Two Months Away

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Two months from today, USC football is back! 

The Trojans tee it up in the Coliseum against Fresno State on Saturday, August 30, at 4:30 p.m. PT.  The USC secondary will be anchored by Freshman All-American safety Su'a Cravens, who snagged four interceptions in his first season.


Solomon's American Champ

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USC alum Duane Solomon sprinted to a first place finish in the 800m highlighting several standout performances by Trojans at the USA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento.  Solomon posted a winning time of 1:44.30 to make it back-to-back U.S. titles for the 2012 Olympian.

"I think my best way to race is to run like this," said Solomon. "If I run like this every race, I'm going to be hard to beat."

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Several Trojans littered the Top 5 in other events including Ryan Wilson and Aleec Harris, who finished second and fourth respectively in the 110m HH, as well as NCAA champion Reggie Wyatt, who grabbed third in the 400m IH.

Final All-Around Standings

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USC closed strong this school year to move up to 8th in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings, which rank the performances of each school's 10 best men's and women's programs.  Stanford won the Directors' Cup for the 20th time.

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The Trojans were carried by the men this year with tennis and water polo winning national championships, so USC fared even better in the Capital One Cup men's standings finishing 5th (pictured below), which is an improvement from 14th last year.  The Women of Troy finished 2013-14 at 18th in the women's Capital One Cup standings.


Tri and Tri Again

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USC men's volleyball alum Tri Bourne picked up his first gold medal on the professional beach volleyball circuit by teaming up with John Hyden, a San Diego State alum, to win the FIVB Berlin Grand Slam.  Bourne, who recently turned 25 on June 20, helped make Hyden, 41, the oldest men's player ever to win FIVB open gold. 

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Bourne, a native of Hawaii, is playing on the beach after a professional indoor career in Puerto Rico. He was a member of USC teams that were the NCAA runner-up in 2009 and finished third in 2011 when he was a senior.

Hyden (left) and Bourne (right) hangin' loose on the Berlin beach.
GetImage (8).jpeg(Photo courtesy of FIVB)

Libero U

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USC is known as a factory for many skilled professions like entrepreneur, filmmaker and linebacker.  Women's volleyball is developing a libero legacy.

As Team USA preps for its Galen Center showdown against No. 1 Brazil on July 6, two Women of Troy alums battle it out for the starting libero spot.

Nicole Davis is the veteran.  She led USC to back-to-back national championships in 2002 and 2003, and she is a two-time U.S. Olympian.

Natalie Hagglund is the new kid on the block.  She recently finished up her Trojan career as a three-time All-American and Academic All-American First Team.

Here is a video profile on Davis with commentary from Hagglund:

Throwback Thursday: USC-Hawks

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Thanks to Getty Images for this gem of Super Bowl champions Michael Morgan, Malcolm Smith and Anthony McCoy, who were sure to find each other at the Seahawks celebration to represent their Trojan pride.


Win Sark's Seats: Notre Dame

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This is your final chance to Win Sark's Seats!  We saved the best for last. 

Enter now for a chance to win VIP tickets, VIP parking and VIP tailgate passes to USC vs. Notre Dame at the Coliseum.

Click here to enter!!!

Congratulations to Roberto Coppola and Jeffrey Viray who won Sark's seats for the Colorado and Cal games, respectively.


Train Like a Trojan

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USC head strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis and his staff are hosting a Speed and Power Camp this Sunday, June 29, for aspiring athletes in grades 6-12 looking to improve their explosiveness and strength.

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Click here to sign-up or email a question.

In the state of the art John McKay Center weight room, campers will be introduced to explosive Olympic weight training movements and receive in-depth instruction on technique. These movements are designed to improve overall power and explosiveness, setting the foundation for campers to increase their speed and jumping ability.

On the field, campers will be put through the same dynamic warm-up USC athletes complete before each competition to achieve peak performance. On-field work will include instruction for proper running mechanics, agility training and exposure to plyometric movements to increase each athlete's explosiveness.

Sports nutrition and recovery will also be addressed. Each participant will leave the camp with a foundation of knowledge and skills to improve performance in all sports.

This camp is applicable for athletes in all sports. All campers will begin registration at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 5:30 p.m. All camp participants will receive a camp T-shirt and meal.


Taj Turns 29

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USC men's basketball alum Taj Gibson, the 2009 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year, turns 29 today.  While he has gone on to fame and fortune in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls, he was always the underrated warrior at Troy.

He had many signature moments in Cardinal and Gold, including dominating North Carolina in the Sweet 16 as a freshman and going 10-for-10 in an NCAA Tournament victory over Boston College, but perhaps most memorably, he shut down James Harden one-on-one to seal Pac-10 Tournament title.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Football 101

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USC's annual hands-on football tutorial for fans of the Trojans was another huge success as novices of the game were able to learn the ins and outs from Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff.

Attendees can click here for their photos.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos from a fun day in Troy: