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Flipping Out

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USCFootball.com reporter Keely Eure caught the jaw-dropping acrobatics of WR Deontay Burnett, CB Keyshawn Young and of course, CB/WR Adoree' Jackson on video this morning.

The Trojans cannot contain their excitement (or athleticism) as Fall Camp begins next week. #FightOn

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Poly Pride

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USC offensive linemen Damien Mama and Toa Lobendahn along with wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster made the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award watch list. The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame named 38 players from 24 different schools, including 16 Pac-12 athletes.

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"This award allows us to showcase the tremendous impact that our Polynesian student-athletes are having on the game of football," said Jesse Sapolu, Chairman & Co-Founder.

Mama (pictured) and Lobendahn return as starters on a veteran offensive line, while Smith-Schuster is one of the nation's most dynamic receivers. All three players came in together as part of USC's 2014 recruiting class.

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One Week to Rio!

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The Trojans are riding a golden streak for a century and counting.

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#USC2RIO: Ous Mellouli

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

Name: Ous Mellouli

Country: Tunisia

Events: Men's Swimming 1500m Free and 10k Open Water Marathon


Mellouli goes into his fifth Olympics as one of the most decorated active Olympians for the Trojans. He brought home at least one medal from his last two tries, capturing gold in the 1500m freestyle at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 10k marathon at London 2012 as well as bronze in the 1500m free four years ago.

Now, the 32-year-old will take aim at double gold in Rio, but even that might not be his proudest moment. For the Opening Ceremonies, which begin in one week, Mellouli will carry the Tunisian flag. He carried the flag for his country at the Closing Ceremonies in London.

Mellouli first competed in the Olympics as a 16-year-old at Sydney 2000. By qualifying for his fifth Olympics, he joins Jamaican track legend Don Quarrie in second place behind fencer Janice Lee York Romary (6) for most appearances by a Trojan.

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Relentless

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USC redshirt junior QB Max Browne is relentless in his pursuit of greatness as he approaches the most important Fall Camp of his young career. He is ready to battle talented redshirt freshman Sam Darnold for the coveted starting spot.


#USC2RIO: Santo Condorelli

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

Name: Santo Condorelli

Country: Canada

Events: Men's Swimming 50m and 100m Free, 100m Fly, 4x100m Free and 4x100m Medley Relays


Santo Condorelli was made for the international stage. The USC swimmer was born in Japan, raised in Oregon, prepped in Florida and competes for Canada (his mother's native country).

He will take his diverse background and several nations of support to Rio 2016 for his first Olympic Games. Condorelli plans on making the experience count by qualifying to swim in five different events.

The 21-year-old finished first in the 100m free and second in the 200m free at the Canadian Olympic Trials, but he was disqualified from the 100m butterfly competition for a non-simultaneous touch. However, he came back to set the national record in the 100m fly at a meet last month in Indianapolis, which prompted Canada to make him the team's only entrant in Rio for the event.

Before this Olympics, Condorelli was best known for his obscene, but loving gesture to his father before every race. The idea behind it is that despite his relative lack of size for the sport, he refuses to be intimidated by the competition.

"I was always taught to relax behind the blocks," Condorelli said. "Not to get too tense or excited, it's just a constant reminder for me to reflect on what I've done in the past, how I've been training, how I've been putting in the work. Yeah these guys might be doing the same but I know I'm better than everybody else I'm about to race."

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2016 Fall Camp Schedule

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USC_Football_Fall_Camp_080915G0070622.jpgUSC football reports for Fall Camp on Wednesday, August 3, and then begins the month long march to kickoff on September 3. The first two weeks of Fall Camp practices are open to the public.

Here is the schedule (all practices at Howard Jones Field on campus unless otherwise noted):

Aug. 4--5 p.m. practice

Aug. 5--5 p.m. practice

Aug. 6--5 p.m. practice

Aug. 7--5 p.m. practice

Aug. 8--5 p.m. practice (at Coliseum)

Aug. 10--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 11--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 12--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 13--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 15--3 p.m. practice (at Coliseum)

Aug. 16--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 17--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 18--3 p.m. practice

Aug. 19--3 p.m. practice

Public attending practice must sign in and present a current ID.  Fans can watch the open practices from the east sideline of Howard Jones Field (north of Goux's Gate) or the south stands at the Coliseum.  Once USC begins game week-type practices (beginning Aug. 21), practices will be closed to the public, except invited guests of the USC athletic department.

#USC2RIO: Victoria Chamorro

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

Name: Victoria Chamorro

Country: Brazil

Event: Women's Water Polo


USC water polo has dominated the collegiate landscape over the past decade, and the fruits of that labor will be seen in Rio. The Trojans are sending nine Olympians to compete in the men's and women's water polo tournaments, including current Women of Troy goalie Victoria Chamorro.

Chamorro is one of two Trojans from the host nation, Brazil, to compete in this year's Olympic Games. The rising junior played in 13 matches as a sophomore for the NCAA champions, battling Amanda Longan all year long for minutes. The previous season, Chamorro made 207 saves, the ninth highest single-season total in program history, to set the USC freshman record and earn All-American status.

On the international stage, Chamorro has proven quite comfortable. The Rio native has represented Brazil at the 2016 FINA Super Final, 2014 FINA Super Final, and the 2013 FINA World Championships.

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Working Schedule for Hoops

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USC men's basketball released its non-conference schedule plus its Pac-12 opponents today. Tip times and exact dates for conference games are still to come, but it gives you an idea about the test ahead for the Trojans who are trying to make it back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances for the first time since 2008 and 2009.

Click here for more on the schedule release.

The Trojans have spiced up their non-conference slate with several match-ups against top major conference teams. USC will play two true road games before Pac-12 play, including a daunting trip to SEC power Texas A&M on November 18.

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Sandwiched between Thanksgiving and the rivalry football game between USC and Notre Dame at the Coliseum, men's basketball will host SMU, which went 25-5 last year after opening 18-0. The Trojans will also play a showcase game against BYU at STAPLES Center on December 3 as part of the inaugural Hoophall LA doubleheader.

USC opens its season at the Galen Center on November 11 against Montana. The Trojans will compete in the Las Vegas Classic on December 22 and 23 at the Orleans Arena.

While exact dates for the conference schedule will not be set until early September, Andy Enfield knows that USC will not travel to Stanford and Cal this year, and will not host Colorado and Utah. Otherwise, the Trojans play a home-and-home with every other Pac-12 school, culminating in the conference tournament from March 8-11 at the new T-Mobile Arena.

