Coliseum Open for Historical Tours

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The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum has been USC's proud home since it opened in 1923, but Trojan history is merely a portion of the stories the venerable stadium has to tell. Since the walls cannot talk, the Coliseum's new tour guides have undertaken the duty of orating almost a century of USC, Olympic and Los Angeles history.

Coliseum tours are available Tuesday-Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. ($25 per person for guided, $10 per person for self-guided). Click here for more information!

The 90-minute tour begins in the iconic Peristyle, which is filled with plaques commemorating the historical figures and events that are part of the venerable stadium's legacy, including the 1932 and 1984 Olympics, Super Bowl I and VII, and the 1959 World Series. Plus, you will learn about the Coliseum's architects, father and son duo John and Donald Parkinson, who built the national landmark as a World War I memorial.

USC fans will also enjoy exclusive access to the locker room, press box and recruiting lounge. And, you will get your chance to run out of the famous tunnel.


More Speed and Power Coming to USC

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At the CIF State Track & Field Championships held last week, two soon-to-be Trojans stood out among California's best athletes.

Shot putter Matt Katnik from St. John's Bosco HS won the state title by throwing an even 72-feet. The 305-pound senior is graduating with a 4.5 GPA, and he should make an immediate impact on the track & field program.

Click here for an LA Times feature on Katnik.

Dominic Davis could be the next two-sport star, adding to Caryl Smith-Gilbert's impressive stable of sprinters and Steve Sarkisian's talented corps of running backs and receivers. The Alemany product finished third in the 100m finals, running 10.557.

Katnik-LAT.jpg(Photo by Wally Skalij/LA Times)

MLB Draft Preview

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The 2015 MLB Draft begins today and runs through Wednesday (June 8-10 on MLB Network and, and several Trojans are expected to hear their names called. The MLB Draft is different than its NFL and NBA counterparts in that everyone outside of the college seniors can still opt to attend or return to school even after being selected.

USC's draft prospects fall into three different categories: signees, juniors and seniors. The seniors are the most clear cut led by Garrett Stubbs and Dante Flores who will both likely be drafted on day two or three.

Follow @USC_Baseball for live updates from the MLB Draft.

The junior class is loaded with talented Trojans who will have tough decisions to make. The big leagues value left-handed pitching, so Kyle Twomey and Tyler Gilbert should not have to wait too long. RHP Kyle Davis, OF Timmy Robinson (pictured), OF Bobby Stahel, LHP Marc Huberman and OF A.J. Ramirez all have a year of eligibility remaining, but they are projected to be drafted.

Finally, USC's recruiting class of high school seniors will be highly coveted by major league franchises. The teenagers face the choice between inking a professional contract and a three-year commitment to Troy.


New Pac-12 Football Rule

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

The Pac-12 announced a new injury spotting system that will be implemented in the upcoming football season to allow teams a chance to view different angles of plays to evaluate the extent or possibility of an injury during a game. The technology can rewind, pause and zoom a variety of different angles so that the designated spotter can communicate with medical personnel and coaches in real time about the severity of an injury. 

USC actually already had a system for this in place last season but will now join the entire conference in implementing the new technology.


Water Polo Legend

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

USC men's water polo superstar Kostas Genidounias topped off his legendary career as a Trojan by winning the Peter J. Cutino award on Saturday, which is the highest honor in collegiate water polo. The captain won three NCAA championships for USC and sits atop the record books as the program's all-time leading scorer. This is the second time Genidounias was a finalist for the award and he is only the fourth male Trojan to win, joining Juraj Zatovic, J.W. Krumpholz and Joel Dennerley. 

The legacy the Greek captain left at USC will be hard for anyone to match. He made an immediate impact as a freshman, scoring five goals in his first rivalry clash against UCLA followed by an epic game-winner a year later to defeat the Bruins in the NCAA Championship. As a junior, he was the second leading goal scorer on the team, finishing just one behind Nikola Vavic, and the pair led the Trojans to their sixth straight NCAA championship, continuing USC's water polo dynasty. 

However, Genidounias's senior campaign might be his most memorable. The veteran was put in charge of a young Trojan roster that was not favored to keep the national championship streak alive. The senior led USC to its 10th straight NCAA title match, falling just one goal shy of another NCAA crown. He finished with 82 goals on the season, which is the second-most in a season in Trojan history and a career number of 261 goals, the most all-time at USC (graphic below).

Genidounias dedicated this award to his former teammate Jon Walters who passed away in January of 2014. Currently, the Peter J. Cutino award recipient is training with the Greek National Team as he continues to carve his name in the water polo record books. 


Pac-12 Adds Sand Volleyball

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The Pac-12 is the first major conference to officially sponsor women's sand volleyball, making it the 23rd varsity sport. The Conference of Champions has a good place to start with USC coming off an undefeated national championship season.

Here is the official release from the Pac-12:
The Council also voted to make women's sand volleyball a Pac-12 sponsored sport effective this upcoming academic year (2015-16), making it the Conference's 23rd sport and becoming the first major conference to sponsor sand volleyball. Eight member institutions currently sponsor the sport, well above the Conference threshold of six teams to consider sport sponsorship. In a related decision, sand volleyball will have a Pac-12 championship in the spring of 2016. The format of the championship will be based on the to-be-established NCAA automatic qualification requirements. This past year, USC capped an undefeated season with its first AVCA Collegiate Sand Volleyball Team Championship.

Father's Day Sweepstakes

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Enter to win a USC Father's Day dream package in the next 24 hours, complete with the Trojan Athletic Fund game day experience, a pregame locker room tour and so much more.

Click here to enter now!!

We will announce the winner tomorrow on Facebook.


Lamont Simmons Transfers

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Former USC cornerback Lamont Simmons announced that he will be transferring out of the program. The Florida native redshirted his only season as a Trojan.


92 Days to Kickoff

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Three months from today, Traveler runs again.


Foundation for Success

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How has Caryl Smith Gilbert turned around USC track & field in two short years? In a word...recruiting.

If the Trojans are in the running for the NCAA title on either the men's or women's side next week in Eugene, the freshmen will be a big reason why.

As examples, Ky Westbrook and Deanna Hill are the only freshmen to qualify for the NCAA Championships in both the women's 100m and 200m sprints. Kendall Ellis is the only freshman in the women's 400m, while Nick Ponzio represents his entire class in the men's shot put.

Also on the men's side, Ricky Morgan is one of two freshmen in the 400m, Robert Ford is one of two in the 800m, and Marquis Morris is one of two in the 110m HH. Plus, jumpers Adoree' Jackson (long jump) and Randall Cunningham (high jump) sprung onto the scene from day one to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

During the 2015 outdoor season, USC has had four athletes set school freshman records, after claiming the first-season record in three indoor events.  Six of USC's nine men to qualify individually for the NCAA Championships are freshmen, as well as four of the 12 women, in six individual events and as parts of both relays.

Westbrook (left) and Hill (right) are at the core of track's talent reload.