Photo Gallery: Summer Hoops

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USC men's basketball continues building its program as year three of the Andy Enfield era officially begins November 13. The offseason workouts are key for this team, which needs to grow in strength and individual skills as one of the nation's youngest rosters grows up.

The Trojans will welcome two big additions this fall, Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright, who are already on campus. The 6-foot-10 freshmen are expected to compete for immediate playing time in the front court, while Louisville transfer Shaqquan Aaron is also practicing despite having to sit out the season.

Also notable in the photo gallery below, sophomore PG Jordan McLaughlin looks healthy after recovering from shoulder surgery. Here is John McGillen's photo gallery of the Trojans' recent workout in Galen Center:

Lovin' Summer

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USC rising senior Andre De Grasse, the fastest man in college, has taken the nation, continent and now the Western Hemisphere by storm this summer after grabbing gold in the 100m at the Pan American Games.

De Grasse ran a blistering 10.05 (+1.1) for his native Canada to pace the field, which included graduated senior BeeJay Lee who finished sixth (10.17) for the United States. Both DeGrasse and Lee will compete in the 200m as well.

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Recent USC graduate Conor McCullough, who joined De Grasse as an NCAA champion this summer, took third in the hammer throw with a best mark of 241-11 (73.74m). Also, USC alumnus and two-time Olympic gold medalist Felix Sanchez (2004 & 2012) finished in 11th place in the men's 400m IH with a time of 51.07 for the Dominican Republic.

2015 Pan Am 100m Champion Andre DeGrasse! ✌🏾 #TorontoPanAm #Fighton

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Start Your Streak: Giles Pellerin

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In 1998, Giles Pellerin died at the Rose Bowl, the site of the first and last USC football games that he would ever see. In between, Pellerin did not miss a game, attending an unfathomable 797 consecutive contests.

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The ultimate Trojan fan, Pellerin traveled by plane, train and automobile more than 650,000 miles to keep the streak alive. He saw the first 69 USC-Notre Dame games ever played and the first 67 USC-UCLA games in history.

In the end, he spent $85,000 to keep the streak alive, and donated another $1.3 million to endow scholarships for his beloved Trojans.


Happy Birthday Keyshawn

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Keyshawn Johnson is one of the greatest receivers in USC history, making 168 catches for 2,796 yards and 16 touchdowns over just two seasons. He is one of five Trojans to be selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, going on to make three Pro Bowls and win Super Bowl XXXVII.

Of all the facts and figures, Johnson's bowl game performances truly stand out as exceptional. He was the 1995 Cotton Bowl Offensive MVP and the 1996 Rose Bowl MVP thanks to a combined 20 receptions for 438 yards and 4 TDs over the two games.

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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

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.

"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

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

DSC_2559.jpgSu'a Cravens, Junior LB

  • 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.