Bricio's Hat Trick

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USC junior outside hitter made it three-for-three in her career as the Pac-12 honored her once again on the all-conference team.  She is the 11th Trojan to earn All-Pac-12 honors three times joining all-time greats like Katie Haller and April Ross.

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Sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu and junior middle blocker Alicia Ogoms picked up honorable mention status. 

The Trojans are en route to Chapel Hill for the NCAA Tournament first and second rounds.  They will take on Coastal Carolina at 1:30 p.m. PT on Friday with the winner advancing to play either No. 7 North Carolina or Hampton on Saturday.


Five Trojans Named All-Pac-12

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USC matched Oregon and Utah for the most All-Pac-12 First Team selections as RB Buck Allen, WR Nelson Agholor, C Max Tuerk, DE Leonard Williams and OLB Su'a Cravens were named among the conference's elite.  Williams is USC's first two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection since Robert Woods (2010-11).

Click here for the complete All-Pac-12 release.

Freshman JuJu Smith was the only Trojan on the All-Pac-12 Second Team as an all-purpose/special teams player.  Seven Trojans earned honorable mention: QB Cody Kessler, CB Adoree' Jackson, OG Viane Talamaivao, OL Toa Lobendahn, LB Hayes Pullard, OLB J.R. Tavai and TE Randall Telfer.


2014 NFL Week 13

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The Best

Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings - 5 tackles (3 solo) with 2 sacks and a TD return

Griff-AP.jpgGriffen continued his assault on NFL quarterbacks with two more sacks giving him 11 on the season, which ranks seventh in the league.  He punctuated another dominating performance with his second career touchdown returning a blocked punt for six.  The fifth year pro is building on a career season after receiving a long term mega-contract this summer.

(Photo via AP/Jim Mone)

Best of the Rest

Marqise Lee, WR, Jaguars - 6 catches for 75 yards and a TD

Devon Kennard, OLB, Giants - 3 tackles-for-loss including 2 sacks

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 7 tackles (5 solo) including two for loss

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 4 catches for 71 yards

Mark Sanchez, QB, Eagles - 20/29 for 217 yards and 1 TD plus 28 yards rushing and a TD

Shareece Wright, CB, Chargers - 7 tackles (6 solo) and a pass defended

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 5 solo tackles and a pass defended

Clay Matthews, OLB, Packers - 6 tackles (4 solo) and a pass defended

Classic Win for Women of Troy

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USC women's basketball continued its stellar start winning the SMU Thanksgiving Classic by taking down the hosts in the final.  The Women of Troy defeated SMU 64-57 a day after beating Sam Houston State 88-67.

Senior Alexyz Vaioletama was named the tournament MVP, and Jordan Adams joined her on the all-tournament team.

Click here for the tournament recap.

The Trojans have now won five consecutive games after dropping the season opener to No. 1 South Carolina. Next up, they hit the road once again at St. Mary's on Saturday.

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Chick Hearn Winners

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Our own Caroline Deisley and junior walk-on wide receiver Robby Kolanz, who was named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention this week along with OLB Charles Burks, were awarded the 2014-15 Chick Hearn Scholarships by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The future sports broadcasters were recognized at halftime of the Lakers game at STAPLES Center last Friday night.


Trojans in Business: Randy Flores

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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Name: Randy Flores

Resume: Founder of On Deck Digital

Sport at USC: Baseball

Caroline Deisley (CD): So, it seems like you got the idea for your startup from your experiences as a baseball player - at least, your original idea. When did you decide that this was something you could take from an athletic standpoint and turn into a business career?

Randy Flores (RF): You know what? It actually happened on campus at USC. The idea came when I was a graduate student specifically, in the 2013 season, when I was the assistant coach at USC. While I was recruiting, I was at all of these high school showcases and tournaments for baseball scattered across field after field. I'm watching these things with a notepad and see parents holding up their iPhones, iPads and their little camcorders and the video experience is stuck in the 90s. It doesn't match what I had access to in the major leagues. So, then that little idea and thought turned into something that just wouldn't leave my brain. I began embarking on finding out why that was so, and then just decided that if no one else was doing it let's see if I piece it together. 

CD: Did you ever think while you were playing that this would be a career path you would follow or that you would one day start your own company?

