Former AD Perry Dies

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Perry-Richard.jpgFormer USC athletic director Dr. Richard Perry, who was at the helm for 20 national team championships during his tenure from 1975 to 1984, died of a stroke and heart attack on Sunday in Riverside. He was 85.

Click here for the complete obituary.

"Dick Perry created the 'Trojan Family' concept at USC, bringing a sense of unity and family not only within our athletic department but with the alumni and fans," said Stan Morrison, who was hired by Perry as the USC men's basketball coach and then later served as UC Riverside's athletic director like Perry.  "He was a great source of poise and reason for me when I was USC's basketball coach, and he provided me with great wisdom and counsel.  I loved him dearly and will really miss him."

Said Barbara Hedges, who worked under Perry as a Trojan associate athletic director after being originally hired in USC's physical education department by Perry:  "Dick Perry did an outstanding job as our athletic director and left an impressive legacy of men's and women's national championships.  It was a privilege for me to work for him.  At that time, we were starting to build our women's athletics program at USC and he was incredibly supportive of our efforts, and that helped result in many national championships."

A memorial service will be held on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Riverside (4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside, CA 92501).

In lieu of flowers, Perry's family requests donations be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (6931 Arlington Rd. #200, Bethesda, MD 20814) or to the YMCA of Long Beach in care of "endowment gift in memory of Richard H. Perry" (3605 Long Beach Blvd. #210, Long Beach, CA 90807).

Buck's Believers

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CBS Sports traveled to Florida to profile USC RB Buck Allen and the two women who helped shape him into the man he is today.

Here is the emotional tale...

Sarkisian Q&A: Utah Week

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian started planning for Utah the moment the Colorado game ended.  Here is our weekly chat with coach about preparing for the Pac-12 South showdown:

Ebony's Career Night

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USC women's volleyball sophomore outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu took matters into her own hands Sunday lifting the Women of Troy to a four-set victory over Oregon State with her first career double-double.  Nwanebu, who has been slowed by an offseason back injury, looked like her dominant self again posting 20 kills and 11 digs.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans split the weekend after dropping Friday's encounter with Oregon in four sets.  They face a challenging week ahead in the Bay Area at Cal (Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and No. 1 Stanford (Sunday at 5 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks).

Here is Nwanebu on her career night:

Kessler's Week

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USC QB Cody Kessler is raking in the honors for his record-setting night. 

The junior quarterback was a Walter Camp National Player of the Week, the College Sports Madness National Offensive Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week, a CFPA National Performer of the Week and the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

Not surprisingly, the Trojan Family also voted Kessler the SoCal Ford Dealers Trojan of the Game.


Photo Gallery: Soccer Stumbles

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USC women's soccer will hit the road after wrapping up its five match home stand with a 2-0 loss to Arizona State.  The Women of Troy play the next four in the Pacific Northwest starting with Oregon (Friday) and Oregon State (Sunday).

The Trojans dominated the Sun Devils statistically racking up 25 shots to ASU's 11, but they could not find the back of the net.

"Once again I didn't think we came out with the intensity necessary to win the game from the start," said head coach Keidane McAlpine. "We then had to play from behind, and you can't do that in this league and expect to win games."

Here are the John McGillen photos:

Afternoon Kick in Pullman

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No. 20 USC's Nov. 1 road game at Washington State will kick off at 1:30 p.m. PT in Pullman, Wash.  It will be televised live nationally on Pac-12 Networks.

The Trojans have won four straight in the Palouse, and eight of nine in the series, but the Cougars upset USC in an ugly affair at the Coliseum last season. 


SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Colorado

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With the Dodgers season over, the great Jon SooHoo is back in the Coliseum photographing the Trojans.  Here are his photos from Homecoming:

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Colorado

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John McGillen was camped out in the end zone to catch the touchdown carousel at the Coliseum as the Trojans hung 56 on the scoreboard.

Here are the photos from pregame, first half and second half:

6-Points: USC 56, Colorado 28

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Cody Kessler's record-setting night highlighted an all-around dominant Homecoming performance by the Trojans.

Click here for the recap and final stats.

Click here for the post-game press conference.

Final-colorado-score.jpgSeventh Heaven

USC has had some legendary quarterbacks including two Heisman Trophy winners, but Cody Kessler stands alone as the only Trojan to throw seven touchdown passes in a single game.  "It's awesome. It is a really cool feeling," Kessler said. "With all the quarterbacks that have come before me, it is a huge honor. They set the bar so high, and I am just proud to be in the same category with those guys."  The junior finished another remarkably efficient night 19/26 for 319 yards and 0 INTs.  He now has 18 TD passes on the season to only one interception. "It is an amazing thing. Cody deserves that," said WR Nelson Agholor, who caught three of the seven.

Lift the Lid

Kessler's big night came at the urging of head coach Steve Sarkisian who has been pushing his quarterback to be more aggressive down the field. "I've been banging the explosive play drum here for about three or four weeks," said Sarkisian. "Cody's belief in the guys tonight was excellent. He anticipated throws down the field. He threw when guys were covered one-on-one, but trusted them to make the plays." Agholor was the primary beneficiary catching 6 passes for a season-high 128 yards and 3 TDs, including a 75-yarder.  "We have to win our one-on-ones," explained Agholor. "Explosive plays, that's what it's all about. If a team dares to play you man, you have to win."

A Second Option

While Agholor is the clear go-to guy in the USC passing game, JuJu Smith is starting to fill the void as the second dependable weapon through the air.  He made 4 catches for 104 yards and his first career TD despite a bad thumb. He even reeled in a remarkable one-handed catch with his banged up hand. "He was tremendous," Sarkisian praised. "That's what is great about this team is we are really starting to understand to give yourself up for the team and to play as a team, and JuJu's performance exemplifies that."

Front Force

In Pac-12 play, the Trojans' defense has stuffed some of the best run offenses in the country including Stanford, Arizona and Arizona State thanks to a powerful front seven. "It is a mindset for the front seven," said LB Anthony Sarao, who had a team-high 12 tackles. "There's no special calls. We just had to take it on and show people that we can stop the run."  The usual suspects like Leonard Williams and Hayes Pullard are starting to get some help from emerging youngsters like DT Claude Pelon and DE Greg Townsend, who each had sacks. "It all starts up front. It has to start with limiting the run game," said Sarkisian, who is already thinking about Utah. "It is going to be huge next Saturday night. We're going to need a great performance out of our defensive front."

Practicing the Finish

After letting late leads slip away against Arizona State and almost Arizona, Sarkisian pushed his defensive starters into the fourth quarter despite tonight's insurmountable margin. "The past two weeks, our fourth quarter defense has not been good at all, so Coach Sark let us know that we have to finish this game," said Sarao. "He'll handle all the questions about running up the score. We had to come out and finish no matter what it was going to be." Sarkisian explained, "We're going to be in dogfights. We're probably going to be in one next Saturday night in Utah, and we need to understand physically and mentally the toll of a four quarter game and how to play a four quarter game."

Ready for Midterms

After the Boston College loss, the young offensive line went back to school, and the unit has improved every game since.  They paved the way for 213 more rushing yards and provided a pocket for Kessler's record-setting performance.  Next week, the offensive line will get the ultimate midseason test against one of the best front seven's in the country.  "They are a very aggressive defense, and very aggressive up front with a great pass rusher in Nate Orchard," Sarkisian provided the early scouting report.  Utah averages 5.5 sacks per game, which is 1.5 more than any other team in the country.

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