Livin' the Dream

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When Nick Young was at USC, he would constantly watch Kobe Bryant tapes before games to prepare. Now, he is the one hitting game-winning shots for the Lakers.

So swaggy!!! @swaggyp1 gets it done in the clutch for the @lakers. #USCtotheNBA

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Shoe-In for Notre Dame

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USC football is partnerning with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work to conduct a sneaker drive dedicated to tackling homelessness.

Head coach Clay Helton and his wife, Angela, have begun to work on a multi-faceted initiative to help members of the homeless community in Los Angeles. In the month of November, their goal is to collect 5,000 pairs of sneakers, with a special emphasis on large men's sneakers.

"There are so many misconceptions about the homeless," Angela said. "Many people are working and doing the best they can for their children. Clay and I wanted to help. We wanted to do our part."


Leventhal Stat of the Week - Notre Dame

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The USC-Notre Dame rivalry is one of the most prolific in all of college football. The two schools are rich in history and accomplishment --- both owning 11 national titles and sitting in the Top 10 in all-time wins and winning percentage.

The impressive caliber of these two programs extends to the NFL as well. USC and Notre Dame have both had five players selected No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, a record among college football programs. The 12 Pro Football Hall of Famers that each school can claim also lead all programs.

Saturday's game will be yet another matchup of NFL-bound talent. Click here for tickets!


Trojans Rout Privateers

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Five Trojans scored in double figures to lead USC to an 88-54 win over New Orleans last night.

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For the first time this year, USC shot out to an early lead and never trailed, ultimately improving to 4-0 on the season. Junior guard Elijah Stewart's 21 points paced the Trojans, who made a season-high 11 threes. Stewart, Shaqquan Aaron and Jonah Mathews hit three 3s each to set the team's three-point clip at 44.0 percent.

Captain Jordan McLaughlin (11 points, 9 assists) and newcomer De'Anthony Melton (10 points, 5 steals) also made a big impact for the Trojans, who had a season-high 42 points at the half and finished with a season-high 88.

The Trojans carried a 30-point lead throughout a large portion of the second half, which allowed freshman Harrison Henderson his first extended playing time of the season. Sam Dhillon, Kurt Karis and Devin Fleming also made an appearance.

Despite the impressive final score, Stewart praised the team's defense more than its offense. "No one is shooting well right now," he said. "We're stopping teams on defense. That's our strong suit this year. Our offense will come."

Notre Dame Tuesday: Notes

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Written by Max Holm, USC blog contributor 

With one win against a rival under their belts, the Trojans turned their attention to a Saturday match up with Notre Dame.
  • USC_Football_UCLA_Rose_Bowl_McGillen_2016_1812.jpgHead coach Clay Helton updated the state of injuries on the team. Josh Fatu, Adoree' Jackson and Jonathan Lockett returned to practice. The team continued to be cautious with both Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and JuJu Smith-Schuster. Chad Wheeler continues dealing with a wrist sprain and "Pie" Young is still under concussion protocol.
  • USC is preparing for a big rivalry game against the Irish, but it'll also have Senior Day on Saturday, as some Trojans will play their last home game at the Coliseum. Darreus Rogers reflected on his upcoming final game at home after practice.
  • "My last one in the Coli means a lot. I'm trying to leave a legacy for my last game," said Rogers. "It's a sad moment for me, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm trying to have fun." Seniors like Rogers will have a chance to cement great careers by ending the year with wins against both UCLA and Notre Dame.
  • Underclassmen, like Ronald Jones II, are also looking forward to the game, to not just keep up the win streak but also for the older guys on the team. "We want to get this win for the seniors, guys like JD, Zach, all the seniors. We want to have not just the Victory Bell, but the Shillelagh too."
  • The Trojans will be facing a Notre Dame team that is under .500, but Helton emphasized that they must stay focused. "Their record does not match the personnel that's on the field," said Helton. "When you look at the full story you see a very dangerous team. You see a team that's 4-7, but you also see a team that's lost six games by seven points or less."
  • Even though USC cannot control its own destiny in the race for the Pac-12 South - they'll have to await the result of Colorado's game against Utah - Helton stressed how important this game is. "We have so much to play for in this game. We had set a goal to be remembered in November. Now we look up and we could have an undefeated October and November," said Helton. "I don't think that's been done here since 2008."
  • Watch Helton's full press conference here:

Track Stars in the Making

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USC track & field signed six young women and two young men to National Letters of Intent for 2017, Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert announced today.

