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40 Days and 40 Nights

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A milestone Monday in the Audi Drive to Kickoff...

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Jimoke Wedding

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Former USC head football manager Brian Wagner married his Trojan sweetheart Annie Faulkner over the weekend at Troy.  Wagner, who now works for the University of Washington athletic department, received a groom's cake recognizing his split Pac-12 allegiances, but otherwise, the wedding was all Cardinal and Gold.




Easy Being Green

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USC baseball alum Grant Green delivered the first walk-off hit of his young career for the Angels ending a dramatic Sunday in Anaheim. 

Click here for his post-game interview and Gatorade bath.

Green, who serves a utility role for Mike Scioscia, started at his natural shortstop position for the first time in the major leagues.  He saved the game ball from his first recorded out at shortstop, and then presumably from his game-winning single up the middle.


Leslie Love

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USC women's basketball great Lisa Leslie will be inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2015 class.  The selection is inarguable given Leslie's legendary resume including four Olympic gold medals, three WNBA MVP awards, two WNBA championships and the 1994 Naismith National Player of the Year honor.

Click here for more on the 2015 class.

As an iconic leader of the Women of Troy, Leslie was a three-time All-American and left the program as the conference's all-time leading scorer (now third) and rebounder (now fourth).  She remains USC's career scoring, rebounding and shot blocking leader.

More symbolically, Leslie threw down the first dunk in WNBA history and continues to serve as one of women's basketball's greatest pioneers and ambassadors.

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#USCHero

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As has become a tradition at USC football games, we pay tribute to a serviceman or woman nominated by you, the Trojan Family.  If you have a candidate for the "Hero of the Game" on-field recognition, click here to nominate your hero.

We would also like photos of you and your heroes, please Tweet or Instagram the pictures using #USCHero, and we'll incorporate them into our video board promotion.  Thank you and Fight On.

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Women's Volley Season Tix

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USC women's volleyball is ready to light up Galen Center for another exciting season starting with Texas A&M on Thursday, September 11, and culminating in a crosstown showdown with UCLA on Friday, November 28.  In all, the Women of Troy play a dozen home matches against elite opponents like Florida, Oregon, Washington, Cal and Stanford.

Click here for season tickets!!

Fans can purchase season tickets to all 12 matches for just $50 which is a $37 savings off the cumulative ticket price.  Once again, the Women of Troy are expected to compete for the conference title led by junior outside hitter Samantha Bricio and reigning AVCA National Freshman of the Year Ebony Nwanebu.

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USA Men's Volley at Galen

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Team USA Men's Volleyball will take on Iran at the Galen Center (Saturday, August 9 at 7 p.m.) as part of a four-match swing through Southern California, including stops in Anaheim (August 13), San Diego (August 15) and UCLA (August 16).

Click here for more info.

The Americans are ranked No. 4 in the world thanks in large part to the contribution of two Trojans, setter Micah Christenson and outside hitter Murphy Troy (pictured).  Christenson is going into his senior year at USC, so Team USA is just a summer gig, while Troy is a former National Player of the Year for the Trojans.

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Great Expectations

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USC returns several big time talents in 2014, but junior wideout Nelson Agholor is the only Trojan listed on the preseason watch list for the Walter Camp National Player of the Year.

Click here for the complete list.

The Florida product has shined in Los Angeles leading the team in receiving yards (918) and yards per catch (16.39) last season, while also making his mark as a second team All-American punt returner.  Agholor averaged 19.06 yards per punt return, which ranked second in the nation, and he took two back for scores against Cal.

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Zamperini Memorial

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Louis Zamperini's funeral was limited to a private service for family and close friends, but for the many readers that have asked, Torrance is holding a public memorial for the hometown hero and American icon on July 31 at 6 p.m. inside Zamperini Stadium at Torrance High School.

Click here for more details.

Also, a new trailer has been released for Unbroken, the feature film coming out this Christmas about Zamperini's inspirational life.  If the preview is any indication, no Trojan will want to miss this film.


USC Takes Over USAVB

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Lori Okimura, a former USC sports information intern, became the first Asian-American elected chair of the USA Volleyball Board of Directors, while former USC women's volleyball two-time national champion April Ross will serve on the Board of Directors. 

Click here for more on the Okimura story.

April Ross POY.jpgOkimura is the president/CEO of Creative Sports Strategies with extensive experience in sales, marketing and promotion of various major volleyball and beach volleyball organizations and events, including several USAV Junior National Qualifiers. 

"This is a very humbling moment," Okimura said. "I've spent my entire life involved in volleyball, beach volleyball and, most recently, learning about sitting volleyball. I have a deep appreciation for those serving in our sport, the very resourceful and diligent staff of USAV, and especially the men and women who represent the U.S. at the highest levels."

Ross will serve as the board's female beach volleyball player representative through 2017.  The Olympic silver medalist is currently at the top her sport with teammate Kerri Walsh Jennings.

"Since the sport has afforded me many opportunities, I feel very compelled to give back to the volleyball community and USAV," Ross said. "I want to help shape the sport going into the future, looking out for the interests of the players, and being an integral part of developing the emergence of the beach volleyball pipeline."