USC Fan Super Cut

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On January 2, the Trojan Family shared a magical moment together inside the Rose Bowl Stadium when Matt Boermeester split the uprights with the game-winning kick, so we spliced together some of your videos to capture the emotion from your perspective.

Three for Me

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Ranking.jpgWhen the dust settled on the 2016 college football season and the final AP Top 25 came out this morning, USC was slotted just behind the two national title contenders, at No. 3.

USC's No. 3 slot is its highest finish in the final AP ranking since the end of the 2008 season, when, coincidentally, the Trojans' 12-1 season culminated in a Rose Bowl win over Penn State. It's the highest ranking of any three-loss team in the history of the AP Poll.

The Trojans finish the 2016 football season ranked in the Top 20 of a number of important categories: Total Offense (No. 20), Third Down Conversions ( No. 11), First Downs (No. 12), Punt Return Avg (No. 6) and Sacks Allowed (No. 6).

First-year head coach Clay Helton is a finalist for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award and was named FWAA's First Year Co-Coach of the Year. Freshman QB Sam Darnold was named the Rose Bowl Offensive MVP, a freshman All-American and the Archie Griffin Award winner for college football's MVP, while junior CB Adoree' Jackson won the prestigious Thorpe Award.

USC earned its first 10-win season since 2013 and its first Rose Bowl trophy since 2009. The Trojans head into 2017 with a strong group of young players ready to take this team to the next level.

Top Twenty Tennis

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USC_Tennis_Donor_Photos_IMG_1276.JPGThe 2017 men's and women's tennis seasons are right around the corner, and both USC squads enter the year ranked in the Top 20.

USC's men's team, which has won five of the last eight NCAA titles, is ranked No. 10 in the nation. After going 17-8 and advancing to the Sweet 16 last season, the Trojans lost just one senior and added a fresh crop of young talent. The Trojans start out with four ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams.

Click here for the full men's tennis season preview!

Brandon Holt, who went 17-3 during the fall season, is the highest-ranked freshman in the nation, at No. 20. No. 28 Logan Smith, No. 88 Nick Crystal and No. 114 Thibault Forget follow in the ranks for USC. Smith and Forget partner up to make the No. 35 doubles team in the nation, while Smith and senior Rob Bellamy are ranked No. 49 together.

The Women of Troy, meanwhile, enter the season ranked No. 18 in the country, with three ranked singles players and two ranked doubles teams. USC went 13-6 overall and made it to the NCAA Second Round last year, and will aim to make its 26th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.

Sophomore Jessica Failla sits at No. 46 in the nation, while junior Madison Westby and senior Zoe Katz rank No. 52 and No. 56, respectively. Katz and Gabby Smith comprise the No. 18 doubles team in the country, while Katz and Westby enter the season tied at 27th in the nation.

JuJu in that Draft

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JuJu.jpgThis weekend, USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Long Beach, CA native departs USC as the school's fourth-most prolific pass-catcher, with 213 receptions in his three years. His 3,092 career receiving yards and 25 TD both rank fifth all-time at USC.

Smith-Schuster earned Pac-12 first team honors in 2015 for posting 89 catches, 1,454 yards (third-most in a single season in USC history) and 10 TD. He also earned AP, Football Writers, Sporting News, and Phil Steele All-American second team honors his sophomore year. This season, he led the team with 70 catches, 914 yards and 10 TD.

Smith-Schuster will be remembered for more than his impressive statistics year-in and year-out, though. His monster stiff-arm against Utah, thunderous block against Utah State and, of course, his "JuJu on that Beat" dance cemented his place in the hearts of Trojan fans everywhere.

When the 2017 NFL Draft is held from April 27-29 in Philadelphia, PA, Smith-Schuster will aim to be the ninth Trojan WR ever drafted in the first round.

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Cal

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No. 25 USC men's basketball suffered a one-point loss at the hands of the Cal Bears last night. Trojans team photographer John McGillen caught every moment of USC's fight until the end in the Sunday night showdown.

Pro's Pro

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At the end of the Dallas Cowboys' impressive regular season, USC product Tyron Smith earned first team All-Pro honors for the second time in his career.

Smith started at left tackle in 13 of the Cowboys' 16 games this season and helped pave the way for rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott to earn Pro Bowl honors. The Cowboys finished the season with the nation's No. 2 rushing attack (149.8 rush YPG) and the fifth-best total offense (376.7 yards per game), thanks in part to Smith's monster blocking.

Smith, who played at USC from 2008-10, won the Morris Trophy (best lineman in the Pac-12) and earned All-Conference honors in his final season.

