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2015 USC Football Coaches Clinic

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The USC Football Coaching Clinic, featuring USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Trojan coaching staff along with several guest head coaches, will be held April 3 and 4 at the John McKay Center on campus.

Click here to register online!

Click here for the brochure.

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The comprehensive two-day clinic will have presentations by Sarkisian and his staff, as well as offensive and defensive staff roundtable discussions covering philosophy and scheme and in-depth position meetings led by each position coach. USC strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis also will conduct a presentation on player development and the off-season/in-season training program.

Head coach guest speakers include Boise State's Bryan Harsin, San Diego State's Rocky Long, Utah State's Matt Wells, UNLV's Tony Sanchez and Bellevue (Wash.) High's Butch Goncharoff.

The clinic also includes attendance at the USC spring football practice on April 4 on Cromwell Field, allowing attendees to see the presentations come to life.

The clinic is open to coaches of all levels, as well as fans who want to learn more about the USC football staff and its coaching philosophy.

Cost of the two-day clinic is $90 ($65 for a single day). The clinic offers a staff discount of $15 off per person for groups of five or more who pre-register together for both days.

Click here to email Jeff Fucci for more information.

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Photo Gallery: Buntmann Family Tennis Center

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USC men's and women's tennis broke ground on the Buntmann Family Tennis Center, the new renovation project at Marks Stadium scheduled to be completed by spring of 2016, at a ceremony this morning.  The Buntmann Family Tennis Center entrance and lobby will welcome fans and visitors and put on display the rich history of USC tennis.

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To improve the building functionality and support the tennis program operations, the new Lisa and Douglas Goldman Family Student-Athlete Learning Studio will support direct collaboration between coaches, staff and athletes on a daily basis. The teams will be able to utilize and enjoy brand-new suites with lockers, showers, team meeting rooms and lounges. Both teams will have access to a new training room, a stringing storage area and a large multi-purpose room. To better accommodate and enhance the spectator experience, new spectator shade canopies will be added, a new elevator to the seating area will be installed.

This morning's ceremony featured athletic director Pat Haden, USC women's tennis head coach Richard Gallien, USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith, Gary Buntmann representing the Buntmann family, women's tennis captain Zoe Scandalis and men's tennis captain Eric Johnson. Here are the Pierson Clair photos:


Hillel Night at USC Men's Basketball

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USC men's basketball welcomes the Jewish Alumni Association to Saturday's home finale against Washington (7:30 p.m. tip). For those attending Hillel Night, the event begins at 6 p.m. in the Galen Center.

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#USCtotheNFL: 2015 NFL Combine Recap

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The 2015 NFL Combine wrapped up in Indianapolis on Monday, and as a whole, the weekend was a success for the seven Trojans who participated. Next up, the Trojans will put their skills on display at USC Pro Day on March 11.

Here are the Trojans' final measurements and marks in each event:

