of your four years whether it be from experiences on the court or the many lessons learned away from it. The face of USC women's basketball, Harberts has been rock solid since she came to USC as a freshman. For a program that has dealt with a lot of change, Harberts has remained the one true constant amongst all this variability. 

"I think as a person I've been through so many coaching changes here so I've learned a lot of things that I'll be able to use later in life," said the mature senior. "I've learned how to deal with people and how to adapt to different types of people, especially learning how to keep yourself constant with everything else around you changing."

Harberts began her freshman year playing for Michael Cooper and immediately made a dynamic impact. She was the only player to start all 37 games, had two double-doubles and scored in double figures 22 times. She also set a record for most points by a Trojan freshman since 1981 when she racked up 31 points during a game in the Pac-10 tournament. Her performance was recognized by just about everyone as she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team, Pac-10 All-Tournament team and the Pac-10 Media All-Freshman team. 

As a sophomore, Harberts continued to improve as she yet again played every single game and was the second-leading scorer on the team while also leading the team in double-digit scoring games (19) and double-digit rebounding efforts (five).

However, it wasn't until her junior season that Harberts became the indisputable star of the program. The junior forward led USC in scoring, rebounding and blocks averaging 18 points per game, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. She started and played in every game and set a USC record for free throws made (207) and attempted (298) in a single season. She scored in double figures in every game except one and was named to the All-Pac-12 team. 

"As a basketball player, I've just grown as I've gotten older," said the 6-foot-2 forward. "I've just really tried to change my game to how it needed to fit whatever defense was coming at me so I've really just adapted as the years have gone on."

Now one of the few seniors on a very young women's basketball team, Harberts chooses to lead by example. She's become the center of this Trojan offense so she's learning to manage the double- and triple-teams to hopefully draw attention and create openings for her teammates. 

You would think this much attention would cause extra pressure; however, the senior understands that it's just her new role on the team. "I don't really think about the pressure. I just go into each game knowing what we have to do to win and I just do whatever I have in my power whether it's scoring or if it's not my scoring night finding something else to contribute," said Harberts. 

Her senior season is not only different in terms of the roles she plays but also because Harberts and the rest of USC women's basketball is learning from a previous Women of Troy legend and new head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke. As Harberts has learned, adaptability is the key to remaining consistent amongst change so learning from a new coach has provided a new challenge for the senior. 

"She's very different from what I've had the past couple of years," said Harberts. "Nonetheless, she was a great player herself so I feel like she just knows what it takes to be a great player so that's something new that she brings to the table."

Future Fab Freshmen

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Incoming USC freshmen Brittany Abercrombie, Lauryn Gillis and Jordan Dunn were all chosen to Volleyball Magazine's 2014 Girls' Fab 50 list on Wednesday. The trio of incoming Trojans join a prestigious list of Fab 50 alumni such as Olympians Logan Tom, Lindsey Berg and Misty May-Treanor as well as current Trojan freshmen Ebony Nwanebu and Elise Ruddins.

Abercrombie comes from volleyball powerhouse La Costa Canyon High School that produced USC All-Americans Natalie Hagglund and Katie Fuller. She will join the Trojans as an outside hitter along with Gillis whereas Dunn will enter USC as a middle-blocker. 

The Fab trio will join a Trojan team with high expectations for the 2014 season after losing in the NCAA regional championships to their Pac-12 rival, the Washington Huskies in 2013.

Uytengsu Unveiling Video

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The new Uytengsu Aquatics Center was finally unveiled on Friday less than a year and a half after its groundbreaking. The unveiling featured remarks from Fred Uytengsu, who gave the largest gift ever by a former USC student-athlete, as well as Athletic Director Pat Haden, USC Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth Garrett and senior swimming co-captain Chase Bloch.

Following the unveiling, USC men's swimming took to the pool and won the first ever event raced in the new facility as they took on Utah for a six-event abbreviated meet. 

For more behind-the-scenes action, check out the video below that highlights the new facility and the unveiling celebration.

Uytengsu Unveiled

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USC unveiled its second new facility this month on Friday as the Uytengsu Aquatic Center finally opened its doors. The $16 million project features the Peter Daland pool named after the legendary swim coach as well as the diving tower named in honor of USC champion Sammy Lee. 

The newly renovated aquatic center will house both national water polo champions as well as both men and women's swimming and diving. USC men's swimming will be the first to christen the new facility as they take on Utah at 5:00pm on Friday. 

Check out the photo gallery below courtesy of John McGillen:


Uytengsu Aquatics Center - Images by John McGillen

Spring Fever: Weekend Baseball Preview

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It may only be February, but the Trojans are already experiencing spring fever as they have started off the 2014 season with a bang. After an exhilarating opening series sweep of the Northwestern Wildcats that featured two back-and-forth extra-inning victories followed by a dominant 13-6 victory on Sunday, the Trojans added on to the momentum with an upset over baseball powerhouse No. 3 ranked Cal-State Fullerton on Tuesday. 

The young USC team enters this weekend with their impressive 4-0 record as they look to extend their winning streak at home against the North Dakota State Bison. The starting pitchers for the Trojans are expected to be RHP Wyatt Strahan, LHP Bob Wheatley and LHP Kyle Twomey. First pitch on Friday will be at 6:00pm followed by start times of 2:00pm on Saturday and 1:00pm on Sunday. 

Check out the video below to get fired up for this weekend's series.

3-Points: Stanford 80, USC 59

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Without leading scorer Byron Wesley, who was suspended for violating team rules, the Trojans fell to the Cardinal.

Click here for the recap and box score.

Outgunned

Byron Wesley has been the brightest spot on the roster this season, but without their leading scorer, the Trojans had no one to step into the spotlight.  USC shot just 36% from the field scoring 59 points, the second lowest output of the season.  "You take your leading scorer and your leading rebounder out of the game, it hurts," head coach Andy Enfield said. "It is an opportunity for some of our players these two games to play more."  Wesley did not make the trip to the Bay Area, so he will miss Sunday's game at Cal as well.

Staying Active

Wesley is also USC's leading rebounder, but freshman Julian Jacobs picked up the slack there grabbing 8 boards.  Overall, Jacobs was the most active Trojan filling up the stat sheet with 11 points, 3 assists and 4 turnovers. "Julian is very talented.  He plays so hard.  Sometimes he plays too fast," said Enfield.  "We're sticking with him.  He's going to be a great player in this league."  

Glassy Eyed

Despite Jacobs' activity, Stanford's biggest advantage came on the boards as the Cardinal pulled down 18 offensive rebounds.  Senior Josh Huestis had a remarkable 18 total boards on his own.  "Stanford is one of the bigger teams in the league, and we are one of the smaller teams, especially at some of the key positions" said Enfield. "They rebound out of their area extremely well, and they go get balls."  The Cardinal made only 2 of 19 from three, but the second and third chances led to 36 points in the paint.

Lewis Leads the Way

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

In the midst of offseason workouts, USC head strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis is being recognized for what he does best. On Thursday, Lewis was named the Samson Equipment and American Football Monthly FBS Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. The two companies have recognized the nation's best strength and conditioning coaches at the high school, college, and professional levels annually for 11 years. 

For now, Lewis and his staff are hard at work preparing the Trojans for spring practice that begins on March 11.

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Stevens Academic Center Spotlight: Kim Santiago

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC athletes are more than just champions on the field, court, diamond, and pool, they're champions in the classroom as well. Each week, we will get to know one of these scholarly Trojans a little better in our student-athlete spotlight.

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Name: Kim Santiago
Year: Sophomore
Sport: Women's Golf
Major: Computer Engineering and Computer Science
GPA: 3.71

Sarah Bergstrom (SB): So you are studying computer engineering, right? Why did you pick that major and what do you hope to do with it?

Kim Santiago (KS): Ever since I was young I liked playing with Legos so my parents always told me that I would be a good engineer. I grew up knowing that I was going to go into engineering and then when it came time to choose which field to actually go into I decided to follow in the footsteps of my family. Both my brother and dad are software engineers so that's why I decided to try this out, to see if I like it, because my whole family already does. And I really like it so far.

SB: As a sophomore now do you feel like you have more of a handle on how to balance golf and a rigorous major?

KS: I have a better grasp of things now. Coming into USC being on a sports team and also doing engineering was a lot to take in in my first year. But I've gotten used to it now and it's pretty easy to handle. I've figured out my priorities. I want to do well in my sport and also want to do well in school. My free time is for friends. That's my hierarchy. (laughs) I guess sometimes you have to make sacrifices.

SB: So I read that your dream golf foursome would be the composer Claude Debussy, the Russian theorist Leon Trotsky and Pi Patel from the novel Life of Pi. It's interesting to me because you have a major devoted to math and science and yet you've developed an appreciation for classic literature and classical music. Where did your love for that side of things develop?

KS: Math and music go together very well. When I was five or six I was playing piano and then I learned to play the viola. Music has been a big part of my life all of my life. I really enjoyed ready growing up as well. At parties I would just sit in a corner and read instead of socializing with the other kids (laughs). Life of Pi  was my favorite book in high school and it was taught by one of my favorite teachers. I love that character (Pi). 

SB: Do you still play piano or viola?

KS: I've had to sacrifice on those. But later on I want to continue to play. One day I want a grand piano in my house. If I wasn't doing sports I would probably join the school's orchestra.

SB: What's your favorite piece to play? I'm assuming it's something by Debussy...

KS: Hmm...that's hard. My favorite piece is probably Clair de Lune by Debussy. It's just a classic and I really like it. Whenever I go home I play it.

SB: So you have a lot going for you on the academic side, how did you start playing golf?

KS: Just like how I got into engineering, my whole family is into golf. Both my brother and my dad were really into golf. My dad started playing because of my grandfather who was actually the president of the Philippine Golf Association. I used to always want to do everything that my brother did so I just followed along and I ended up liking it too.

SB: What did you learn in your freshman year being a part of the best golf team in America? 

KS: I think the biggest thing I learned is that working hard all the time, with no complaining, is what pays off in the end. Even if there are hurdles thrown at you, you can overcome them with hard work. I learned a lot from the work ethic of the other girls on the team.

SB: What are areas of your game that you've already seen yourself improve on after your first year?

KS: Putting. Some of my teammates are the best putters in the country so I've seen how they practice and the routines they do. That's helped me figure out how to improve my own game. I see myself improving already. In last weekend's tournament I had a really good round, I shot 71 (1-under) in one of the rounds, and I was pretty excited since that was the first time I've broken par in a tournament. Things are going well, I feel like my game is in a good spot right now and I know what I need to work on moving forward. 

SB: Do you see any comparisons between what you love about golf and what you love in academics?

KS: A big part of golf is that it really is an individual sport. If anything goes wrong it's your fault and if there are any problems you get to think about how to solve them yourself. When you are strategizing on a course it's just like solving a problem, which is the same in engineering and math. I really like that aspect of it. And I like that I get time to myself since I'm an introvert. It's just me and the green. I enjoy being out there.

SB: What's been one of your favorite moments so far in being a part of this team?

KS: I think it would be last year when our team went to New Orleans. It was the end of the third round and we were tied with UCLA so we had to go into a playoff. It was pretty intense but in the end I sunk a putt to save my score and then everyone else on the team was able to pull through and we won. Just the feeling of that, of beating UCLA and seeing everyone contribute to a win, was awesome. Winning in a playoff is a different feeling from just winning outright. 

SB: What's it like to be a student-athlete at USC? What are your goals in your next two years?

KS: I want to be able to continue to take advantage of the Trojan Family and all of the incredible connections that we have. As a golfer, I want to keep doing my best and see where I can go with it. Academically I want to do my best so that I can go where I want to go with it as well. It's been amazing to be here. We are treated so well and it's just such an honor to be part of such a great institution and to be representing USC on the golf course. 

Trojan Spotlight: Keidane McAlpine

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New USC women's soccer head coach Keidane McAlpine is settling into his new digs inside Heritage Hall evaluating the inherited talent on his roster, recruiting for the future, and implementing his system.

Here is a chance to meet the new head coach and hear about his plans for the Women of Troy:


Ready for the Combine

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In the two months since USC's football season ended, the departing Trojans have been locked away in training centers fine tuning their minds and bodies in preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, which begins this week.  Seven Trojans received the coveted invite: WR Marqise Lee, DB Dion Bailey, RB Silas Redd, TE Xavier Grimble, OL Marcus Martin, OLB Devon Kennard and DL George Uko.

Click here for Gary Klein's story on the Trojans' preparation.

Lee is the highest projected pick in the group as a likely first rounder.  A supremely gifted athlete with a track and field background, he is expected to ace the Combine.

"All I've got to really do is be myself," Lee told the LA Times. "Nothing crazy.  I'm going to get it done like I'm supposed to."

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Canada Fly

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USC senior sprinter Aaron Brown posted the top indoor 200m time in the world (20.53 but 20.60 adjusted for altitude) at the Don Kirby Indoor Meet in Albuquerque last Friday. The blazing fast time is a new school record, and sets the all-time Canadian indoor record.

Click here for more.

Brown also won the 60m title in 6.55, bettering his USC record, and, adjusted for altitude, ranking third among collegiates.  After the graduation of NCAA champions Bryshon Nellum and Reggie Wyatt, Brown is expected to lead No. 8 USC men's track and field this spring.

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Trojans Topple Titans

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USC baseball is brewing some positive early season mojo amplified last night by a 6-1 win over No. 2 Cal State Fullerton.  The Trojans are now 4-0 with a home series against North Dakota State this weekend.

