Future Football Opponents

USC football added Utah State in 2016, Western Michigan in 2017 and UNLV in 2019 to future schedules, which already feature Alabama (2016 in Dallas), Texas (2017 in LA and 2018 in Austin), BYU (2019 in Provo, 2021 in LA and 2023 in LA) and of course the annual series with Notre Dame (extended through 2023).

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USC is 5-0 all-time against Utah State, including a 17-14 home win in 2013 (pictured) in the teams' last meeting. The Trojans beat UNLV at home in 1997, 35-21, in the only meeting between the squads. This will be USC's first meeting with Western Michigan or any member of the Mid-American Conference.

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#USCBHM: Inger Miller

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USC track & field legends Lennox and Inger Miller were the first father-daughter duo to both earn Olympic medals.

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Lennox Miller was a two-time Olympic medalist for Jamaica, and then coached his daughter Inger to four Olympic medals representing the United States of America.


Jablonski Settles In

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Swim With Mike scholarship recipient Jack Jablonski, who suffered a spinal cord injury playing ice hockey, has arrived at USC and is already soaking up the Los Angeles sun. The Minnesota native was profiled by ABC Eyewitness News along with USC senior associate athletic director Ron Orr.

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Redd's Retro Diary: NFL Combine

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As told to Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor, by former USC RB Silas Redd (2012-13)

Former USC running back Silas Redd wrapped up an impressive NFL rookie season this December, overcoming injuries in his senior year to sign as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Redskins and earn his spot on the team's depth chart. A year ago, Redd was unsure of what his future held as he went through rehab, trained for the NFL Combine and looked ahead to the NFL Draft. As this year's class of Trojan NFL hopefuls sets its sights on making it to the next level, Redd takes a look back and provides a window into what the journey to the league looks like from a player's perspective.

The first installment in this series focuses on the period of time between the end of the college football season through the end of the 2014 NFL Combine.

First Steps: December 22, 2013 - January 3, 2014DSC_9171.jpg

After our season ended, I only went home to Connecticut for a few days before going to straight down to Florida. I got set up with training in Pensacola with API (Athletes' Performance Institute). It's different for each person to decide where to train; you've got to get the vibe from the place or word of mouth to see where you want to go. Dr. Andrews' Institute (Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine) is in Pensacola. He's one of the best orthopaedic doctors ever. I was coming off of a sprained PCL, so I went down there because I knew I had to rehab my knee and I felt that was the best bet.

One of the things pretty much everyone has to do during that time is pick an agent. My parents had a lot to do with that. My senior year didn't go as I planned, and dealing with injuries and everything that was kind of the last thing I was worried about as I trained. They would interview anyone who wanted to be my agent, then they'd come back to me and we'd talk about what they liked and didn't like. I talked with the top three we picked and came to my decision from there. Agents take a load off of you and allow you to focus strictly on getting ready for the combine, which is the best feeling in the world. Especially my agent, he does it all.

DSC_7803.jpgLet the Training Begin: January 4, 2014 - February 21, 2014

Once I got to Florida, the work really began - and it was a lot of work. I'd go through two workouts a day, a morning and a late afternoon session. You do testing when you first get there to set the bar and see where you need to be. From there on it's just beating your initial times, reps and everything like that. The trainers prepare you with meals and give you a schedule and it's honestly just that for six weeks straight. They have workouts for each performance thing (the 40 yard dash, vertical, shuttle, etc.) and then just workouts to get your body ready. You do a lot of 40 starts, a lot of 10-yard sprints, and just gradually build up to that full distance. It got real, real tedious and annoying after awhile, but you've got to remember it's all for a purpose.

Maybe it's different for someone who is projected to go in the first round, but my mind did a lot of wandering during that period because I wasn't healthy. I'd think, 'This might be it for me' or question myself like, 'Am I going to be ready? Am I going to be able to play in the NFL?' There were just so many things running through my mind trying to distract me. On top of that, you never know what life is going to throw at you. I ended up losing my grandfather that January while I was training. It's hard to stay focused and give 100 percent in all of your training, but that's just life. There are going to be ups and downs, and in that six-week process there are going to be some too. Everything's not going to be perfect. You're not going to like a time or you're not going to like a jump or you're not going to like how your body is progressing, but you've just got to stay the course and everything will work out.

DSC_2161.jpgOne of the biggest things that kept me motivated was my son, Nico. Day in and day out, when stuff was getting hard or workouts were killing me, I just saw his face and that got me through everything. At the end of the day, the combine is just one thing. It's a step toward the draft. But you also have Pro Day and stuff like that and there is still a lot of time in between where it's just limbo. For me, I just had to put myself around good vibes and positive people - my family, my son, my old teammates like Woody [Robert Woods] and Qise [Marqise Lee]. That's what helped me get through it.

