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All-American Scott Ross Dies

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USC All-American LB Scott Ross, who was a member of three Rose Bowl teams, died Sunday of heart failure in Louisiana.  He was 45.

Click here for the full obituary.

Ross was a 3-time All-Pac-10 first teamer (1988-90), winning All-American first team acclaim as a senior in 1990 when he was named USC's team MVP, Most Inspirational Player and Defensive Player of the Year.

A service will be held this Saturday (Sept. 27) at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in Plantersville, Tex. Also, a Southern California service is scheduled for Oct. 25 at 11 a.m. at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif.

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Nissan Heisman House

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USC fans can meet the great Marcus Allen this Saturday at the Nissan Heisman House, which will be making a tour stop outside the Coliseum at Farmers Fan Fest. You can strike the pose with the immortal statue and get your picture taken.

The Nissan Heisman House will be open from 2 p.m. until kickoff. 

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Oregon State Tuesday: Notes

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The Trojans are ready to be back in action against the Beavers coming off a bye week.
  • USC had a bonus practice Monday, so the Trojans are ahead of schedule. "We were able to get a little ahead game plan wise, which enabled us to be a bit cleaner today on a Tuesday than we normally would be," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "It was a good, hard, physical practice, which we need."
  • On the injury front, RB Tre Madden is getting "much closer," according to Sarkisian, and OL Jordan Simmons is still working back into "football shape," but he's healthy.
  • The Trojans felt the full brunt of the loss, especially with an extra week to dwell on it, but they are looking forward now starting with Oregon State. "It was a tough loss, but we put it behind us as soon as the game ended," said QB Cody Kessler. "These guys have been working really hard these last two weeks. We're excited to get back on the field and redeem ourselves and show that we can play."
  • Sarkisian wants the offense to improve on 1st and 10, which will make third downs easier.  "Our biggest thing is that we want to have those long drives like we had that first game," Kessler explained. "We need to put long drives together and keep the other team off the field. Especially this week, Sean [Mannion] is a great quarterback and we need to do as much as we can to keep him off the field. Our biggest emphasis is finishing in the end zone."
  • Sarkisian on Mannion: "He's a big, tall, strong-armed guy. He's more of your prototypical NFL quarterback. He throws the ball very accurately in the short game...but then he does a nice job with the play-action pass. He steps up really well in the pocket, and he throws the ball down the field very well, knowing he's going to get hit."
  • Both teams will want to get after the quarterback this week, so the Trojans know they need to sure up their protection, which is the focus of Tim Drevno's unit after a rough outing at Boston College. "It gave us a serving of humble pie and I think that was good for us," Drevno said. "We needed it and now it's showed us we need to get better and we're working on it."
  • The young offensive line was always going to be a work in progress this season, so week-by-week improvement is the key. "Those guys have seen a lot of defense, and they'll be better for it in the future," said Sarkisian. "I just want them to be better for it sooner rather than later, so we just constantly push them."
  • The run game needs to rebound as well after getting stuffed by BC. "We just went back to square one," said RB Justin Davis. "We kind of reinstalled some runs just going over the basics so we know our assignments and can capitalize on them."
  • Here is Sarkisian after practice this morning...


Haden on Baucham Lawsuit

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Former USC CB Brian Baucham is suing the University and former head football coach Lane Kiffin over a health related matter.  Here is USC Athletic Director Pat Haden's statement on the lawsuit:

"It wouldn't be appropriate for us to comment on this lawsuit and due to privacy laws we cannot comment on the specifics of this case.  I will say that I am confident that we provide excellent medical treatment to our student athletes and that their health is always our primary concern ahead of any athletic competition."

Volley Right and Ready for Bruins

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No. 9 USC women's volleyball righted the ship with a win over Maryland, and now readies itself for the first BMW Crosstown Cup match of the season against UCLA on Tuesday night at Galen Center (8 p.m.). The Women of Troy had lost three straight matches, but the slump busting victory over the Terps was the 350th of Mick Haley's Trojan career.

Click here for the recap.

The focus now shifts to the Bruins as valuable points are at stake in the battle for the new BMW Crosstown Cup.  Every sport, including women's volleyball, is worth 10 points, so UCLA took an early lead by defeating USC in men's water polo Sunday.

Click here for tickets to USC vs. UCLA women's volleyball.

The first 500 students who enter Galen Center Tuesday night will receive a FREE tank top.  If you arrive early, come join us at The Lab on Figueroa for Trojans Live as we break down the match.


Sarkisian Q&A: Bye Week

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian sat down with our David Foley to discuss the bye week and the prep ahead for Oregon State.


April's Perfect Summer

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USC women's volleyball alum April Ross had a perfect summer on the beach.  Teamed with Kerri Walsh Jennings, the world's best duo swept through the AVP Tour grabbing all seven titles with a 36-0 record.

Click here for more.

The Olympic silver medalist is on top of the beach volleyball world, but she is hardly complacent.  "'Dream' is just to dream big," Ross told the LA Times after Sunday's win. "We have some big dreams, and it's a reminder for me of what our ultimate goal is and what all the hard work is for."

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ASU Kick Still Flexible

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USC's Oct. 4 home football game against Arizona State will kick off at either 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX or at 7:30 p.m. PT on ESPN.

The start time will be determined this coming Sunday (Sept. 28), as the television networks will make the decision based on the outcome of this week's games.

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Photo Gallery: Soccer Scores Record

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No. 15 USC women's soccer took its first loss of the season Sunday dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 12 Pepperdine, but the Women of Troy are still a healthy 6-1-2 on the campaign after setting a program record Friday by scoring nine goals in a game.

Click here for the Pepperdine recap.

The Trojans begin Pac-12 play this week with a test in Tucson against Arizona on Friday (Pac-12 Networks at 2 p.m. PT).

Here are the John McGillen photos from the record-setting victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff:


Women's Hoops 2014-15 Slate

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USC women's basketball has the road back to the NCAA Tournament laid out with 17 televised games including Galen Center showdowns against UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State.  The Women of Troy play a strong non-conference schedule featuring a road test at South Carolina and a home match-up with Oklahoma State.

Click here for more on the schedule.

In year two, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke will test her troops early with three consecutive road games to start the season beginning on November 15.  The Trojans will play seven consecutive home games from December 9 to January 5.

Once the Pac-12 schedule begins, USC will host every team besides Washington and Washington State, and travel to every team with the exception of Arizona and Arizona State.  The BMW Crosstown Cup match-ups against UCLA are set for December 30 (Galen Center at 6 p.m.) and January 18 (Westwood at 7:30 p.m.).

Click here for ticket information.

The Women of Troy will return to Seattle in hopes of defending their Pac-12 Tournament title in Key Arena (March 5-8). 

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