Click here for the recap.

USC has been carried by strong relief pitching, timely hitting, and one big stick.  The bullpen pitched 5 shutout innings last night, while Garrett Stubbs delivered a clutch two-run single, and Vahn Bozoian hammered his second home run in as many games.

Here are the SnappyTV highlights:


Gauntlet Update: Comeback Weekend

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Buried in a hole after the fall semester, USC is on the comeback trail in the annual Crosstown Gauntlet competition with UCLA.  The Trojans picked up 7.5 points this past weekend thanks to women's swimming and diving's seventh consecutive dual meet victory over the Bruins, and men's tennis defeating its rival in the ITA National Team Indoor semifinals.

Current Gauntlet standings: UCLA 37.5, USC 27.5

No. 2 USC women's swimming and diving was led by Kasey Carlson and Kendyl Stewart who won two races apiece.  The Women of Troy completed their dual match season with a 7-1 overall record and 6-1 in the Pac-12.

No. 3 USC men's tennis finished as the runners-up at the ITA National Team Indoors led by junior Roberto Quiroz who went undefeated in singles and doubles earning Pac-12 Player of the Week honors.  The Trojans defeated the Bruins 4-3 in a classic semi before dropping the final to Ohio State.

Here is senior swimmer Stina Gardell on beating the Bruins:


Dedeaux Statue Unveiled

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Monday marked what would have been Rod Dedeaux's 100th birthday.  The legendary manager led USC baseball to 11 national championships.

At the field which already bears his name, Dedeaux was immortalized on Sunday as a statue of his likeness was unveiled before the Trojans defeated Northwestern to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. 

Here are the John McGillen photos of the unveiling featuring USC president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, close friend and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, senior associate AD Don Winston, head baseball coach Dan Hubbs and his son Justin Dedeaux.


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Unbroken Trailer

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Louis Zamperini, one of USC's greatest living treasures, will have his incredible life story told on the silver screen this Christmas by director Angelina Jolie.  Taken from Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book and adapted by Oscar winning writers the Coen brothers, Unbroken details Zamperini's unwavering spirit throughout the 1936 Olympics and World War II.


Early Season Drama

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If the first series of the season is any indication, the Dedeaux Field groundskeepers will be put to the test this spring.  The Trojans worked overtime on Friday (11 innings) and Saturday (15 innings) to complete dramatic victories before sweeping the weekend set from Northwestern on Sunday (only 9 innings).

Click here for the recaps.

The three-game sweep featured several heroes, but the relief pitching was key providing 18.1 innings giving up only 2 runs.  In particular, Jeff Paschke and Nigel Nootbaar combined to throw 8 innings of shutout relief to extend Saturday's marathon.

In terms of walk-off heroes, Frankie Rios scored the winning run on a Northwestern error in the 11th on Friday, while freshman Joe Corrigan delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to score Dante Flores on Saturday.  Sophomore A.J. Ramirez carried the offense on Sunday going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Vahn Bozoian cracked the team's first homerun of the season.

Next up: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton comes into Dedeaux Field tonight at 6 p.m. Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's win:


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3-Points: Colorado 83, USC 74

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Byron Wesley leads the Trojans with 21 points but they fall to 10-15 overall and 1-11 in Pac-12 play.


Freshmen at the Point

Chass Bryan and Kahlil Dukes got the start at the guard positions tonight after it was announced before the game that senior Pe'Shon Howard was suspended due to a violation of team rules.  The Trojans lacked command at the point guard position as they had a season-low six assists tonight, obviously impacted by the loss of Howard who is averaging 4.3 assists per game, and turned the ball over 17 times.  "Pe'Shon's our starting point guard so anytime you're missing that it's hard," said head coach Andy Enfield. "We did have guys play some really good minutes. I thought it was a good effort and they played really hard."

Mr. Consistency

Byron Wesley continues to be rock solid on offense for the Trojans. The junior forward has had double figures in seven-straight games and 20 or more points in three straight. "Byron's really on his game," said Enfield. "However, he still has several things he needs to do for us. I'd love to see him average four or five assists. He's so great at driving the ball and he could see the floor better but he's such a valuable scorer and rebounder for us. He deserves the credit."

Emptying the bench

In a search for answers, Enfield looked deep into his bench providing a rare opportunity for walk-ons Chass Bryan, Daniel Munoz and Devon Pflueger. Bryan finished with 8 points which is just two points shy of his career-high. Munoz and Pflueger came in at the end of the game with Pflueger subbing in and immediately driving and hitting a short jumper to score his first points as a Trojan. "He works so hard in practice," said sophomore Chass Bryan on Pflueger. "Just to see him hit that shot, it was big for us." After tonight's starting lineup featuring Strahinja Gavrilovic, Byron Wesley, D.J. Haley, Chass Bryan and Kahlil Dukes, every single scholarship player has now started at least one game for the Trojans. 

The Feeling of Gold

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni is watching the Winter Games in Sochi from the comfort of her living room.  The former USC swimmer has felt the ecstasy of the moment, so she can relate to the triumphant skiers, skaters and curlers (well maybe not the curlers).

Expressing that feeling is a whole different challenge, but Soni gave it a shot this week.  Click here for her article "What does that Olympic moment really FEEL like?

Soni was a star of London 2012.
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Like Magic

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USC water polo head coach Jovan Vavic is a big basketball fan, and he loves to draw parallels between the sports.  When it comes to his son Nikola, he compares his game to his hardwood hero Magic Johnson. 

Like the legendary point guard, Nikola has the complete skill set to make his team better whether the situation requires a shot, pass or steal.  And similar to the five-time NBA champion and three-time MVP, Nikola leaves USC as one of the most decorated athletes in its 125 years of history.

Vavic was named National Player of the Year for the second time after leading the Trojans to an NCAA four-peat.  He is also the program's all-time leading goal scorer.

Click here for the complete release.

Vavic was joined on the All-American First Team by junior Kostas Genidounias, who could threaten Vavic's career scoring record next season.  Mace Rapsey and James Clark are Second Team All-Americans, while Jeremy Davie made the Third Team, and Connor Virjee earned Honorable Mention.

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Trojans in Business: Bill Bordley

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Life is full of crazy twists and turns and sometimes it takes awhile to get where you're going. Bill Bordley, who was once a hot pitching prospect playing for the legendary Rod Dedeaux, is a perfect example of this as his life after USC has been quite an interesting ride. 

Bill Bordley 2.jpgBordley had always dreamed of playing Major League baseball. After setting records at his high school in innings pitched, strikeouts, wins and earned run average, Bordley headed to USC where he immediately made an impact leading the Trojans to a national championship his freshman year and going 14-0 as a starting pitcher while also leading the conference in strikeouts. 

