Photo Gallery: De Grasse's Night

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Highlighted by Andre De Grasse's showstopping performance, USC men's track & field finished fifth at the NCAA Championships, scoring 40.5 points, the fifth-most ever for the program under the current scoring system. The Trojans were led by the junior sprinter's eye-popping sweep of the 100m and 200m titles as well as Conor McCullough's individual crown in the hammer, but they also received points from three freshmen, paving the road for future growth in the team competition.

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Along with Adoree' Jackson in the long jump and Nick Ponzio in the shot put, Randall Cunningham scored in his NCAA Championships debut by finishing tied for eighth in the high jump. Jackson also came back to anchor the 4x100m relay team's fourth place finish, joining De Grasse, Just N' Thymes and BeeJay Lee to record the second fastest time in school history.

"We had a fifth-place finish today, last year we finished fourth even though we scored less points. Fifth place was amazing for the fashion in which we did it," said USC Director of Track and Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. 

The "fashion" to which Smith Gilbert is referring centers around De Grasse, who inked his name in the USC and NCAA record books by setting the meet record in the 200m after running the second fastest time ever recorded by a collegian in the 100m. He is the fourth Trojan ever to sweep the top two sprints and the 21st man ever, joining an all-time list, which includes some of the greatest names in track history like Jesse Owens, Justin Gatlin and USC's Mel Patton.

"It was just an unbelievable feeling," said De Grasse. "I never thought that I could run that fast but I just have to believe in myself and now that I've run that fast it's just changed my whole perspective on running. I just wanted to come out here and run. Contribute some points to my team and try and win a championship."

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Saturday marks the final event day of the 2014-15 USC athletics' calendar as the Women of Troy close out the NCAA Championships in Eugene. Follow @USC_track_field for live tweets or watch the meet live on ESPN.

Here are John McGillen's photos capturing De Grasse's historic performance from all angles:

Andre the Giant

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Andre De Grasse is the fastest man in college. In fact, the USC track & field junior is on the short list of the fastest men ever to run in the NCAA Championships.

The Canadian sprinter put on a performance for the ages, winning the 100m in 9.75 (+2.7w), the second fastest time ever by a collegian. He then doubled down to blow away the field in the 200m, finishing in 19.58 (+2.4w), which is the fastest time ever run by a collegian.

De Grasse is the fourth Trojan to sweep the 100m and 200m dashes and the first since Clancy Edwards in 1978. He led USC to a fifth place finish as a team at the NCAA Championships.


2015-16 Men's Basketball Opponents

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USC men's basketball released its 2015-16 schedule, listing non-conference opponents and dates, and Pac-12 opponents with exact dates to be announced. All tip times are also still to be determined by the television networks (approximately September 1).

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MCGILLEN_USC_BASKETBALL_UCLA_038.jpgThe Trojans will spend most of the non-conference slate inside Galen Center with the exception of trips to UC Santa Barbara and the Orlando Classic (a Thanksgiving tournament featuring Notre Dame, Wichita State and other top teams). The home highlights include the season opener against San Diego (November 13), Mountain West power New Mexico (November 21), and Ivy League co-champs Yale (December 13).

As part of the Pac-12's rotating schedule, USC will not host Stanford and Cal, and the Trojans will not travel to Colorado and Utah. The SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup battles with UCLA are set for the weeks of January 13-17 in Westwood and February 3-7 in Galen Center.

Here is the complete schedule:

Nov. 13 -- San Diego

Nov. 16 -- Monmouth

Nov. 21 -- New Mexico

Nov. 23 -- Cal State Northridge

Nov. 26 -- Orlando Classic

Nov. 27 -- Orlando Classic

Nov. 29 -- Orlando Classic

Dec. 3 -- at UC Santa Barbara

Dec. 7 -- Idaho

Dec. 13 -- Yale

Dec. 17 -- Cal Poly

Dec. 21 -- Southern Illinois - Edwardsville

Dec. 23 -- Lafayette

Dec. 30 - Jan. 3 -- at Washington and Washington State

Jan. 6-10 -- Arizona State and Arizona

Jan. 13-17 -- at UCLA

Jan. 20-24 -- at Oregon and Oregon State

Jan. 27-31 -- Washington and Washington State

Feb. 3-7 -- UCLA

Feb. 10-14 -- at Arizona and Arizona State

Feb. 17-21 -- Utah and Colorado

Feb. 24-28 -- at Stanford and California

March 2-5 -- Oregon State and Oregon

March 9-12 -- Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas

Photo Gallery: Women of Troy Carry 400 Field

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USC women's track & field advanced to six event finals on its first day at the NCAA Championships in Eugene led by the 4x400m relay team of Jaide Stepter, Amalie Iuel, Kendall Ellis and Vanessa Jones. The speedy quartet posted the best time of the day, and Stepter and Iuel also qualified for the 400m IH finals.

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In the shorter sprints, USC was carried by its freshmen class. NCAA debutants Dior Hall (100m HH) and Ky Westbrook (100m) made strong introductions on the national stage. Westbrook also joined with freshman Deanna Hill, junior Alexis Faulknor and sophomore Destinee Brown on the 4x100m relay team, advancing out of the semifinals with the sixth fastest time.

No Trojans participated in Thursday's field events as the women's discus featuring Tera Novy and Alexandra Collatz is scheduled for Saturday along with the women's sprinting finals. The men are back on the track today with all eyes on Andre De Grasse as he carries the torch for USC in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m finals.