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#USC2RIO: Zsofia Erdelyi

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

Name: Zsofia Erdelyi

Country: Hungary

Event: Women's Marathon


Zsofia Erdelyi qualified for her second Olympic Games in the marathon after finishing 92nd in the same event at London 2012.

Erdelyi is USC's most accomplished distance runner in recent years, leading the cross country program from 2007-10. During that time, she won five individual titles.

She also competed for USC track & field, setting school records in the 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000m and 10,000m. In 2011, she won the Las Vegas Marathon in her first competitive attempt at the grueling 26-mile distance.

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What Could Have Been

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DeMar DeRozan's missed dunks are more exciting than most players' made dunks. The USC men's basketball alum, who is headed to his first Olympic Games, nearly executed a 360-jam over a defender in Team USA's exhibition game last night against China.



Here is what King James and Prince Metu were tweeting about:

DeMar DeRozan almost executed a "Top 5 all-time dunk", per LeBron James. #USC2RIO

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#USC2RIO: Amanda Weir

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

Name: Amanda Weir

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Swimming 4x100m Free Relay


Veteran Olympian Amanda Weir has qualified for her third Games as she will compete for a medal on the Americans' 4x100m free relay team.

Weir, 30, is a three-time Olympic medalist, capturing a pair of silvers in 2004 and a bronze in 2012. She made her Olympic debut as an 18-year-old.

While she only swam for USC briefly in 2006, Weir set pool records that season in the 50y, 100y and 200y free. She transferred to Troy from Georgia, where she helped the Bulldogs win a national championship.

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#USC2RIO: Tynia Gaither

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

Name: Tynia Gaither

Country: Bahamas

Event: Women's Track 100m and 200m


Like many recent college graduates, Tynia Gaither is spending her first summer in the "real world" traveling the globe. However, Gaither's journey is considerably more focused as she heads to Rio 2016 to compete in her first Olympic Games.

Gaither, who is best known for her courageous run despite a torn hamstring in the NCAA 4x100m relay in 2015, qualified for the 100m and 200m sprints against the world's fastest women. She won both races at the Bahamian national championships to book her ticket to Brazil.

"I'm so happy to be able to finally put on a show for the Bahamian people, who have always been so supportive and so loving," she said. "My goal right now is to continue to focus on running fast. This is the best I've ever been, but I know I still have so much more room for growth."

While Gaither eventually plans on putting her USC degree to good use as a wedding planner, she is only focused one event right now.

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Just the Facts

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medal count logo.jpgRio 2016 is 10 days away!! USC has more Olympians, medalists and gold medalists than any other U.S. university.

Click here for more on USC's Olympic heritage.

#USC2RIO: Tim Wynter

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

Name: Tim Wynter

Country: Jamaica

Event: Men's Swimming 100m Backstroke


Fresh off a successful first season at USC, Tim Wynter will get a taste of the summer Olympics. The top sprint backstroker in Jamaican history will represent his country in the 100m back at Rio 2016.

Wynter, who is top 10 in Trojan history in the 100y back, has a wealth of international experience despite his young age, 20. He has competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, the 2013 FINA Junior World Championships and the 2012 Short Course World Championships.

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#USC2RIO: Katinka Hosszu

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

Name: Katinka Hosszu

Country: Hungary

Event: Women's Swimming 100 and 200 Back, 200 and 400 IM, and 200 Fly


Katinka Hosszu is known in the swimming world as "The Iron Lady". The nickname befits the demanding schedule she imposes on herself at major competitions and the Olympics are no exception.

Hosszu is set to compete in her fourth Olympic Games (the USC record is six), and she will keep herself busy in Rio, swimming in five different events. She has done it before and succeeded, including capturing gold medals in the 200m and 400m IM races as well as bronze in the 200m back at the 2015 World Championships.

However, she is still waiting on her first Olympic medal. Since London 2012, she has prepped for Rio by earning more race prize money than any other swimmer in history,

"If I don't get a medal in Rio, I'll be fine," Hosszu said. "I really want to have fun. If I can race the way I've been racing the past three years - and I can have fun like I have been - then I know I can do really well."

Click here for an in-depth feature on Hosszu.

At USC, Hosszu was one of the most versatile swimmers in school history. She won five NCAA titles (tied for the third-most ever in program history) and seven Pac-12 crowns.

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Cover #136

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USC alum Allyson Felix is featured on the cover of this week's Sports Illustrated, making it the 136th time that a Trojan has graced the front of the nation's premier sports magazine. Felix is a top contender in the 400m at Rio 2016 after winning three golds at London 2012.

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#USC2RIO: Rebecca Heyliger

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

Name: Rebecca Heyliger

Country: Bermuda

Event: Women's Swimming 50m Freestyle


Rebecca Heyliger is one of two swimmers that Bermuda will send to Rio 2016, giving the USC alum her first shot at Olympic glory. She qualified by reaching the B standard at the Validus Bermuda National Championships, swimming 26.13 to make the cut by four hundredths of a second.

"When I saw the time I was like, 'I did it,'" said Heyliger, who is the national record holder in the 50m free. "I'm so excited and love swimming for Bermuda and take so much pride in it."

The 2015 USC co-captain impressed in and out of the pool during her college career. Heyliger earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention as a sophomore and a junior.

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#USC2RIO: Victoria Lovelady

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

Name: Victoria Lovelady

Country: Brazil

Event: Women's Golf


Victoria (Alimonda) Lovelady needed a little bit of help before securing her spot at the Olympic Games. The 2008 national champion at USC finished just outside of the Top 60, but thanks to a couple well-timed withdrawals, she will represent her home country in the women's golf tournament. Lovelady is one of two Trojans from Brazil to qualify for Rio 2016, joining women's water polo goalie Victoria Chamorro.

"There is a not day that goes by that I am not asked about the Olympic Games," said Lovelady. "Everyone has been counting down to this."

While Brazil is not known for its dominance in golf, Lovelady will have a home course advantage. She was one of nine golfers to break in the new course in March. The women's tournament will run from August 17-20.

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That Friday Feeling

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In case you're not excited for football season yet, maybe Adoree' Jackson's endless athleticism will inspire you.

Adoree' Jackson is giving us that #Friyay feeling! Is it football season yet??? #FightOn

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#USC2RIO: Tiffany Chan

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

Name: Tiffany Chan

Country: Hong Kong

Event: Women's Golf


Tiffany Chan is one of three Trojans in the women's golf tournament at the Rio Olympics and the only one still in school. The rising senior picked up second team All-American honors in her first season at USC after transferring from Daytona State College.

Chan is one of only three amateurs to qualify among the 120 men and women golfers who will take part in Rio 2016. She boosted her resume by collecting wins at the Future Open in Taiwan and the Hong Kong Ladies Open.