However, Bordley's collegiate baseball career was short-lived as he entered the MLB draft after his sophomore season. Bordley had always had his eyes set on a bigger prize and that was the big leagues. "I hate to say it, but when I first went to 'SC it was just as a ticket to the major leagues," admitted Bordley.

On June 30, 1980, Bordley had finally made it. He started in his first career game with the San Francisco Giants leading the team to victory over fellow Trojan Tom Seaver and the Cincinnati Reds. However, he did not know at the time that his first season would also be his last. Bordley began developing arm issues and after a series of elbow surgeries, Bordley was forced to cut his baseball dreams short. 

Bordley was solely focused on a professional baseball career so when his dream was no longer a reality he looked to a familiar place to find a new passion. He returned to USC where he earned a degree in finance and aided his legendary coach, Rod Dedeaux.

"I was so lucky to be able to go back to USC and earn a degree," said Bordley. "I wouldn't have been able to do what I did without going back."

After earning his degree, Bordley actually used his baseball connections to help him get his next job as a Secret Service agent. "I was always interested in investigations even since when I was a little kid," said Bordley. "The first time I had met anyone with the Secret Service was in 1981 at Shea Stadium when we were playing the Mets. George Bush Sr. was Vice President at the time and he came into the locker room to talk to us so I met his Secret Service agents and kept in touch."

Bordley would leave tickets for the agents at games and kept in touch with them so when his baseball career ended he reached back out to them and worked as a Secret Service agent until he was 50.

He traveled to 85 different countries, dealt with intelligence groups throughout the world and investigated sophisticated financial crimes. But as Bordley said, sports was still the core of who he was so when the opportunity presented itself, he accepted a position as chief of security for the MLB in 2011. Bordley had finally made it back to the major leagues a mere 30 years later. 

"There's a myriad of things that sports has taught me," said Bordley. "If you're on a team, you have to get along with people, deal with rejection, deal with the most embarrassing things in front of 50,000 people and then go back out there the next night and do it again. You have to work so hard without any guarantee of success."

These are just some of the things that Bordley now tries to instill in his 10-year-old son and all the young baseball prospects he handles in the MLB.

"That's what these kids don't realize," cautioned Bordley. "Even best case scenario their careers will be done at some point and no matter how much money you make you still have a whole life ahead of you."

Bordley works with every player in the league sending them to seminars and telling them all about the many troubles that they could encounter. He explains to them how tenuous their careers are and how vulnerable they can be with all the people who are after them financially. 

Life has a funny way of working itself out and Bordley certainly can attest to that as his early dream of a career in the major leagues has finally come full circle. Though he may not be playing, he was just selected to the College Baseball Hall of Fame and he continues to serve over a thousand players and coaches as chief of security giving back to the sport that he has always known and loved. 

3-Points: Utah 79, USC 71

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The Trojans drop their fifth in a row as the Utes quell a late rally.

Click here for the recap and box score.

Fight to the Finish

Stuck in last place and down 17 points in the second half, USC could have easily thrown in the towel tonight, but the Trojans cut the deficit to four in a spirited late rally.  "We are a team.  I'm proud of our players," said head coach Andy Enfield.  "The lull tonight was a little longer than I hoped.  We've lost a lot of close games and tonight was another one.  Our guys aren't giving up, we're playing hard."  Byron Wesley, who led the team with 20 points, keyed the charge as did Nikola Jovanovic, who broke out of a slump to score 9 points and grab 7 rebounds. 

Dying From Distance

Utah had three players account for 10 made threes including Jordan Loveridge's dagger to seal the Utes victory in the final two minutes.  As a team, the Utes made 10/19, while the Trojans could only muster 5/16 from behind the arc.  The Trojans also missed 10 free throws and several shots around the rim on an inefficient night offensively.  "In the second half, we missed wide open threes with no one within six or seven feet of us," said Enfield.  "We have to make our easy shots, and we have to make our open shots."

A Chance for Others

Enfield made major changes to the starting lineup and rotation providing an opportunity for rarely used freshman Kahlil Dukes to contribute a career-high 10 points.  "Our players have worked hard in practice," said Enfield about the changes which meant more minutes for Dukes, Chass Bryan and Brendyn Taylor. "Some guys came off the bench, played a lot and gave a lot of effort." Dukes' greatest weapon is his shooting ability, and he made 2/5 from three to lead the team.  He also provided much needed defensive intensity highlighted by a steal and a bucket at the pinnacle of the second half run.

Experience and Expectation

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor



"Experience is the best teacher."

Julius Caesar offered this bit of wisdom over 2,000 years ago, but it rings just as true for the USC Baseball team as it begins its 2014 season. Inexperience, especially on the mound, was the source of the Trojans' struggles last year as they finished 20-36, losing 12 games by one or two runs. A significant increase in experience this season looks now to be the key to their success. Despite having two-thirds of the team made up of underclassmen, this year's squad has been tried and tested, preparing them for what lies ahead.

"We might be young in years still but I don't think we are young in experience like last year," explains senior pitcher Bob Wheatley. "This year it's the opposite. Because we had so many freshmen play last year, they gained a lot of experience - both good and bad. They were thrown in the fire and I think we will benefit from that."

With more experience comes greater expectation. The bar has been raised for this team as close to 600 innings of Division I baseball return to the field, in comparison to last year's team which brought in just 120 innings of total game experience. Head coach Dan Hubbs expects that this team will be more consistent, a product of understanding the rigors of the Pac-12 and a necessity to winning close games and improving upon last season. According to Hubbs, a major factor in creating overall consistency is the expected performance of the sophomore class this season. 

"In terms of capabilities, we are obviously expecting the sophomore class to make a huge jump from last year," Hubbs said. "We invested a lot of time into them playing both in the field and on the mound and I think that they are ready for the challenge."

Infielder A.J. Ramirez and outfielders Vahn Bozoian, Bobby Stahel, and Timmy Robinson are just four of the highlighted sophomore class members expected to make an immediate impact. As a whole, the Trojans return seven starters in the field including senior third baseman Kevin Swick, second baseman Dante Flores and 2013 All-Pac-12 honorable mention catcher Garrett Stubbs. 

One of Hubbs' biggest lessons after his first year as head coach was the need to disperse responsibility among the coaching staff in order for the team to function better on both offense and defense. This season, assistant coaches Matt Curtis, Gabe Alvarez and Vinny Lopez will be in almost complete control of the offense. This allows Hubbs to focus on his wheelhouse - pitching - and the coach is confident that the Trojans have the makings of a good staff.

Junior Wyatt Strahan will be starting on Friday, a righty who finished with a team-low ERA of 2.45 last season. Bob Wheatley, who possessed an ERA of 2.78 last year, will make the start on Saturday, and Kyle Twomey, a sophomore surrounded by much anticipation, will start on Sunday.  A combination of eight or nine other available pitchers will make up the backside of the pitching rotation. 

