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Connelly To Lead The Line

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USC returns its entire starting offensive line and several key reserves in 2015, so new offensive line coach Bob Connelly will be tasked with molding that young group into a dominant unit. Connelly, who has coached at Alabama and three Pac-12 schools during his 20-year career, will also serve as the run game coordinator replacing Tim Drevno who took the offensive coordinator job at Michigan.

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"We are delighted to have Bob join our staff," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "He is a great fit for what we do. He is very familiar with Pac-12 and West Coast football, and he is also very versatile as he has coached various offensive styles in his career."

Connelly comes directly to USC from Oklahoma State, but he has many bullets on his coaching resume including Alabama (2003-06), Arizona State (2012) and UCLA (2007). He is originally from Texas, and played college ball at Texas A&M-Commerce.

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Photo Gallery: Women's Golf in PV

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No. 6 USC women's golf, playing without the past two NCAA individual champions Annie Park and Doris Chen, still managed a second place finish at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge in Palos Verdes. The Women of Troy were instead led by freshman Amy Lee, who finished third overall in her collegiate debut, and sophomore Gabriella Then, who shot a final round 69.

Click here for the recap.

The Trojans are next in action on Feb. 23-24 at the UC Irvine Invitational in Santa Ana. Here are the John McGillen photos from a beautiful morning in Palos Verdes:


Closing Time

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As Valentine's Day approaches this week, USC men's basketball is all too familiar with heartbreak. The Trojans have gone to the wire in nearly every conference game, but save for one, the results have been disheartening.

USC is back home this week to host Oregon (tonight at 6 p.m.) and Oregon State (Saturday at 2 p.m.) with a chance to get into the Pac-12 mix. The young Trojans are primed to turn close losses into big wins.

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#USCBHM: Richard Wood

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From Gotham City to Hollywood, Richard "Batman" Wood's origin story is the latest profile for USC Black History Month.

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Wood was USC football's first three-time First Team All-American. The Trojans went 31-2-2 during his three seasons, including two national championships.

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Coming For That No. 1 Spot

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

USC men's volleyball lost its first match of the 2015 season, falling to No. 6 Hawaii in five sets last Wednesday, but bounced back to defeat the Rainbow Warriors in five sets on Friday night. The No. 2 Trojans now turn their attention to a two-match series with No. 7 BYU this weekend where the MPSF first place spot is on the line.

Click here for a full recap of USC's loss to Hawaii
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Click here for a full recap of USC's victory over Hawaii.

On Wednesday, the Trojans dropped an early two-set advantage and were overcome by the Warriors in a 26-28, 23-25, 25-23, 25-17, 20-18 loss. USC stormed back on Friday to top Hawaii in another wild, five set match 30-28, 17-25, 18-25, 25-18, 20-18. Christopher Orenic had 17 kills, eight digs and three aces in the victory to accompany Micah Christenson's 17 digs, eight blocks and five aces.

USC plays host to BYU on Thursday (7 p.m. PT) and Friday (7 p.m. PT) in a two-match series at Galen Center.

Here is your weekly update with head coach Bill Ferguson...

Spring Football Dates

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Just three weeks from today, spring football begins!

Here are the practice dates for 2015 (subject to change):

March 3-5-7-10-12-14-24-26-28-31

April 2-4-7-9-11

Weekday practices will begin at 4 p.m., while Saturday practices will start at 11 a.m. The practice locations are to be announced, but the Trojans will likely stick to Cromwell Field and the Coliseum as Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields are being re-sodded. Select practices will be open to the public, but the attendance policy will be announced at a later date.

USC Pro Day is expected to be March 11 on campus. The USC Spring Game is set for April 11 at 3 p.m. in the Coliseum.

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Embracing Expectations

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Last season, the USC baseball team finished with a winning record for the first time in nine years, and as 2015 gets underway, the Trojans are raising their expectations even higher.

For the complete season preview, click here.

In 2013, the team featured 17 freshmen and at points in the last two seasons the Trojans' youth has hindered them. Now, the squad boasts 19 upperclassmen including seven returning starting position players and two starting pitchers.

"We knew a couple years ago when we had 17 freshmen that it was going to be a big transition year for them and that we were going to take our lumps," explained head coach Dan Hubbs. "But last year - especially in the second half of the season - you really saw that this team started to take a step forward in a couple different ways."

Hubbs is especially excited about his pitching staff which features returning starters Kyle Davis, Kyle Twomey and Brent Wheatley in addition to several other returning pitchers and four freshmen. The staff and the team's defense are expected to be USC's greatest strength in the 2015 campaign.

D1Baseball.com projects that the Trojans will make it to the NCAA Tournament in June, and the Trojans are set on accomplishing just that as their season kicks off this Friday (February 13) vs. Towson. The game will be played at Dedeaux Field at 6 p.m. PT.

Here is the official 2015 USC baseball poster featuring (from left) OF Timmy Robinson, RHP Kyle Davis, RHP Brent Wheatley, LHP Kyle Twomey, C Garrett Stubbs and C/DH Jeremy Martinez...

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DCs On The Move

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

krisrichard.jpgDefensive coaches with Trojan ties are on the move in the NFL this week with Kris Richard, Ken Norton Jr. and Clancy Pendergast all being named to new positions around the league.

Richard (pictured) was named as the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks this past week after serving as the secondary coach for the last four seasons. Richard played for Pete Carroll at USC from 1998-2001 and was drafted in the third round of the 2002 NFL Draft by the Seahawks. He played cornerback for the Seahawks, Dolphins and 49ers before leaving the league to join Carroll again and become a graduate assistant at USC. In 2010, Richard followed Carroll back to Seattle and has been an integral part in building the dominant Seahawks secondary known as the "Legion of Boom".

Departing Seattle this week is Ken Norton Jr. - USC's linebackers coach from 2004-09 - who was recently named the defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. At USC, Norton coached many Trojan greats including Lofa Tatupu, Keith Rivers, Brian Cushing, Clay Matthews III and Rey Maualuga. Like Richard, he also joined Carroll in Seattle in 2010 and continued to serve as linebackers coach. Norton will be joining the newly assembled coaching staff of first-year Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio.

Former USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast is also taking his talents to a West Coast NFL franchise to serve as the San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach. Pendergast coached for the Cowboys, Browns, Cardinals, Chiefs from 1996-2009 before entering the college football landscape. He was the defensive coordinator for the California Bears from 2010-12 and then served as the USC defensive coordinator in 2013 under head coach Lane Kiffin. 

#USCBHM: Allyson Felix

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While many athletes shirk the responsibility of being a role model, USC alum Allyson Felix lives up to a gold medal standard on and off the track.

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I Work, We Win: Kaneisha Horn

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USC women's basketball found its groove at Galen Center with dominant victories over Utah and Colorado last week. The Women of Troy were paced by consistent senior Kaneisha Horn who is averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game this season having started all 23 contests for the Trojans.

Click here for Horn's post-game interview on Pac-12 Networks.

The Women of Troy are now 13-10 on the season and 5-7 in the Pac-12. They will be faced with a tough road trip this week in the Bay Area against Stanford (Friday at 6 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Cal (Sunday at 6:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks).

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