As proud as the Trojan Family is to have Chan at the Olympics, she is an even bigger story back in Hong Kong, where they are trying to grow the game of golf. Mark Chan (no relation), the Hong Kong Golf Association president, called her "greatest thing ever to happen to Hong Kong golf."


On a personal level, Tiffany Chan is most appreciative to have parents who let her pursue this dream.

"They tried not to force me into studying to be a doctor or any professional career and it ended up I chose golf as a hobby and ended up telling them when in college that I might want to play golf as a career," she told reporters. "They've been big supporters of my journey, they never say a word that I shouldn't be an athlete, and I'm really thankful and grateful that I have parents like them."

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#USC2RIO: Candie Kung

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

Name: Candie Kung

Country: Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)

Event: Women's Golf


The Olympics is reintroducing golf for the first time since 1904, and the Women of Troy will be well represented with three alums, including Candie Kung.

"We are excited to have three of our athletes competing in the Olympics next month," said USC women's golf coach Andrea Gaston. "Now that golf has returned to the Olympics, it is a tremendous honor to finally have our players among the many other Trojan Olympic greats representing their respective countries."

Ranked No. 33 in the world, Kung has raked in $6.9M in earnings during her LPGA career which dates back to 2002. She has four LPGA victories on her resume with the latest triumph coming in 2008.

At USC, she was a two-time All-American and won the 2000 Pac-10 Championship.

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#USC2RIO: Steve Johnson

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

Name: Steve Johnson

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Tennis


After making a Round of 16 run at Wimbledon, Steve Johnson earned a spot on Team USA for Rio 2016. Ranked No. 25 in the world, Johnson will play singles and doubles (with Jack Sock) at his first Olympic Games.


Johnson is enjoying the best spell of his career, reaching a career-best ranking and winning a professional tournament for the first time. The four-time NCAA champion has always thrived in a team atmosphere, so he should be filled with confidence on the road to Rio.

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Biggie Season Ahead

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The Trojans are developing winning habits now that will pay off in the fall.


#USC2RIO: Robert Farah

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

Name: Robert Farah

Country: Colombia

Event: Men's Tennis


Fresh off a run to the Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Final, Robert Farah is going to his first Olympic Games, representing his native Colombia in neighboring Brazil. Farah will team up with his regular doubles partner, Juan Sebastian Cabal, in the Olympic tournament.

Farah and Cabal are ranked the 27th best doubles players in the world, winning three titles already this season. At USC, Farah was an accomplished doubles player as well, claiming the NCAA title with Kaes Van't Hof in 2008.

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Team USC

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As they get ready for Rio, all the Trojan Olympians will receive a special care package in the mail from their alma mater reminding them that the Trojan Family is behind them.






#USC2RIO: Joel Dennerley

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

Name: Joel Dennerley

Country: Australia

Event: Men's Water Polo


Dennerley was a rock for USC in goal from 2008-11, becoming the program's all-time saves leader, winning four consecutive national championships and collecting the 2011 Cutino Award. His remarkable college career has propelled him to even more success internationally and now a second Olympic Games.

After helping Australia to a seventh place finish at London 2012, Dennerley will again be in goal for the Sharks at Rio 2016. The Aussies recently finished fifth at the FINA World League Super Final, but they are expecting an even better result at the Olympics.

"In my opinion there are 10 countries who could win a medal and I believe we are one of them. It will come down to how teams react under pressure," said Australia head coach Elvis Fatovic.

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Up for the Challenge

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New USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is a long way away from revealing his game plan for Alabama, but he knows that he has a leader in the secondary ready for any assignment. Junior CB Adoree' Jackson was asked if he wanted to shadow Calvin Ridley, the Tide's top target, and his answer was emphatic.

"Yes sir, I do (want to follow Ridley). You've seen what (Lane Kiffin) did with Marqise Lee. (Kiffin) had him (when Lee) won the Biletnikoff (Award), had him everywhere on the field," Jackson said at Pac-12 Media Days. "I guess me following him, would bump me into a (higher) candidacy for the Thorpe Award or any other award that's up. If I followed him, that would look great on me. It's going to show that I'm hungry, I'm ready to go for the season. I just want to set a statement for everyone for the season going (forward) that I'm not scared, I'm not backing down from anybody, and I'm just ready to go."

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Given the Trojans' youth in the defensive front seven and Pendergast's aggressive scheme, USC's secondary will likely be placed on an island far more this season than the last two years. Jackson, for one, is up for the challenge.


#USC2RIO: Conor McCullough

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

Name: Conor McCullough

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Hammer Throw


After an agonizing wait, McCullough picked up his golden ticket to Rio 2016. The USC alum finished third in the hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials, but he did not meet the Olympic qualifying standard, so he had to sweat until the deadline to see if he squeezed into the field of 32.

Now, McCullough can breathe a sigh of relief, having fulfilled his dream to follow in his father's footsteps. Conor McCullough Sr. was a two-time Olympian in the hammer throw, competing for Ireland in 1984 and 1988.

McCullough, 25, is a two-time medalist at the World Junior Championships, including gold in 2010 and silver in 2008. He also won bronze at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games.

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Golden Before Trojan

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USC women's basketball incoming freshman Valerie Higgins will have a nice piece of jewelry to show her new teammates when she arrives on campus. The six-foot guard helped Team USA win the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Sunday in Chile, beating Canada, 109-62, in the final.

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Higgins contributed six points on 2-for-5 shooting, three rebounds, and a game-high five steals in 19 minutes on the floor. This was her first-ever call-up to a USA Basketball event, making the team as one of 12 players selected for the USA roster out of 30 participants at the trials.

Coming into USC, Higgins is ranked as the No. 15 freshman in the country by HoopGurlz. The Chaminade product is considered a five-star recruit and one of two Top 100 players in this class for the Women of Troy (Ja'Tavia Tapley).

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#USC2RIO: Anni Espar

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

Name: Anni Espar

Country: Spain

Event: Women's Water Polo


Espar is headed to her second Olympics, carrying Spain to a silver medal at London 2012 as a 19-year-old. She scored 15 goals, second most in the tournament, to earn a spot on the Olympic All-Star Team and be named European Water Polo Player of the Year.

Since then, she scored the game-winning goal for USC women's water polo in the 2013 NCAA Championship Match and then pushed her country to gold at the 2013 FINA World Championships. She followed that up by winning the 2014 European Championships.

Spain will likely be in contention for a medal again after finishing second to Team USA at the 2016 FINA World League in June.