While the team is eager to show the fruits of their gained experience, the Trojans also welcome nine freshmen who have a good chance of making their own mark this year. A major focus of the offseason has been to integrate the freshmen, foster a strong team dynamic and get everyone on the same page heading into spring. 

"The older guys are talking all the time to the younger guys about what to expect," notes Hubbs. "We've really tried to emphasize that communication to everyone on the team. I think this older group has done a fantastic job, the best I've seen, at bringing the whole team together."

Uytengsu Grand Opening

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For the second time this month, USC Athletics will unveil a sparkling new facility which pays tribute to our rich tradition and provides a high performance training and competition arena for future champions.  The Uytengsu Aquatics Center will open its doors to the public on Friday, February 21, at 3 p.m. with a dedication followed by self-guided tours and a reception culminating in a USC men's swimming meet against Utah at 5:30 p.m.

Click here to RSVP using the passcode: Uytengsu

The $16 million Uytengsu Aquatics Center will house both national champion water polo programs, and USC men's and women's swimming and diving.  The pool is named for legendary head swim coach Peter Daland, while the diving tower was dedicated to USC champion Sammy Lee.

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Dedeaux To Be Immortalized

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USC baseball head coaching legend Rod Dedeaux, who won 11 national titles, will have a life size statue of his likeness unveiled Sunday at 11:30 a.m. before the Trojans wrap up their season-opening series against Northwestern.  Dodgers legendary skipper Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson and USC President C. L. Max Nikias are among the distinguished guests scheduled to appear at the ceremony honoring Dedeaux on the eve of what would have been his 100th birthday.

Click here for the complete release.

As the Trojan head coach for 45 seasons (1942-86), Dedeaux finished with a career record of 1,332-571-11 (.699 winning percentage), won an unprecedented 11 national titles (including five consecutive) and 28 conference titles. He has received countless honors, including being named national Coach of the Year six times and has been inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Hall of Fame, the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Photo Gallery: Make It Eight

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No. 1 USC women's golf's historic run continued this week as the reigning national champions captured the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the team's eighth consecutive tournament victory.  The win mirrored so many of the ones before it as the Trojans dominated the field by seven strokes, and sophomore Annie Park claimed the individual crown for the school-record tying fifth time in her young career.

Click here for the recap.

Here are all the photos of the final round courtesy of John McGillen:


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Photo Gallery: Crosstown Sweep

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USC women's basketball got back on track Saturday blowing out the Bruins and sweeping the crosstown series maintaining Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's immaculate record against UCLA as a player and a coach.  The Women of Troy, who were led by Cassie Harberts' 17 points and 9 rebounds, are back on the road this week with a trip to Oregon (Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Oregon State (Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks).

Here are the John McGillen photos from the rivalry win during which the Trojans never trailed:


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Taj and Nick

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Thanks to a lucky break in scheduling, Taj Gibson was able to join his former USC teammate Nick Young at the men's basketball game vs. UCLA on Saturday before the their respective NBA teams, the Bulls and Lakers, squared off on Sunday.

Click here for John McGillen's gallery from the Lakers/Bulls game.

Young is currently sitting out with a knee injury, but Taj Gibson is enjoying a starting role in Chicago averaging 22.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest over the last three games including a win over the Lakers. 

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Making the Most of It

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USC men's basketball forward Darion Clark had surgery recently to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.  The Charlotte transfer is forced to sit out the season anyway, but he'll have three years of eligibility remaining when he comes back.

With no competitive basketball to worry about, Clark is using the added time to better his new community earning Trojan Community Outreach Athlete of the Month. 

Click here for the full story.

Clark's highlights off the court start with a visit to 99th Street Elementary in Watts as part of USC's SCORE Initiative. He spoke with local kids about academics, health, teamwork, and community responsibility before cheering them on at their basketball practice on the blacktop.  In January, he hosted a basketball clinic for Cub Scouts with three other teammates.

Clark (right) is relegated to a spectator this season.
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The Amazing Garibaldi

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If you were not in attendance Saturday for the USC vs. UCLA men's basketball game or made the tragic mistake of leaving your seat at halftime, you missed a mesmerizing performance by painter David Garibaldi.  We won't spoil the surprise, just watch the video.


Football Staff Complete

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian has put the finishing touches on his football staff announcing the grad assistants and admins for 2014. 

Ross Cumming (defense) and Jaron Fairmon (offense) will return as graduate assistants.  Kyle DeVan (offense) and Danny Razore (defense) will become grad assistants once they enroll in school this spring.

DeVan was a graduate assistant at his alma mater Oregon State last season.  He went on to play offensive line in the NFL for five seasons including starting Super Bowl XLIV for the Indianapolis Colts.

Razore, who was a graduate assistant at Washington last year, suffered a career-ending injury at Bellevue High School, so he switched to coaching at his prep alma mater and led them to three state championships. 

Keynodo Hudson remains as a defensive administrative assistant, while Lenny Vandermade returns as an offensive admin.  Vandermade was a four-year starter at USC capping his career with the 2003 national championship.

Steve Murrillo (offense) and Ricky Brown (defense) are the new administrative assistants.  Murillo worked at UW the previous four seasons, while Brown had a seven-year NFL career topped by winning the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens in 2013.

Former FB/LB Cumming served as the defensive line coach during the Las Vegas Bowl.
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The First Step

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Like their brothers in the fall, the Women of Troy have designs on a repeat NCAA Championship.  USC women's water polo comes into 2014 saddled with the No. 1 ranking, but the Trojans wore the crown well this weekend winning the Triton Invitational.

En route to the final, USC defeated Sonoma State (26-2), Cal State Northridge (13-0) and No. 10 Arizona State (10-4).  In the championship match, the Trojans took out No. 5 UC Irvine (8-3) led by All-American Monica Vavic who had three goals.

Click here for the recap.

Next up: The Women of Troy will play four matches at the Lancer Invitational in Riverside on February 14-15.

All-American goalie Flora Bolonyai made 21 saves on Sunday en route to being named MPSF Player of the Week.
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The Closer

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USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin was named the Scout.com Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year after helping to close high-profile recruits Adoree' Jackson and JuJu Smith among others on a Top 10 National Signing Day for the Trojans.

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Martin and fellow returning assistant Clay Helton were credited by Steve Sarkisian for keeping the class intact during a time of transition with three head coaches in one year.  "The biggest thing that Tee provides is that he is a diligent worker," Sarkisian said on Trojans Live.  "If you need a call at Midnight at 7 at 5 at 4, he was going to make the call.

"He's a quarterback.  There's something about a quarterback in a locker room.  He can interact with anybody at any time regardless of the situation.  He quarterbacked the situation with players that we ended up signing really, really well."

