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USC MVB - Nygaard at the Net: Week 9

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USC men's volleyball got hot in February, earning three straight wins against ranked opponents, before getting swept by No. 2 Long Beach State last week.

Head coach Jeff Nygaard praised the emergence of sophomore outside hitter Woody Cook during the win streak and keyed in on what the Trojans have to do on their upcoming trip to Hawai'i in the latest episode of "Nygaard at the Net."

MoJo

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USC women's water polo senior Ioanna Haralabidis was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her impressive performances over the weekend.

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Haralabidis scored 10 goals in USC's four games at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, including the overtime game-winner against Stanford in the finals.

The Athens, Greece import scored four goals against both LMU and Hawai'i, then once apiece against UCLA and Stanford, giving her 36 on the season and 154 in her career, which ranks 10th on USC's all-time scoring list.

Called "Jo" by her teammates, Haralabidis also added six assists and shut down opponents' top centers to take home her first ever MPSF Player of the Week award.

Haralabidis has been a key part of a team that's won 45 consecutive games dating back to the final match of 2015. The streak is the longest in USC water polo history and one short of tying the NCAA women's water polo record.

The Trojans go for their 46th consecutive win on Saturday at 1 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center vs. CSU Bakersfield.

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Stars of the Season

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After the culmination of the regular season and just before this week's conference tournament, three Trojans earned Pac-12 recognition for their efforts this year.

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Headlining the Trojan honorees is junior forward Kristen Simon, who made first team All-Pac-12. Simon led the team in scoring and rebounding and had 10 double-doubles this season, despite missing three games. It's the second year in a row USC has placed a player on the Pac-12 first team, as Temi Fagbenle made the cut in 2016, and it's the first time Simon has earned conference recognition of any kind. Heading into her senior season, Simon will remain a force to be reckoned with.

Senior Courtney Jaco, meanwhile, will go out as a back-to-back Pac-12 Honorable Mention and a first-time All-Defensive Honorable Mention. Jaco, a team captain, climbed up to No. 2 on USC's all-time three-pointers made list this season and has claimed the top spot on USC's three-point efficiency chart. When she graduates with a Master's degree at the end of this year, the Trojans will lose their third-leading scorer and ball hawk, and their leader in minutes played.

Jaco's departure means an increased role for Minyon Moore, one of five players named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team. This year, Moore led the Trojans in assists and steals and was second in scoring. She became the first Trojan since 1982 to have 15+ assists in a game, the first since 2014 to score 30+ points in a game and the first Trojan ever named the USBWA National Freshman of the Week. Moore, who came off the bench in all but four of USC's games, was named the Trojans' Player to Watch in the tournament by the Pac-12.

Simon, Jaco and Moore lead the Trojans into battle in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday. Ninth-seeded USC takes on eight seed Cal at 11:30 a.m. on Pac-12 Network.

Follow the team on Twitter to stay up-to-date!

Swim Along

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Just a week after USC's women's team placed third at the Pac-12 Championships, USC men's swim heads to Federal Way, WA to make its mark on the conference tournament beginning tomorrow.

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The No. 13 Trojans have their work cut out for them, facing the likes of No. 1 Cal, No. 5 Stanford, No. T-15 ASU and No. T-15 Arizona.

After finishing second at Pac-12s last year, the Trojans have high expectations. They return Olympians Dylan Carter and Santo Condorelli, who redshirted last season to train for the Rio Games, and were key parts of USC's conference title in 2015.

Carter has posted three NCAA A cuts so far this season, in the 100y free, 200y free and 100y fly. He enters the tournament as the top seed in both freestyle races.

Should Carter win any of these events at the Pac-12 Championships, he'll extend USC's streak of winning at least one individual event in each of the last 20 years.

USC returns all four of its individual Pac-12 champions from last season. Senior co-captain Steven Stumph also has a chance to help USC extend its streak when he tries to three-peat in the 200y breast, while Reed Malone looks to repeat in the 2007 and 500y free, and Ralf Tribuntsov and Patrick Mulcare look to do the same in the 100y and 200y back, respectively.

The Trojans go for glory starting tomorrow. The competition will be streamed on Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app and will be broadcast on select Pac-12 Networks starting at 6:30 a.m.

Shutout Success

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USC baseball rounded out a trip to the Tar Heel State with a 2-0 win over Duke yesterday to improve to 6-2 on the season.

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After dropping the series (2-1) to Wake Forest, the Trojans got back on track against the Blue Devils. USC's pitching was outstanding, as junior Mason Perryman threw six shutout innings, allowing just four hits and a walk, and earning his first win of the season. With Solomon Bates and Austin Manning behind him, the Trojans pitched their first shutout since a May 10, 2015 game against Stanford.

The win led USC to a split on its East Coast road trip. The Trojans now aim to improve upon their perfect home record when they host USD and Michigan in the first two games of the Dodgertown College Baseball Classic.

After those two matchups, USC battles UCLA at Dodger Stadium. Click here to purchase tickets for the game on Sunday, March 5, at 3 p.m.

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Holt On

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pac-12player-holt.jpgFreshman Brandon Holt of USC men's tennis was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week yesterday, for the first time in his young career.

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Holt, who was born in Torrance and went to high school at Palos Verdes, is USC's highest-ranked player at No. 27 in the nation. He's backed that ranking up with a 26-5 record as a Trojan (9-2 in dual match play). With partner Riley Smith, he ranks No. 29 in doubles as well, and leads the team in singles and doubles victories.

Playing at the No. 1 spot, Holt won both his singles matches in USC's tight victories last week. He topped No. 57 Ben Donovan of Cal Poly and upset No. 12 Tom Fawcett of Stanford in straight sets, in addition to racking up one win in doubles.

This certainly won't be the last conference award for Holt, who has tennis in his blood. His mother, Tracy (Austin) Holt, is a former world No. 1 and two-time U.S. Open champion, and his aunt and two uncles also played professional tennis. With forces like that guiding him, Holt is sure to become a staple of Trojan tennis.

To stay in the loop on Holt and the Trojans, follow USC men's tennis on Twitter and Instagram!

Trojan Trek

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Over the weekend, USC's Trojan Outreach program partnered with the Los Angeles Police Department to teach local children the basics in bicycle safety.

USC student-athletes partnered with the LAPD's Jeopardy Program, which identifies at-risk youth and works to prevent them from joining gangs, instructing children on how to properly wear a helmet, use hand signals and more.

Each participant was gifted a Cardinal & Gold helmet to take home after they took a ride around campus.

Check out the video and follow Trojan Outreach on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on the latest events!

45 and Counting

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USC women's water polo pulled off a gutsy overtime upset against Stanford this weekend to win the Barbara Kalbus Invitational and keep their impressive winning streak alive.

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The No. 2 Trojans topped LMU, Hawai'i and UCLA to set up a clash with No. 1 Stanford in the finals of the tournament. USC battled back and forth with the Cardinal all game, 4-3 at the half. But at full time, Stanford had evened it up at 7-7. USC outscored the Cardinal, 3-2, in the two overtime frames to seal a 10-9 victory.

The Trojans have now won 45 contests in a row dating back to the last game of the 2015 season. It's the longest streak in USC water polo history -- men's or women's -- and is one short of tying the national women's water polo record.

Standing at 18-0 on the season, USC has a chance to tie the record when it takes on CSU Bakersfield this Saturday. Should the Trojans win this weekend, they'll have plenty of time to rest up before taking on Indiana in Honolulu, HI in the potential record-breaking matchup.

Saturday's game vs. CSU Bakersfield begins at 1 p.m. at USC's Uytengsu Aquatic Center.

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Swim Into Third

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After four days of intense competition, USC women's swimming and diving team placed third at the Pac-12 Championships.

The No. 5 Trojans posted 1250.5 points, finishing behind only No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Cal.

Two individual wins fueled the Trojans' success. Freshman Louise Hansson brought home the title in the 100y butterfly with a time of 50.39, while sophomore Riley Scott won the 200y breaststroke with a 2:06.20. It was the first Pac-12 title for both Trojans.

Hansson's 100y fly time was the second-fastest in the nation this year, and helped her become USC's fourth winner in the event. Over the course of the Pac-12 Championships, the Swede set three individual USC records and helped her team achieve three more relay records.

Scott, meanwhile, set a PR in her comeback victory to become USC's seventh winner in the event.

USC earned another title in men's diving, where Dashiell Enos won his second straight 3-meter crown.

The Trojan men's swim team now has its chance to shine at the Pac-12 Championships starting Wednesday, with NCAAs on the horizon just after that.

Four to Three Victory

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USC men's tennis earned two hard-fought victories last week, topping Cal Poly and Stanford at home.

The No. 12 Trojans dropped the doubles point for the first time all season against No. 33 Cal Poly. But USC rung up four victories in singles (from Riley Smith, Rob Bellamy, No. 27 Brandon Holt and Jack Jaede) to clinch a 4-3 win over the Mustangs.

USC had to dig its way out of a 1-point deficit against No. 35 Stanford as well. After dropping the doubles point, Jaede evened things up with his 12th straight singles win. Holt, Smith, and No. 42 Logan Smith followed suit to help the Trojans lock up another 4-3 win.

The Trojans are now 12-2 on the season and undefeated at home. That unblemished home record will be put to the test when UCLA comes to Marks Stadium on March 9. The Trojans dropped a 4-3 match to the Bruins earlier this month on a neutral court, and are out for revenge. Next Thursday's match begins at 3 p.m.