RF: No, not at all. I have to give that credit for the encouragement to do it to the Senior Associate Athletic Director Mark Jackson. When I was on campus as a coach and in grad school, Mark Jackson asked me what I thought my career path would be. At the time I was in the uniform as a coach and I absolutely loved it - loved being a USC coach particularly. I still had another year of graduate school and I realized it was not certain if I would come back as assistant coach again next year. So, I had a decision to make on whether or not I should stay in the uniform as a coach and leave USC or stay at USC, finish my degree and find out what was next. Mark Jackson gave me the encouragement. I'll never forget this. He said, "Randy, use the experience while you're here on campus with the tremendous resources that are all around you, the network you have and the relationships that are on campus to execute a solution to a problem that you've encountered in your experience." I had never thought that way. It had never occurred to me to think that way - to think a bit out of the box. I went home that night and I started thinking of what problems I had experienced while in uniform as a player. Immediately, it came to me that a few months earlier I had experienced that pain point trying to recruit and get videos of recruits while also seeing parents struggle to get videos of their kids. It got me thinking..."I'm already in school. I'm not already in a typical nine to five work environment. Why don't I take this opportunity to tackle it and see if we can make a business out of it?"

CD: So, what was your first move? What does it take to start your own company?

RF: (chuckles) Ignorance. I don't know. It's competitive. It's just an idea when it's on the couch but it has a chance to be something when you take steps to execute. It really began by going around campus at USC and asking people if I could share what I had in mind. Because I was in graduate school, had a .edu in my email address, was a coach and had a track record as a major league player, the people on campus were kind enough to pick up the phone, to take a meeting in their office, to take my email and respond as I began a little bit of a research project on what it would take to try to tackle this. I can't do it by myself. Being in graduate school and being on campus at SC, the Trojan Family really came into effect because everyone was there to assist the process. It was just an amazing experience to live through and still is. My programmers now, my coders and technology officers are from USC. My seed capital for the business came from USC grads. Legal counsel as well were USC graduates. So, it really was the Trojan Family seeing that I was working and taking action steps and then meeting my action with their action and advice. 

Freaky Freshman

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The PAC-12 released its annual conference awards on Tuesday with the regular season now complete. USC freshman Adoree' Jackson received the Freshman Defensive Player of the Year award after putting up mind-blowing numbers in his rookie season. The young corner had 42 tackles on the year including four for loss while also forcing a fumble and breaking up nine passes. 

The most celebrated signee of USC's 2014 recruiting class, Adoree' Jackson has surpassed the highest of expectations. The freshman phenom immediately contributed on all three sides of the ball: offense, defense and special teams. On offense, he had seven receptions for 65 yards including two touchdowns. On special teams, he averaged 27.7 yards per kickoff return including a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Utah, earning him PAC-12 Special Teams Player of the Week. 

The Trojans' defensive backfield was an area of concern going into the season, but Jackson emerged as the team's most reliable corner. The defense's dependency on Jackson limited his ability to contribute as much offensively. In fact, after being named a defensive starter against Arizona State on October 4th, the freshman did not see another play on offense until November 13 against Cal. 

Jackson scored in USC's season opener against Fresno State much to the delight of the Trojan faithful, but he would not reach the end zone again until the regular season finale at the Coliseum against Notre Dame. The versatile freshman started on both offense and defense against the Fighting Irish - the first Trojan to do so since at least the late 60s. 

Not only has the freshman immediately made an impact on the football field, but he will also take his talents and insane athletic ability to the sand pit, competing as a long jumper for the USC track & field team in the spring.


#IAmUnbroken - Ricky Rosas

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As the countdown continues to the Christmas release of Unbroken, the feature film telling the life story of USC's iconic war hero Louis Zamperini, here is part four in our #IAmUnbroken video series featuring Ricky Rosas. The USC super fan beat pediatric cancer to live a life filled with joy and positivity.

Click here to submit your #IAmUnbroken story of courage.

In addition, USC is raising money to endow a track and field scholarship in Zamperini's name.

Click here to see the donation page.

Here is Rosas' message of hope:


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With one last chance to play in front of the Coliseum faithful in 2014, the Trojans put on a show to remember honoring the seniors and the fans with a 49-14 dusting of Notre Dame.

Here is an UNFILTERED look:

Sarkisian Q&A: Notre Dame Recap

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In his final Q&A of the regular season, head coach Steve Sarkisian looked back at the big win over Notre Dame and ahead to the young talent in this program coming of age.