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Traveling for Gold

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USC beach volleyball national champions Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes ventured all the way out to Estonia to compete in the World University Games. The 5,000+ mile trip was worth it as the Women of Troy are coming home with the gold, beating the other Team USA pair, Arizona's Witt sisters, in the final (21-16, 21-13).

Click here for the recap.

This is the latest accomplishment for Claes and Hughes, a duo which seemingly cannot stop compiling achievements. After an undefeated season, the rising seniors went 7-0 in the world tourney and didn't drop a single set in their run.

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#USC2RIO: Dylan Carter

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

Name: Dylan Carter

Country: Trinidad & Tobago

Events: Men's Swimming 100m Free, 200m Free and 100m Fly


USC redshirt junior Dylan Carter has a busy schedule in Rio, swimming three events for his native Trinidad & Tobago. Carter sat out last season to train for his first Olympics after an outstanding sophomore campaign in which he earned four All-American honors.

In 2015, Carter swam on a pair of NCAA-winning teams as part of USC's 800y free relay and 400y free relay. He also was an important contributor to the Trojans first conference team title since 1979.


For the small nation of Trinidad & Tobago (population 1.3M), Carter was the only member of his national team to make a semifinal at the 2015 World Championships. He is one of two T&T swimmers to qualify for Rio, joining Olympic veteran George Bovell.

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Big Opening

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The San Antonio Spurs had two big openings in their frontcourt this offseason with the retirement of soon-to-be Hall of Famer Tim Duncan and departure of respected veteran David West. To fill the gaps, the five-time NBA champions brought in former Laker great Pau Gasol and USC men's basketball alum Dewayne Dedmon.

Dedmon is now presented with a huge opportunity in a tremendous organization to take his NBA career to the next level. Since leaving USC, he has battled to carve out a space for himself in the league, dominating the D-League to earn short stints with Golden State and Philadelphia before finally catching on with Orlando. Dedmon has played the last two-plus seasons with the Magic, averaging 4.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game.

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#USC2RIO: Amalie Iuel

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

Name: Amalie Iuel

Country: Norway

Event: Women's Track & Field 400m IH


USC junior Amalie Iuel will represent her native Norway at Rio 2016, qualifying for her first Olympic Games in the 400m intermediate hurdles. She owns the national record in the event, running 55.79 recently at the European Championships.

Iuel described her run to Rio as "surreal", notching a career milestone at the age of 22. The 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Women's Field Athlete of the Year is also an immensely talented heptathlete, winning the conference title this year, but she chose to focus on the 400m IH for this Olympics.

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Pac-12 Network News

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pac_12_media_days_USC_2017DSC_7014071416.jpgPac-12 commissioner Larry Scott opened Pac-12 Football Media Days with several updates on the future of the conference's network and ancillary coverage for football, basketball and the Olympic sports.

Frontier Communicates Picks Up Pac-12 Network

Pac-12 Networks confirmed today that Frontier Communications will launch Pac-12 Network in high definition to its subscribers in Southern California in time for the 2016 football season.

For FiOS TV customers in Los Angeles, Pac-12 Network will be available on Frontier's Preferred tier and in Palm Springs, Pac-12 Network will be offered on Frontier's Extreme tier.

"We are excited to welcome more Frontier subscribers to Pac-12 Network," said Pac-12 Networks President Lydia Murphy-Stephans. "Frontier's commitment to showcasing our live quality sporting events will benefit Pac-12 fans throughout Southern California."

Cox Communications to Add Pac-12 Network to Expanded Basic Tier in California and Arizona

Pac-12 Networks confirmed today that Cox Communications - one of its founding partners - will add Pac-12 Network to its Essential tier in Arizona and designated home markets in California, expanding Pac-12 Networks coverage to additional Cox subscribers in Arizona and California. Cox previously carried only the Pac-12 Regional Sports Networks (e.g. Pac-12 Arizona, Pac-12 Los Angeles) in those markets that were focused on events from the home universities.

The addition of Pac-12 Network gives Cox subscribers access to all Pac-12 Networks content, including all 35 football games and more than 100 conference basketball games -- including conference tournament games -- plus 300 Olympic sports events and all Pac-12 championships.

"We are thrilled that one of our founding partners Cox is adding the Pac-12 Network, our national feed, to the Cox lineup for subscribers in Arizona and Southern California," said Murphy-Stephans. "This is a great day for our fans living in Arizona and California who will now enjoy expanded access to premium Pac-12 content."

Pac-12 Networks Announces Live Streaming Partnership with Twitter

Pac-12 Networks announced today that Twitter will be its premier streaming partner for Pac-12 Plus, a broadband network of live events produced by the conference's 12 universities, with at least 150 games over the 2016-2017 academic year live streamed to fans on Twitter.

"The Pac-12 Networks' collaboration with Twitter reflects our ongoing commitment to increasing exposure for Pac-12 universities and their live, school-produced events," said Murphy-Stephans. "By expanding our digital footprint, Pac-12 Plus also allows us to connect more fans with more, live Pac-12 sports content through a platform they use every day."

Camp Before Camp

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The Trojans are just under a month away from reporting to Fall Camp, but the Walter Camp Award is already talking about the players who could finish the season as the best in the country. USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the select talents on the watch list after leading the Pac-12 in receiving last season.

Click here for the complete Walter Camp Player of the Year list.

In his two years at Troy, Smith-Schuster has compiled impressive statistics - 143 catches, 2,178 yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also drawn praise for his attitude and blocking, two team-focused attributes which make him an important leader on the 2016 Trojans.

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#USC2RIO: Stina Gardell

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

Name: Stina Gardell

Country: Sweden

Event: Women's Swimming 200M IM and 4x200M Free Relay


Six-time USC All-American Stina Gardell has booked a ticket to her second Olympic Games. The versatile Swede, who finished 14th in the 400m IM at London 2012, will swim the 200m IM and 4x200m free relay in Rio.

Recently, she won the 400m IM at Swedish Nationals and then narrowly finished second to incoming Trojan Louise Hansson in the 200m IM. They will compete together on the 4x200m free relay team, which Gardell helped win silver at the 2014 European Championships.

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#USC2RIO: Louise Hansson

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

Name: Louise Hansson

Country: Sweden

Event: Women's Swimming 200M IM, 100M Fly, 4x100M Free Relay and 4x200M Free Relay


The USC swim program knew it landed a gem by getting the signature of incoming freshman Louisse Hansson.

"USC felt right from the beginning, they are a great school both in the pool and academically," said Hansson, who will have an Olympic resume before she even arrives at Troy. "I love the coaches, the team, and the weather."