Sunshine State Split

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USC women's lacrosse split its road matches against Florida and Stetson this weekend.

The No. 3 Trojans battled with No. 4 Florida in Gainesville, suffering their first loss of the season. USC trailed at the half for the first time since May 10, 2015, and ultimately dropped a 15-10 decision to the Gators. Cynthia Del Core led the Trojans with four goals, while Michaela Michael had 10 draw controls.

USC quickly got back on track with a win over Stetson in DeLand, FL, to move to 3-1 on the season. Freshman Kerrigan Miller (pictured) led all scorers with four goals, while Michael, Gabby McMahon and Alexis Kardias all netted three apiece to lift the Trojans to an 18-3 win. Michael's hat trick was the 28th of her career -- more than any Trojan has ever accomplished.

The Trojans enjoy a week-long break before getting back into action against Boston University on March 8. The match kicks off at 2 p.m. at USC's McAlister Field.

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Trojans Drop One to the Devils

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USC men's basketball dropped a heartbreaker at ASU on Sunday to cap its final regular season road trip.

The Sun Devils mounted a late comeback to hand USC an 83-82 loss in Tempe.

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The Trojans and Sun Devils traded blows throughout the first half, with USC stealing a one-point lead at the break on a Chimezie Metu buzzer beater.

In the second half, USC opened up a 10-point lead. Sophomore captain Bennie Boatwright led the way with 22 points, while Metu posted a 14-point, 13-board double-double. But ASU capitalized on USC's missed free throws and turnovers down the stretch to eke out a victory.

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USC is now 21-8 (8-8) on the year with two more regular season games to go. The Trojans host Washington State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Washington on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Click here for tickets!

McGillen Gallery: USC at Arizona

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Last night, USC men's basketball challenged No. 4 Arizona on its home court. After coming out strong, the Trojans fell behind the Wildcats, who were 69-1 in their last 70 games at McKale Center, and eventually dropped a 90-77 decision.

USC photographer John McGillen was there to capture the best moment's of the hard-fought game.

Heritage Hall Heavyweight

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Former USC football player Gerald Washington will fight Deontay Wilder for the WBC heavyweight title on Saturday night (5 p.m. PT on FOX). Washington, known as "El Gallo Negro" in the ring, is undefeated (18-0-1) in his late-blossoming boxing career, but Wilder will be his toughest test to date.

While Washington is a heavy underdog, this is the shot at glory for which the 34-year-old has been patiently waiting.

"This felt like destiny. It's my time," Washington told ESPN about the bout. "We're very excited for the opportunity. Man, it's a dream come true and I look forward to fighting Deontay Wilder in his backyard for the WBC title. It's an amazing opportunity for me and we are ready to take the challenge on."

Click here for an ESPN feature on Washington.

Click here for a Vice Sports profile on Washington.

If Washington can defy the odds, he plans on redecorating Heritage Hall, so the heavyweight belt hangs with all the other sporting accomplishments of Trojan greats.

"Put it right next to the Heisman Trophies," he told Vice Sports. "That's going to be crazy."


Trojans Fall in Tucson

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USC men's basketball, playing its third straight game against a Top 6 team, fell to No. 4 Arizona in Tucson last night.

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The Trojans came out of the gates strong, taking a 9-point lead with 6:56 to go in the first half. But the Wildcats, fueled by the 14,644 fans at McKale Center, started sinking shots to surge ahead. USC trailed 44-39 at the half.

The Trojans, led by Bennie Boatwright and Chimezie Metu, hung with the Cats for most of the second half. Boatwright had a team-high 23 points, including an 8-of-8 clip from the free throw line. Metu notched a double-double with 15 points and 10 boards. Captain Jordan McLaughlin and freshman De'Anthony Melton also reached double figures for the Trojans.

Arizona sealed the deal in the final minutes, and USC fell, 90-77, in the first game of its last regular season road trip. The Trojans shot 52.9 percent from the floor, but made six fewer threes than the Wildcats, who have now 70 of their last 71 games at home.

USC now sports a 21-7 (8-7 Pac-12) record with three regular season games remaining.

First up is a Sunday tilt at Arizona State (3:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Network) before one final homestand against Washington State and Washington.

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Just Keep Swimming

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After two days of competition, USC women's swimming and diving team sits in fourth place at the Pac-12 Championships.

The Trojans sit behind No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 Cal and No. 17 Arizona at the halfway point in the tournament.

Freshman Louise Hansson has had a hand in USC's success so far, finishing third in yesterday's 200y IM with a career-best 1:53.72. It was the second-fastest mark in USC history, behind Hansson's fellow Olympian, Katinka Hosszu.

Freshman diver Naomi Gowlett also posted a third place finish in the 1-meter final.

USC's men's diving team fared even better, with Dashiell Enos and Henry Fusaro going 1-2 in the 3-meter springboard.

Enos became USC's first back-to-back conference champion since 1998-99.

The Pac-12 tournament continue today and tomorrow before a champion is crowned. Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram and watch the live stream on Pac-12.com to stay in the loop on scores!

Off to the Races

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USC's fifth-ranked women's swimming and diving team kicked off its Pac-12 title defense yesterday.

The Trojans finished the two-event day in third place, just behind No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Cal.

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The quartet of Hanni Leach, Riley Scott, Louise Hansson and Anika Apostalon set a school record in the 200y medley relay, finishing less than a second behind Stanford and Cal.

In the 800y free relay, Hansson's leadoff leg set a new USC record. The freshman, who swam for Team Sweden at the Rio Olympics this summer, posted a 1:42.10 in the 200y sprint -- the third-fastest time in the NCAA this year.

Hansson and the Trojans hit the pool again today, tomorrow and Saturday in attempt to defend the Pac-12 crown.

Meanwhile, USC men's diving team got off to a good start, with Dashiell Enos leading the way with a 324.95, good for fifth place.

Catch all the action on Pac-12.com!

Three In a Row

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USC men's volleyball topped No. 11 Cal State Northridge last night in five sets for its third consecutive win over a ranked opponent.

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The three-match win streak is USC's longest since the 2015 season and brought the No. 14 Trojans to 6-9 (5-7 MPSF) this year.

For the second straight match, the Trojans shot out to a 2-0 lead. But the Matadors clawed their way back to tie things up at 2 sets all before USC took the tiebreak and won, 25-22, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25, 15-10.

Senior Lucas Yoder (pictured) racked up 24 kills in the win to extend his nation-leading mark to 260 on the season.

The Trojans have now split the season series with Stanford, Pepperdine and CSUN after losing their first matchups with each. Tomorrow, they go for a season sweep over No. 2 Long Beach State.

Follow the Trojans on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date on scores and information!

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Packing Perfection

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USC baseball is off to a 4-0 start after sweeping Coppin State and then pulling off a thrilling comeback to top Long Beach State in extra innings. Now, the Trojans will test their mettle on the road at Wake Forest and Duke, playing three against the Deacons (February 24-26) before one versus the Blue Devils (February 27).

USC's bats warmed up quickly this season, scoring 37 runs over the first three games, but the Trojans needed clutch pitching to stay in the Tuesday game against Long Beach State before Lars Nootbaar was able to deliver the game-tying home run in the eighth inning. The sophomore slugger is expected to anchor the middle of the lineup, and he's setting a blistering pace through the opening week. In only 12 official at-bats, he has 8 hits (2 homers), 5 walks and 10 RBI.

Click here to watch highlights of the comeback over LBSU.

In episode two of The Road, head coach Dan Hubbs and the Trojans look back at the opening weekend sweep and ahead to the southern swing through North Carolina.


Defend the Crown

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USC women's swimming and diving team sets off on its conference title defense at the 2017 Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA today.

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The fifth-ranked Trojans have their work cut out for them, facing four other ranked squads: No. 1 Stanford, No. 2 California, No. 17 Arizona and No. 21 UCLA.

The Trojans fell to Cal and Stanford, two teams stocked with Olympians, earlier this season, but have bested every other Pac-12 team they've faced so far.

Individually, Trojan student-athletes have won at least two Pac-12 titles (including diving) in nine straight years and in 15 of the past 16 seasons. This year, freshman Louise Hansson has torched the competition in the 100y free, 200y free, 200y IM and 100y fly. Sophomore Maddie Wright also made an NCAA A cut in the 200y fly this season, while freshman Becca Mann did so in the 1650y free.

The Pac-12 women's swimming and diving tournament, as well as the men's diving portion, will be streamed on Pac-12.com and on the Pac-12 Now App from today until Saturday.

Dare to Dream

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After missing an entire season due to hip surgery, Ajene Harris switched positions from wide receiver to cornerback as a redshirt sophomore and then climbed the depth chart to become the first-team nickel back.

"He came back, went to the other side of the ball, and became a star. I don't know if that's happened in USC history. He's a unique person and I think it all comes back to his leadership qualities," said USC OC Tee Martin about Harris.

As remarkable as that may be, Harris has consistently displayed the kind of perseverance and optimism it takes to make the impossible seem possible.

Click here to read how Harris has made his dreams come true at USC.

Harris grew up at 84th and Budlong, just down the street from campus, but the leap from South Central to USC is more than a few city blocks. With steadfast determination and a little help from a local mentor, he made the jump and now wants to help others in his community do the same.

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Play Fair, Not Foul

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USC men's tennis aims to improve upon its 10-2 record with two home matches this week.

Tomorrow, the No. 12 Trojans take on No. 33 Cal Poly, and on Friday, they face No. 35 Stanford in a nonconference match.