Follow the action on Twitter or watch the event live on ESPN. Here are the John McGillen photos from Day 2 at historic Hayward Field:

Best in a Decade

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Senior catcher Garrett Stubbs was named a First Team All-American by Baseball America, becoming USC baseball's first All-American since Jeff Clement and Ian Kennedy in 2005.

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A decade later, Stubbs is trying to match Clement's feat of winning the Johnny Bench Award (nation's best catcher) and All-American in the same season. The heart and soul of the program affected the team in so many ways this season, including a .346 batting average (second-best on the team) and a team-leading 20 stolen bases. Behind the plate, he intimidated base runners, throwing out 28 of 53 attempted base stealers. 

The performance displayed by this senior in the Trojans' first trip to an NCAA Regional since 2005 is the definition of who Stubbs is as a player. Every single rally seemed to start from the No. 2 hitter's hot bat, leading USC all the way to the NCAA Regional finals before losing a heartbreaker to Virginia. He caught all 38 innings in just three days and finished with a .563 batting average earning him Lake Elsinore MVP honors. 

Stubbs will now exhibit his hard work and dedication in Houston after the Astros selected him with the 229th pick in the eighth round. The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year needs a new trophy case for the amount of awards he's racked up this season, but will have to wait until June 25 to find out if he will be named the nation's best catcher at the Johnny Bench Award presentation in Wichita. 


Quarterback U

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

What's the greatest season ever by a USC quarterback? Some could argue that current QB Cody Kessler's 2014 season should be since it was the best ever statistically speaking. He threw 39 touchdowns with only five interceptions for 3,826 yards to give him a 69.7 completion percentage. However, the Trojans have seen some of the greatest QBs of all time run through the tunnel of the Coliseum, including Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart. And don't forget about current USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, a two-time national champion like Leinart, or 1988 Heisman Trophy runner-up Rodney Peete.

Kessler finished fifth on the list despite his outstanding 2014 campaign, which gives the redshirt senior something else to work towards in 2015. 

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Train Like a Trojan

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Seven more football camps for high school, elementary school and post-high school players conducted by USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff will be held starting this week on Howard Jones/Brian Kennedy Fields, the on-campus practice fields for the Trojan football team.

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Sark-Spring15-McG.jpgThe Mario Danelo Kicking Academy, established in honor of the late USC record-setting kicker Mario Danelo, is open to all placekickers, punters and snappers who will be seventh graders to high school seniors as of the 2015 fall season. It will be held on June 12 and will be led by noted kicking and long snapping coaches Chris Sailor and Chris Rubio.

The Offensive and Defensive Line Camp, open to all linemen who will be eighth graders through seniors in high school during the 2015 fall season, is set for June 13.

The Skill Positions Camp, open to all quarterbacks/receivers/running backs/tight ends/linebackers/defensive backs who will be eighth graders through seniors in high school during the 2015 fall season, will be held on June 20.

The Junior College/Post Graduate Camp, for players at all positions, is on June 20 and is open to those who have completed their high school playing career (except for NCAA non-qualifiers).

The Rising Stars Camp, open to all high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the 2015 fall season who plan on playing at the collegiate level, is available for both overnight and day campers on June 24 and 25.

The "Trojans In Training" Camp--open to all players from third grade through eighth grade as of the 2015 fall season--will be held June 27.

Registration for these camps can be done on-line via or by calling (213) 740-4204 for a registration brochure.

Also, the 7-On-7 Camp, open to all high school teams aiming to develop offensive and defensive passing game skills, will be June 14. High school coaches should contact the USC Football Office at (213) 740-4204 or email Scott Thompson at to enroll their team.

All-Around Greatness

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Divers never want to make a splash, but Haley Ishimatsu made quite an impression during her time at Troy. The two-time NCAA champion, four-time Pac-12 champion and four-time All-American was today named USC's 34th all-time Academic All-American first team selection.

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Ishimatsu, who graduated this year with a 3.73 GPA in sociology and a minor in forensics and criminality, is the Trojans' first diver to win the award and the sixth USC woman to earn first team honors (Katie Haller won it twice). She is the fifth Trojan to make Academic All-American first team in the last three years.

USC men's diver Jordan Gear was named an Academic All-American second team selection. He graduated with a 3.82 GPA in French and cinematic arts critical studies to go along with five appearances as a Pac-12 finalist and one at the NCAA Championships.


White Mamba on DP Show

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USC men's basketball alum Brian Scalabrine was in classic form this morning on the Dan Patrick Show, breaking down his 10-year NBA career, guarding Kobe Bryant and praising Matthew Dellavedova.

Hanging the Cleats, Holding the Whistle

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

USC women's lacrosse head coach Lindsey Munday announced on Wednesday that she is retiring from professional lacrosse to focus on her duties here. The two-time world champion and 2013 FIL World Cup Team USA captain is a women's lacrosse legend earning five NCAA titles, two as a student-athlete and three as an assistant coach. Adding to her resume, Munday was Lacrosse Magazine's Person of the Year in 2013. 

As a head coach, Munday uses her experience on the national team to inspire and train the next generation of lacrosse players. In just three years of the program's existence, she has coached USC to its first NCAA tournament berth and a 14-6 record this season, losing only one conference game. She's coached 15 All-MPSF selections at USC, including 2013 MPSF Rookie of the Year Amanda Johansen and 2015 MPSF Player of the Year Michaela Michael. Munday's retirement will allow her to fully focus on the Trojans as they strive to capture the program's first NCAA championship.