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One Team. One Heritage. One Future.

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The Coliseum Renovation website unveiled a brand new intro video, interactive timeline and much more this morning, so the Trojan Family can learn about the improvements coming to one of America's historical landmarks.

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The venerable stadium has been our home since 1923, and thanks to this restoration project, the Trojans' future in the Coliseum is secure for the generations to come.

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Amazing Amalie

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For the second time in two seasons, USC junior heptathlete Amalie Iuel took on seven events in two days and emerged victorious at the Pac-12 Multi-Events Championships. The 2016 Pac-12 Heptathlon Champion won or tied for the lead in five events and finished in the top three in all but one at the competition in Seattle last weekend. Iuel was the only competitor to score over 6,000 points, and her total of 6,011 propelled her from third to second on USC's all-time list, and to seventh all-time in the conference. Iuel's title, along with freshman Lyndsey Lopes' fifth-place finish, give the Trojan women 14 points heading into the 2016 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. 


After finishing in third in 2015, Iuel was intent upon returning to the top of the podium where she stood as champion her freshman season. She leapt out of the gate on day one, tying for the lead in her first event (the 100m HH), winning the next (high jump), and never relinquishing her lead in the competition after that. The junior went on to win the long jump, 800m and 200m en route to her second Pac-12 Title, recording personal records in the high jump, shot put, 200m and 800m. 

Lopes recorded a personal best total point score of 5,277 to place fifth, earning USC four total points in the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships. The remaining 20 events will be contested in Seattle on May 14 and 15. Be sure to follow @USC_Track_Field to stay up to date on the Trojans' postseason action. 

Back-to-Back on the Beach

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IMG_5305.JPGUSC women's beach volleyball swept Florida State, 3-0, to claim the first-ever NCAA Championship in beach volleyball and earn the program back-to-back national championships. The Women of Troy finished the remarkable season on a 30-match winning streak, dominating the country's best teams on the biggest stage in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes extended their two-year run of victories to 73 straight, clinching the championship dual match over the Seminoles after Nicolette Martin/Allie Wheeler and Jo Kremer/Zoe Nightingale earned the first two points. Claes and Hughes were named to the All-Tournament Team at the No. 1 position, while Kremer/Nightingale made it at the No. 5 spot.


The inaugural NCAA Championship was nationally televised on TBS, and the Women of Troy emerged as the stars of the show. From their dancing warm-up, to the inspirational story of Alexa Strange and her blind mother, and finally their victory dip into the ocean, the Trojans brought an ineffable spirit all season long.

"We're coming home with the natty!" said an emotional head coach Anna Collier. "We're bringing it home for Pat Haden and the USC athletic department."



Spring Breakdown: Inside Linebackers

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Communication is key in Clancy Pendergast's defense, so the onus is on the inside linebackers and safeties to quarterback the unit.

The Trojans have a nice mix at inside linebacker, highlighted by Freshman All-American Cam Smith, who is on schedule to return from last season's knee injury. The veterans of the group, seniors Quinton Powell and Michael Hutchings, enjoyed excellent spring practices, benefiting from a clean slate under this coaching staff.

Talented rising sophomore Osa Masina battled nagging injuries as a freshman and during spring, but he has the ability to make a major impact this fall. Junior Olajuwon "Boodah" Tucker stepped up in a pinch last season, so he brings added experience to the group.


Two-Horse Race

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Put on your biggest hat and mix up some mint juleps because the Trojan Family has two horses entered in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.

trojan-nation-20160505.jpgThe obvious favorite is Trojan Nation, named in honor of proud USC alum Morty Gilbert, the father of the horse's owner. Trojan Nation (pictured right) is an underdog (43-1) and drawn on the rail, but he would not be the first Trojan horse to surprise.

He is a maiden, meaning he has never won a race, but he comes from good stock, and he finished second in the Wood Memorial. He will be the first winless horse entered in the Kentucky Derby since 1998.

"I'm sure there's horses getting a lot more press than this guy, but that's all right," said trainer Paddy Gallagher.

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However, Trojan Nation is actually owned by two Bruins, Aaron Sones and Julie Gilbert, so if you find that unsavory, cheer on the horse in Cardinal and Gold silks, Danzing Candy. The 33-1 shot is owned by Jim and Dianne Bashor, Trojans through and through, who dedicated Bashor Lounge in the new Heritage Hall.

Danzing Candy (pictured below) will be coming on the outside from post 20. The California colt won the San Felipe Stakes and finished fourth at the Santa Anita Derby.

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Championship Season

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With six active teams in the national Top 5, including four conference title winners and two programs on undefeated runs, USC is ready for championship season.


Malibu Magic

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USC women's tennis will begin its NCAA journey just a short drive away along the coastal cliffs of Malibu. The Women of Troy will open against UNLV on Friday, May 13, and a win sets up a date with either host No. 8 Pepperdine or Idaho on Saturday, May 14.

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After a 12-5 season, USC made the NCAA Tournament for the 25th consecutive time, including a semifinal run last year. Head coach Richard Gallien, who has presided over the last 21 of those 25 straight postseason appearances, has built the team around two-time All-American Giuliana Olmos as well as sophomore standouts Madison Westby and Gabby Smith, versatile junior Zoe Katz, and freshmen phenoms Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes.

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Growing Legends

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USC beach volleyball duo Kelly Claes and Sara Hughes are in the midst of historic careers. The juniors have already collected team and pairs national championships as sophomores, and now they are the inaugural Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Year.

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Claes and Hughes are riding a 69-match winning streak, having dropped just one set this season, into the inaugural NCAA Championships, which begin Friday in Alabama. Claes was also named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, while Hughes, junior Sophie Bukovec and senior Alexa Strange joined her on the all-conference first team.

No. 1 USC beach volleyball team (30-2) was awarded the second seed in the inaugural NCAA championship tournament and will face Georgia State (25-8) in a first-round match on Friday at 11 a.m. CT (9 a.m. PT). The event will be televised live by Turner Networks, with truTV providing live coverage on Friday and Saturday from 2-5 p.m. CT (12-3 p.m. PT). The championship round will air on TBS on Sunday at 1 p.m. CT (11 a.m. PT). Additional live streaming coverage of every court in each match of the tournament will be available on NCAA.com.


Spring Breakdown: Outside Linebackers

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New USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast wants his defense living in the opponent's backfield, collecting tackles-for-loss and harassing enemy quarterbacks. The edge rushers are expected to lead the charge, starting with versatile junior Uchenna Nwosu and returning sack leader sophomore Porter Gustin.

Jabari Ruffin is the veteran of the group, entering his fifth season, while redshirt freshman John Houston Jr. and true freshman Oluwole Betiku benefited from spring football. More help arrives in the fall, including highly touted pass rusher Connor Murphy from Arizona.


Hoping to be the Perfect 10

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USC men's tennis will enter the NCAA Tournament as the 10-seed, hosting the first two rounds at Marks Stadium. The Trojans will open against UNLV on Friday, May 13, and the winner will advance to play the winner of Georgia Tech vs. UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, May 14.

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Under the direction of head coach Peter Smith, USC has won five of the last seven NCAA titles and the program boasts 21 national championships, the most by any school. Last year, the Trojans were bounced in the quarterfinals.

USC went 15-6 this season, reaching the NCAA Tournament for the 10th consecutive year. The Trojans are led by senior Max de Vroome and junior Nick Crystal, both of whom earned spots in the NCAA Singles bracket.

The final four rounds of the NCAA Championship will be held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Here is the complete bracket:

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