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USC is fresh off a trip to the ITA National Team Indoors, where the team bounced back from a first round loss to win two consolation matches.

The Trojans hope to keep the ball rolling against the Mustangs, who are 5-2 on the season. USC has never lost to Cal Poly in five all-time matchups, but the Mustangs are enjoying their highest ITA ranking since the team moved to Division I competition.

The match against Cal Poly will feature PlaySight technology as part of the PlayFair initiative, which aims to improve accuracy and cut down on cheating on line calls by providing multiple camera angles of the court.

USC is one of just a handful of schools implementing the technology this season.

Tomorrow's match against Cal Poly kicks off at 2 p.m., while Friday's match vs. Stanford begins at 3 p.m. at USC's Marks Stadium.

#FightOnForever: Coach John Jackson

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Friday, February 24, 2017

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John Jackson, who was the running backs coach for tailbacks Marcus Allen and Charles White during their Heisman Trophy-winning seasons at USC, died on Thursday (Feb. 16) in Torrance, Calif., of complications following intestinal surgery. He was 81.

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Jackson was the Trojan running backs coach for 6 seasons (1976-81) under head coach John Robinson, and he also served as the offensive coordinator. White won the Heisman in 1979 and finished as the NCAA's second-leading career rusher with 6,245 yards, while Allen won it in 1981 when he became the first collegiate player to run for 2,000 yards in a season. Jackson also coached USC All-American tailback Ricky Bell as well as Lynn Cain, who set the Trojan fullback career rushing record, and future NFL fullback Mosi Tatupu. During Jackson's time at USC, the Trojans won the Rose Bowl 3 times and were the 1978 national champions.

After his coaching days at USC, Jackson worked 17 years with California Sports as a special assistant to Jerry Buss. While there, he ran Forum Boxing and helped develop the Prime Ticket sports cable network.

Jackson returned to the coaching ranks in 1999 as UNLV's running backs coach, run game coordinator and assistant head coach, again working under Robinson. He spent 6 seasons (1999-2004) at UNLV.

He also was the owner and manager of the Culver City (Calif.) Ice Arena from 1982 until it closed in 2014.

Jackson began his coaching career in 1956 as an assistant at his hometown Brooklyn (N.Y.) Technical High. He then spent 3 years in the Marines, attaining the rank of captain. From 1965 to 1967, he was the head coach at Boys High in Brooklyn, where he twice was the New York Metropolitan Coach of the Year and concurrently served as the Dean of Students at Brooklyn Tech.

He then moved to the collegiate ranks, first as the offensive coordinator at Hofstra in 1968 and 1969 (he also was head coach of the track team). He coached the running backs and receivers at Dartmouth in 1970, then spent 5 seasons (1971-75) as the backfield coach at Illinois before coming to USC. 

Jackson is survived by his daughter, Tracie, who currently is employed at USC, and his son, John, an Academic All-American football wide receiver and baseball outfielder at USC (1986-90) who then played in the NFL with the Cardinals and Bears and in baseball's minor leagues and is now the analyst on USC football radio broadcasts in addition to his announcing duties with FOX Sports West, plus 4 grandchildren, his brother, Pazel, and Tracie's and John's mother, Lillian.

Early Season Studs

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A veteran and a newcomer from USC women's lacrosse earned recognition

Junior goalie Gussie Johns was named the MPSF Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman midfielder Kerrigan Miller earned MPSF Rookie of the Week and ILWomen National Rookie of the Week honors.

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Both Johns and Miller played key roles in No. 3 USC's 11-10 overtime victory against No. 9 Northwestern.

Johns, who was recently named to the U.S. National Women's Lacrosse team, posted a career-high 17 saves against the Wildcats -- the second-most in program history. She allowed just 10 goals on 35 shots, and made a crucial stop on a one-on-one opportunity for the Cats in overtime. Last year's national leader in goals against average seems to be picking up right where she left off.

Miller, meanwhile, has established her presence in a short period of time. The nation's No. 1 recruit this year is tied for the team lead with five goals so far, including the sudden death game-winner vs. Northwestern. She finished the game with three goals, three caused turnovers, two ground balls and one draw control.

Johns, Miller and the Trojans are 2-0 heading into Friday's matchup with Florida in Gainesville. Follow the team on Twitter to stay up-to-date on scores and information!

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Trojan Wish - Ethan Diaz-Ordaz

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On Friday, USC women's basketball partnered up with USC's Trojan Outreach program to host a Trojan Wish kid: Ethan Diaz-Ordaz.

Ethan is a three-year-old with Down syndrome and was also recently diagnosed with pre B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a rare form of cancer. He suffers from hearing loss but is learning sign language in pre-kindergarten. After taking a year off from school to undergo chemotherapy and other medical treatment, he's enjoying being back in the classroom.

Ethan and his parents, Erika and Jose, were treated to a special experience at the Trojans' game vs. Washington State on Friday night.

They received an exclusive tour of the Galen Center and had a photo-op with the world famous USC Song Girls. Before his family took their seats, Ethan got to stand on the court to high five the players during introductions. He also received an autographed basketball after the game, which USC won, 80-64.

USC MVB - Nygaard at the Net: Week 8

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USC men's volleyball earned two victories over ranked opponents this weekend in Stanford and Pepperdine to move up to No. 10 in the nation.

After a slow start to the season, USC head coach Jeff Nygaard calls the success the culmination of "little things" and says the team must control its own side of the net in the two upcoming games.

Catch the latest episode of Nygaard at the Net:

DeMar Star

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USC men's basketball alum DeMar DeRozan got the start and had a solid showing at this weekend's NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans.

The Toronto Raptors guard started for the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career, alongside Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jimmy Butler.

In 24 minutes of action, DeRozan tallied 16 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals, plus a number of memorable dunks. The East lost in the end to the West by a score of 192-182.

DeRozan was USC's first alumnus to start in the NBA All-Star Game since Gus Williams in 1982. He and the Raptors get back into it on Friday when they host the Celtics.

Marvelous Moore

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usbwa-minyon.jpgUSC women's basketball newcomer Minyon Moore was named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association National Freshman of the Week and the Pac-12 Player of the Week for her double-digit scoring performances this weekend.

The Bay Area native went off for a career-high 32 points against Washington State on Friday and added 20 vs. Washington on Sunday. In the two games, she shot 14-for-19 from the field and 20-for-25 from the free throw line.

Moore has now led the team in scoring in each of the last three games and is second on the team in scoring this season, with 11.8 PPG. She leads the team in assists (4.2 per game) and steals (2.0 per game) this year and is the Pac-12's leading freshman in all three categories.

Moore is just under 3 points off from her head coach's scoring mark as a freshman at USC. Cynthia Cooper-Dyke averaged 14.6 PPG as a freshman in 1982, which ranks fifth in USC freshman history.

This week marks the first time Moore has earned USBWA National Freshman of the Week and the second time she's earned Pac-12 Player of the Week, after previously winning the award back in December. She's the second Pac-12 player this year to earn national recognition.

Moore has started four games this season and has come off the bench for the remaining 23, averaging 26.7 minutes per game (third most on the team). With the departure of senior guards Courtney Jaco and Alexis Lloyd at the end of this season, she's sure to see an even bigger role in 2018.

Scholarly Swimmer

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USC swimmer Anika Apostalon was named the Pac-12's 2017 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Women's Swimming and Diving, the conference announced today.

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Apostalon is a senior psychology major with a 3.92 GPA who earned CSCAA Scholar-All-American first team honors in 2016 and is a 2017 co-captain. She transferred to USC from San Diego State with ambitions to study the intersection of technology and behavior. Earlier this month, she lent her words of encouragement to the Pac-12 initiative to celebrate National Girls & Women in Sports Day.

In the pool, Apostalon is an All-American who helped USC to NCAA and Pac-12 relay titles last year. She was the anchor for USC's first-ever NCAA title team in the 400y free relay.

Apostalon, the second Trojan to win this award, is gearing up now for the Pac-12 Championships in Federal Way, WA, starting tomorrow, as one final tune-up before the NCAA Championships in March.

Back-to-Back

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USC men's volleyball cracked the Top 10 after winning back-to-back matches over ranked opponents this weekend.

On Thursday, the Trojans upset No. 6 Stanford in a three-set sweep.

USC knocked off another contender in a five-set victory over No. 9 Pepperdine on Saturday. Freshman Lucas Lossone posted 16 kills, while Andy Benesh added 12, plus 7 blocks.

The Trojans got off to a two-set lead before the Waves charged back to even it at two sets all. In the tiebreak, USC rattled off four straight points to earn an 11-7 lead and didn't look back.

USC now stands at 5-9 this season (4-7 in MPSF play) and looks ahead to its next match at Cal State Northridge tomorrow.

10 (O'Clock) and 2 (O'Clock)

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usc-mens-tennis-etsu-012817-mcgillen-3716.jpgAfter a narrow loss in the opening round, USC men's tennis bounced back to win its last two matches of the ITA National Team Indoors Tournament this weekend and move to 10-2 on the season.

On Friday, the No. 9 Trojans squared up with No. 7 UCLA. USC took the doubles point, but the Bruins evened it up quickly in singles play. With the score knotted at 3 all, the match came down the Singles Court 1, where USC freshman Brandon Holt battled UCLA junior Martin Redlicki. Holt dropped the first set in a tiebreaker before winning the second, 6-3. The Bruin eked out a 6-4 victory in the third set to clinch a 4-3 win for UCLA.

