The complete 2017 College Football Hall of Fame induction ballot was announced on Wednesday and the list includes three Trojans in Mark Carrier, Matt Leinart and first-time nominee Troy Polamalu. 

Polamalu terrorized opposing offenses in his career as a three-year starter at strong safety for the Trojans. A two-time First Team All-American, he tallied 278 tackles, six interceptions, 13 deflections and two fumble recoveries from 1999 to 2002 before being selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The safety announced his retirement in April of 2015, so this year's ballot marks the first year Polamalu is eligible for induction. 

A two-time First Team All-American (1988-89) and 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner, Mark Carrier is regarded as one of the best defensive backs in USC's history. Carrier had seven interceptions in 1989, plus 107 tackles and 10 pass deflections. The safety was added to the College Football Hall of Fame ballot in 2012. 

Leinart was USC's second three-time First Team All-American, leading the Trojans to three consecutive national championship games and winning back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner was 37-2 as a starter and set 16 school records in his career. This is the quarterback's second year on the ballot. 

In total, the ballot includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision. The announcement of the 2017 Class will be made on January 6, 2017 in Tampa, Florida, three days before the CFP National Championship. 


JMac Going Down Under

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USC men's basketball PG Jordan McLaughlin is headed to Melbourne, Australia, this summer with the Pac-12 All-Star Team for a series of exhibition games and experiences.

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The Pac-12 All-Star Men's Basketball Team, comprised of 12 student-athletes from 10 member schools, will participate in two games against the Australia Men's National Team - known as the Australian Boomers - in its preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, as well as a third contest versus a team from the semi-professional South East Australian Basketball League (SEABL).

"This tour of Australia marks an important step forward in the Pac-12's mission to use the power of sport to advance our schools' reach around the world, and to give our student-athletes opportunities to learn about a new culture while playing a sport they love," said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

The summer tour is a great opportunity for McLaughlin on and off the court. He will receive invaluable life experience from a trip to the other side of the globe, but he will also be tested on the court, coming off a stellar sophomore season during which he led the Trojans in scoring.


Spring Smarts

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After a phenomenal spring seasons in the water and on the court, beach, track and field, six USC teams closed the book on a successful academic semester as well, collecting postseason academic awards at both the conference and national levels.

Announced last week, eleven members of the conference-winning USC women's lacrosse team, five men's volleyball players and five members of the women's water polo team, which posted it's third-highest team GPA this semester, earned MPSF All-Academic recognition. 

After winning the program's first-ever NCAA national championship, four members of the USC beach volleyball team - Nicolette Martin, Jenna Belton, Jo Kremer and Sophie Bukovec (pictured) - secured spots on the first-ever Pac-12 Beach Volleyball All-Academic teams. Martin received First Team honors, Belton and Kremer were named to the Second Team, while Bukovec garnered honorable mention. 

Three women's rowers, Sara Bilimoria, Kaelyn Ibold and Ida Gortz Jacobsen, received Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar-Athlete recognition

And rounding out the group of talented USC spring student-atheltes, USC senior Jaide Stepter, now headed to the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honors for her combined success on the track and in the classroom.


New Drivers

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QB Max Browne and WR Steven Mitchell Jr. are ready to drive the USC offense as the juniors prepare for breakout seasons.

Browne waited patiently behind Cody Kessler, and now has to hold off talented redshirt freshman Sam Darnold to earn his spot as the leader of the Trojans' huddle. Mitchell, who was a distant second on the team in catches and touchdown receptions, is battling to emerge from one of the nation's deepest receiving corps in support of JuJu Smith-Schuster.

Here are Browne and Mitchell with former USC WR Curtis Conway for the Pac-12 Network:

Despite stormy weather in Lawrence, Kansas last week, nothing could rain on USC Track & Field's parade as 14 Trojans in 16 events punched their tickets to the 2016 NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Women of Troy's 4x400m relay put the exclamation mark on the successful West Preliminary Round, setting a school record and joining the 4x100m relay team in earning a spot to the Championships. 

Click here for a complete recap of day two at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in which 10 Trojans advanced to the NCAA Championships. 