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Photo Gallery: A Day in Troy

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Thousands of local kids enjoyed a day on the USC campus to understand the value of higher education.  After tours led by Trojan student-athletes, the next generation experienced a Women of Troy victory over UCLA and an all-around fun day at Galen Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


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Photo Gallery: Men's Swimming Still Building

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For swimming and diving, dual meets coincide with rigorous pool work to build up stamina and speed in anticipation for the NCAA Championships.  So, while No. 3 USC still likes its chances this March in Austin, Texas, the Trojans were swept by the Bay Area schools this past weekend at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


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3-Points: UCLA 83, USC 73

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom and Caroline Deisley

Despite playing a tremendous first half, USC falls to cross-town rival UCLA for the second time this season. Byron Wesley led the team in scoring with 27 points. 


Trojan Spirit
The student section in the Galen Center was packed as throngs of people showed up to watch the Trojans take on the Bruins. The entire crowd was a factor in the game from the start as the atmosphere erupted when it saw that the Trojans came to play. That atmosphere remained throughout the entire game despite a frustrating second half as the fans remained loyal and stayed until the final minutes. "I think you always play with a little more energy on your home court. We had great student and fan support tonight," said the head coach. "I think there was a lot of energy in this building."

One and Done
The Trojans looked like they were well on their way to upsetting the second-best team in the Pac-12 as they held a six-point lead at the half. However, UCLA's halftime adjustments proved to be too much for the Men of Troy who completely lost their cool in the second half. USC shot 59 percent from the field in the first half compared to a mere 35.5 percent in the second. Similarly, their three-point shooting percentage fell from an outstanding 50 percent to 21.4 in the second. 

Turnover Terror
The straw that broke the camel's back for the Trojans in the second half was the repetitive turnovers that stifled any offensive opportunity and led to easy transition points for the Bruins. The Trojans finished the game with 15 turnovers which actually happens to be better than their last game against Oregon where they had a whopping 22 turnovers. Coach Enfield specifically noted that the sloppiness on in-bounds plays was an unnecessary area of concern. "Tonight 15 turnovers is probably about two or three too many," cautioned Enfield. "I thought we had some easy plays and we made them more difficult than they should've been."

Here are the SnappyTV highlights from tonight's game: 

Women of Troy 68, UCLA 54: A Day in Troy

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Written by Caroline Deisley and Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributors

After a three-game losing streak, the Women of Troy bounced back to top rival UCLA 68-54 on Saturday. The victory would not have been half as exciting without the help of roughly 5,000 special guests visiting USC for the annual "A Day in Troy." 

The day began with buses of local kids arriving on campus where they were welcomed by nearly 200 student-athletes who led them on special campus tours that included stops at the brand new Heritage Hall and the state-of-the-art John McKay Center. From there, the youth participated in a variety of activities promoting USC's S.C.O.R.E. initiative that teaches kids how to serve the community through outreach, responsibility and education. Student-athletes provided their insight on the four quarters of the S.C.O.R.E. initiative which are physical health, academic excellence, teamwork and community responsibility.

USC's Director of Community Outreach, Matt Ackels, was thrilled with the day's success noting the importance of the genuine involvement of the student-athletes. "Many of these kids have never seen a college campus before or at least imagined what life is like as a college student," said Ackels. "We've had incredible student-athlete participation because our athletes are really invested in taking their position in the community and using it for good."

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The Women of Troy absolutely dominated cross-town rival UCLA thanks to a tremendous defensive effort from the entire team. Senior captain Cassie Harberts led the team in scoring with 17 points and also contributed 9 rebounds and 4 assists. The Trojans beat the Bruins when they first played in December but only by a mere two points. Head coach Cynthia Cooper was ecstatic to sweep rival UCLA in her first year as head coach but more importantly was fired up to get back on the winning horse before hitting the road. 

"I thought this was one of our best starts to a game and start to a second half. We started the game with the correct level of intensity with defense and then we executed on the offensive end," said Cooper. "Our defense allowed us to get out on the fast breaks and then on offense we shared the ball better this game than our last three. I think the results speak for themselves."

Coach Cooper specifically highlighted the impressive production from the bench especially from freshman Courtney Jaco and senior Desiree Bradley. In the previous matchup, Jaco and Bradley were held to a combined five points, but they bounced back Saturday by contributing a combined 15 points to the Trojans' effort. 

After Ariya Crook opened the game with an emphatic three-pointer, the Trojans never lost the lead and now improve to 8-4 in conference play. Next weekend, the Women of Troy visit the state of Oregon to take on the Ducks and the Beavers as they look to defeat their Pac-12 competitors for the second time. 

The Power of USC

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The NCAA sanctions on recruiting are officially over! 

While the punishments were designed to cripple the program, USC still emerged with the 8th, 13th and 10th best recruiting classes in the nation each of the last three years despite being limited to 45 scholarships over that span while most schools could offer 75.

Next year, Steve Sarkisian will again be able to offer the maximum 25 scholarships as he works to rebuild this roster, which has bent but not broken despite a paper thin depth chart.  With only 19 scholarships at his disposal this year, Sark and his staff landed the best recruiting class in the Pac-12. 

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A Trojan in Sochi

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As the Winter Olympics begin tonight, USC will be represented by Jung-Hwa Seo, a moguls freestyle skier from South Korea, who was a 2010 Olympian as well.

USC has a long tradition of nurturing successful Olympic athletes.  USC has more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any school. 

Since 1904, 420 Trojan athletes have competed in the summer and winter Games, taking home 135 gold medals (with at least 1 gold in every summer Olympics since 1912), 88 silver and 64 bronze.  There have been four winter Olympians from USC (Randy Gardner, Lyle Nelson, Mike Gonzales and Jung-Hwa Seo).

Seo suffered a scary crash in training but she's still on track to compete.
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Last Lap

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Quintero, Colupaev in 200y Free NCAA Final.jpgLike the final leg of a 4x100y relay, the USC men's swimming team is fast approaching the final stretch of the season. Last year, the Trojans finished fourth at the 2013 NCAA Championships, the team's best finish since 2001, and this year's seniors are back with the goal of ending their career in memorable fashion.

Dimitri Colupaev, Jack Wagner and Chase Bloch are three members of the core group of seniors who have been through every moment together. With lots of work still to be done in the final two months of the season, the threesome is thankful for everything that's brought them to their last lap.

Colupaev, Bloch and Wagner began their USC careers at the top. As a part of the number one recruiting class in the nation in 2010, the three were immediately expected to make an impact in the pool, and they did.  Colupaev arrived from Germany after a very impressive international prep career, and in his time at USC he has won one NCAA relay title, two Pac-12 individual titles, three Pac-12 relay titles, and is a 10-time All-American. He swam in the 2012 Olympics and holds the USC record in the 200y free and 200y IM.

Undefeated in high school as a six-time New York state champion, Jack Wagner also kicked off his Trojan career with the bar set high. In his last three seasons, the four-time All-American has found a place in the USC record book at second overall in the 50y free and fourth in the 100y free.