USC had no time to sulk, as it jumped into consolation play the next day. The Trojans came out strong to sweep Utah State, 5-0.

The Trojans kept the winning spirit alive in their next match against No. 13 Baylor. After coming from behind to take the doubles point, USC dialed up three singles victories to earn a 4-2 win.

Despite the loss this weekend, USC has won the doubles point in all 12 matches and is also a perfect 7-0 at home. The Trojans look to extend that record with five upcoming matches at Marks Stadium. The homestand begins this Thursday against Cal Poly and continues Friday against Stanford.

Smith Succeeds

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On the heels of a tight loss to No. 20 UCLA, USC women's tennis player Gabby Smith was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The No. 22 Trojans hosted the Bruins in a non-conference tilt on Saturday. UCLA took a 1-0 lead into singles play after winning the doubles point, and quickly extended that lead to 3-0 with two wins in singles. USC inched closer with a win on Court 3 by Jessica Failla, but UCLA's Jada Hart clinched the match on Court 4 for the Bruins.

With the match already decided in UCLA's favor, USC's Smith refused to let up, and worked her way to a three-set victory. It was the 10th straight singles win for Smith.

Despite USC's 4-3 loss, Smith earned her third career Player of the Week honor. Next up for Smith and the Trojans is a trip to Cal this weekend.

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Season-Opening Sweep

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USC baseball kicked off its 2017 season with a three-game sweep of Coppin State this weekend.

Mitch Hart got the start at pitcher on Opening Day and helped the Trojans dial up a dominant 22-2 win. USC lunged ahead early, with 12 runs in the second inning -- the first time scoring more than 10 in an inning since 2009.

In the second game of a double header, the Trojans topped the Eagles again, 6-2.

Sunday marked the third game of the series, during which the Trojans had to come from behind to pull off the victory. Coppin State got out to a 3-0 lead before USC broke out in the sixth inning to take the lead. The Trojans went on to earn a 9-4 win. Starter Marrick Crouse enjoyed his longest career outing with a six-inning performance.

The Trojans get right back to work with a Two Dollar Tuesday matchup against Long Beach State tonight. Fans can purchase tickets for $2 at Dedeaux Field starting at 4 p.m. this afternoon, and $2 food items will be sold throughout the game. First pitch is at 6 p.m.

Check out team photographer John McGillen's photos of the Opening Day action!

McGillen Gallery: USC at UCLA

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USC men's basketball fell to No. 6 UCLA last night in front of a raucous crowd at Pauley Pavilion. Despite hanging tough for the first 15 minutes, the Trojans couldn't keep up with the Bruins in a 102-70 loss.

Team photographer John McGillen was in Westwood to capture all the action.

Trojans Tripped Up In Westwood

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Senior Sendoff

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From a young age, Courtney Jaco has been ambitious. Now, as the Trojan basketball captain's Senior Day approaches, she's taking the time to reflect on her accomplishments at USC and her big plans for the future.

Jaco started playing basketball at the age of six and worked her way up the ladder, earning a scholarship to USC out of Windward High (Mar Vista).

"My dream was always to go to USC," Jaco said. "My stepfather went here, my stepsister went here, and I've always wanted to stay home and have the chance to let my family see me play. So once the offer came around, it was a no brainer."

cj3.jpgJaco's freshman year at her dream school was filled with highs and lows. She struggled to adapt to coming off the bench and taking a backseat to USC's upperclassmen, but her patience was rewarded when the team won its first-ever Pac-12 Championship that March. In all her time at USC, that moment stands out as the culmination of perseverance and belief, two traits she's realized the importance of over time.

"I've learned that the intangibles are the most important part: teamwork, chemistry, camaraderie and stuff like that," Jaco said. "A lot of people come in thinking, 'I'm going to score this many points or get this many rebounds, and I've learned that you should have more goals that aren't so outcome-based. That will let everything else fall into place -- to just not focus so much on the outcome, but more with your own personal and team growth."

Jaco did come to USC eyeing two key goals, though.

Before stepping foot on campus, she had her heart set on earning a Master's degree. Through hard work and countless hours of summer school, Jaco received her Bachelor's degree in social sciences (psychology emphasis) last year and will walk away with a Master's in communication management this year. Inspired by her volunteer work with "A Place Called Home," an after school program dedicated to helping children complete their schoolwork and find their passions, Jaco aims to found her own nonprofit one day before eventually becoming a middle school or high school coach.

Jaco will also likely leave USC as the program leader in career three-point efficiency and runner-up in career three-pointers made, two marks that she has striven for from start to finish.

"Without the help of my teammates, there's no way that I could get those threes off," Jaco gushed. "So thankfully I had some good teammates, some good passes. And yeah, it's really special for me."

As Jaco and her teammates gear up for the last two home games of the season and the senior's career, she's thankful for the way her time at USC has changed her.

"As a person, I'm definitely more mature, just in the way I'm thinking," Jaco said. "Wanting to grow and wanting to get better and develop myself every day. And I've really just figured out what I'm most passionate about."

Jaco and the Trojans take on Washington State tonight at 6 p.m. She and her fellow seniors -- Jordan Adams, Alexis Lloyd and Ivana Jakubcova -- will be honored ahead of Sunday's game against Washington.

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Stevens Center Academic Spotlight: Nicolette Martin

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USC's student-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 bit better in our academic spotlight.

USC_Beach_Volleyball_UCLA_HR_MCGillen_2209.jpgName: Nicolette Martin
Class: Senior
Sport: Beach Volleyball
Major: Fine Arts
GPA: 3.7

Aubrey Kragen (AK): When did you fall in love with art and decide you wanted to pursue it as a career?


Nicolette Martin (NM): I've been doing art my whole life, like ever since I can remember. All I wanted for my birthday or for Christmas was a new box of crayons. So I've always known what I wanted to do with my life -- I've always known that I wanted to pursue art.

AK: Some might say art isn't the most practical major. Did you ever encounter that with your parents or have they always been supportive?

NM: No, they've always been so, so supportive of whatever I've wanted to do. I understand that it's hard to make a lot of money and get a job with art, but they saw how easily I fell in love with it and how talented I became so quickly that they were totally supportive.

AK: Do you have a favorite type of art to create?

NM: My emphasis is drawing and painting, so I really like oil painting and just drawing with pencil. But it was a blessing and a curse that my schedule with volleyball kind of conflicted with the art classes here, because I've actually been in everything -- photography, ceramics, sculpture. But I kind of like that that happened, because I've gotten to try everything.

AK: Do you have a favorite piece that you've created?

NM: I guess I love them all. I'm really into print making right now, which is etching on a metal plate and rolling it through a printing press. I guess that's my favorite technique right now. But I don't know if I have a favorite piece.

AK: What do you want to do with your degree once you graduate?

NM: I'm not really sure yet. I know I want to play professional beach volleyball right after school on the AVP Tour. I'm still going to be making art, but it will just be freelance stuff. I've made wedding invitations in the past, so if I have friends or siblings getting married, they'll ask me to do that for them. Just little stuff on the side for at least a year or two.

AK: Does being an artist and being an athlete ever conflict? Or do they work together in some ways?

NM: I went through a period of time where I was making art about my team, which was really cool. I kind of stopped doing that, but it was really interesting. I'd never thought about combining the two. They don't really conflict. Sometimes it can be a good thing -- I like to make art about some experiences that I've had in volleyball, which is fun to show especially people at Roski who don't even know we have a beach volleyball team.

AK: Outside of your own experiences, where do you get inspiration?

NM: Most of the inspiration comes -- especially in my drawing class I'm in right now -- from artists that are working right now. We take a ton of field trips to LACMA and show openings and we get to talk to some amazing artists at Roski. They have some amazing people coming in to just speak to us. I guess that's where some of my inspiration is coming from, just the big names that are working right now.

AK: Who are some of those artists?

NM: The first really amazing show I went to was Pierre Huyghe at LACMA. Some inspirations for me right now are Sophie Calle and Karl Haendel, who just came and talked to us. He does some amazing drawings.

AK: As the only fine arts major on the team, do you ever feel out of place? Or is it nice to have something unique to bring to the table?

NM: I think it's kind of fun. I think there are more, but I only know one other athlete in Roski. I think it's fun to be on my own because I have my team who's always interested in what I'm doing and then my friends at Roski. So it's just like two groups of people that have no idea about the other. It's like a double life.

Honorable Vaughn

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ralph vaughn.jpgUSC hoops alum Ralph Vaughn will be one of 12 men inducted into the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Hall of Honor next month.

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The late Vaughn was a three-year starter at Troy (1938-40), leading the team in scoring and earning all-conference honors in all three seasons. He was a member of USC's first-ever NCAA Tournament squad and helped lead the Trojans to the national semis.

After a successful career at USC, which earned him USC Athletics Hall of Fame honors, Vaughn played in the National Basketball League for seven years.

Vaughn and the 11 other inductees (including Utah alum Andre Miller and UW alum Quincy Pondexter) will be honored during a ceremony ahead of the 2017 Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas next month.

Bring on the Bruins

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Crosstown Cup points are on the line this weekend as USC women's tennis hosts the UCLA Bruins.

No. 22 USC, boasting a 3-1 record this season, will take on No. 20 UCLA in a non-conference match at Marks Stadium.

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Junior Gabby Smith (pictured) rides a nine-match win streak into tomorrow's rivalry crash. Her consistency has earned her a spot as the No. 25 singles player in the nation -- the highest ranking of any Trojan. UCLA's highest ranked player, meanwhile, is No. 3 Ena Shibahara, who's won five straight.

