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Men's BBall Welcomes Shaqquan Aaron

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USC men's basketball announced on Wednesday that former Louisville guard Shaqquan Aaron has transferred to the program. He will have three years of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2016-17 season.

"Shaqquan's terrific skills will compliment our other young players and we believe he will be a special player during his career at USC," said head coach Andy Enfield.

The wing played in 23 games for the Cardinals during his freshman season, including two starts, and averaged 1.3 points in 7.2 minutes per game. The two-time first-team AP Class 3A all-state selection coming out of Rainier Beach High in Seattle was ranked No. 26 nationally by 247Sports.com, 27th by Scout.com and 30th by Rivals.com. He was also ranked No. 33 in the ESPN 100.

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All-American Boy

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor 

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USC Sunday ace Mitch Hart was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American on Wednesday after finishing 7-3 with an ERA of 4.07 in his first year with the Trojans. 

The right-hander started 15 games and appeared in 16, pitching 86.1 innings, the second most on the team behind junior Kyle Twomey. The Trojans go-to Sunday starter held opponents to a batting average of .244, which is the second-lowest on the team behind Marc Huberman but Hart faced nearly twice as many batters. This Freshman All-American nomination comes on the heels of the Pac-12 naming Hart an honorable mention to its all-conference team. 

Historic Holes

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

It's already been a historic weekend for USC men's golf at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Florida, but the Trojans aren't quite finished yet. After defeating No. 2 Texas, 3-0, Tuesday morning and No. 4 Illinois, 3-1-1, in an epic semifinal match later that afternoon, USC is headed to its first ever NCAA Championship final to be played Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. PT.
 
Click here for a complete recap of Tuesday's quarterfinal and semifinal matches.

The Trojan trio of junior Bobby Gojuangco, sophomore Rico Hoey and freshman Sean Crocker got their team off to a strong start, winning each of their matches to secure the upset victory and USC's spot in its first ever NCAA match play semifinal.

In the afternoon, the Trojans were victorious underdogs once again, finishing one of the best days in program history by beating the top-seeded Illini. Gojuangco and Hoey won their second matches of the day, 3&2 and 2&1 respectively, leaving the outcome up to three of their teammates locked in tight duels. Freshman Jonah Texeira staged a comeback in his match, pulling even on the 18th after facing a three-hole deficit on the 14th. But it was senior Eric Sugimoto who ultimately clinched the Trojans' finals berth on 17 with a 3&1 victory.

According to Sugimoto, the Trojans' performance this weekend was foreshadowed by "flashes of brilliance" throughout the season. Now the team is finally putting all of the pieces together when it matters most, and is on the cusp of winning the program's first national title.

The championship final match begins at 7:30 a.m. PT and will be broadcast live on the Golf Channel starting at 8:30 a.m. Click here for the network's complete coverage of the NCAA Championships.

Check out Hoey's incredible shot from 180 yards out to win the 9th hole...

Dual Threats

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Women of Troy are setting the bar high both on and off the field, as demonstrated by the eleven women's lacrosse players named to the MPSF All-Academic Team and the three women's rowers recognized by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association as National Scholar-Athletes this season.

Seniors Kaila Sommi (pictured) and Kaitlyn Couture, who boast the best GPAs on the team, topped the USC women's lacrosse selections as three-time selections to the all-academic team. Sommi graduated with a 3.86 in business administration and Couture finished the semester with a 3.36 in communication and digital social media. Just wrapping up the program's third year, USC lacrosse already has 23 total MPSF All-Academic honorees.

Click here for the complete list of women's lacrosse All-Academic selections.

Women's rowing boasts three CRCA National Scholar-Athletes in junior Sara Bilimoria, sophomore Kaelyn Ibold and senior Elizabeth Turner, who is receiving the honor for the third time. The Trojans have had 27 National Scholar-Athletes in the program's history.

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All Trojans All-Conference

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The entire USC men's tennis lineup was honored by the conference, highlighted by seniors Yannick Hanfmann and Roberto Quiroz, who were named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year and All-Pac-12 First Team. Hanfmann and Quiroz are both former Doubles Team of the Year recipients, but they earned it with different partners (Quiroz and Steve Johnson in 2012, Hanfmann and Ray Sarmiento in 2014).

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The Pac-12 Tournament champions littered the conference honor roll with Eric Johnson and Jonny Wang on the second team plus Max de Vroome and Nick Crystal grabbing honorable mention. Hanfmann and Quiroz made All-Pac-12 First Team for the second time.

