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Enfield and Jovanovic at Media Day

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USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield and junior forward Nikola Jovanovic took questions from the assembled press at Pac-12 Media Day in San Francisco this morning.  Enfield explained that the 2014-15 roster is much more athletic and features better shooters, while Jovanovic talked about his summer in China and working on his low post game.

Here is the entire Q&A:


Women of Troy Press On

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USC women's soccer is looking to rebound from another tough loss after falling 2-0 to Arizona State last week. Head coach Keidane McAlpine is confident in his team's ability to get back on track in the remaining five games of the regular season. "If we continue to believe in what we're doing and grind through the process, I think we'll be just fine," he said in his weekly season update.

The Women of Troy look to snap their three-game losing streak as they head to the Pacific Northwest to take on Oregon this Friday at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Here is McAlpine's weekly update...

Sarkisian on The Seth Davis Show

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Head coach Steve Sarkisian joined The Seth Davis Show to talk about returning to USC, what he's learned from an impressive lineage of Trojan head coaches and making his own legacy. 

Here is the full interview from Campus Insiders...

Utah Thursday: Sarkisian Presser

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In his last time addressing the media before the Trojans depart for Salt Lake City, head coach Steve Sarkisian recapped his team's week of preparation to face the Utes on Saturday.  

Trojans in Business: Jeff Byers

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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Name: Jeff Byers

Resume: Financial Advisor at the Drexler Group of Wells Fargo Advisors

Sport at USC: Football

Caroline Deisley (CD): So Jeff, what exactly do you do for Wells Fargo?

Jeff Byers (JB): I work for the Drexler Group of Wells Fargo Advisors. Steve Drexler and I are partners. Our goal is to really simplify, enhance and preserve our clients monetary well-being. That can mean a wide range of things, but what we really take pride in and specialize in is individual portfolio management. We build individual portfolios for our clients, and we manage them to the risk tolerances that our clients have so that their goals and objectives can be met through these portfolios. We really focus on disciplined portfolio risk management. We have defined process-driven results that we go through for how we build portfolios. Everything is based on personalized goals and strategies for our clients. We have clients all over the country, we're national in scope and we take pride in building meaningful and close relationships across the country.

Football and athletics has taught me so much about my job and so much is applicable whether it's discipline, work ethic, planning, strategy, how to deal with relationships, etc. Everybody deals with things in a certain way. Those different personalities? You learn about that on a football team and you learn how to interact with different people who are very different minded than yourself. 

CD: Throughout your athletic career, you faced many obstacles. What would you say is your biggest takeaway from learning how to overcome life's challenges?

JB: I guess what I've learned most is that you can only control what you can control in life. The two things that I really believe in is that you can control your attitude and your effort. You can't control these other things in life. You can't control if you get hurt, if you lose your job, whatever it may be. Those things are out of your control - what you can control is what you should worry about. Focusing on your attitude and your effort in life really helps you overcome any obstacle because there's always positives in all these negatives that come up. I got hurt at SC and it gave me an opportunity to get my Master's. It's really easy to look at things very near-sided, short-term wise and it can be very negative. But, I've always found that there's some positive in every situation, some learning opportunity, some way that you can better yourself or grow as a person when the obstacles arise because everybody faces adversity - that's how life is. The really great, successful people that I've been around and have had the opportunity to know are the people that just take adversity in full swing and say, 'This only makes me stronger. I'm going to let this define me in a positive way rather than the negative way.' 

CD: For a lot of the athletes that we talk to, it is challenging to be both a student and an athlete. Do you think that you would have gotten the same academic experience if you hadn't gotten hurt or gotten the most out of it like you did?

JB: That's a great question. I got hurt my second and third year. There was definitely a refocus in my mind towards academics. When I was 18, I thought football was top priority and all that. When you get hurt, you realize that life has different goals and life should have different goals. Sports is a small microcosm of life. I'm at USC and I have this tremendous opportunity to get this education and better myself. Maybe in five years I'm still playing football, but I guarantee you in 20 years I'm not. So, SC has given me a future outside of football and for football as well. 

Men's Hoops' Media Day

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USC men's basketball was picked to finish 10th in the preseason media poll, but the Trojans will have plenty to say about that over the coming months.  Head coach Andy Enfield and sophomore Nikola Jovanovic will have the first word on the subject as they represent the program at Pac-12 Media Day in San Francisco.

Click here to watch the free live stream.

The USC rotation will feature six new players in 2014-15 as key returners Jovanovic and Julian Jacobs are joined by transfers Katin Reinhardt and Darion Clark plus a star-studded freshmen class led by PG Jordan McLaughlin.


A Day at the Coliseum: Colorado

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There is nothing better than Homecoming Saturday at the Coliseum.  In our epic, cinematic look at the win over Colorado, you'll almost feel like you are back in your favorite seat.


2014 Pac-12 Media Day: Women's Hoops

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Here are USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and forward Alexyz Vaioletama on Pac-12 Networks previewing the upcoming 2014-15 season:


Champions of the Green

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

It was a good week for USC golf as both the men's and women's teams won the Bill Cullum Invitational and Stanford Intercollegiate respectively. The men, led by sophomore Rico Hoey and freshman Jonah Texeira, bested second-place Arizona State by 11 strokes, finishing 31-under 833.

For the complete recap, click here.

The No. 6 Women of Troy came from behind to share the title at the Stanford Intercollegiate with host Stanford. Juniors Kyung Kim and Annie Park, senior Doris Chen and sophomore Karen Chung all finished with under-par final rounds to bring the Trojans back from a three-stroke deficit.

Click here for the full release.

The Women of Troy finish the fall season at the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii from November 3-4. The men finish at the Gifford Collegiate Championship in San Martin, Calif. from November 5-7.

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Women's Hoops' Media Day

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USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and forward Alexyz Vaioletama are representing the Women of Troy at Pac-12 Media Day today in San Francisco.

Click here to watch it live.

Coming off winning the Pac-12 Tournament title and making the NCAA Tournament, the Trojans are picked to finish sixth in the conference this season.