USC currently trails in the Crosstown Cup, 45-35, but can earn five points with a win on Saturday.

The match begins tomorrow at noon and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

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Upset SCity

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USC men's volleyball shut down the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal for a three-set sweep at Galen Center last night.

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Senior leader Lucas Yoder stepped up with 15 kills, helping the Trojans hit .286 to Stanford's .089. Sophomore Woody Cook posted 10 kills and five digs as USC managed a 25-19, 25-20, 25-23 victory.

The win avenged USC's 3-0 loss at Stanford last month and marked the Trojans' first three-set win of the season. They now stand at 4-9 on the year, with a 3-7 mark in conference play.

USC, which now has three wins over Top 10 opponents this season, is gearing up to take on No. 9 Pepperdine tomorrow at 7 p.m. Click here to purchase tickets!

#FightOnForever: Mike Walden

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Mike Walden, a noted local radio and television sportscaster who was the play-by-play broadcast voice of USC football and men's basketball from 1966 to 1972 and then called UCLA sports for parts of 18 years, died on Sunday (Feb. 12) in Tarzana, Calif., from complications of a stroke. He was 89.

Click here for the complete obituary.

There will be a celebration of life for Walden on March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

Walden, who was known for his distinctive broadcasting style and his even more distinctive wardrobe, handled the USC announcing duties when the Trojan footballers appeared in 5 Rose Bowls and won a pair of national championships (1967 and 1972) and the 1971 hoopsters posted a 24-2 record.

Click here for one of Walden's most famous calls.

A member of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame (1994), Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2003) and USC Athletic Hall of Fame (2009), Walden began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Springfield, Ill., then after 2 years of service in the Air Force he did the play-by-play of his alma mater, Illinois. Next, he moved to Milwaukee to call Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Braves games and then worked for CBS Radio in Chicago before coming to the West Coast to announce Trojan athletics.

He also was a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1970 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.

After his USC stint, Walden (pictured with fellow USC football broadcasters Tom Kelly and Pete Arbogast) moved across town and did UCLA sports play-by-play for portions of the next 18 years (1973-90), becoming the first person in history to serve as the broadcast voice of both universities.

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Playing Hardball

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USC baseball begins its 2017 season this weekend, and the Trojans are ready to return to their roots of fundamental hardball under fifth-year head coach Dan Hubbs.

In the offseason, USC lost a program-record 12 players to the MLB Draft, leaving the roster short on star power, so Hubbs is pushing his young team to employ the game plan that got the Trojans back on the map in the first place. During the buildup to this season, the team has focused on being defensively sound, executing pitch location, and being aggressive and efficient on the base paths.

Click here for the season outlook.

USC will begin the season with four consecutive home games, hosting Coppin State on Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) before a Tuesday matchup with Long Beach State (6 p.m.) at Dedeaux Field. Junior right-hander Mitch Hart will get the ball as the Trojans' opening night starter. Please follow @USC_Baseball on Twitter for updates on weather-related schedule changes.

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Here is the first episode of "The Road" which previews the upcoming season:


Play 4 Kay

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Tomorrow night when USC women's basketball kicks off its final home stand of the season, the team will host Play 4 Kay night to raise awareness for breast cancer.

The Play 4 Kay initiative was created 11 years ago as part of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, honoring the late NC State women's basketball coach.

The Trojans will wear pink during Friday's game and the first 500 fans in attendance will receive a special Play 4 Kay long sleeve shirt to help support the cause. Fans can also donate to the cause by clicking here.

On Play 4 Kay night, USC hosts Washington State with hopes to even the season series. At 13-12 on the year, the Trojans could use the momentum heading into next month's Pac-12 Tournament.

Tip-off is at 6 p.m. on Friday evening at the Galen Center. Click here to purchase tickets!

Mindfulness Grant for USC

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USC Athletics has been awarded a $25,000 grant through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program to develop and evaluate a mindfulness training program that will enhance student-athlete mental health.

NCAA Research.jpegUSC is one of five research teams awarded an NCAA grant this year as part of a program aimed at funding projects that will bring tangible benefits to college athletes, specifically in the area of psychosocial well-being and mental health.

The other grant recipients are Rowan University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Western Kentucky University and Sonoma State University.  They will produce work that includes career development, promoting resiliency, and mental health support for injured student-athletes.  A total of $100,000 is being awarded this year.

This is the fourth year of the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program. These five research teams will present their findings in January at the 2018 NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

USC's grant proposal, authored by researchers Dr. Robin M. Scholefield and Dr. Dylan M. Firsick, noted that "the severity and number of mental health symptoms are increasing on college campuses. Many student-athletes report overwhelming distress as time demands and performance pressure contribute to this group being 'at risk' for psychological and academic difficulties. Time-limited, evidenced-based interventions for coping and distress tolerance are greatly needed."

USC's study will seek to implement a five-session, mindfulness-based training program with three primary goals: improve mindfulness skills, increase overall well-being, and reduce anxiety within student-athletes.  Results will be formatted into a training program handbook for implementation among NCAA member institutions.

A panel that reviewed the 63 proposals and selected the grant awardees was composed of athletics administrators, mental health practitioners, current student-athletes and scholars representing all three NCAA divisions. 

Exceptional Talent

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NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock released his top five prospects at every position for the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, putting Adoree' Jackson on top of the list for "special exceptions." While Jackson won the Jim Thorpe Award, Mayock still sees him as a "raw" talent at corner who could develop into a shutdown guy, but he knows that he can contribute immediately in the return game.

Click here to watch Mayock's full assessment of Jackson.

Jackson will showcase his skills and athleticism at the NFL Combine (March 3-6) in Indianapolis alongside seven of his USC teammates. He could potentially work out for scouts again at USC Pro Day on March 22.

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Trojan of the Week: Shaqquan Aaron

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The Trojan Family voted USC men's basketball redshirt sophomore Shaqquan Aaron the Jersey Mike's Player of the Week after he scored 21 points in 23 minutes in the win over Oregon State. Aaron has picked up his play of late, emerging as the hero of the UCLA victory, and then putting together a similar performance in the blowout of the Beavers.

Aaron will hope to reprise his role as the Bruin killer this Saturday night (7 p.m.) at Pauley Pavilion.

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Show Your Stuff

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Today, eight Trojans were officially invited to the 2017 NFL Combine, tied for the most participants of any school in the conference.

OT Zach Banner, RB Justin Davis, CB Adoree' Jackson, OG Damien Mama, WR Darreus Rogers, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, NT Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and OT Chad Wheeler will represent USC at the Combine, which takes place from Feb. 28 to March 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.


At the Combine, these Trojans will participate in scouting events such as the 40-yard dash, the bench press, the vertical and broad jump, the 3 cone drill and the shuttle run, as well as a number of position-specific drills.

USC's eight invitees are one more than last year and are tied with Utah for the most in the Pac-12 this year. Of the seven Trojans at the Combine last year, four were drafted (Su'a Cravens, Cody Kessler, Max Tuerk, Kevon Seymour). Seymour turned heads by running a 4.39 40 -- tied for the eighth fastest time of any player.

The 2017 NFL Combine will be broadcast live on NFL Network. Follow @USC_Athletics on Twitter to get all the latest news about the Trojans as they prepare for the next step of their careers.

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Public Figure

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USC athletic director Lynn Swann has never shied away from the spotlight, saying, "I don't want to be a nail on the wall. I want to be someone who decides where the wall goes." And as he takes on the latest challenge of his career, he spent some time with us, as part of our USC Black History Month coverage, to reflect on the qualities of the great leaders who influenced him, the lessons of his parents and his vision for the future.

Click here to read our USC BHM feature on Lynn Swann.

Swann had the opportunity to play for legendary coaches and leaders at the college and NFL level. Four-time national champion John McKay "taught me how to delegate. He coached the coaches." And, four-time Super Bowl champion Chuck Noll was a "teacher" who taught Swann the value of "hard work and preparation."

While Swann was a USC team captain in 1973, football made him realize that there are "moments to lead and moments to follow." As a wide receiver, he had to defer to the quarterback as the natural leader of the team even if it was against his nature.

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Student Videographers Wanted

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The USC Athletics Video Operations Department is now taking applications from currently enrolled USC students who are driven, enthusiastic, possess a great work ethic, and have a passion for USC football.

We are looking to hire student videographers to help with Spring Football, Fall Camp and the upcoming 2017 season.

While a strong work ethic is required, this is a great opportunity for passionate students to get inside the program.

If you are interested, click here to email Eric Espinoza.

Previous camera and/or editing experience is a plus, but not required. Come join our team and get the opportunity at a firsthand look inside the program!

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Birdie On My Shoulder

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USC women's golf finished one stroke ahead of the pack to win the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge today.

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The No. 2 Trojans set a tournament record with a 4-over 856 (285-282-289), in their spring opener. It's the fourth time in school history the team's taken home the title at the Northrop Grumman and the first time since 2014.

Senior Victoria Morgan led the pack with a par 213, tied for seventh overall. Sophomore Robynn Ree (14th) and senior Gabriella Then (17th) also finished in the Top 20.

Next up for USC is a trip to San Luis Obispo, CA for the Bruin Invitational on Feb. 27-28.

Rosy Disposition

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IMG_6331_1.JPGThis morning, USC football WR Steven Mitchell Jr. and LB Olajuwon "Boodah" Tucker handed out Valentine's Day roses to patients at the Los Angeles VA Hospital.