Hansson, 19, has already collected relay medals at the World Championships and European Championships, and she will be a key relay contributor in Rio. She is headed to her first Olympics, qualifying to compete individually in the 200m individual medley and the 100m fly.

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They Already Know

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USC do-everything junior Adoree' Jackson was a finalist for the Hornung Award last season, so naturally he's on the watch list for 2016 as the committee once again searches for the most versatile player in college football.

Click here for the complete watch list.

Jackson has scored touchdowns four different ways in his two-year USC career. He has five TD catches, two punt returns, two kick returns and one pick-six.

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Pac-12 Media Day Outtakes

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If only Clay Helton, Zach Banner and Adoree' Jackson had enjoyed themselves at Pac-12 Media Day...


50 Days to Kickoff

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We are halfway home in the Audi Drive to Kickoff!

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Photo Gallery: 2016 Pac-12 Media Days

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The Conference of Champions invaded Hollywood & Highland for the two day kickoff event known as Pac-12 Football Media Days. The Trojans were represented by head coach Clay Helton, OT Zach Banner and CB Adoree' Jackson, and as you can see by all the smiling photos, they were comfortable in front of the cameras and questions.


#USC2RIO: Debora Seilhamer

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

Name: Debora Seilhamer

Country: Puerto Rico

Event: Women's Indoor Volleyball


Veteran libero Debora Seilhamer is headed to her first Olympic Games after her native Puerto Rico played its way into the tournament in Rio. Seilhamer has previously earned a medal for her country at the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games (silver) and the 2009 Pan American Cup (bronze).

Seilhamer had a decorated college career at USC as one of the best liberos in the history of collegiate volleyball, setting the all-time Pac-10 Conference mark with 2,071 career digs. She contributed to the 2003 national championship team as a backup libero and defensive specialist.

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Trojans on Stage

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USC head coach Clay Helton and All-Pac-12 OT Zach Banner and CB Adoree' Jackson joined the Pac-12 Network crew at Media Day to preview the season.


Stars of the Show

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The Women of Troy stole the show at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, lighting up the red carpet and representing the Trojan Family proudly.

Here's a sampling of their day among the biggest starts in sports:





We are feeling like celebrities holding the Capital One Cup trophy in the @capitalone 360 degree camera! #ESPYStakeover

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#USC2RIO: Dalilah Muhammad

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

Name: Dalilah Muhammad

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Track & Field 400m Hurdles


Muhammad put together a dominating performance at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, running 52.88 to win the race with the best time in the world this year.

The 26-year-old is peaking at the right time, running her personal best ahead of her first Olympics. She previously won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

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Tailback Tandem

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USC tailbacks Justin Davis and Ronald Jones II, who combined to run for 1,889 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, are both on the Doak Walker Award Watch List.

Click here for the complete watch list.

In 2015, Jones led the Trojans in rushing, breaking the program's freshman record for a season (987 yards). Davis (pictured) came on strong as the year progressed, posting his best performances in the biggest games, including 141 yards at Oregon and 130 yards vs. UCLA.

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Pac-12 Football Media Day

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The two-day event to kick off Pac-12 football season has begun at Hollywood & Highland. You can watch all the action live on Pac-12 Network.

Click here to watch a live stream!

The media picked the Trojans to finish second in the Pac-12 South and projected Stanford to be the eventual conference champion. Plenty of football to be played between now and then though.

Follow USCTrojans on Facebook, @USC_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram, and usc_athletics on SnapChat for our live coverage from Pac-12 Media Days.

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2016 Pac-12 Football Media Days Preview

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USC will be represented by head coach Clay Helton, All-Pac-12 CB Adoree' Jackson and All-Pac-12 OT Zach Banner at Pac-12 Media Days, a two-day event this Thursday and Friday at Hollywood & Highland. Fans are invited to attend this year, but if you cannot make it, Pac-12 Network will have wall-to-wall coverage of the event.

Click here for a Viewer's Guide to Pac-12 Football Media Days.

The Trojans will take center stage on Thursday with Helton scheduled to meet the press at 11:08 a.m. PT followed by Jackson and Banner. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott kicks off the proceedings at 9 a.m. PT.

Follow USCTrojans on Facebook, @USC_Athletics on Twitter and Instagram, and usc_athletics on SnapChat for our live coverage from Pac-12 Media Days, including going behind-the-scenes with the Trojans.


2016 USC Football Media Guide

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USC Fall Camp begins one month from today, so it's time to learn all about the 2016 Trojans by downloading the official media guide.

Click here to view the media guide.

Click here to read the preseason notes.

Printed media guides will be available for purchase in early August.

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Good Work Platt

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USC junior safety John Plattenburg has been nominated to the 2016 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and the Wuerrfel Trophy for being a leader in community outreach and holding strong academic standing.

Click here for all the AFCA Good Works Team nominees.

Click here for the Wuerrfel watch list.

Last year, Plattenburg won the Trojan Football Community Service Award at the annual season-end banquet.

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#USC2RIO: McQuin Baron

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

Name: McQuin Baron

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Water Polo


USC goalie McQuin Baron will serve the same role for Team USA as he heads to his first Olympic Games. The 6-foot-8 rising junior already has a wealth of experience under his belt, including starting at USC from day one as a freshman.

Despite his youth, he has played for the senior national team since 2013. Last year, he led Team USA to gold at the 2015 Pan American Games. And more recently, he made 29 saves in the 2016 FINA World League Super Final.

The Americans, ranked No. 6 in the world, have high hopes for Rio 2016 after finishing eighth at London 2012. The country has not won gold since 1904, when the sport was just a demonstration event.

"We're the only team in the world that's trained nonstop for eight months, and we've gotten better every month," said Tony Azevedo, the most experienced player on the team. "It's exciting to see. I think we're going to be a team that everyone's afraid of. I know they're already afraid of us. Be ready. In Rio, we're going to be one of the best teams in the world, and I'm really excited and proud to play with these guys."

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Swann Talks SC on SC

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USC athletic director Lynn Swann will also join the Trojan delegation at the ESPY Awards tonight. Earlier in the day, he sat down with Hannah Storm on SportsCenter to discuss his plans for the job.

Here is an excerpt:


#USC2RIO: Thomas Dunstan

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

Name: Thomas Dunstan

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Water Polo


USC men's water polo is already one of the most powerful programs in the country, and the future is even brighter with Team USA talent Thomas Dunstan coming in next season. The Mater Dei product grew up in Connecticut, but he is happy to stay in Southern California, home to the best water polo in the country.

The 18-year-old already has a strong international history, grabbing gold with the USA Youth Team at the 2014 UANA Junior Pan American Championship. With the senior team, he scored four goals in the 2016 FINA World League Super Final, earning himself a ticket to Rio.

