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Boys of Summer

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With the NFL Draft behind us and baseball season in full swing, it's a good reminder that the Trojans have more than one pipeline to the pros. Last week, USC baseball alum Andrew Triggs was called up to the Oakland A's, making him the 111th major leaguer in Trojan history, the most by any school.

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No. 1 With Three to Go

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Boasting a perfect 23-0 record, No. 1 USC women's water polo is hoping its upcoming trip to the NCAA Championships will yield the same outcome as the last time they held the top seed. The Women of Troy brought home an NCAA Title as a one-seed in 2013, and after securing the MPSF Title last weekend, the Trojans are intent on repeating history when the 2016 tournament opens on May 13. 


The 2016 Championships will be a 10-team, single-elimination tournament that includes four MPSF teams - USC, UCLA, Stanford and Arizona State. The Trojans open play at 3:30 p.m. PT on May 13, playing the winner of one of two play-in games. 

Be sure to follow @USCWaterPolo to stay up to date on the Trojans as they pursue the program's fifth national championship and second undefeated season!

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Greatness Continues

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USC men's and women's golf have championship caliber teams this season as the NCAA Tournament nears, but both programs also have storied pasts upon which the foundation for success was built. Trojan golfing history was recognized by the Pac-12, which placed four men and two women on the All-Century Teams.

The USC men had the Pac-12's Coach of the Century, Randy Lein, as well as four players: Scott Simpson, Sam Randolph, Craig Stadler and Dave Stockton - the most by any school in the conference. Two Women of Troy, Lizette Salas and Annie Park (pictured), were given all-century designation.

Click here for the full story on the men.

Click here for the full story on the women.

The men's quartet represents the historical greatness of the program highlighted by Stadler, the 1982 Masters winner, and Simpson, the 1987 U.S. Open champion. The Women of Troy have been a dominant program over the last decade led by national champions Salas, a four-time All-American, and Park, the 2013 National Player of the Year.

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The Trojans are counting on youth to provide their first line of defense this fall. In the absence of Antwaun Woods, Delvon Simmons and Greg Townsend Jr., who are now pursuing NFL careers, USC will look to sophomores Rasheem Green, Noah Jefferson, Jacob Daniel and Malik Dorton along with redshirt freshmen Kevin Scott and Christian Rector and freshman Liam Jimmons to anchor the line in new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast's defense.

The Trojans are counting on youth to form the first line of defense this fall. #FightOn #AllAboutBall

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Don't Mock the Mocks

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The 2016 Trojans have three players that the way-too-early 2017 NFL mock drafts have already targeted as potential first round picks. OT Zach Banner, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and CB/WR Adoree' Jackson are all considered prime prospects for the next level, although Smith-Schuster and Jackson are still juniors, so they could opt to return to school after this season.

While so much can change in a year, here's what some mock drafts had to say about USC's star trio:

Senior OT Zach Banner

No. 15 to the Bengals (The Big Lead)
No. 16 to the Bills (SB Nation)
No. 23 to the Vikings (Bleacher Report)

Junior WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

No. 5 to the Titans (SB Nation)
No. 7 to the Titans (The Big Lead)
No. 21 to the Chiefs (CBS Sports)
No. 26 to the Bengals (Bleacher Report)

Junior CB/WR Adoree' Jackson

No. 11 to the Titans (SB Nation)
No. 18 to the Giants (CBS Sports)
No. 19 to the Panthers (The Big Lead)
No. 20 to the Raiders (Sports Illustrated)

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What mom doesn't love diamonds as a gift on Mother's Day? Baseball diamonds that is. Join USC Baseball this Sunday (May 8) at 1 p.m. for a Mother's Day Brunch special ticket pack which includes two game tickets, brunch for two, a USC tote bag, O-P-I nail polish, an autographed poster and more! 

Crosstown Clinched

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crosstown-clinched.jpgUSC has clinched the 2015-16 BMW Crosstown Cup over UCLA! For the 10th time in 15 years, the Trojans defeated the Bruins in the annual head-to-head competition.

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The Trojans finished strong by besting the Bruins four times this past weekend, winning the annual dual meets in women's rowing and women's track & field, as well as topping UCLA in the Pac-12 men's golf and beach volleyball championships. While USC and UCLA baseball are set to square off May 13-15 and the Trojans and Bruins could meet in postseason play in several sports, UCLA cannot capture enough remaining events to make up the 45-point deficit.

Click here for the updated results and schedule.

"Congratulations to all of our student-athletes and coaches for their efforts and performances in helping USC claim its 10th SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup," said USC athletic director Pat Haden. "The USC-UCLA rivalry is the best in college athletics, with two universities of such noted academic and athletic excellence sharing the same city. This Crosstown Cup competition means so much to both schools and to our fans.  On behalf of Trojans everywhere, I am proud to say that USC is once again the Crosstown Cup champion."


2016 NFL Draft Recap

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USC added four more members to its record-setting fraternity of all-time NFL Draft picks this weekend, and seven Trojans received UDFA offers from six different teams. 

For our complete 2016 NFL Draft recap, check out our Slate site below:

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Splitting Sunday

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For the third year in a row, the USC women's track & field team defeated UCLA at the annual dual meet held in Westwood on Sunday. The Women of Troy won 13 or 19 events and outscored the Bruins 97-66, while the men's team fell 103-60 and won eight events. The Trojan women have won eight of the last nine meetings with their crosstown rivals. 


"I'm proud of the team today, I loved the way they finished the meet," said USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith Gilbert. "We came in as underdogs on both sides and we came out on top for the women. We had great performances on the men's side and the women really stepped up and came through."

The women's team started the day strong and never looked back, with Tanya Sapa winning the Women of Troy's first event of the day with a mark of 55-7.75 in the shot put and the women's 4x400m relay team ending the meet with a winning time of 3:36.70. Jaide Stepter, Kendall Ellis and Cameron Pettigrew finished one, two, three in the 400m and Tynia Gaither, DeAnna Hill and Ellis later swept the 200m to give the Trojans a combined 18 points in just two events. Gather also won the 100m with a PR of 11.21 (+0.1) and Stepter also finished first in the 400m IH.

On the men's side, sophomore Adoree' Jackson led the way, winning the long jump, the 100m and running the final leg in the victorious 4x100m relay. Ricky Morgan, who ran the second leg of the relay, won the 400m race in 46.32 as the only Trojan in the event. Diego Lopez and Nathan Bultman won the javelin and hammer throw, respectively, scoring 10 points for the Trojan men in the field. 

Next up, the USC men's and women's track & field teams will prepare for the Pac-12 Championships. The Multi-Events Championships will be held in Seattle Washington on May 7 and 8 while the Pac-12 Championships will be held in Seattle on May 14 and 15. Be sure to follow @USC_Track_Field to stay up to date on all postseason track news. 

Check out all the John McGillen photos from the annual dual meet...

Adoree' Knows Track

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This spring, sophomore dual-sport star Adoree' Jackson elected to focus exclusively on his track & field pursuits, taking the spring season off from football to focus on making the Olympic Trials. It's evident after this weekend that his choice is paying off, at least as far as USC Director of Track & Field Caryl Smith-Gilbert is concerned.

In USC and UCLA's annual dual meet on Sunday, Jackson won the long jump, 100m and 4x100m relay (along with fellow USC football players Ronald Jones II and Dominic Davis) and placed second in the 200m, single-handedly scoring 13 points for USC and helping the Trojans earn five more in the relay. 

His 10.38 in the 100m was a personal record, the men's relay time of 39.89 was a season best, but despite winning the long jump with a mark of 25-4.75, Jackson told Lindsey Thiry of the LA Times he was unsatisfied with his performance. With the final regular season meet now behind him, Jackson's full focus is on finishing the year strong enough in the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships to qualify for the Olympic Trials. The top 24 long jumpers in the country will qualify, and the sophomore can also earn a trip to Eugene with a mark of 26-5. 

"I'm not even worried about that," Jackson told Thiry. "At the end of the day you just got to go out there and compete and let it come to you. ...That's why I'm being patient and the mark is going to come."