Mitchell and Tucker visited the hospital as part of USC's Trojan Outreach program. They were joined by VA Hospital volunteers, active duty personnel, Laker Girls and Tournament of Roses representatives as they met approximately 25 patients.

The Trojans thanked the veterans for their service while passing out roses and posters and posing for photos. The Leishman Trophy even made an appearance.

Follow Trojan Outreach on Twitter and Instagram to stay up-to-date!

Chamorro the Champ

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USC women's water polo goalie Victoria Chamorro was named the MPSF Player of the Week for her efforts in the Triton Invitational this weekend.

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Chamorro, a junior from Rio de Janeiro, racked up 19 saves in two games. Against No. 17 San Diego State, she blocked seven shots, and against No. 5 Arizona State in the championship, she made 12 saves. She allowed just four goals on the weekend.

Chamorro, who represented her home country in the Rio Olympics this summer, leads the Trojans with 2.48 goals allowed per game this season. She ranks sixth in USC history with 310 saves in her career.

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USC MVB - Nygaard at the Net: Week 6

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USC men's volleyball couldn't pull off the upset against No. 3 BYU on Friday, falling in three sets. Head coach Jeff Nygaard sat down to discuss the match and the team's outlook going forward.

Divide and Conquer

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USC track & field split up to take on the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, AR and the Husky Classic in Seattle, WA this weekend.

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Deanna Hill's 200m at the Tyson Invitational was one highlight of the weekend. The junior won the event, set a USC indoor record (22.74) and moved her into second on the NCAA descending order list.

Just'N Thymes set a PR and won the men's 200m with a time of 20.47. In total, 18 Trojans set PRs at the Tyson Invitational.

At the Husky Classic, Mikaela Smith moved into second place on USC's all-time 800m chart. She set a PR with a time of 2:06.60, finishing second among collegiate athletes and fifth overall.

Later this month, the Trojans head back to Seattle for the MPSF Indoor Championships.

Off to a Good Start

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USC women's lacrosse came out strong in its first game of the 2017 season, delivering a 20-2 win over Saint Mary's.

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The No. 4 Trojans built up a 14-1 halftime lead behind a Michaela Michael hat trick. Michael finished the game with three goals, 12 draw controls and an assist. The senior was one of 12 Trojans to score against the Gaels, whom USC has now defeated in all five meetings by a cumulative score of 95-24.

The resounding victory was USC's 18th straight at home and its second straight win in a season opener.

The Trojans hope to take their momentum into their next matchup, a Saturday clash with No. 9 Northwestern. That game kicks off at noon at McAlister Field.

Beaver State Split

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USC women's basketball earned one emphatic upset and one tough loss on its weekend trip to Oregon to move to 13-12 (4-10 Pac-12) on the season.

The Trojans started the weekend off strong, with a 70-50 win over No. 9 Oregon State on Saturday. USC handed the Beavers their first conference loss behind 17 points by Sadie Edwards and double-digit scoring by Courtney Jaco and Kristen Simon. The 20-point win was USC's first in Corvallis since the 2013 season.



USC couldn't keep the momentum going, though, falling by a nearly identical score on Sunday at Oregon. Just one Trojan (Minyon Moore) scored in double figures as USC suffered a 73-50 loss.

USC returns to the Galen Center for one last home stand this season. Washington State comes to town on Friday before USC hosts Washington on Sunday.

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Titans of the Triton

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The Trojans powered their way through four wins this weekend to earn their fifth straight title at the Triton Invitational.

On Saturday, No. 2 USC kicked off the tournament with an 18-2 win over Santa Clara. Freshman Maud Megens led all scorers with five goals. Later in the day, the Trojans punched up a 17-4 victory over No. 17 San Diego State to earn a spot in the semifinals.

The tightest match of the weekend came against No. 6 Michigan in the semifinals. The Wolverines hung with USC throughout, but the Trojans locked in to earn a 9-5 win.

The win pushed USC through to the finals, where they met No. 5 Arizona State. The Trojan defense stepped up and only allowed two goals in USC's 12-2, title-clinching victory.

Megens and senior Stephania Haralibidis led the way with 10 goals each on the weekend. Haralibidis now has a team-leading 46 goals on the season and 231 in her Trojan career, which ranks third all-time.

Haralibidis and the Trojans now have a long break before their next action on Feb. 24 at the UCI Invitational.

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McGillen Gallery: USC vs. Oregon

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USC men's basketball hosted No. 5 Oregon last night in front of a nearly sold-out crowd. Despite bringing energy and effort all game, some shots didn't fall, and the Trojans lost, 81-70.

Team photographer John McGillen and his assistant, Rachel Bennett, were on hand to capture all the action.

Trojans Come Up Short

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Trojans Come Up Short

#SCSocial

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USC men's basketball will host its second annual Social Media Night during tomorrow night's game vs. No. 5 Oregon, giving fans the opportunity to engage with players and win prizes via USC's social media channels.

The first 1,000 fans at the Galen Center will receive an exclusive Social Media Night T-shirt, and can win various prizes all night by checking in on Facebook, completing Snapchat scavenger hunts, answering trivia questions on Twitter and more.

To participate, follow USC men's basketball on Twitter and Instagram and add USC Athletics on Snapchat. Use the hashtag #SCSocial to join the conversation!

Tickets to USC's rematch with the Ducks are available online for just $10. Tip is at 7:30 p.m.

Trojans Live: Hoops Hits 21

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USC men's basketball picked up its 21st victory of the season on Thursday night by blasting Oregon State at the Galen Center, 92-66. Leading up to the game, we had a special Trojans Live at The Lab with head coach Clay Helton, baseball head coach Dan Hubbs, assistant men's basketball coach Jason Hart and women's water polo superstars Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis.

Hubbs got us ready for the start of baseball season, which officially begins on February 17, as he enters his fifth season in charge.

Click here to watch Hubbs on Trojans Live.

Hart has been instrumental in building up USC men's basketball to its current heights as a dogged recruiter and talented coach, but he always wants to talk USC football so we mixed some of those questions in as well.

Click here to watch Hart on Trojans Live.

The Haralabidis' twins have combined to score 365 career goals at USC. They joined the show to discuss their pursuit of back-to-back national championships.

Click here to watch the Haralabidis' sisters on Trojans Live.

And finally, Helton rehashed a successful National Signing Day a week after landing the best class in the Pac-12.


Decade of Dominance

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USC women's swimming and diving team topped UCLA today for its 10th straight victory over the Bruins.

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The No. 6 Trojans dialed up a 172-128 win on Senior Day thanks in part to two wins by senior Anika Apostalon. The co-captain set pool records in the 50y free and the 100y free in her final meet at Uytengsu Aquatic Center. She also helped Troy's 200y medley team set a new pool record.

Freshman Becca Mann swept the 500y and the 1650y free, while sophomore Riley Scott also notched two wins -- the 100y and 200y free, in addition to playing a part in USC's 200y medley relay team.

USC has now tied the longest streak of wins over UCLA in program history, which was previously set from 1994-2003. The Trojans also earned 10 points toward the Crosstown Cup, in which USC currently trails, 35-25.

With the win, the Trojans sealed a 7-2 regular season record and turned the page to the Pac-12 Tournament in Federal Way, WA from Feb. 22-25.

No Double Trouble

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USC men's tennis won both matches of a double-header as a last brush-up before heading off to the ITA National Team Indoor Championships next week.

Despite the matches being moved up a day to protect from poor weather conditions, USC cruised to two 6-1 victories.

The No. 9 Trojans kicked off the day by hosting San Francisco. USC took the doubles point with wins at the 2 and 3 spots, then rattled off three straight wins in singles to clinch the match. Singles victories from No. 36 Logan Smith, No. 119 Jack Jaede, Riley Smith, Laurens Verboven and Jens Sweaney carried USC to a 6-1 win.

After a quick break, the Trojans were back at it, this time against UC Davis. In similar fashion, the Trojans rung up a doubles point and three straight singles victories to clinch their eighth win of the season. Brandon Holt, USC's highest ranked player at No. 13, was the deciding player in USC's 6-1 victory.

Click here for the full recap!

Next up for USC is a trip to Virginia for the ITA National Indoors. Last year, the Trojans fell in the quarterfinals of the tournament after making it to the championship in each of the four years before that.

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R-E-L-A-X

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USC_Lacrosse_San_Diego_state_mcgillen_1763.jpgUSC women's lacrosse kicks off its 2017 season tomorrow at McAlister Field against Saint Mary's.

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After an undefeated regular season last year, the Trojans enter 2017 ranked No. 4 in the nation -- the highest ranking in program history and the highest a West Coast team has ever been slotted.

USC is familiar with the Gaels, having defeated them in all four matchups in program history by a total margin of 75-22.

The odds are in the Trojans' favor once again, as they have an impressive record at home over the last few years. Sporting a 23-8 all-time record at McAlister, the Trojans haven't dropped a match there since April 18, 2014.

USC returns core group of players who hope to continue to build the tradition of lacrosse at Troy. Michaela Michael, the 2015 MPSF Player of the Year, is the senior leader of a strong offense that includes Kylie Drexel, Gabby McMahon and Cynthia Del Core.

The Trojans have made their name on the other side of the ball, though, sporting the nation's best defense last year (5.8 goals against average). Goalkeeper Gussie Johns, who was recently named along with associate head coach Devon Wills to the U.S. Lacrosse Women's National Team, commands the defense.