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Women's sprinters Lauren Rain Williams, Twanisha Terry and Kaelin Roberts, women's hurdlers Chanel Brissett and Shante Robinson, women's hammer thrower Joy McArthur and men's sprinters Nick Moore and Zach Shinnick make up the Class of 2017 so far.

McArthur, Moore, Roberts, Robinson, Shinnick and Williams are in-state kids, while Brissett comes from Wyncote, PA and Terry comes from Miami, FL.

Men's Water Polo Earns MPSF Honors

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firstteam-soccerArtboard 1-3.jpgMPSF.jpgAfter posting a 23-1 record heading into NCAAs, USC men's water polo racked up numerous MPSF honors today.

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Head coach Jovan Vavic was named the MPSF Coach of the Year for the seventh time in his career for helping his team usurp UCLA as the nation's No. 1 squad and earn its 12th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

Freshman Matt Maier earned MPSF Newcomer of the Year honors for scoring 18 goals and also earned an honorable mention from the conference.

Goalie McQuin Baron, driver Matteo Morelli and driver Grant Stein earned first-team all-conference honors. Baron has posted 221 saves so far this season to move up to No. 2 in USC's career saves rankings. Morelli posted 34 goals and Stein netted 31.

USC's Edwards brothers both landed on the MPSF Second Team. It was the second such honor for both Blake and Lachlan. Three more Trojans also earned honorable mention: Nick Bell, James Walters and Marin Dasic.

USC's nine players honored were more than any other school in the conference can claim and are the most players USC has ever had make the conference honor roll.

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Sights and Sounds: USC vs. UCLA

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The Trojans eliminated the rivalry hype and focused on picking up their seventh consecutive victory.

Here are the Sights and Sounds from USC vs. UCLA at the Coliseum:

2016 #USCtotheNFL Week 11

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Following USC's win over UCLA on Saturday night, the Trojans in the NFL represented the Cardinal and Gold proudly, with a few of them having their best games of the season.

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lee-nfl.jpgThe Best

Jaguars receiver Marqise Lee hauled in 4 receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown on Sunday for his first score of the season. He also added a 42-yard kick return on his big day. Lee is second on the team with 544 yards this year. He leads the Jaguars with 241 yards after catch.

The Best of the Rest

Nickell Robey-Coleman, CB, Bills - 3 tackles, 1 pass defended

Kevon Seymour, CB, Bills - 2 tackles, 1 pass defended

Robert Woods, WR, Bills - 3 receptions for 41 yards before leaving game with injury

Josh Shaw, CB, Bengals - 3 tackles

Shareece Wright, CB, Ravens - 7 tackles, 2 passes defended

Jurrell Casey, DT, Titans - 3 receptions, 1 pass defended

Carson Palmer, QB, Cardinals - 20-of-38 for 198 yards and 2 TD

Frostee Rucker, DT, Cardinals - 4 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QB hit

Everson Griffen, DE, Vikings - 2 tackles, 3 QB hits

Devon Kennard, LB, Giants - 4 tackles

T.J. McDonald, S, Rams - 3 tackles, 1 QB hit

Nick Perry, LB, Packers - 4 tackles, 1 sack

Su'a Cravens, S/LB, Redskins - 5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 pass defended

Malcolm Smith, LB, Raiders - 10 tackles, 1 INT

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Trojans Live: Notre Dame Preview

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Coming off one rivalry game and going into another, Trojans Live was football heavy on Monday night.

Head coach Clay Helton broke down the win over UCLA and previewed Saturday's contest with Notre Dame, while also making a plea for fans to participate in the Sneaker Drive.

Click here to watch Helton on Trojans Live.

Sophomore WR Deontay Burnett told the story of his rise from lightly recruited blue shirt to a dependable target for Sam Darnold.

Click here to watch Burnett on Trojans Live.

And finally, RB Justin Davis will run out of the Coliseum tunnel for the final time on Saturday, which is a thought that he cannot wrap his head around.