"I was pleased with the overall outcome of the NCAA first round meet," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert on Saturday. "On the women's side it was one of the best meets of the season and we have a strong team of 10 women heading to the NCAA final round."

On Friday, Adoree' Jackson earned USC's first spot at the NCAA Championships, finishing third overall in the long jump with a mark of 25-5.25 (+2.4w). Two of his fellow men's teammates would follow suit, with sophomore Randall Cunningham tying for first in the high jump and Ricky Morgan Jr. finishing in eighth in the 400m to advance in competition. 

The Women of Troy had a strong showing early in the meet as well, with both Tynia Gaither and Deanna Hill securing spots in the 100m race in Eugene and Amalie Iuel and Jaide Stepter running the second and third fastest times in the 400m IH to advance as well. Kendall Ellis earned a trip to the 400m race at the NCAA Championships and long jumpers Alexis Faulknor and Margaux Jones both leapt into the long jump finals to round out the group. 

Four more Trojans joined the party on Saturday as Destinee Brown and Cameron Pettigrew helped the Trojans' 4x100m and 4x400m relays advance, respectively. In field competition, Nick Ponzio finished fifth in the shot put to move on to the Championships while Tera Novy advanced in the women's discus. 

The four-day NCAA Championships meet will begin on Wednesday, June 8 at Hayward Field in Eugene and will continue through Saturday. The meet will be broadcast on ESPN, but be sure to follow @USC_Track_Field for event by event updates, photos and more!


Fight On Camps: Rising Stars

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A Century of Champions

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On Monday, the Pac-12 announced the Men's and Women's Track & Field All-Century teams and 19 Trojans earned recognition for the century of success they helped bring to USC. Leading the pack of 14 male honorees is legendary leader Dean Cromwell who was named Pac-12 Coach of the Century after directing USC to a record 12 NCAA men's championships during his tenure from 1909-13 and 1916-1948. 

Cromwell boasted an all-time dual meet record of 109-48-1 and he coached his athletes to 34 NCAA individual titles. Among those title winners are fellow All-Century selections Charlie Paddock (100m), Mel Patton (200m) and Louis Zamperini (1500m). Rounding out the group, which includes Trojans who competed from as early as 1920 to 2000, is Lenox Miller (100m), Don Quarrie (200m), Quincy Watts (400m), Jack Davis (110h), Felix Sanchez (400h), Bob Seagren (pole vault), Charlie Dumas (high jump), Randy Williams (long jump), Parry O'Brien (shot put), Dallas Long (shot put), Balazs Kiss (hammer throw). 

The Women of Troy featured five All-Century team members in Angela Williams (100m), Inger Miller (200m), Virginia Powell (100h), Lillian Copeland (discus) and Eva Orban (hammer throw). The group represents 11 individual NCAA titles, three Olympic medals and 100 years of Trojan track & field excellence. 


Historic Finale

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IMG_5406.JPGUSC baseball ended its 2016 season by scoring 31 runs on 30 hits against Arizona State, the second highest single-game totals in program history. The 31-9 victory capped a series win for the Trojans, bringing their season-ending record to 28-28 overall and 15-14 in conference.

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While 12 of the 14 Trojans that played had at least one hit, Timmy Robinson, Frankie Rios and Angelo Armenta collected four hits apiece. The trio combined to drive in 15 runs and score 14 times.

David Oppenheim went three-for-three to finish the season with a .387 batting average, the top mark in the Pac-12. Jeremy Martinez added two more hits to his career total, which is now over 200, and he ended the season with a .376 batting average, third in the Pac-12.

Here are the highlights from a remarkable performance in Tempe:

100 Days to Kickoff

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Piece by piece, we build the message to game day.


First Things First

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USC men's golf made it all the way to the NCAA Championship Match last year before being forced to settle for runner-up. Returning the same core players, the Trojans have been motivated all season to finish the tournament off this time around, but first, they need to qualify for the match play by finishing in the top eight of the four-day stroke play event in Eugene, Oregon.

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No. 3 USC won three times this season, so they remain one of the favorites to contend for the crown. The Trojans, who will tee off on Friday at 12:20 p.m., are led by All-American duo Rico Hoey and Sean Crocker.

Here is Hoey on the team's camaraderie ahead of the NCAA Tournament: