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Cotton Bowl Boselli

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

On Friday, USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli was inducted into the 2016 Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame for his performance in the 1995 Classic. The Trojans absolutely dominated Texas Tech in the game, winning 55-14 and setting records for total offense, passing yards, points in one quarter and points in one half. Boselli helped lead the USC offense to a whopping 578 total yards. The two-time All-American was inducted into the Hall of Fame at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas Friday morning along with Fred Akers, Eric Dickerson, Bob Golic, Fred Marshall and Dan Petty.

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

After turning heads at the 2016 NFL Combine, USC CB Kevon Seymour is eager to bring his speed to an NFL roster. Seymour ran the fastest USC 40-yard dash in over a decade after running a 4.39 this February at the Combine. As a Trojan, the cornerback notched 126 tackles including four for loss, 19 deflections, one fumble recovery and three interceptions. Last season, he was the veteran leader of the Trojans' youthful secondary. 

Back at the helm of USC's defense, Clancy Pendergast is preaching communication, technique and disruption in 2016. The defensive coordinator, who returned to USC this year, directed the best Trojan defense in the past seven years during his last stint in 2013. 

Throughout Spring Ball, Pendergast focused on teaching technique at all levels of the defense, his first step in installing an aggressive system that seeks to "spend more time on the offensive side of the line of scrimmage than ours". 

Streak Ends in Ojai

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

USC_Womens_tennis_UCSB__6571.jpgThe No. 19 USC women's tennis team lost a 4-2 heart-breaker to No. 13 Stanford in a battle for the Pac-12 title on Wednesday, ending its nine-match winning streak. The Women of Troy jumped out to an early lead after winning the doubles point, but couldn't hold on when it came down to the wire in singles play.

Click here for a full recap from Wednesday's loss. 

The Women of Troy were treated to dinner with USC athletic director Pat Haden after the match to celebrate their ongoing season (photo below)

The Trojans are now 12-5 entering the NCAA team championships with the bracket being announced on May 3. Currently, USC is competing in the Pac-12 singles and doubles championships, which also take place in Ojai, through April 24. Be sure to follow @USCWomensTennis for match updates, photos and more. 

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On Saturday, April 30, Dedeaux Field belongs to the kids. USC baseball will host Arizonaat 2 p.m. and we are offering our second "Kids Take Over the Ballpark" package for only $25 which includes two tickets (adult and youth), youth t-shirt, a mini USC baseball helmet with ice cream, USC baseball trading cards, two food vouchers and much more.

We Are The Champions

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

The No. 2 USC women's golf team is the 2016 Pac-12 Tournament Champions, defeating crosstown rival UCLA by three strokes on Wednesday afternoon. This is the program's sixth conference title and fifth tournament win this season. The Women of Troy led the entire tournament with all five golfers finishing at par or better. It's the program's first championship since 2013 when it went on to win the NCAA Championship as well. 

Click here for a full recap of the Women of Troy's Pac-12 Championship.

All five USC golfers finished in the top 18, with junior Gabriella Then leading the pack with a third-place finish. It was her first top 10 finish since the season-opener in September. The Women of Troy will now advance to the NCAA Regional Championships May 5-7, looking for its nation-best seventh straight regional championship and 12th overall.

#FightOn Camps 2016

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Train like a Trojan and learn from the best at this summer's Fight On Football Camps conducted by USC head coach Clay Helton and his staff. Seven football camps for high school, elementary school and post-high school players will be held in June on Howard Jones Field, the on-campus practice fields for the USC football team. 


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2016 NFL Draft Preview: Soma Vainuku

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

Any NFL team seeking a versatile player can find the perfect match in USC FB Soma Vainuku. As a Trojan, he rushed for 148 yards on 24 carries (6.2 average) with three touchdowns along with 17 receptions for 124 yards (7.3 average) with one touchdown. Vainuku is also a menace on special teams with two punt returns for 16 yards, 38 tackles, three blocked punts and a fumble recovery. 

The 2016 NFL Draft begins on April 28 at 5 p.m. PT and continues through April 30 on both ESPN and the NFL Network. 

A Century of Greatness on the Diamond

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

In honor of its 100th year of existence, the Pac-12 is releasing its All-Century teams for its respective sports. On Monday, it released its All-Century baseball team with six Trojan players and one coach making the cut. USC also earned special recognition for Player of the Century and Coach of the Century with pitcher Mark Prior and legendary Trojan head coach Rod Dedeaux earning those honors respectively.

Prior dominated the conference in the early 2000s, winning 25 games and averaging 11.5 strikeouts with just 2.1 walks per nine innings. He was only the second collegian to sweep every National Player of the Year award in 2001 and was also the first Trojan to win the Golden Spikes Award in 2001 for setting a Pac-10 record with 202 strikeouts and just 18 walks.

Rod Dedeaux is a Trojan legend, coaching USC to 11 NCAA titles from 1942-1986 and finishing his coaching career as the winningest baseball coach in NCAA Division 1-A with a record of 1,332 wins, 571 losses and 11 ties. Throughout his career, Dedeaux was named the Coach of the Year by the College Baseball Coaches Association six times and eventually was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1970.

Click here for the full list of players on the baseball Pac-12 All-Century team.

The Trojans are represented by Dedeaux and Prior along with pitchers Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson, outfielder Fred Lynn, second baseman Bret Boone, and first baseman Mark McGwire.

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

For the first time in two years, the USC football coaching staff has a decision to make at the quarterback position. The battle for the starting job between Max Browne, Sam Darnold, Jalen Greene and Matt Fink was competitive throughout Spring Ball and on Monday, head coach Clay Helton announced that the battle will continue into the fall.

Browne and Darnold are the two frontrunners for the QB1 title. Browne, the redshirt junior, brings the most experience, appearing in three games as a redshirt sophomore and six as a redshirt freshman. He's completed 11-of-19 passes for 143 yards in his career, and last Saturday in the Spring Game, he completed 7-of-11 for 114 yards and three touchdowns.

After redshirting his freshman year, Darnold came into the spring ready to take the starting spot as a dual-threat talent under center. His speed and arm strength has impressed the coaching staff, making the decision for the starting role a difficult one. In the Spring Game, the redshirt freshman threw for 63 yards on 6-of-7 passing with two touchdowns.

Whoever Helton and his staff decide to go with will have a tough career opener against Alabama on September 3. But with the weapons USC boasts on offense surrounding him and an experienced offensive line in front, the Trojans' next starting quarterback has a promising year ahead.

Who will be USC's next QB? #AllAboutBall #FightOn

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