USC also welcomes the nation's top recruit in midfielder Kerrigan Miller, who hopes to contribute immediately.

The fun starts tomorrow at noon at USC's McAlister Field.

McGillen Gallery: USC vs. Oregon State

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USC men's basketball topped the Oregon State Beavers, 92-66, at the Galen Center last night for their fifth straight win. The Trojans now stand at 21-4 on the season, with Oregon coming to town on Saturday.

Team photographer John McGillen was on hand yesterday to capture all the best moments of USC's big win over the Beavers.

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Crosstown Splashdown

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chenault-200fly-2.jpgUSC women's swimming and diving team finishes off the regular season tomorrow by by gunning for its 10th straight win over UCLA.

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The No. 6 Trojans will honor their four seniors -- Kelsey Kafka, Riley Hayward, Anika Apostalon and Chelsea Chenault (pictured) -- prior to the last home meet of their careers

Kafka, a breaststroker and medley swimmer from San Diego, became a Pac-12 finalist for the first time last year and has her sights set on qualifying for her first NCAA meet.

Hayward, like Kafka, reached the conference final in the 100y breaststroke last year. The Winnetka, IL native is also aiming for her first NCAA championship appearance.

Apostalon is a co-captain who came to Troy by way of San Diego State. In her first year as a Trojan, she was named a five-time All-American and an NCAA champion in the 400y free relay.

Chenault, a co-captain and six-time All-American, partnered with Apostalon to take home the relay title last year. With three award-winning seasons under her belt, she is aiming to go out on top.

Should these four seniors guide USC to a win over No. 20 UCLA, the program would tie its longest winning streak over its rival, set initially between 1994 and 2003.

Tomorrow's meet kicks off at noon at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Career Day

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Last night, USC Student-Athlete Academic Services hosted its annual Career Fair, where 35 companies, including ORACLE, Equinox, FOX Sports, the Los Angeles Police Department and more, set up inside the John McKay Center to chat with the Trojans.

USC football WR Jalen Greene mentioned that he enjoyed speaking with the organizations' representatives, especially those that specialized in helping student-athletes transition to working life.

"They helped me realize that we learn a lot of things playing sports and have really valuable traits," he said.

According to Lana Magilner, a member of the sales team at Aflac, one of those traits is competitiveness.

"Athletes are competitive. They don't stop, and that's what we look for," she said. "They're ambitious, very outgoing, and that's important in sales."

In addition to making connections and handing out resumes, Trojans were invited to create and spruce up their LinkedIn profiles at the event.

A number of Trojan student-athletes who benefited from the event in the past attended yet again, but this time, they sat on the other side of the employer's booth. Monica Vavic (women's water polo), Jessica Musmanno (women's soccer) and Tommy Leonard (men's volleyball) were a few of the USC alumni representing their companies and hoping to bring more Trojans into the fold.

The student-athletes have another chance to network at USC's official Career Fair on campus today.

Hoey and Crocker for Hogan

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USC men's golf senior Rico Hoey and junior Sean Crocker have been foundational pieces of the program's ascendancy to annual national title contenders under head coach Chris Zambri. The talented duo, which led the Trojans to back-to-back NCAA Championships semifinal appearances, made the 2017 Ben Hogan Award watch list.

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Hoey (pictured) and Crocker are being touted among the top 28 golfers in the country after outstanding fall seasons. Hoey boasts a pair of first-place finishes at the Gifford Collegiate and the Amer Ari Invitational as well as a team-best eight rounds under 70. Sporting a 70.12 stroke average, he has four top 10s, all in his last four events. He is a combined 33-under par in his last eight rounds.

Crocker leads USC in stroke average at 70.00 and has five top 16 finishes in as many starts this season, including three in the top 10. He has seven rounds under 70 and is a combined 17-under in his last four outings.

The Trojans, ranked No. 7 in the country, have four more tournaments before postseason play. For its next stop, USC will drive up to Westlake Village for the Southwestern Invitational (February 27-28).

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Robinson to LSU

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USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson announced that he will be taking a similar position at LSU under Ed Orgeron. Robinson worked with Coach O during his first stint as an assistant coach at USC.

"I want to start off thanking Coach Clay Helton for giving me this wonderful opportunity," Robinson said. "This has been a very difficult decision because of my love for USC and this community. I have accepted a new opportunity at LSU. If I did not have the chance to say goodbye to you in person, I am forever thankful to you for the generosity you showed me and my family while at USC. Fight On!"

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Brotherhood

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Heading into his redshirt senior season, USC WR Steven Mitchell Jr. has already accomplished nearly everything on which he's set his sights.

He earned a scholarship to play at USC and won a Rose Bowl in Cardinal and Gold. He received his Bachelor's degree as a junior and is set to graduate with a Master's in December. He also became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, an organization he's admired his whole life.

As a Kappa, Mitchell has been exposed to people and experiences outside the realm of football, and has become a more vocal leader.

"Once I started playing football, I felt like I was more calm. I had this helmet on, so people couldn't really see me," Mitchell said. "But now, I really pride myself on being in front of a camera or an audience without that helmet, without that safety net. Before being a Kappa, I was always shy. I was obviously good at football, but I was never a vocal leader. But something that came from the whole process of being a Kappa was that you can't just be silent. You have to be a vocal leader and rely on your brothers to get you through the process."

As part of USC's Black History Month celebration, we explored Mitchell's growth and his achievements as a member of the historic fraternity.

Read the full story here.

Golden State Stars

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Yesterday, three members of USC's Rose Bowl championship team were honored in Sacramento, CA in front of the California State Senate.

Leon McQuay III, Chris Hawkins and Deontay Burnett were on hand as Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presented Senate Resolution 14 to the floor, which commemorates USC's record-setting, come-from-behind win in the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game. The resolution passed, 40-0.

Watch the entire presentation here!

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Take Me Out

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Trojan baseball is just around the corner, and there are a number of exciting promotions going on at Dedeaux Field.

Whether you make it out to the home opener, a $2 Tuesday or a bobblehead giveaway night, there are prizes and deals for people of all ages.

Click here to check out all the promos and to purchase tickets!

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Start Strong, Finish Strong

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USC MVB - Nygaard at the Net: Week 5

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USC men's volleyball picked up its third win of the season with an impressive upset over UC Irvine this weekend, before dropping a four-setter to UC San Diego.

Watch head coach Jeff Nygaard break down what went right against the Anteaters and what went wrong against the Tritons in this week's Nygaard at the Net:

Crosstown Clash at Chavez Ravine

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With the USC baseball season just around the corner, it's time to mark your calendars for the next chapter in the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic.

On Sunday, March 5, USC takes on crosstown rival UCLA in a 3 p.m. tilt at the legendary Dodger Stadium.

Last year saw the Trojans and Bruins battle it out for 14 innings, before UCLA eked out a 5-3 victory. This March, the Trojans hope to flip the script.

Tickets are available for purchase online or at the phone numbers below!

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10 Out Of 10

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USC women's water polo earned three dominant wins this weekend to move to 10-0 on the season.

In their home opener, the No. 2 Trojans took down No. 15 San Diego State, 23-6. Senior Stephania Haralibidis notched a game-high five goals, while junior Annika Jensen netted a new career-high four goals.

The next day, the Women of Troy racked up two more wins at the Whittier Invitational.

Against Pomona-Pitzer, they didn't allow a goal until the fourth period, racking up a 25-2 victory. Just hours later, they squared off against Chapman, and cruised to a 24-1 victory.

In USC's three wins, Haralibidis scored 11 goals, bumping her up to No. 4 on USC's all-time scoring chart. Her 221 goals trail only Monica Vavic, Aniko Pelle and Sofia Konoukh.

This weekend, Haralibidis and the Trojans take their talents to La Jolla, CA for the Triton Invitational. Their first action comes at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Winners in Washington

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USC forward Chimezie Metu posted a career-high 29 points on Saturday, helping the Trojans earn their 20th win of the season.

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Fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Washington, the Trojans beat Washington State, 86-77, to complete their first road sweep under head coach Andy Enfield.

Metu led the way, shooting 12-of-14 from the field and hauling in 8 rebounds.

Watch the highlights here!

In both games this weekend, USC also got a lift from sophomore co-captain Bennie Boatwright. The forward missed two months with a knee injury, but came back with a bang, averaging 18.0 points in the Trojans' two Washington wins.

The win over the Cougars was USC's fourth in a row and its 20th win of the season. Sitting at 20-4 (7-4 Pac-12), the Trojans now gear up to host Oregon State and Oregon this week.

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Rose Bowl Resolution

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To commemorate USC's 25th Rose Bowl win, California's senate will honor USC with a resolution on Monday.

Deontay Burnett, Chris Hawkins and Leon McQuay III will travel to Sacramento to represent the Trojans as the state senate presents them with the formal, framed resolution. Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens), who wrote the resolution, will receive the Trojans at his office in the Capitol and will acknowledge them on the Senate floor.

Fans can watch a live stream of the presentation here around 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6.

Trojans Live: Signing Day Special

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USC wrapped up National Signing Day with a special Trojans Live featuring new QB Jack Sears, USCFootball.com recruiting expert Ryan Abraham and assistant personnel director Eric Ziskin, plus special guest host Shaun Cody.

Abraham broke down the Trojans' impressive finish, calling head coach Clay Helton a true "closer" in the recruiting game.

Click here to watch Abraham on Trojans Live.

Ziskin explained the recruiting process from the inside-out as he runs the organization from the John McKay Center.