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Agholor impressed scouts with his fast 40 time and his confident interviewing skills and demeanor when speaking to the media. Scouts like his overall athleticism, and his success at the combine was not hurt by a finger dislocation sustained in his receiving session.
Hands: 9 1/4 inches
Arm length: 32 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.42 (T-10th amongst all combine participants) T-7th amongst WRs)
Bench: 12 reps
Buck Allen (6'0, 221 lbs)
Allen had a strong showing amongst a talented field of running backs, posting top six marks in three combine skills tests. His 4.53 time in the 40 was solid for a player of his size, and his versatility in the backfield makes him a potentially valuable asset at the next level.
Hands: 9 3/8 inches
Arm length: 31 3/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.53 (T-6th amongst RBs)
Bench: 11 reps
Vertical: 35.5
Broad: 121 inches (T-5th amongst RBs)
3-Cone: 6.96 (6th amongst RBs)
20 yard shuttle: 4.28
Hayes Pullard (6'0, 240 lbs)
The aspect of Pullard's game that scouts most admire is his leadership ability and athleticism in space. As a captain at USC, Pullard displayed a commanding presence both on the field and in the locker room that will help him fit in the mature NFL landscape.
Hands: 9 5/8 inches
Arm length: 31 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.78
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical: 31
Broad: 110 inches
3-Cone: 7.07 (T-7th amongst LBs)
20 yard shuttle: 4.39
Josh Shaw (6'0, 201 lbs)josh.jpg
Without much tape to show from his senior year at USC, Shaw had a lot to prove at the combine. He rose to the challenge and performed exceptionally, finishing with a top three 40 time amongst CBs and the most reps on the bench within his position as well. His showing moved him from borderline draftee to a potential second or third round pick in many analysts' eyes.
Hands: 9 inches
Arm length: 30 3/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.44 (T-3rd amongst CBs)
Bench: 26 (1st amongst CBs)
Vertical: 37.5 (T-8th amongst CBs)
Broad: 130 inches (T-3rd amongst CBs)
J.R. Tavai (6'2, 249 lbs)
Tavai's numbers from the combine don't jump off the page, but it's difficult to compare him with prototypical linebackers as his strength lies in his versatility to play multiple defensive positions. He played in three different spots while at USC (DT, DE, LB) and will rely on his diverse skill set as well as his high football IQ to get him to the next level.
Hands: 9 1/8 inches
Arm length: 31 1/2 inches
40-yard dash: 4.91
Bench: 20
Vertical: 30.5
Broad: 112 inches
Randall Telfer (6'4, 250 lbs)
Telfer will be one of the Trojans with the most to look forward to come Pro Day as the tight end participated in just one event at the combine. A mature player after spending five full years at USC, Telfer chose to focus his efforts on the interview portion of the weekend. He will get the chance to show his physical side of the game to scouts on home turf.
Hands: 9 5/8 inches
Arm length: 33 1/2 inches
Bench: 20 reps (T-5th amongst TEs)
Leonard Williams (6'5, 302 lbs)
leo.jpgThe most highly-touted member of this year's group of USC NFL prospects, Williams didn't have to do much at the combine to garner scouts' interest. The defensive end performed well in each of Sunday's activities and gained the respect of many in the interview portion of the weekend as well. Scouts are excited by Williams' raw athletic potential especially considering the expected first round pick is only 20 years old. Click here to view the full video of his combine workout.
Hands: 10 5/8 inches
Arm length: 34 5/8 inches
40-yard dash: 4.97
Vertical: 29.5
Broad: 106 inches
3-Cone: 7.59
20 yard shuttle: 4.53

#USCBHM: Caryl Smith Gilbert

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In her second season as USC's Director of Track & Field, Caryl Smith Gilbert is proving that women can coach men at a high level.

Click here to read her story for USC Black History Month.

Smith Gilbert recognizes the differences between coaching men and women, but she focuses on the common thread of respect, demanding excellence from all her student-athletes.

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Team Building Win

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No. 11 USC women's tennis stared down an 0-3 deficit on the road at No. 5 Cal last week, digging in to win four consecutive singles matches to pull off the upset. The Women of Troy, now 10-1 on the season, doubled down on the NorCal trip, taking out Saint Mary's a day later.

Click here for the Cal recap.

Giuliana Olmos (pictured), who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, solidified her spot at the top of USC's singles' lineup by knocking off Cal's Maegan Manasse, the No. 1 player in the country, in three sets. She made much shorter work of her Saint Mary's opponent, dropping just four games in two sets.

USC has earned a week's rest before the big showdown at UCLA on March 4. The Bruins are the defending national champions, but they lost 4-3 to Cal the day after the Trojans beat the Bears.

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Bundling Up for a Win

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USC women's lacrosse braved freezing temperatures to pick up its first win of the season on the road at Marist in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Women of Troy took down the Red Foxes behind hat tricks from junior Caroline de Lyra and sophomore Michaela Michael, who finished with four goals.

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The Trojans have a quick turnaround now flying cross country back to sunny Southern California to begin conference play against Fresno State (Tuesday at 3 p.m. PT on McAlister Field). Head coach Lindsey Munday looked back at the road win and ahead to the MPSF opener in front of massive snow banks on the East Coast.


The Trusted Two

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Coming off USC women's basketball's first-ever Pac-12 Tournament Championship, the 2015 season had high expectations and big shoes to fill. With the departures of Cassie Harberts and several other key team members, this season's squad looked to its two seniors, Alexyz Vaioletama and Kaneisha Horn, to step up and lead the Trojans in their final year wearing Cardinal and Gold.

USC_W_BASKETBALL_AT_UCLA_MCGILLEN_112.jpgThe trusted twosome answered the call, both significantly boosting their performance from their junior seasons and constantly raising the bar for their teammates in the process. The duo lead the Women of Troy in scoring, rebounding and blocks and have both nearly doubled their production from the 2014.