The Combine: February 22 - February 25, 2014, Indianapolis, Ind.

When the week of the combine finally came, it was a long process with some long, long days. You fly to Indy, go through the check-in process and get all your gear. The first day is probably the easiest because the next morning you've got to get up at 4 a.m. for a drug test and from there on out it's non-stop. I'd say its the longest three or four days that you're going to have to go through in your first year. But luckily everyone's days are long and you've got people enduring it with you.

Interviews are one of the first things you do. Some players interview with every team, I only formally interviewed with one. The informal interviews are kind of like speed dating; you talk to position coaches from each team for about five or 10 minutes until the horn sounds. Some teams ask you some weird things. I remember one team gave me a minute to name as many things that I could do with a paper clip that I could think of. Other teams want you to draw up plays from your college team or they teach you something and then in the last minute or so they test you on what you went over. Some just want to get to know you.

At the end of it all, I wasn't very happy with my performance at the combine. I didn't compete in anything except the 40, the vertical and the bench. The bench was fine (18 reps), my vertical was fine (37 inches), but I shouldn't have run the 40. With the whole stage that's set up and every single person watching, it felt like I had to run, like it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. But my knee wasn't ready, and I didn't feel powerful. I ended up running a 4.70.

Next Steps: February 26, 2014

A big thing to realize is that the combine is definitely not the be-all end-all. God-willing you get drafted or signed or picked up. There are a lot of different opportunities you have to make your presence known and fortunately, I was able to do that. I didn't do so great at the combine but I picked it up on the back end. It's a lot more about where you finish than where you start.

2015 USC Football Coaches Clinic

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The USC Football Coaching Clinic, featuring USC head coach Steve Sarkisian and his Trojan coaching staff along with several guest head coaches, will be held April 3 and 4 at the John McKay Center on campus.

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The comprehensive two-day clinic will have presentations by Sarkisian and his staff, as well as offensive and defensive staff roundtable discussions covering philosophy and scheme and in-depth position meetings led by each position coach. USC strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis also will conduct a presentation on player development and the off-season/in-season training program.

Head coach guest speakers include Boise State's Bryan Harsin, San Diego State's Rocky Long, Utah State's Matt Wells, UNLV's Tony Sanchez and Bellevue (Wash.) High's Butch Goncharoff.

The clinic also includes attendance at the USC spring football practice on April 4 on Cromwell Field, allowing attendees to see the presentations come to life.

The clinic is open to coaches of all levels, as well as fans who want to learn more about the USC football staff and its coaching philosophy.

Cost of the two-day clinic is $90 ($65 for a single day). The clinic offers a staff discount of $15 off per person for groups of five or more who pre-register together for both days.

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Photo Gallery: Buntmann Family Tennis Center

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USC men's and women's tennis broke ground on the Buntmann Family Tennis Center, the new renovation project at Marks Stadium scheduled to be completed by spring of 2016, at a ceremony this morning.  The Buntmann Family Tennis Center entrance and lobby will welcome fans and visitors and put on display the rich history of USC tennis.

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To improve the building functionality and support the tennis program operations, the new Lisa and Douglas Goldman Family Student-Athlete Learning Studio will support direct collaboration between coaches, staff and athletes on a daily basis. The teams will be able to utilize and enjoy brand-new suites with lockers, showers, team meeting rooms and lounges. Both teams will have access to a new training room, a stringing storage area and a large multi-purpose room. To better accommodate and enhance the spectator experience, new spectator shade canopies will be added, a new elevator to the seating area will be installed.

This morning's ceremony featured athletic director Pat Haden, USC women's tennis head coach Richard Gallien, USC men's tennis head coach Peter Smith, Gary Buntmann representing the Buntmann family, women's tennis captain Zoe Scandalis and men's tennis captain Eric Johnson. Here are the Pierson Clair photos:

Hillel Night at USC Men's Basketball

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USC men's basketball welcomes the Jewish Alumni Association to Saturday's home finale against Washington (7:30 p.m. tip). For those attending Hillel Night, the event begins at 6 p.m. in the Galen Center.

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#USCtotheNFL: 2015 NFL Combine Recap

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The 2015 NFL Combine wrapped up in Indianapolis on Monday, and as a whole, the weekend was a success for the seven Trojans who participated. Next up, the Trojans will put their skills on display at USC Pro Day on March 11.