Bloch entered USC not far from his home in Malibu where he was a high school national champion his senior year. Bloch is the third-fastest Trojan in the 100y fly and the fourth in the 200y back.

"The expectations have been there since day one," explains Bloch. "I think the only thing that's kind of changed is that all three of us are captains. We have a leadership role and are working to teach the freshmen what we've learned over the past four years. Obviously we lost Vlad [Morozov] last year. It's not necessarily that the three of us need to step up, but that we need to get everyone to step up as a whole. We've been doing it since freshman year but it's going to take a team effort to get top four again."

Wagner, Jack pg1112.jpgThe Trojans took a big hit at the end of last season when Vladmir Morozov, winner of NCAA titles in the 50y and 100y sprints as well as the 4x100y relay, decided to turn pro and forgo his senior year at USC. To an outsider it would appear difficult to fill the void left by Morozov but according to the senior threesome, USC is back this year with a national championship in mind.

"We've totally improved in depth," says senior Dimitri Colupaev. "We lost Vlad, one of the biggest contributors at the NCAA Championships, but one guy doesn't make the whole team. With him gone I see an overall improvement in general depth. We have a great freshmen class coming in and we have good guys who are going to score in two or three events which is big. We are going to be smarter with our setup, moving people into races where they have better chances of scoring."

Wesley Cracks Century Club

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USC men's basketball junior Byron Wesley became the 35th Trojan to score 1,000 or more points in his career last week on the Oregon road trip.  Wesley is the Trojans' leading scorer averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game.

Wesley and the Trojans will take on rival UCLA at Galen Center on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of a doubleheader day with the Women of Troy hosting the Bruins at 3 p.m.  With two big games on campus, the new Heritage Hall will remain open to the public for extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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Trojans Live - Signing Day Special

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On a special Signing Day Trojans Live last night, we were joined by head coach Steve Sarkisian, recruiting coordinator and LB coach Peter Sirmon, USCFootball.com recruiting insider Ryan Abraham and 5-star OL Damien Mama. 


Right on Track

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While the Trojan Family was celebrating USC football's National Signing Day, new Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert inked an all-star class of her own featuring two football standouts Randall Cunningham and Adoree' Jackson plus a host of other Olympic hopefuls on the men's and women's side.

Click here for the complete release.

Cunningham-Jr.jpg"I am very excited about this talented group of student-athletes," said Smith Gilbert about her first recruiting class. "We have added national-level talent which will make an immediate impact on our program academically and athletically and help lead us to our goal of winning championships. These athletes have competed on the highest levels both academically and athletically with successes in international competitions and I look forward to working with them and welcoming them to the Trojan Family."

Cunningham, who is the son of former NFL star Randall Cunningham and the nephew of USC football legend Sam Cunningham, is the nation's top high school high jumper, clearing 7-3.25 (2.22m) last season, as well as the state championship-winning quarterback at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas.  He was named the 2013 Nevada Track & Field Gatorade Athlete of the Year.

Jackson, who will be a two-sport star at Troy, has career bests of 10.68 in the 100m, 21.59 in the 200m and 25-0.5 in the long jump.  He ranked third in the country among high school long jumpers in 2013 and helped Serra win the 2013 CIF state championship.

On the women's side, Smith Gilbert scoured the country for talent bringing in prep superstars from Wyoming, Colorado, Florida and Arizona as well as some top local student-athletes. 

Dior Hall, from Denver, broke the U.S. Youth record in the 100m low hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships in the Ukraine in 2013.  The hurdle champion was named the Colorado Track & Field Gatorade Athlete of the Year as a freshman.

In the same World Youth Championships as Hall, Ky Westbrook, a native of Chandler, Arizona, won the 100m dash in a personal best 11.33.  Like Cunningham, she has a football pedigree as well as the daughter of former Redskins WR Michael Westbrook.

Here is our Trojan Spotlight on Caryl Smith Gilbert who has made an immediate impact since taking over the program:


Signing Day Reaction

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The Trojan Family was eager to welcome a new class of USC football players yesterday and took to Twitter to share in the excitement of National Signing Day. Energized and inspired by the talented and well-balanced group of players, former, current and future Trojans alike shared in the day's triumph.
Some recent USC graduates followed along throughout the day and offered their personal welcome to the Trojan Family.
Quarterback Cody Kessler and linebacker Leonard Williams, in addition to a host of other current Trojans, were fired up with yesterday's news and are ready for the 2014 season to begin.

Showtime

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The Nike Extravaganza is the premier high school basketball showcase in California each season, so USC signee Jordan McLaughlin new the spotlight was on him last weekend. 

Going up against a tough opponent in St. John Bosco, the Etiwanda point guard tried to get his teammates involved early scoring only two points in the first half.  After halftime, a different McLaughlin emerged from the locker room scoring 30 points including the game-tying floater to force overtime and an eventual win.

He finished with 32 points on five threes, three rebounds and three assists.  McLaughlin's team is now 22-3 on the season, and ranked No. 22 in the nation.

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Worth the Wait

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Serra DB/WR Adoree' Jackson is a three-way talent expected to contribute on offense, defense and special teams at USC.  The five-star prospect kept every coach guessing to the end causing the reaction that rocked the John McKay Center when he finally selected the Cardinal and Gold.


Class of 2014: DB/WR Adoree' Jackson

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USC Football has officially signed DB/WR Adoree' Jackson. He is the 19th and final member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary from wide receivers coach Tee Martin.

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Sark on Signing Day

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian wrapped up National Signing Day with the assembled media inside the John McKay Center.


Spreecast: SCigning Day 2014

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward joined the Trojan fans for a live Spreecast from the John McKay Center to break down the 2014 recruiting class.

Check it out...


Class of 2014: DB/WR John "JuJu" Smith

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USC Football has officially signed DB/WR John "JuJu" Smith. He is the 18th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel. 

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Class of 2014: OL Damien Mama

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USC has officially announced the signing of OL Damien Mama. He is the 17th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel.

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Class of 2014: OL Viane Talamaivao

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USC has officially announced the signing of OL Viane Talamaivao. He is the 16th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel.

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Class of 2014: OL Chris Brown

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of OL Chris Brown. He is the 15th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary from wide receivers coach Tee Martin. 

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Class of 2014: WR/DB Rahshead Johnson

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of WR/DB Rahshead Johnson. He is the 14th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel.

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Class of 2014: DE-OLB Malik Dorton

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of DE-OLB Malik Dorton. He is the 13th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel.

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Class of 2014: DB Jonathan Lockett

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of DB Jonathan Lockett. He is the 12th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary by defensive backs coach Keith Heyward. 

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Class of 2014: ATH Ajene Harris

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of ATH Ajene Harris. He is the 11th member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary from wide receivers coach Tee Martin. 

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Class of 2014: TE Bryce Dixon

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of TE Bryce Dixon. He is the tenth member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Click here for his highlight reel. 