Smith will go up against Trojan linebackers Nick Perry and Clay Matthews when the Cowboys face the Packers this Sunday at 1:40 p.m. PT in the Divisional Round.

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Wonder Kid

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SAMD_FRESHALLAM.jpgUSC QB Sam Darnold was named a 2016 First Team Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, the organization announced today.

Darnold was the only QB and one of just two Pac-12 players to make the cut. He did so by leading the nation's freshmen in TD passes (31), completion pct (67.2), passer rating (161.07) and yards per attempt (8.4).

Darnold set a number of USC records in his first year as a starter. He became the first Trojan to ever throw 5 TD in back-to-back games and the first freshman QB at USC to ever throw more than 30 TD in a season. His 250 rush yards were the most in a season by a USC QB since Reggie Perry had 254 in 1991 and his nine straight multi-TD games are the most since Matt Leinart posted 15 straight from 2003-04. Darnold also set two Rose Bowl Game records in USC's 52-49 win over Penn State: most TD passes (5) and total offense (473 yards).

Over the course of his freshman season, Darnold caught the eye of players, media members and fans alike, from Keyshawn Johnson to Kirk Herbstreit, Antwaun Woods and beyond. He also earned the Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year Award and the 2016 Archie Griffin Award, given to college football's MVP.

Darnold, who becomes just the second Trojan to ever earn freshman All-American honors, heads into the 2017 season surrounded by an impressive young offensive corps, including Deontay Burnett and Ronald Jones. The future is bright.

Legendary Leinart

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Today, two-time national champion QB Matt Leinart became the 31st Trojan inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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In his three seasons at USC (2003-05), Leinart lost just two games, for a 37-2 overall record. He won the Heisman Trophy in 2004 and finished third in the 2005 Heisman vote while earning first team All-American honors both years. Leinart also won the Walter Camp Award, the Manning Award, the AP Player of the Year Award, the Pac-10 Player of the Year Award (twice) and the Rose Bowl MVP during his tenure at USC.

USC's now 31 players in the College Football Hall of Fame are the second-most of any school in the nation.

Leinart, now a college football analyst for FOX Sports, still frequents USC events, from men's basketball home stands to the Rose Bowl Game.

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First Loss at Galen Center

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Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor

Cal final.jpgNo. 25 USC men's basketball suffered a tough loss Sunday night to the California Bears after a hard-fought, back-and-forth contest.

Click here for the full recap.

Cal's 74-73 victory handed the Trojans their first loss at home this season. The Trojans now stand at 15-2 on the year and 2-2 in conference play. Despite the home loss, the Trojans remain an impressive 9-1 at Galen Center this season, after going 16-2 at home last year.

The Bears were able to pull out the victory much in thanks to strong play down the stretch from their big man Ivan Rabb. Rabb knocked down two free throws to put the Bears up 74-73 with five seconds left, then blocked USC PG Jordan McLaughlin's game-winning attempt on the other end.

Cal dominated the boards and shot 39 percent from deep, but a combined 40 points from McLaughlin and Chimezie Metu kept USC in the contest all night. The Trojans, however, were just 10-for-21 at the foul line.

Watch head coach Andy Enfield's post-game presser here.

Next up for the Trojans is a road trip that will take the team to Utah and Colorado. USC faces Utah on Thursday at 6 p.m. and Colorado on Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Trojans Roll Toward Super Bowl

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When the NFL Playoffs kick off today, 13 Trojans will be in the running to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. Eleven players and two coaches with ties to USC will fight their way toward Super Bowl LI.

In the AFC, Brian Cushing's Texans take on Jack Del Rio and Malcolm Smith's Raiders in the first round. When the Steelers and Dolphins face off, Xavier Grimble will do all he can to lift his team over Jordan Cameron's.

In the first NFC Wild Card game, three Trojan linebackers will suit up: Clay Matthews and Nick Perry for the Packers, and Devon Kennard for the Giants.

The winners of that game could go up against All-Pro Tyron Smith (pictured), QB Mark Sanchez and the Cowboys in the Divisional Round. The Seahawks, featuring head coach Pete Carroll, LB Mike Morgan and RB Tre Madden, take on the Lions in the other NFC Wild Card Game.

At least one Trojan has appeared in 45 of the 50 previous Super Bowls, including eight of the last 10. Packers C Ryan Kalil was USC's sole representative last year. With a Trojan on eight of 12 NFL Playoff teams, there's a 67% chance that a Trojan will earn a Super Bowl ring this year.