"Thomas is definitely one of the top two recruits in the nation this year," said USC head coach Jovan Vavic. "The kid is big, fast and a lefty. He's a great swimmer, has long arms, can play at 2-meters, shoot from the outside, play 2-meter defense and help in the counterattack. He's also a great passer -- almost too unselfish in his passing. He's really a complete package."

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Wide Receiver U Too

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USC has had a receiver finish in the top two in the Pac-12 in yards per game in four of the last five years, including Biletnikoff Award candidate JuJu Smith-Schuster who topped the conference last year.

Click here for the complete watch list.

Smith-Schuster has taken the torch from recent greats Nelson Agholor, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, putting up extraordinary numbers in 2015. Despite a broken hand suffered in the middle of the season, Smith-Schuster made 89 catches for 1,454 yards and 10 TDs.

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#USC2RIO: Andre De Grasse

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

Name: Andre De Grasse

Country: Canada

Event: Men's Track 100m, 200m and 4x100m


In one year's time, Andre De Grasse has emerged from obscurity to become a national sensation in his native Canada. The 2015 NCAA champion in the 100m and 200m has gone on to win double gold (100m and 200m) at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto and a pair of bronze medals (100m and 4x100m) at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing.

Now, he is ramping up to his first Olympic Games, winning the 100m dash at the Canadian trials in 9.99, his best time of the year. He also finished third in the 200m (20.32), which was good enough to qualify for the event in which he holds the Canadian record.

"It's been a whirlwind," De Grasse said. "I didn't expect to be in this position right now, making my first Olympic team. It's a dream come true for me. I just want to keep that momentum going towards Rio and make myself proud, and this country.

"I'll be ready to run the race of a lifetime."

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The Cardinal Carpet

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The Trojan Family will be well represented at this year's ESPY Awards, Wednesday at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, including head coach Clay Helton, women's volleyball National Player of the Year Samantha Bricio and incoming track & field star Michael Norman.

In all, seven standout Trojans will walk the red carpet, starting with Helton who will be joined by all the Pac-12 head coaches in town for media days. Bricio is an ESPY nominee for College Female Athlete of the Year, while Norman is a two-time Gatorade National High School Boys' Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

For winning the Capital One Cup as the top women's program in the country this year, the Women of Troy will send All-American Michaela Michael (women's lacrosse), NCAA relay champion Chelsea Chenault (women's swimming and diving) and national champion Nicolette Martin (beach volleyball) as representatives.

Finally, Khalia Lanier, another incoming freshman, will be honored as the Gatorade National High School Girls' Volleyball Player of the Year. She is the daughter of NBA Hall of Famer Bob Lanier.

Follow @USC_Athletics on Twitter
for the full red carpet coverage.

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#USC2RIO: Aaron Brown

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

Name: Aaron Brown

Country: Canada

Event: Men's Track 100m, 200m and 4x100m


Brown is one half of USC's Canadian dynamic duo with Andre De Grasse. The two will combine to form the strength of the Canadians 4x100m relay team and battle it out with the other fastest men in the world in the 100m and 200m sprints.

While De Grasse has overshadowed Brown in the last year, the 24-year-old is already an Olympic veteran, making the semifinals at London 2012 in the 200m. At the Canadian trials last week, Brown finished a step behind De Grasse in the 100m, running 10.07, but beat him in the 200m (20.32).

"We have a friendly rivalry and want to bring glory to Canada," said Brown about his relationship with De Grasse. "We'll be friends regardless of what happens."

Earlier this year, Brown ran a personal-best 9.96, joining De Grasse as the only Canadians in the last 17 years to run under 10 seconds in the 100m.

"This is a perfect opportunity for me and Aaron. Canada hasn't had two sub-10 sprinters for a long time, so I think me and him are going to do big things," De Grasse said.

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Sophomore Leader

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USC does not return a ton of starting experience at the linebacker level, so the Trojans will be dependent on Freshman All-American Cameron Smith to lead the unit by displaying the same advanced maturity that made him a starter from day one in his college career. While Smith is coming back from a season-ending knee injury, he is still tabbed by the Butkus Award to be one of the best linebackers in the country.

Click here for the complete watch list.

In his only season at Troy, Smith finished second on the team in tackles (78), despite playing four fewer games than team leader Su'a Cravens. He also tied for the team-high in interceptions, collecting all three in one game against Utah.

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First Look: 2016 USC Football Uniforms

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USC's 2016 uniforms respect the past and represent the future.




#USC2RIO: Hannah Buckling

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

Name: Hannah Buckling

Country: Australia

Event: Women's Water Polo


USC boasts a dominant women's water polo program, including the 2016 undefeated national champions, so it's no surprise that the Women of Troy litter the Olympic rosters, including Australian standout Hannah Buckling.

In her single season served at USC, Buckling certainly made her mark. She was instrumental in the Trojans' run to the 2013 NCAA Championship, earning status as the 2013 MPSF Tournament MVP and going on to garner All-American honors after punching up 40 goals for the Women of Troy that season.

Upon her return to Australia, Buckling rejoined her National Team and has stood out as a driving force for the Aussies' success. Buckling provided five goals for Australia in its fourth-place finish at the 2010 FINA World Championships, following up the silver medal that she won in the 2013 event. Buckling was the 2012 Australian Junior Female Water Polo Player of the Year, and has stayed on that powerful path in her time with the Stingers.

Australia most recently captured bronze at the 2016 FINA Super Final, led by two goals from Buckling for the Aussies in the bronze-medal match.

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Cornerstone

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The USC defense will face a slew of talented receivers this season, starting with Alabama sophomore Calvin Ridley, so the Trojans need All-Pac-12 CB Adoree' Jackson to be a foundational piece of Clancy Pendergast's scheme. The Jim Thorpe Award, which annually searches for the best defensive back in America, expects the electrifying USC junior to do just that, placing him on the preseason watch list.

Click here for the complete list.

On paper, the USC secondary is loaded, returning all four starters, led by the incomparable Jackson. He will be joined at corner by Freshman All-American Iman "Biggie' Marshall and five-star freshman Jack Jones. The safeties bring a wealth of experience and talent as well, including sophomore Marvell Tell III, juniors Chris Hawkins and John Plattenburg, and senior Leon McQuay III.

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Coaching Class

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USC head coach Clay Helton is one of 24 men in his profession recognized by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award for stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

Click here for more.

Helton is gearing up for his first full season as USC head coach. He has already displayed tremendous character taking over as an interim head coach during a challenging season and leading the Trojans to the Pac-12 South title.

