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Social Media Presale

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As loyal readers of the USC RipsIt Blog, you get first crack at single game tickets for the upcoming season as part of our Social Media Presale.

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In the last five years, the Trojan Social Media Family has grown to nearly half a million strong. Thank you for your support. Fight On!

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Future Will Be A Hoot

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USC football will host Rice on September 3, 2022, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a non-conference game. The Trojans are 2-0-1 all-time against the Owls, having last met in 1971.

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USC has several marquee non-conference opponents already inked on future schedules, including Alabama (Cowboys Stadium in 2016), Texas (LA in 2017 and Austin in 2018) and BYU (Provo in 2019, LA in 2021 and 2023). And of course, the Trojans have their annual series with Notre Dame, the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.

The Owls are part of Conference USA.
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"All Grown Up"

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC women's golf All-American Annie Park won her first pro tournament this weekend at the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic. The 20-year-old's one-stroke victory came in just her fourth professional start on the Symetra Tour, the developmental tour of the LPGA.

After three phenomenal years at USC, including winning the 2013 NCAA individual title, Park's early success as a pro is no surprise to her coaches...


Gotham Beach

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Trojans past and present took a bite out of the Big Apple last weekend as the AVP Tour hit Manhattan (not Manhattan Beach) for the first time ever.  USC alum Jennifer Kessy won the inaugural title, the 15th of her AVP career, with her partner Emily Day, but reigning collegiate champions Sara Hughes and Kelly Claes were the breakout stars of the tournament as the rising juniors made it to the semifinals, including a win over USC legend April Ross and her partner Jennifer Fopma, the top seed.

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Hughes and Claes, making their professional main draw debut, went 6-2 over the weekend, earning their stripes against the game's best. They were beaten by Ross and Fopma in their opening match, but fought their way out of the qualifying bracket to upset the Olympic silver medalist and her new partner (playing for the injured Kerri Walsh-Jennings) in the contender's bracket.

Along with Kessy, Ross, Claes and Hughes, USC beach volleyball's first-ever scholarship student-athlete Geena Urango also competed in the historic tournament in New York City.


Watch List Recap

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

After a two week onslaught of college football preseason watch list announcements, here's a helpful recap of all the Trojans up for awards in the upcoming 2015 football season:

Cody Kessler, RS Senior QB
  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
  • Davey O'Brien Award
  • Maxwell Award
  • Wuerffel Trophy
  • AFCA Good Works Team

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  • Walter Camp Player of the Year Award
  • Butkus Award
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Bednarik Award
  • Lott IMPACT Trophy

Adoree' Jackson, Sophomore CB/WR/KR

  • Jim Thorpe Award
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy
  • Paul Hornung Award
  • Bednarik Award

Max Tuerk, Senior C

  • Rotary Lombardi Award
  • Rimington Trophy
  • Outland Trophy

Anthony Sarao, RS Senior LB

  • Butkus Award

Antwaun Woods, RS Senior DT

  • Outland Trophy

Tre Madden, RS Senior RB

  • Doak Walker Award

Justin Davis, Junior RB

  • Doak Walker Award

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick, RS Junior TE

  • John Mackey Award

Making the Turn

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When we start the Audi Drive to Kickoff at 100 days, football season still feels so far away, but we are halfway home. Fall Camp starts three weeks from tomorrow and the Coliseum opener will be here before we know it.

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POY Pair

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC_FOOTBALL_UTAH_102614_MCG8593.jpgThe Walter Camp Player of the Year Award annually recognizes college football's top performer. On Friday, both USC quarterback Cody Kessler and linebacker Su'a Cravens secured spots on the list, further highlighting the exciting potential that lies on both sides of the ball for the Trojans this fall.

Click here for the complete 2015 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award Watch List.

Cravens racked up 68 tackles with a team-best 17 tackles for loss including five sacks as a hybrid OLB and strong safety in 2014. He was already named to the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award, and Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch lists. Kessler is a candidate for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien Awards as well as the Wuerffel Trophy after a fantastic junior campaign in which he threw for 3826 yards and 39 touchdowns. Returning for his senior season in 2015, Kessler is an early candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

USC to the USA: Water Polo Edition

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The U.S. men's water polo team is headed to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio thanks in part to two Trojans' performances at the 2015 Pan American Games that also resulted in a gold medal for the country. Two Women of Troy aided the U.S. women's water polo team to gold, but the 2015 Pan Am Games did not count as an Olympics qualifier for the women. 


NCAA champions Kami Craig (2010) and Kaleigh Gilchrist (2013) represented the Women of Troy on the U.S. national team that went undefeated in the Pan American Games, eventually defeating host country Canada to earn the gold medal. 

The men's national team didn't have to win the Pan American Games to secure its qualification as it earned its Olympic bid in the semifinal round defeat over Canada. However, the men, aided by current USC goalie McQuin Baron and Trojan water polo legend Nikola Vavic, did go on to win a gold medal too after beating Brazil in the finals. 

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Fight On Bond

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Thanks to ESPN reporter Shelley Smith, USC super fan Jake Olson had his inspirational story broadcast to the world. But, Smith did more than document Olson's life, she became a part of it.

Now, while Olson is set to enroll at USC on a Swim With Mike scholarship, the tables have been turned. Smith had her own fight with cancer, the disease that cost Olson his sight, so he now supports his friend and they share a story together.

Here is the latest installment from ESPN, which highlights the true power of the Fight On spirit:


Scholarly Super Woman

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

For four years, USC women's tennis player Zoe Scandalis embodied all that makes up the ideal Trojan student-athlete. A two-time ITA All-American, three-time All-Pac-12 All-Academic selection and regular participant in ongoing community outreach initiatives, Scandalis achieved much both on and off the court. While she has moved on to the courts of the USTA Pro Circuit, her Trojan legacy continues to grow with the announcement on Thursday that she is the first USC women's tennis player ever to win an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship.

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She is the 53rd Trojan all-time, and the third in the past five years to win the scholarship, which is awarded annually to student-athletes who excel both academically and athletically. While at USC, Scandalis majored in political economy with a minor in environmental studies.

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