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The Transition

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Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 11.01.43 AM.pngFormer USC women's volleyball player Kelli Tennant, whose rise up the ranks in the sports broadcasting world has now landed her as a host on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and SportsNet LA, has authored a book, "The Transition: Every Athlete's Guide To Life After Sports."

Inspired by the challenges she faced when her playing career was cut short by injury, Tennant began working on the book in 2009.  She openly writes about her struggles and also includes real-life anecdotes from numerous professional, Olympic and collegiate athletes, including ex-Laker Luke Walton, who wrote the book's foreword.  The book concludes with a game plan to help athletes adjust.

Tennant's goal is to get the book into the hands of as many transitioning athletes as possible, from the high school to the pro levels.

"The cheering will stop," Tennant writes.  "This book is to help prepare you before that day comes so you have the tools to make the transition, successfully."

"The Transition" is available on Amazon or Kindle.  A portion of the proceeds from the book will go to charities that benefit disadvantaged athletes, including USC's Swim With Mike.


2014 USC Football Poster

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The 2014 USC football schedule poster was unveiled today.  As always, the posters are free to fans at the Coliseum opener (against Fresno State on August 30) and the Heritage Hall lobby while supplies last.

(Click on the image below to enlarge and download.)

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2014 Football Preseason Notes

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The USC Sports Information office released its comprehensive preseason primer ahead of the 2014 football season. 

Click here to read the preseason notes.

The document is loaded with stats and information, but here are a few fun facts that might interest you.
  • USC is one of only four teams (along with Central Florida, Iowa State and North Carolina) to play its first six games of 2014 against teams with winning records in 2013.
  • USC is one of only three NCAA FBS schools (along with UCLA and Notre Dame) that has never played an FCS opponent since the divisions were established in 1978. 
  • USC has three players with the surname Simmons (DT Delvon Simmons, OG Jordan Simmons and DB Lamont Simmons), but none of them are related.
  • USC's roster features a Jr. (DL Greg Townsend Jr.), a III (DB Leon McQuay III) and a IV (RB James Toland IV).
OL Aundrey Walker, who is the youngest of 14 brothers, has 17 siblings total.
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Women's Volley Hype

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USC women's volleyball season is just 36 days away, and tickets are ON SALE now for what should be a thrilling year for the Women of Troy. 

Click here for ticket info.

If you've never been to a match at Galen Center, women's volleyball is one of the most popular sports on campus.  If you're a regular, this video will help get you hyped for the new season.


Kessler Grabs the Mic

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For our video recap of Pac-12 Media Day, USC QB Cody Kessler grabbed the mic to interview All-American DL Leonard Williams.


Conference Corn Hole

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The Trojans were able to have some fun at Pac-12 Media Day including a competitive game of corn hole, a crazy costume selfie and a trivia contest.

Here are Steve Sarkisian, Cody Kessler and Leonard Williams enjoying themselves in Hollywood:


Photo Gallery: 2014 Pac-12 Media Day

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USC head coach Steve Sarkisian, QB Cody Kessler and DL Leonard Williams enjoyed themselves at Pac-12 Media Day today at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. 

The Trojans morning mostly featured hopping from tent-to-tent and reporter-to-reporter answering question-after-question about the upcoming season and everything else under the sun.  But, they had some fun too including a competitive game of "corn hole" and dressing up for a selfie.

Here are the photos courtesy of Pierson Clair:


Williams and Kessler on Pac-12

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All-American DL Leonard Williams and QB Cody Kessler handled every question from the assembled masses at Pac-12 Media Day, including a stint on TV with the Pac-12 Networks crew.

(The video is not displaying on the main blog page, but you can view by clicking on the "Williams and Kessler on Pac-12" blog post headline.)


Sark at Media Day

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New USC head coach Steve Sarkisian is a Pac-12 Media Day veteran from his tenure at the University of Washington, but he experienced the media madness as the leader of Troy for the first time today.

Here is Sarkisian on-set with Pac-12 Networks' talent Mike Yam, Rick Neuheisel and former USC WR Curtis Conway:

(The video is not displaying on the main blog page, but you can view by clicking on the "Sark at Media Day" blog post headline.)


Trojans Ready to Sizzle

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Before introducing the Trojans at Pac-12 Media Day, the conference started the buzz with a new USC sizzle reel.

(The video is not displaying on the main blog page, but you can view by clicking on the "Trojans Ready to Sizzle" blog post headline.)