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Nagurski Watching Two

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The Nagurski Award is looking for the nation's best defensive player, and USC CB Adoree' Jackson and LB Cam Smith are in the running from day one.

Click here for the complete watch list.

Jackson and Smith are coming off superlative seasons, which will put them on everyone's radar for 2016. Jackson made the All-Pac-12 first team, while Smith (pictured) was a Freshman All-American and the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.

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#USC2RIO: Murphy Troy

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

Name: Murphy Troy

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Indoor Volleyball


Troy led a men's volleyball resurgence at USC, earning AVCA National Player of the Year in 2011 and captaining the Trojans to the NCAA Championship match. Since then, he's enjoyed a stellar professional career in Europe.

Now, Troy is ready for his first shot at the Olympics, competing for playing time as an opposite hitter on Team USA. He has become a key player for his country, helping the Americans win the 2015 FIVB World Cup and qualify for Rio 2016.

Troy is one of two Trojans on Team USA, joining Micah Christenson, but the pair missed each other by a year in college. USC men's volleyball previously has produced 12 Olympians who have participated in 18 Games, including gold medalists Dusty Dvorak (1984), Pat Powers (1984), Steve Timmons (1984, 1988) and Gabe Gardner (2008) and bronze medalists Timmons (1992), Nick Becker (1992), Dan Greenbaum (1992) and Bryan Ivie (1992).

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Big Man's Award

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USC offensive linemen Zach Banner, Chad Wheeler and Damien Mama made the Outland Trophy Watch List, an annual award which recognizes the nation's best interior lineman.

Click here for the complete watch list.

The Trojans return nine players with starting experience on the offensive line, including Banner (27 career starts), Wheeler (34 career starts) and Mama (17 career starts). In 2015, Banner made the All-Pac-12 first team, while Wheeler (pictured with Mama) earned a second team spot and Mama grabbed honorable mention status.

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2015-16 Year in Troy

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The Trojans filled up the trophy cases at Heritage Hall last year, adding two national championships, the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup and the Capital One Cup. While the hardware is nice, the moments are even sweeter, relive both as part of another "Year in Troy."


#USC2RIO: Micah Christenson

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

Name: Micah Christenson

Country: United States of America

Event: Men's Indoor Volleyball


Christenson, 23, began his Team USA career while he was still running the show at USC as the nation's best setter. Now, he is a mainstay in the side, headed to his first Olympics.

He is at the core of a young roster ready to represent in Rio. "I think we just approach the match being aggressive with as much energy and fire as possible," said Christenson. "We know that whatever lineup we put out there we're always going to compete."

A 2014 and 2015 All-American first teamer at USC, Christenson set the U.S. to the 2015 FIVB World Cup gold medal as well as the 2014 FIVB World League gold medal and a bronze in 2015. The USA Men's Volleyball Team will have podium aspirations as a Top 5 ranked squad in the world coming into the competition.

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Run the World

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champs.jpgFor the first time, the Women of Troy are the Capital One Cup champions, winning the prestigious trophy which ranks the most successful women's athletic programs in the country each year. On the strength of two national championships, women's water polo and beach volleyball, and eight Top 10 finishers, USC women's athletics edged Stanford and Penn State for the top spot.

"We have always been proud of our women's athletics program and are excited to see it recognized as the winner of the 2015-16 Capital One Cup," said USC Athletics Director Lynn Swann. "As a first for our University, we are honored to receive this award and applaud our women's athletes and coaching staff on this remarkable achievement. All of us at USC would like to extend our gratitude to Capital One for its continued support of student-athletes."

Click here for more.

Overall, the Trojans finished fourth in the Learfield Directors' Cup, which annually measures the all-around competitive strength of the athletic department. USC was bested by Stanford, Ohio State and Michigan. This was the Trojans' fourth Top 10 finish in the past five years, and follows their best-ever third place finish in 2014-15.

Unqualified Success

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USC women's golf rising sophomore Robynn Ree (pictured) will get to test her game on two of the sport's biggest stages this summer, qualifying for the U.S. Women's Open (July 7-10 in San Martin, California) and the U.S. Women's Amateur (August 1-7 in Springfield, Pennsylvania).

Click here for more.

Going up against the game's best, Ree will see at least have one comforting face on the course at the U.S. Open as incoming freshman Allisen Corpuz also qualified as an amateur. She will be joined by rising senior Gabriella Then at the U.S. Amateur. Fox Sports 1 or FOX will carry the majority of both events.

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#USC2RIO: Kaleigh Gilchrist

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

Name: Kaleigh Gilchrist

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Water Polo


For the second time in as many days, we profile a former USC women's water polo champion who is headed to Rio to try to do the same for Team USA. Unlike Kami Craig though, Kaleigh Gilchrist will be experiencing everything for the first time at this summer's Olympics.

Gilchrist has always been torn between her two passions - water polo and surfing. The two-time U.S. amateur surfing champion will hang up her board for the time being and don the cap of the defending Gold medal winners at her first Olympics.

Click here for ESPNW's profile of Gilchrist's multiple passions.

Gilchrist will want to make the most of Rio as she plans to focus solely on her surf career going forward. "Everything happens for a reason and I am exactly where I want to be right now," Gilchrist said. "But August 20th I am going to be a surfer, hopefully."

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Physical Statement

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USC Olympian April Ross bares it all for ESPN the Magazine's new Body Issue as a tribute to all the work she has put in to her fitness.

Click here for the full Q&A and photo gallery.

"I mainly wanted to celebrate all that my body has done for me in my career, flaws and all. And I wanted it to be a statement of freedom," Ross told ESPN.

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Center of Success

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If the Trojans' offense thrives this season, expect the offensive line to be the driving force. Toa Lobendahn will likely be at the center of one of the nation's most experienced front lines, and the Rimington Trophy is tabbing the USC junior as one of the best at his position.

Click here for the complete watch list.

However, center was a cursed position for the Trojans in 2015, forcing USC to the fourth level of its depth chart for some of the season's most important games. Lobendahn fell prey to the injury bug, tearing up his knee in the win over Utah.

Currently on the comeback trail, Lobendahn hopes to be fully healthy when Fall Camp opens in August. He has already proven his immense value to the Trojans over his first two seasons, starting at center, guard and tackle.

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The Next Chapter

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Hi, I'm Sarah. And I thought on my last day working at USC it was about time I introduce myself to you. Better late than never, right?

For nearly four years you've known me without actually knowing me. My words have come to life on your screens, my tweets and photos capturing moments and stories you share with your friends without ever knowing who pressed send. I've loved that. I've loved being invited into your daily internet routine, your fall football Saturdays, your understanding and appreciation of all things USC. I've loved holding the pen that's helped to bring so many great stories to life.