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Class of 2014: LB Olajuwon Tucker

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of LB Olajuwon Tucker. He is the ninth member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary by wide receivers coach Tee Martin. 

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Class of 2014: LB Uchenna Nwosu

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of LB Uchenna Nwosu. He is the eighth member of the 2014 recruiting class

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary from wide receivers coach Tee Martin. 

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Class of 2014: DB John Plattenburg

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of DB John Plattenburg.  He is the seventh member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary by defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.

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Class of 2014: DB Lamont Simmons

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USC Football has officially announced the signing of DB Lamont Simmons.  He is the sixth member of the 2014 recruiting class.

Click here for his highlight reel with commentary by wide receivers coach Tee Martin.

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#SCigningDay2014

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When you wake up Wednesday morning, new head coach Steve Sarkisian will officially announce the 2014 recruiting class once the signed letters-of-intent stream through the fax machine (or arrive via email). 

Here is our social media plan to provide the Trojan Family blanket coverage of National Signing Day:
  • USCTrojans.com becomes SCigning Day Central.  The official USC Athletics' website will be your one-stop shop including videos of each signee with commentary from the assistant coaches, infographics featuring the student-athlete's official signature and more.
  • Follow the RipsIt Blog as we unveil the class player-by-player throughout the day with "Sark Bites."
  • Join our LIVE Spreecast from the John McKay Center at 1 p.m. PT to interact with head coach Steve Sarkisian plus assistant coaches and surprise signees. 
  • Steve Sarkisian will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m. PT which will be streamed LIVE on USCTrojans.com. 


Where Dreams Come True

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USC alum Malcolm Smith is on a wild ride after being named Super Bowl MVP.  The unlikely hero was featured in the classic "I'm going to Disney World!" commercial, and then did exactly that leading the parade in Orlando.

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Artletics 2014

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The ninth annual Louis Galen Artletics Exhibition, a showcase of artwork that 24 Trojan student-athletes made in USC Roski School of Art and Design classes, will be on display in the Galen Center's Hall of Fame from Feb. 5 to Feb. 28. The free exhibit will be open during USC athletic events or by appointment.

Click here for the full story.

The exhibition, a collaborative effort of the USC Athletic Department and the USC Roski School of Art and Design, highlights the artistic talents of Trojan student-athletes through works in drawing, ceramics, sculpture, analog and digital photography and printmaking.

The 24 student-athletes whose works are on display in this year's Artletics exhibition are:  Shelby Adair (rowing), Iskra Angelova (rowing), Erika Blumberga (rowing), Megan Borman (soccer), Mac Carden (water polo), Ellie Chai (golf), Karen Chung (golf), Maclin Davis (swimming), Lamar Dawson (football), Darian DiCianno (rowing), Bernardo Flores (baseball), Strahinja Gavrilovic (basketball), Rashaad Goodrum (football), Georgette Hernandez (water polo), Kathryn Hill (rowing), Ivan Kustic (water polo), Nicolette Martin (sand volleyball), Adam Payne (diving), Jessica Perelman (rowing), Jordan Simmons (football), Ted Singley (swimming), Jaide Stepter (track and field), Simione Vehikite (football) and Leonard Williams (football).


2014 Early Entrant Video: OLB/DE Don Hill

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National Signing Day is tomorrow!  As part of our coverage this season, we will be releasing each player's highlight film with commentary from one of the assistant coaches.

Here is a look at one of the spring enrollees, OLB/DE Don Hill, with commentary by LB coach Peter Sirmon:


Spring Game Time Change

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The annual USC Spring Game at the Coliseum will now kick off at 3 p.m. instead of 1 p.m. on April 19.  The game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks, and tickets will be available for purchase at the stadium.

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Photo Gallery: Heritage Hall Gala

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The new Heritage Hall was grandly reopened to the Trojan Family Saturday night as part of a Hall of Fame anniversary gala and red carpet dinner.

Click here to see photos of the new Heritage Hall! 

With all the VIPs in the building, including Matt Leinart, Sam Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Randy Johnson, Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, John Naber, Paul Westphal and Tom Kelly, we needed three photographers to cover the event.  Here are all the photos courtesy of John McGillen, Jenn Kassar and Pierson Clair...


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Pac-12 vs. SEC

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While the SEC does not travel out west much to play football, No. 3 Georgia and No. 11 Florida made the trip to Los Angeles to battle No. 4 USC and No. 2 UCLA for conference supremacy at Marks Stadium.  The Trojans shutout the Bulldogs and Gators, while the Bruins made it a perfect 4-0 for the Pac-12 on the weekend.

Click here for the recaps and results.

USC is now 4-0 on the young season led by senior captain Ray Sarmiento and junior Yannick Hanfmann (pictured together).  The Trojans top two singles players did not drop a set this weekend, and they paired together to help win the doubles point in both dual matches.

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The Little Walrus

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USC men's golf alum Kevin Stadler picked up the first PGA Tour victory of his career at the Waste Management Open in Phoenix yesterday.  Stadler, who is the son of Trojan great Craig "The Walrus" Stadler, went shot-for-shot with Bubba Watson, and beat the Masters champion on the 18th hole.

He is the first Trojan to win a PGA event since Brian Henninger in 1999.  Stadler had two runner-up finishes in his career before topping the leaderboard in Phoenix earning himself a trip to Augusta to play The Masters, which his father won in 1982.

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Deja Vu

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Did Malcolm Smith's Super Bowl MVP performance look familiar to Trojan fans? 

As a USC linebacker, Smith scored touchdowns in back-to-back wins over UCLA in 2009 and 2010. And just like last night, he had a pick-six and a fumble recovery.

While Smith was known for these signature plays during his college career, he missed some games due to injury causing his draft stock to slip all the way to pick No. 242 in the final round.  Nevertheless, Pete Carroll used his advanced knowledge to know that Smith was great value in the back of the draft, and the Trojans teamed up to win Super Bowl XLVIII.


Photo Gallery: Women's Swimming Blasts No. 1

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USC women's swimming and diving dominated No. 1 Cal on Friday, including beating four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a pair of races.  The Women of Troy split the weekend dropping Saturday's meet to No. 4 Stanford.

Click here for the recaps and results.

Here are the John McGillen photos of Missy vs. the Trojans:


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Super Night

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On the biggest athletic stage this country has to offer, the Trojan Family was a constant theme as Malcolm Smith, Michael Morgan, Pete Carroll and the "USC-Hawks" were crowned NFL champions. 

Seattle dominated Denver led by Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith who is the third Trojan to take home the award joining legends Marcus Allen (who delivered the Lombardi Trophy to the Seahawks tonight) and Lynn Swann.  The Smith brothers, Malcolm and Steve, are the seventh set of siblings to each win a Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll became the third head coach to win an AP National Championship and a Super Bowl, and he is the first to do the BCS-NFL double. 

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