SC Classics - USC vs. Arizona in 1989

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The 1989 Trojans made it to the Rose Bowl for a third consecutive season behind a dominant defense led by the late All-American linebacker duo of Junior Seau and Scott Ross.  The USC defense was on full display in the Pac-10 clinching win over Arizona, including Cleveland Colter laying out a must-see hit.

Here is a new SC Classics for Throwback Thursday:

Mosi Tatupu to Polynesian Football HOF

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Written by Sarah Bergstrom, USC blog contributor

The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced its Class of 2015 this week, which included former Trojan running back/kick returner Mosiula "Mosi" Faasuka Tatupu. Tatupu played at USC from 1974 to 1978 and was then selected by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1978 NFL Draft, where he played for 13 seasons. 

His son Lofa, a linebacker, won a pair of national championships at USC in 2003 and 2004 and went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks. Mosi Tatupu passed away on February 23, 2010. Fellow Trojan Junior Seau was enshrined as a member of the inaugural Polynesian Football Hall of Fame class in 2013. 

Click here for the full Polynesian Football Hall of Fame release. 


Photo Gallery: Clippers at Galen

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The Los Angeles Clippers took over Galen Center for an intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday as they continue preparation for the upcoming NBA season.

John McGillen was there to catch Lob City:

Arizona Thursday: Sark Presser

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In his final press conference before the Arizona showdown on Saturday night (ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. PT), USC head coach Steve Sarkisian discussed several personnel moves including removing WR Victor Blackwell from the roster, moving CB Adoree' Jackson almost exclusively to defense and special teams, and updating injuries to long snapper Zach Smith, TE Randall Telfer and S Gerald Bowman, who are all expected to play.

Pool Day

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Coming off another Top 5 finish at the NCAA Championships, USC women's swimming and diving opens up the home schedule on Thursday against Washington State at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center (7 p.m. start time).

Click here for a preview.

The Women of Troy are loaded once again with seven returning All-Americans led by two-time NCAA champion Haley Ishimatsu as well as juniors Kendyl Stewart, Jasmine Tosky, Kasia Wilk, and Joanna Stenkvist and sophomores Chelsea Chenault and Evan Swenson.  The squad will be captained by Stewart and senior Rebecca Heyliger.

Dave Salo enters his ninth year in charge of USC swimming.

Fall Golf

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Just like in the spring, USC women's golf is in dominant form during its fall season as the Trojans took down the competition at the Windy City Collegiate Championship in Illinois.  The Women of Troy were paced by junior Annie Park (pictured) who captured the individual title.

Click here for the recap.

The national runners-up have two more tournaments on the 2014 calendar, the Stanford Intercollegiate (October 17-19) and the Pac-12 Preview in Hawaii (November 3-4).


Life in a Walk

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Former USC assistant coach and Pac-12 Networks analyst Yogi Roth is reaching out to the Trojan Family to help him finish his movie, Life in a Walk, a personal journey with his father who is battling cancer.

Click here for more info.

Please watch the trailer below which tells you everything you need to know.

Showdown Weekend for Soccer

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USC women's soccer will put its growing reputation on the line this weekend against No. 22 California (Friday at Noon) and No. 3 Stanford (Sunday at 3 p.m.) at McAlister Field.  The Women of Troy are in a great position at 8-2-2 overall and 2-1 in Pac-12 play, and now they have a chance to boost their tournament resume with a pair of quality wins.

Here is head coach Keidane McAlpine with the preview:

Trojans Live - Arizona Week

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian took on all the questions last night on Trojans Live at The Lab.  From the Hail Mary to the punting situation and the challenge ahead in Tucson, here is Sarkisian on the The Beast 980...

Click here for Su'a Cravens on Trojans Live.

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Arizona Wednesday: Notes

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The Trojan defense was under the microscope today.
  • On the injury front, LB Lamar Dawson and RB Tre Madden are both likely redshirt candidates, according to head coach Steve Sarkisian. Madden's turf toe continues to flare up with pain when he tests it out.
  • If today's practice is any indication, the Trojans are not burying their heads in the sand after a brutal loss. "I loved what these guys brought today," said head coach Steve Sarkisian. "I just think it is a good sign moving forward through the week."
  • While many fans blame defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox for the loss, Sarkisian provided a bit more perspective. "We played really good defense against a very good offense for three and a half quarters," said Sarkisian, who pointed to the last three drives as not indicative of the game as a whole. "Justin is a great football coach and we are lucky to have him."
  • For his part, Wilcox shouldered the blame, especially for the late defensive switch on the Hail Mary. "You've got to defend two things: the quick field goal and the jump ball." Wilcox said. "One defensive scheme is better against one thing and one is better against the other and I was obviously wrong in what my judgment was."
  • Hayes Pullard was not responsible for knocking the ball away, but he was in position to do so, and he regrets not challenging for the ball. He never saw Jaelen Strong at all until watching the film. "They said it wasn't my play to make, but I was there, I still take responsibility," Pullard said. "I should've just went up and knocked the ball down."
  • On the positive side, the Trojans shut down Arizona State's rushing attack, which was the best in the Pac-12.  However, Wilcox wants to see more consistency and a full 60 minutes of concentration and execution. "I feel like we - and I don't like using this word, but I can't think of a better one - we are schizophrenic," he said. "We play great pass defense one week and then we were not physical, we were soft in the run game against Oregon State. Then we played very physical in the run game, but the explosive passes were the difference in the game."
  • As for the mental state of the defense, the Trojans are done sulking. "You feel like you've been kicked in the face and you've got to get up and keep swinging," said Wilcox. "You get 24 hours to feel as bad as you can possibly feel and then you've got to get up and go to work. That's the only way you can operate in college football and in life."
  • Kevon Seymour is third in the Pac-12 with 8 passes defended, but he made a couple crucial errors late in the loss to ASU. "I believe in Kevon, I'm excited about Kevon," said Wilcox. "I think he's going to learn and get better and I'm going to put him right back out there."
  • Arizona has two talented 6-foot-3 receivers in Cayleb Jones and Austin Hill, so Seymour and company will be under the gun again. "They are going to get challenged. They have a plethora of receivers at Arizona," said Sarkisian. "We need to have the confidence that we can make the play."
  • The Wildcats also have a mobile quarterback, but Seymour expects the Trojans to respond better than they did against Boston College QB Tyler Murphy. "We learned early. We learned real early. We're ready for this quarterback," Seymour said.
  • Hayes Pullard called this week's match-up a "championship," and in this PAC-12 conference you have to treat every game like it's a championship, said the captain.
  • Here is head coach Steve Sarkisian's press conference...