I started writing for the RipsIt blog as a sophomore at USC. But my first contribution came about a year before that when I helped document the USC football team's trip to Haiti in 2012. That trip changed everything for me, instilling a passion inside me to tell important stories in which the platform of athletics was leveraged to empower, instruct and unite people. I was 19 then, and in the four years since I've had the opportunity to witness some incredible moments and tell some remarkable stories, while also growing up a ton along the way.

I've interviewed and worked with Olympic medalists, future Olympic medalists, pro bowlers and national champions. Sat front row for the announcement of three new head football coaches and hit send on more than a few news breaking tweets.

I've traveled the conference, the country and the world for USC, having more fun on the sidelines of football and basketball games than anyone should be allowed to have at a paid job. And even still, those haven't come close to being the best parts of my most recent chapter.

Because no matter how high profile the subjects of some of my interviews may be, no matter how exclusive a sideline pass may look, the people, and the stories they carry with them, have always been the best part. USC has brought me some of my closest friends. Whether a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle with an equally enormous heart, a talented running back from Florida who beat the odds, or a 65-year-old pioneer who changed college football forever, the individuals who've allowed me to tell their stories have become enormous parts of mine.

It's been the greatest joy to work with coaches like Tee Martin, who truly care about each and every player who steps into their office; or athletes like Whitney Pitalo, who want to use an education received at USC to change the world. I've been blown away at the humility, maturity and comedy of student-athletes like Chimezie Metu, Oluwole Betiku and Devon Kennard, reminded time and time again that every single person has a unique and important story to tell.

I've called one of the most hallowed grounds in sports home, one of the most hilarious and dysfunctional groups of people family, and one of the most fun and incredible opportunities I'll ever have a job.

And now, after four years of magic as both a student and a staff member, I'm saying goodbye to Los Angeles and hello to a new adventure in New York City.

At the beginning of the year I committed to a single goal: to be a really, really good storyteller. Of others' stories as a writer, but also of my own.

That mission is the driving force in my life, and the primary reason that led me to hit submit when I noticed a fitting job opening at The Players' Tribune a month ago. I want to help athletes share their stories with the world, and I believe that I'll get a chance to do that every day in my new role. It's also an opportunity to begin a new chapter in my story, and I'm looking forward to what this one has in store.

I couldn't have asked for a better place to grow up than within the walls of Heritage Hall. And while I couldn't be more excited for this next adventure, I also couldn't be more thankful for my time at USC. Thank you for reading, for sharing and for caring about every word. Thanks for teaching a girl from Portland, Oregon, what the Trojan Family means.

An LA resident no more, but a Trojan for life, #FightOn and #BeatTheTide.

-Sarah Bergstrom

Trojan Two for the Maxwell

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Who is the best player in the country? The Maxwell Award has a few ideas, including USC sophomore RB Ronald Jones II and junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster.

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While the season will narrow down the list and eventually determine the winner, Jones and Smith-Schuster put themselves in this position by posting dynamic numbers last year.

Jones set USC's freshman rushing record, leading the team with 987 yards on 153 carries. The home run hitter averaged 6.45 yards per carry, ranking second among the Pac-12's top 10 runners.

As for Smith-Schuster, he led the conference in receiving, hauling in 89 receptions for 1,454 yards and 10 TDs. The courageous pass catcher put up monster numbers despite injuring his hand midway through the season.

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#USC2RIO: Kami Craig

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

Name: Kami Craig

Country: United States of America

Event: Women's Water Polo


With one month to go until the opening ceremonies, excitement is building for the athletes, coaches and fans in anticipation of Rio 2016. Kami Craig, who pocketed Gold at London 2012 and silver at Beijing 2008, will be one of the few Olympians in control of her heart rate having been there and done that.

While Craig is a Team USA stalwart, the women's water polo veteran reacted to making her third Olympics like a first-timer.

"Immediately, I started crying," Craig described her reaction to the news of making the team. "It never gets old. You never know, there's always a bit of anxiety or nerves going into making a team or selection of a team. Even though it would be my third Olympics, going through the process in what you have to overcome - the injuries, the change of the roster, the playing time, the practices, the uniting of the team -- it's all challenging. Anything you put 100 percent commitment and heart into, it's pretty rewarding when you get to actually hear those words being said."

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Focused on Football

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USC junior Adoree' Jackson, who is fresh off the U.S. Olympic Trials at which he finished 10th, is ready for a big season on the gridiron, which starts with the Bednarik Award naming him one of the best defensive players in the country.

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Jackson is a two-sport, multi-position phenomenon, but he is expected to take the majority of his snaps this season at cornerback. In his USC career, Jackson has broken up 17 passes and made 84 tackles.

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Impact Transfer

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Signinday_Basketball_Derryck2(1).jpgUSC men's basketball officially announced the signing of 5-star PG Derryck Thornton, the No. 1 transfer in the country. The former Duke guard, who started 20 games for the Blue Devils last season, will have to sit out the 2016-17 season and then have three years of eligibility remaining.

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"I'm truly happy to be home and part of a growing program," said Thornton, a Chatsworth native. "USC sent me my first letter, offered me my first scholarship and now I want to be the player to help lead USC to its first Final Four [in the modern era]. With a great coaching staff and team already in place, I know we can do it together."

Thornton, 19, played in 36 games for Duke, which ultimately made the Sweet 16, and he was the only freshman to make the 2015 2K Classic All-Tournament Team. In one of college basketball's greatest rivalries, Thornton clinched the win over North Carolina with a game-sealing block (video below).

He finished the season second on the team in assists (93) and fifth in scoring (255 total points). His assist total ranks 10th all-time on Duke's freshman list and his 1.58:1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks tied for seventh all-time by a Blue Devils' freshman.

Thornton was a Top 15 national recruit coming out of Findlay Prep (Nev.) in 2015 as a junior. He reclassified to graduate early after leading his team to a 29-3 record and averaging 17.0 points, 6.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game.



#USC2RIO: Anna Wierzbowska

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

Name: Anna Wierzbowska

Country: Poland

Event: Women's Rowing


Anna Wierzbowska heads to Rio 2016 as one half of a sister act, rowing in the women's pairs with her sibling, Maria. The 2010 USC All-American was a Trojan captain and helped the Women of Troy win their second of back-to-back Jessop-Whittier Cup titles at the San Diego Crew Classic. She graduated from USC with a degree in international relations in May 2012.

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First Day on the Job

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Lynn Swann's tenure as USC athletic director officially begins today. He is currently meeting with most of the head coaches as part of annual retreat to Terranea.