As a captain, Vaioletama seized the opportunity to lead the program in her senior year. The high expectations were something she took in stride after a phenomenal breakout junior season. Thriving under the tutelage of new head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, she stepped into her own last year, exploding onto the women's basketball scene as a dynamic threat on both ends of the court. From her sophomore to junior year she nearly doubled her offensive effort, finishing with 8.6 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game, a mark that led the team. On the defensive end, she tallied 15 blocks and was voted Pac-12 All-Defensive Honorable Mention for her stellar play. In her senior campaign, Vaioletama has been nothing short of excellent again, surpassing her junior year contributions by a wide margin. This year, she is averaging 12.3 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game with 15 blocks. Her 727 career rebounds place her at 11th all-time in USC history.

Horn's story is much different from her senior co-star. The forward transferred to USC after two seasons at Alabama and quickly embraced the opportunity to help build a new Trojan dynasty in Cooper's first year at the helm. In her first season as a Trojan, she averaged just 3.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, still adjusting to a new school, team and atmosphere in Los Angeles. But just like Vaioletama, Horn did not shrink at the challenge presented to her as she entered her senior year, quickly becoming the team's leader on the boards, averaging 7.0 rebounds per game. She more than doubled her scoring effort as well, posting a 10.1 points per game average this season. Heading into the two home games this past weekend, Horn boasted a seven-game double figure scoring streak, including her third career double-double performance which she attained versus Stanford.

The duo led their team once again in the Trojans' final home weekend of regular season play, first in a victory over Arizona and again in a heart-breaking double overtime loss to No. 12 Arizona State. Vaioletama had her fifth career double-double against the Sun Devils, scoring 18 points and snatching 12 rebounds. Horn finished in double figures as well, with 11 points and four rebounds. The Women of Troy own a 7-9 record with two regular season games remaining on the schedule. While that mark is slightly below that of last season, USC is not deterred at the prospect of shocking the conference once again. Last season, the Trojans received a No. 5 seed and ultimately won the Pac-12 Tournament, a feat they hope to replicate this year with Vaioletama and Horn leading the way.

Here is a senior tribute video highlighting the fantastic senior seasons of both Vaioletama and Horn...

Playing Great Like '88

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At 8-0, USC baseball is off to its best start since 1988 after sweeping Oakland in a three-game series at Dedeaux Field this past weekend. The Trojans had to wait out a two hour and 20 minute rain delay to celebrate their latest victory Sunday, but the weather could not wash away the positive mojo flowing through the clubhouse right now.

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The Trojans' bats have ignited the fast start, scoring at least five runs in every game and averaging nine runs per contest. The offensive attack is balanced as can be with nine USC regulars hitting over .300 paced by senior catcher Garrett Stubbs who is 16/33 (.485 BA) on the season.

USC travels up the road to Fresno State tomorrow (6:35 p.m. first pitch) before hosting Fordham in a three-game series at Dedeaux Field this weekend.

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3-Points: ASU 64, USC 59

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom and Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributors

The Trojans were unable to finish with a win against Arizona State despite a 10-point lead early in the second half.

For the complete recap and box score, click here
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Whiplash

Sunday night's game looked all too familiar to USC, as the Trojans failed to hold onto their lead and were outscored by the Sun Devils 14-3 in the final four and half minutes. This is the eighth game since the start of conference play in which USC has lost in the final minutes, a continually heart-breaking statistic for the young team. A large factor in the Trojans' loss was their number of fouls down the wire, making a potential victory especially challenging with such a thin bench.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role

Sophomore Kahlil Dukes' number was called early on Sunday with Jordan McLaughlin out due to injury and Katin Reinhardt and Chass Bryan out for a violation of team rules. The guard rose to the challenge, scoring a career-high 18 points in 29 minutes. Prior to Sunday's performance, Dukes averaged 1.2 points per game and scored 18 points collectively all season. Also stepping up to the plate for the Trojans was USC Student-Athlete of the Week Elijah Stewart who scored 11 points and had four blocks in the loss. The two guards provided the dynamic offensive threat necessary to give the Trojans the lead for most of the second half.

Best Ensemble in a Losing Effort

USC put forth a true team effort against Arizona State, with all eight Trojans who played in the game scoring at least twice. The team shot 45.5 percent from the field to ASU's 32.8 percent and boasted a 40.0 percent mark from beyond the arc. Nikola Jovanovic had six boards to go with Julian Jacobs' seven rebounds and eight assists. Despite the loss, head coach Andy Enfield emphasized how proud he is with the way the Trojans have continued to stay and fight together, learning from their losses. "They hate losing. They hate this feeling," he said, adding that his team has trust in the big picture of the program and a great attitude about the future.

Here are the SnappyTV highlights from Sunday's game...