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Rapid Reaction: USC 38, Cal 30

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The Trojans used a strong first half to beat the Bears tonight.  Here is the Rapid Reaction from LB Hayes Pullard, DE Leonard Williams, TE Randall Telfer, WR JuJu Smith, OL Toa Lobendahn and S Gerald Bowman.


Infographic: USC 38, Cal 30

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Keidane Readies Women for Tourney Time

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USC women's soccer head coach Keidane McAlpine has experienced the NCAA Tournament, but his players have not.  The Women of Troy will play their first postseason game since 2010 Saturday when they travel to No. 4 Pepperdine at Noon.

Here is McAlpine's weekly Q&A setting the stage for tourney time:


Hoops Class of '15: PF Bennie Boatwright

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USC men's basketball inked its first recruit of the 2015 fall class signing Bennie Boatwright, a highly-rated local talent who has a dynamic combination of size and shooting touch.

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He led his Village Christian team to a 27-5 record as a junior and averaged 18.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and nearly a block per game. He scored 30 or more points four times, including a season-high 33 points vs. Grant High. Boatwright made 85 three-point baskets last season and posted three double-doubles.

Boatwright had offers from schools all over the country, including Kansas, UConn, Arizona, UCLA, Gonzaga, Ohio State and Washington.

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Golf Loads Up

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USC men's and women's golf brought in top talent in this signing period, including the Women of Troy landing Tiffany Chan (pictured), the No. 1 junior college golfer in the country. 

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Justin Suh is the big signee for men's head coach Chris Zambri.  He is ranked 28th nationally and 5th in California coming out of Evergreen Valley High in San Jose.

"Justin has been committed to USC for some time and has shown at an early age that he is one of the best California golfers in his class," Zambri said. "He has had tremendous success at the junior level and I fully expect that he will make major contributions to our team when he begins his Trojan career next fall."

Andrea Gaston reeled in a quartet of ball strikers led by Chan, who was raised in Hong Kong and won the 2014 NJCAA national title and was the 2014 National and Florida Junior College Player of the Year, helping Daytona State win its seventh national title. She is joined in the 2015 fall class by Robynn Ree, the No. 9-ranked prep player from Redondo Beach, Calif., and Isabel Ji, the No. 70-ranked prep player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., while Amy Lee, the No. 14-ranked prep player in the country from Brea, Calif., will join the team this spring.

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Meet Elijah Stewart

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USC men's basketball tips off the 2014-15 season Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) at Galen Center against Portland State.

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As we countdown to tip-off this week, we are introducing the Trojan Family to the six new players (four freshmen and two sophomore transfers) who will make up a large chunk of Andy Enfield's rotation.

With just two days to go, get to know freshman guard Elijah Stewart, a Top 50 talent who brings shooting and athleticism to the back court.


Wednesday Night Video

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With a Thursday night game, you get a Wednesday night video to start the hype 24 hours before kickoff. 


2014 Game 10: USC vs. Cal

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California Golden Bears (5-4, 3-4) at USC Trojans (6-3, 5-2)

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m. on ESPN and Watch ESPN

Bear to Watch: Sophomore QB Jared Goff

Goff-Cal.jpgGoff suffered through a trial by fire last season as the true freshman starter on a bad team, but he has emerged as one of the Pac-12's best quarterbacks in year two under Sonny Dykes.  He averages 346.6 passing yards per game which ranks second in the conference and fourth nationally. He is efficient too.  The pocket passer has delivered 27 touchdown passes to only four interceptions completing 62.6% of his passes. He will challenge the Trojans' secondary vertically having already hit on 15 pass plays of 40+ yards, which is the most in the Pac-12 and second nationally.

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3 Keys

Safety First

The Trojans could be without freshman safety John Plattenburg, who is dealing with a thigh bruise, which leaves them thin at the back of the defense.  Leon McQuay and Gerald Bowman, who have both been banged up recently, will start, and Matt Lopes is at the ready again. Whoever lines up at safety, they must be ready for a challenging night as Goff and a talented group of wide receivers look to exploit every inch of the field.

Aim High

Cal averages 41.9 points per game, but they have lost four times because the Bears give up 39.9 points per contest, which ranks dead last in the Pac-12. The root of the problem is Cal's pass defense, which yields 376.4 yards per game (also last in the conference). The Trojans have been bloodthirsty in the passing game recently with Cody Kessler tossing 14 touchdowns in his last three games. The junior quarterback is only 14 TDs shy of the school and Pac-12 record, and he could cut into that deficit significantly on Thursday night.

November to Remember

The Trojans have already had a successful November with a win at Washington State and a bye week to recharge for the finishing kick.  USC has three season-defining rivalry games lined up starting with Cal.  While the Bears don't spark the same fervor as UCLA and Notre Dame, the Trojans cannot even conceive of looking past Cal in the 102nd meeting of the two venerable programs.  The upstart Bears have been close to pulling off upsets over UCLA and Arizona, so the Trojans must take a dangerous opponent seriously.

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Photo Gallery: Clinton at Galen

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USC Athletics and Banc of California joined forces to break a Guinness world record Sunday by gathering more than 7,000 people, including young kids from LAUSD Beyond the Bell, for a financial literacy event at Galen Center featuring former President Bill Clinton. 

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The students learned valuable lessons about the importance of budgeting and saving money, and then stayed around to cheer on USC women's basketball to an exhibition victory over Concordia.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Meet Katin Reinhardt

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USC men's basketball tips off the 2014-15 season Saturday night (7:30 p.m.) at Galen Center against Portland State.

Click here for tickets!

As we countdown to tip-off this week, we are introducing the Trojan Family to the six new players (four freshmen and two sophomore transfers) who will make up a large chunk of Andy Enfield's rotation.

Today, we meet sophomore sniper Katin Reinhardt who was a starter at UNLV on an NCAA Tournament team before coming home to Southern California.