Click here to watch Ziskin on Trojans Live.

Sears was Sam Darnold's successor at San Clemente and now hopes to follow the Rose Bowl MVP to similar glory at USC.


Vegas Sweepstakes

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Just one month remains in the USC men's basketball regular season before the team heads off to Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament.

USC fans can join them by entering the AT&T/Pac-12 sweepstakes. Use the hashtag #ATTPacForVegasSweepstakes and tag @Pac12Network on Twitter or @Pac12Conference on Instagram to enter to win two all-season tickets, money for flights, a hotel and spending money in Sin City.

In the meantime, stop by Galen Center four any of USC's last four home games of the season!

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Girl Power

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To celebrate the 31st annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day, USC's Trojan Outreach program partnered with Girls Inc. to teach young women about the power of playing sports.

Dominique Randle of USC women's soccer and Courtney Jaco of USC women's basketball shared their experiences in college athletics with the Compton chapter of Girls Inc.

See You at Uytengsu

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USC_Water_Polo_CAL_Mcgillen_2016_HR_-2.jpgUSC women's water polo team, which is 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the nation, hosts its home opener vs. San Diego State tomorrow.

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The Trojans haven't lost a home match since March 8, 2015, and aim to keep that streak alive against the No. 15 Aztecs.

The 5 p.m. outing gives senior Stephania Haralabidis a chance to move up USC's all-time scoring list, as the Greek import needs four goals to take sole possession of fifth place. This season, she's averaging 3.6 goals per game.

The Trojans face a quick turnaround as they head out to Whittier for an early double-header on Saturday. USC takes on Pomona-Pitzer at 9 a.m. and Chapman at 10:30 a.m. at the Whittier Invitational.

Follow @USCWaterPolo on Twitter for live updates during USC's three games this weekend!

Bennie Balls Out

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USC men's basketball captain Bennie Boatwright returned from a two-month absence and guided the Trojans to a road win over UW last night.

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Boatwright, who sprained his MCL in a Nov. 30 game at USD, came off the bench with a bang, releasing the pent up energy from his time off the court. The co-captain netted 23 points (tying a career high) on 7-of-10 shooting, and added 4 assists.

Boatwright fueled a USC comeback that seemed improbable early on. The Trojans went into halftime trailing the Huskies by 10, due in part to a nearly six-minute scoring drought before the break. But they came out in the second half with a fire resembling Boatwright's, and erased the deficit.

Thanks to Boatwright's efforts, plus double-digit scoring from De'Anthony Melton, Chimezie Metu and Jordan McLaughlin, the Trojans notched an 82-74 win to move to 19-4 on the season and 6-4 in Pac-12 play.

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The Trojans hope to extend their three-game win streak when they take on Washington State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Killer Class

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When the dust settled on National Signing Day 2017, USC had put together one of the most impressive classes in the nation.

The Trojans, who finished the 2016 season ranked No. 3 in the nation, added 23 new members to the Trojan family from eight different states, plus, for the first time since 2003, from American Samoa.

Check out the full breakdown of USC's Class of 2017.

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Signing Day 2017 - Clay Helton Presser

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Despite not getting much sleep in the days leading up to National Signing Day, USC head coach Clay Helton spoke to the media after inking 18 recruits (in addition to USC's five early enrollees).

By the end of the day, USC had locked up the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 1 class in the Pac-12.

Watch Helton break down every signee, discuss what makes USC such an easy sell and more:

Class of 2017: ATH Greg Johnson

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Once Hawkins HS (Los Angeles, CA) product Greg Johnson steps on campus, USC will figure out what position he'll play. As a senior, the Athlete played DB, RB and WR, earning 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, All-L.A. City Division II Player of the Year and All-Coliseum League Co-Player of the Year honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: WR Joseph Lewis IV

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

The Trojans land a stud WR in Joseph Lewis IV. The five-star racked up 21 catches for 555 yards (26.4 avg) with 7 TD as a senior at Hawkins HS (Los Angeles, CA) and earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-L.A. City Division II first team and All-Coliseum League first team honors. The 5-star wideout looks to make a name for himself in USC's talent WR corps.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: RB Stephen Carr

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

There's just one RB in USC's Class of 2017, and that honor belongs to Stephen Carr. Carr, who hails from Gardena, CA and prepped at Summit HS, ran for a monstrous 2,123 yards on 233 carries (9.1 avg) with 31 TD, plus he caught 20 passes for 466 yards (23.3 avg) with 5 TD. He earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-California first team honors for his efforts.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: TE Josh Falo

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC's latest signee announced his decision in style. Josh Falo did it all at Inderkum High (Sacramento, CA), playing tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter. Hawai'i born Falo earned 2016 Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-California second team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team and Sacramento Bee All-Sacramento Defensive Player of the Year honors.

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Class of 2017: DL Jay Tufele

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC nabs another 5-star standout in DL Jay Tufele. The Salt Lake City native made the 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior in 2016. As a junior, Tufele was named Salt Lake Tribune MVP, and the year before that he made the Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Juliano Falaniko

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Coming to USC all the way from Pago Pago, American Samoa is LB Juliano Falaniko. Falaniko, who also played WR at Leone HS, netted 2016 Prep Star All-West Region and All-American Samoa High School Athletic Association first team honors and was named MVP of the All Poly Camp.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: OL Austin Jackson

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Austin Jackson played on both sides of the ball at North Canyon HS in Phoenix, AZ, but will work to protect USC QB Sam Darnold when he dons the Cardinal and Gold this fall. Jackson, whose grandfather was a member of USC's 1974 national champion football team, made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-Arizona first team as a senior.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DB Isaiah Pola-Mao

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Does the name "Pola-Mao" remind you of a Trojan legend? Signee Isaiah Pola-Mao is the nephew of USC's two-time All-American Troy Polamalu, and hopes to have a similar impact at DB. Pola-Mao made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-Arizona first team, and was named All-East Valley Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Mountain Pointe HS (Phoenix, AZ). Pola-Mao posted 100 tackles, 10 interceptions (3 for pick-sixes), 18 deflections and 2 forced fumbles on defense and 28 receptions for 646 yards (23.1 avg) with 9 TD on offense in 2016.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DB Bubba Bolden

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

DB Bubba Bolden won a state title in each of his four years at Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV) and hopes to carry that winning streak into his Trojan career. In 2016, Bolden made the Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, and was named the USA Today All-Nevada Defensive Player of the Year.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: WR Randal Grimes

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Incoming WR Randal Grimes did it all for the Desert Pines (Las Vegas, LV) Jaguars. Grimes played QB and FS in addition to WR, and picked up 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Prep Star All-West Region and Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State honorable mention. Grimes also played basketball and ran track during his high school career. As a QB, he threw for 1,003 yards and 9 TD on the Jaguars' way to the state 3A title.

Class of 2017: DL Brandon Pili

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

After spending three years at his hometown high school (Dimond HS - Anchorage, AK), DL Brandon Pili transferred to Westview HS in Portland, OR. He made an immediate impact, earning 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets Best of the Rest honors as a senior. Pili, who was also competed in wrestling and track & field in high school, is set to bolster USC's defensive line.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: OL Alijah Vera-Tucker

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

The Trojans get another Bay Area product in OL Alijah Vera-Tucker (Bishop O'Dowd HS, Oakland, CA). Vera-Tucker also played DE as a senior, and earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DB Je'Quari Godfrey

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

As a WR and DB at Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland, CA), Je'Quari "Jay" Godfrey netted 12 tackles, 3 INT (1 for a TD), 6 deflections and 1 fumble recovery on defense and caught 4 passes for 164 yards (41.0 avg) with 2 TD on offense. He earned 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team, San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro first team and All-West Alameda County Conference Foothill Division Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: TE Erik Krommenhoek

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Both of Erik Krommenhoek's parents are Bruins, but he's blazing his own path in college. The tight end out of Monte Vista HS (Danville, CA) made 2016 Prep Star All-West Region, Max Preps All-NorCal first team, San Jose Mercury News All-Bay Area first team and San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro second team as a senior. He also played DE.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: OL Brett Neilon

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Brett Neilon follows in his family's footsteps in coming to USC, as his father, brother and two aunts are Trojan alumni. As a senior at Santa Margarita Catholic HS (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA), Neilon earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Los Angeles Times All-Area first team, Orange County Register All-Orange County first team and All-Trinity League first team honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Hunter Echols

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC's first local product of the day has officially signed. LB Hunter Echols out of Cathedral HS (Los Angeles, CA) earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team and Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team honors as a senior DE and LB.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Levi Jones

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Austin, TX native Levi Jones will get the chance to play against his hometown team in just the third game of his college career. The LB out of Westlake HS had 103 tackles, 12 TFL, 4 sacks, 4 deflections and 2 forced fumbles his senior year, earning 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American second team and USA Today All-Texas first team honors. Football is in Jones' blood, as his dad, uncle and brother played in the NFL, with one more brother entering the NFL Draft this April.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DL Jacob Lichtenstein

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It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Outside of California and Texas, USC loves its Florida products: Leonard Williams, Buck Allen, Nickell Robey-Coleman, Mike Williams and more. The next in line from the Sunshine State is DL Jacob Lichtenstein out of Weston, FL (Cypress Bay HS). Lichtenstein, who made the 2016 Prep Star All-Southeast and All-State Class 8A second team, kicks off USC's 2017 Signing Day with a bang.

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2017 National Signing Day Coverage

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