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Trojan Trio of HOF Candidates

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

Former USC football quarterback Matt Leinart and defensive backs Mark Carrier and Dennis Thurman may soon join a prestigious group of college football's most accomplished individuals. On Tuesday, the trio were announced as candidates for the 2016 College Football Hall of Fame class which will be announced on January 8, 2016.

Carrier, a two-time All-American (1988-89) at USC, led the Pac-10 conference in interceptions and won the Jim Thorpe Award in 1989. Nicknamed "Aircraft", the safety is tied for sixth on USC's all-time career interceptions list (13) and was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

Named USC's sixth Heisman Trophy winner in 2004, Leinart had one of the most prolific careers under center of any Trojan in history. The quarterback was a three-time All-American and led USC to a 48-4 overall record in his four-year career. He was a member of USC's 2003 and 2004 national championship teams and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award after his senior season in 2005. Leinart set 16 school records, 11 Pac-10 records and two NCAA records including a staggering 1.85 interception percentage.

Thurman was a two-time All-American who led the Trojans to four consecutive postseason wins, including the 1974 National Championship at the Rose Bowl. USC took home two Pac-10 titles in his four-year career and the safety is tied for sixth (with Carrier) on USC's all-time career interceptions list (13).

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Half the Kick Times Set

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USC football knows six of its 12 kickoff times for the 2015 season, starting with Arkansas State on September 5 at 8 p.m. PT in the Coliseum. The Trojans will remain home to host Idaho on September 12 at 5 p.m. PT and Stanford on September 19 at 5 p.m. PT.

The first two games are on Pac-12 Networks, while the conference opener will be carried by ABC.

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USC's weekday schedule is also locked into place. The Trojans welcome Washington on Thursday, October 8, at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN, and they will travel to Colorado for a Friday the 13th game in November at 7 p.m. MT/6 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

Notre Dame previously announced that the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT in South Bend on October 17. The game will be broadcast by NBC.

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The remaining kickoff times will be determined 6-12 days in advance of the game by the television networks. The Pac-12 has television agreements with ESPN (including ESPN2, ESPNU and ABC), FOX (including FOX Sports 1) and Pac-12 Networks that will allow every conference football game to be shown live nationally in 2015.

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Final Three Announced

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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The USC baseball season may be over, which means the end of a long four-year career for senior captain Garrett Stubbs, but the awards for the catcher keep on coming. Stubbs was named one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award that goes to the nation's best collegiate catcher on Tuesday along with Matt Winn of the Virginia Military Institute and Kade Scivicque of LSU. 

One of the biggest criteria of the award is the number of innings caught because in order to be nominated a player must be the starting catcher for 75 percent of the team's games. Stubbs caught 38 innings alone over the weekend while hitting .563 in the Trojans' four games, which earned him the honor of NCAA Lake Elsinore regional MVP. Stubbs was also named Pac-12 Defensive Player of Year after throwing out 20-of-41 baserunners this season, which ranks him fifth nationally. 

All finalists will get to go to Wichita for the 18th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet where the winner will be announced on June 25. 


Swagy P Grows Up

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Written by Caroline Deisley, USC blog contributor

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USC men's basketball alum Nick "Swagy P" Young turned 30 years old on Monday and the eccentric guard celebrated with a different kind of gift. Young proposed to his girlfriend and entertainer Iggy Azalea at his birthday party in front of family and friends and she said yes!


Young immediately took to social media to tell the world he was engaged by posting a photo on Instagram. The celebrity couple met on Twitter and have been dating since late 2013. 

The former USC shooting guard is entering his 8th year in the NBA and his third year with the Lakers who were just awarded the No. 2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.  

Match Making

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USC men's golf finished fifth after four rounds of stroke play at the NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Florida, to qualify for the match play tournament among the nation's elite eight. The young Trojans, paced by freshman Sean Crocker (pictured) who finished tied for 16th (+1) on the individual leaderboard, will make their first appearance in the match play since 2009.

Click here for the complete recap.

USC could benefit from the unpredictable nature of match play thanks to their blend of youthful aggression and depth of squad. The Trojans, comprised of two freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior, were the only team to place all five players in the Top 43.

No. 5 USC will face No. 4 Texas in the quarterfinals on Tuesday with the winner advancing to play either No. 1 Illinois or No. 8 UCLA. All the action will be carried live on Golf Channel or follow @USCMensGolf on Twitter.

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