Here are the Trojans' final measurements and marks in each event:

Nelson Agholor (6'0, 198 lbs)nelson combine interview.jpg
Agholor impressed scouts with his fast 40 time and his confident interviewing skills and demeanor when speaking to the media. Scouts like his overall athleticism, and his success at the combine was not hurt by a finger dislocation sustained in his receiving session.
Hands: 9 1/4 inches
Arm length: 32 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.42 (T-10th amongst all combine participants) T-7th amongst WRs)
Bench: 12 reps
Buck Allen (6'0, 221 lbs)
Allen had a strong showing amongst a talented field of running backs, posting top six marks in three combine skills tests. His 4.53 time in the 40 was solid for a player of his size, and his versatility in the backfield makes him a potentially valuable asset at the next level.
Hands: 9 3/8 inches
Arm length: 31 3/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.53 (T-6th amongst RBs)
Bench: 11 reps
Vertical: 35.5
Broad: 121 inches (T-5th amongst RBs)
3-Cone: 6.96 (6th amongst RBs)
20 yard shuttle: 4.28
Hayes Pullard (6'0, 240 lbs)
The aspect of Pullard's game that scouts most admire is his leadership ability and athleticism in space. As a captain at USC, Pullard displayed a commanding presence both on the field and in the locker room that will help him fit in the mature NFL landscape.
Hands: 9 5/8 inches
Arm length: 31 1/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.78
Bench: 19 reps
Vertical: 31
Broad: 110 inches
3-Cone: 7.07 (T-7th amongst LBs)
20 yard shuttle: 4.39
Josh Shaw (6'0, 201 lbs)josh.jpg
Without much tape to show from his senior year at USC, Shaw had a lot to prove at the combine. He rose to the challenge and performed exceptionally, finishing with a top three 40 time amongst CBs and the most reps on the bench within his position as well. His showing moved him from borderline draftee to a potential second or third round pick in many analysts' eyes.
Hands: 9 inches
Arm length: 30 3/4 inches
40-yard dash: 4.44 (T-3rd amongst CBs)
Bench: 26 (1st amongst CBs)
Vertical: 37.5 (T-8th amongst CBs)
Broad: 130 inches (T-3rd amongst CBs)
J.R. Tavai (6'2, 249 lbs)
Tavai's numbers from the combine don't jump off the page, but it's difficult to compare him with prototypical linebackers as his strength lies in his versatility to play multiple defensive positions. He played in three different spots while at USC (DT, DE, LB) and will rely on his diverse skill set as well as his high football IQ to get him to the next level.
Hands: 9 1/8 inches
Arm length: 31 1/2 inches
40-yard dash: 4.91
Bench: 20
Vertical: 30.5
Broad: 112 inches
Randall Telfer (6'4, 250 lbs)
Telfer will be one of the Trojans with the most to look forward to come Pro Day as the tight end participated in just one event at the combine. A mature player after spending five full years at USC, Telfer chose to focus his efforts on the interview portion of the weekend. He will get the chance to show his physical side of the game to scouts on home turf.
Hands: 9 5/8 inches
Arm length: 33 1/2 inches
Bench: 20 reps (T-5th amongst TEs)
Leonard Williams (6'5, 302 lbs)
leo.jpgThe most highly-touted member of this year's group of USC NFL prospects, Williams didn't have to do much at the combine to garner scouts' interest. The defensive end performed well in each of Sunday's activities and gained the respect of many in the interview portion of the weekend as well. Scouts are excited by Williams' raw athletic potential especially considering the expected first round pick is only 20 years old. Click here to view the full video of his combine workout.
Hands: 10 5/8 inches
Arm length: 34 5/8 inches
40-yard dash: 4.97
Vertical: 29.5
Broad: 106 inches
3-Cone: 7.59
20 yard shuttle: 4.53

#USCBHM: Caryl Smith Gilbert

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In her second season as USC's Director of Track & Field, Caryl Smith Gilbert is proving that women can coach men at a high level.

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Smith Gilbert recognizes the differences between coaching men and women, but she focuses on the common thread of respect, demanding excellence from all her student-athletes.


Team Building Win

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No. 11 USC women's tennis stared down an 0-3 deficit on the road at No. 5 Cal last week, digging in to win four consecutive singles matches to pull off the upset. The Women of Troy, now 10-1 on the season, doubled down on the NorCal trip, taking out Saint Mary's a day later.

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Giuliana Olmos (pictured), who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week, solidified her spot at the top of USC's singles' lineup by knocking off Cal's Maegan Manasse, the No. 1 player in the country, in three sets. She made much shorter work of her Saint Mary's opponent, dropping just four games in two sets.

USC has earned a week's rest before the big showdown at UCLA on March 4. The Bruins are the defending national champions, but they lost 4-3 to Cal the day after the Trojans beat the Bears.