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Photo Gallery: Strahan Twirls Shutout

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USC baseball received a huge lift from junior ace Wyatt Strahan who tossed a five-hit complete game shutout Thursday night to lead the Trojans to a 1-0 victory.  The right-hander silenced the Arizona Wildcats lineup, which is considered the best in the Pac-12.

Click here for the SnappyTV highlights.

The win lifted USC to 18-17 overall with two more big games coming to Dedeaux Field tonight (7 p.m.) and Saturday (7 p.m.) against Arizona.  Both games will be aired live on Pac-12 Networks.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the first shutout of Strahan's career:


Baseball v UA gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: WWP Senior Day

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USC women's water polo celebrated its national championship-winning senior class Wednesday recognizing a decorated group featuring Flora Bolonyai, Kaleigh Gilchrist, Kelly Mendoza, Colleen O'Donnell, Olivia Cummins and Madeline Rosenthal.

The Women of Troy were unable to defeat UCLA dropping a physical 6-4 conference regular season finale, but they will likely see their rivals again in the MPSF and/or NCAA Championships, which will both be held at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos from yesterday's rivalry clash:


wpolo v UCLA Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis Senior Day

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No. 13 USC women's tennis honored senior All-Americans Kaitlin Christian and Brynn Boren Friday before the Women of Troy knocked off No. 19 Arizona State.  The Trojans also swept Arizona to finish the home schedule with only a road trip to UCLA (Friday at 2 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) left this regular season.

Boren has made an immediate impact in her one season at Troy as a transfer from Tennessee, but Christian will leave a lasting legacy winning the 2013 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Sabrina Santamaria.  The Christian/Santamaria tandem became the first NCAA doubles champions in USC history, and the first ever to complete the "Triple Crown" as doubles champs at the ITA All-American Championship, the ITA National Indoors Championship and the NCAA Tournament.

Here are the John McGillen photos as Christian and Boren celebrated Senior Day with a team victory:


W Tennis V ASU gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Water Polo vs. UCI

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While All-Americans Flora Bolonyai and Monica Vavic are the core of No. 3 USC women's water polo, the Trojans have some new stars emerging in junior Eike Daube and freshmen twin sisters Ioanna and Stephania Haralabidis.  Daube scored a career-high five goals in the most recent victory over UC Irvine, while the Haralabidis' sisters are both top five in goals scored this season on the team.

Here are the Trojans in action as John McGillen documented the 16-5 win over No. 6 UCI:


v UCI - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Tennis vs. Stanford

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No. 2 USC men's tennis made short work of the Bay Area schools this weekend sweeping both Stanford and No. 18 California.  The Trojans have rolled up 13 consecutive dual match victories to move to 22-2 on the season. 

Click here for the recap.

USC will make its final road trip of the regular season this weekend through Arizona (Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT) and Utah (Sunday at Noon).  The big match on the horizon is the Pac-12 finale against UCLA on Friday, April 18, at Marks Stadium.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the Trojans sweep of the Cardinal:


MT v stanford - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Sand Volley Sweeps UCLA

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No. 1 USC women's sand volleyball overwhelmed UCLA with talent and hustle Thursday in a 5-0 sweep to kickoff the Crosstown Rivalry on the beach. 

Click here for the recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos of the Women of Troy putting on a show in front of a packed Merle Norman Stadium:


SVB v UCLA Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Goes Extras

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USC baseball endured a rough weekend getting swept by the Washington Huskies.  After blowout losses on Friday and Saturday, the Trojans battled for 14 innings to salvage the series on Sunday before giving up 5 runs in the final frame.

Click here for the recap.

USC (13-13 overall and 3-6 in Pac-12 play) is next in action Tuesday at Dedeaux Field against Long Beach State (6 p.m. first pitch).  Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's marathon:


Baseball v UW gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse Cruises

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USC women's lacrosse got back to business in conference play dominating San Diego State 13-9 to move to 2-0 in the MPSF and 4-4 on the season.  The Women of Troy attack was spearheaded by sophomore Caroline de Lyra who had four goals and two assists.

Click here for the recap.

The Women of Troy now depart on a marathon five-game road trip through Fresno, the Bay Area and Colorado.  They do not play another home match until Oregon on April 18.

Here are the John McGillen photos from yesterday's victory:


USC v SDSU - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Sand Volley Beats No. 1

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No. 1 Pepperdine sand volleyball had never lost in regular season play until the Women of Troy did the honors Tuesday.  Now, No. 2 USC has a claim on the top spot and the confidence to ride past the Waves if the teams meet again in the postseason.

In perhaps the biggest dual match win in the program's three-year history, USC dominated Pepperdine 4-1 at Merle Norman Stadium.  By doing so, the Women of Troy avenged their only loss of the season moving to 8-1 on the campaign.

Click here for the recap.

Another great crowd turned out for a sport that is rising in popularity at USC.  Here are the John McGillen photos which document the smiling faces of victory:


SVB v Pepperdine Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: WBB in the Tourney

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USC women's basketball had its most successful season in years despite the heartbreaking loss that brought it to a sudden end.  The Pac-12 Tournament champions left it all on the floor against St. John's in the NCAA Tournament.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


NCAA Tournament: v St. John's Pregame - Images by John McGillen


NCAA Tournament: v St. John's 1st Half - Images by John McGillen


NCAA Tournament: v St. John's 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen

Playing for a Legend

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USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke is a living legend in her sport.  In case the Women of Troy did not already know that, they found out today on a tour of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame.

Here is a John McGillen photo gallery of the experience:


Hall of Fame Tours - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: USC Pro Day 2014 Inside Drills

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Before taking to the field, the group of Trojans participating in Pro Day were measured and tested in the John McKay Center in front of a large audience of NFL scouts. The inside drills included vertical jump, broad jump and bench press. Here are the photos via John McGillen: 

Photo Gallery: Spring Practice #1

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The Trojans were happy to be back at work on Tuesday as you can see the smiles littered throughout our first John McGillen gallery of the spring.

As a reference, WR Steven Mitchell is now No. 7 and LB Quinton Powell wears No. 18.  Click here for the complete roster.

The sidelines were filled with 2014 signees like WR/DB Adoree' Jackson and OL Damien Mama, but they cannot practice until the fall. 


Spring Ball March 11, 2014 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Rivalry

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USC and UCLA engaged in a classic rivalry matchup Sunday with the Bruins prevailing 6-5 thanks to a run in the ninth.  The Trojans are looking to snap a four-game losing skid on Tuesday when they welcome Loyola Marymount to Dedeaux Field (6 p.m. first pitch).

Thanks to a sold out crowd yesterday, here are some great photos by John McGillen:


USC V UCLA GALLERY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Golf Back on Top

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No. 1 USC women's golf has now won nine of its last 10 tournaments after beating UCLA and the field by 13 strokes at the Bruin Wave Invitational.  The Women of Troy occupied the top three spots on the individual leaderboard with sophomore Kyung Kim taking the crown, and Doris Chen and Annie Park tying for second.

Click here for the recap.

"I'm really proud of the team for coming back this week and dominating at this course," USC Coach Andrea Gaston said. "It's one of the most difficult courses we'll play all year. We had little time to prepare, and had to practice between rainstorms, but they got it done."

Here are the John McGillen photos:


2014 Bruin-Wave Invitational Gallery - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Baseball Blowout

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USC baseball waited, waited and then waited some more this weekend before finally playing a late afternoon doubleheader on Sunday with No. 11 Cal Poly at Dedeaux Field.  The Mustangs took game one, but the Trojans responded with a 16-0 demolition in the nightcap paced by SP Bob Wheatley who tossed seven scoreless innings including a career-high 10 strikeouts.

Click here for the recap.

The three-game series had to be abbreviated to two thanks to Friday and Saturday's rain showers.  The Top 25 win is a boost for the Trojans heading into another big week which includes a trip to play Mike Gillespie's UC Irvine Anteaters on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and a home stand versus Houston, Pepperdine and No. 13 UCLA (Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's victory:


Baseball v Mustangs - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Lacrosse in the Rain

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USC women's lacrosse opened its second season with a home loss to Marist.  The game had to be moved to the Loker Track Stadium thanks to the pouring rain.

While the wet and wild conditions made life difficult on the players, the rain made for good photos.  Here is a look through John McGillen's camera:


Lacrosse v Marist - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Hoops' Senior Day

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USC men's basketball wrapped up its home schedule by paying tribute to a quintet of seniors Saturday featuring Pe'Shon Howard, J.T. Terrell, Daniel Munoz, Omar Oraby and D.J. Haley. 

Pierson Clair was in the house to catch the celebration and an entertaining game, which ultimately ended in defeat for the Trojans.


Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis vs. St. Mary's

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USC women's tennis is on a 4-match winning streak heading into high profile duals at Texas (Sunday at Noon) and home to UCLA (Friday, March 7 at 3 p.m.).  The Trojans dominated St. Mary's Thursday 6-1 with NCAA champions Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian comfortably winning in singles and doubles.

Click here for the recap.

As the rankings stand now, the Crosstown Rivalry will pit No. 6 USC vs. No. 2 UCLA at Marks Stadium next week.  Here are the John McGillen photos from the latest win:


USC W Tennis v St. Mary's - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Hoops' Senior Day

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While USC women's basketball wanted to send out its senior class with a victory, the Women of Troy were tripped up by Cal Sunday.  Nevertheless, the Trojan Family honored seniors Cassie Harberts, Desiree Bradley, Kate Oliver and Rachel Totten, and the quartet all marked their final home game by scoring at least one bucket apiece.

Harberts, who still has two more games plus postseason play to go in her USC career, will be the biggest loss.  She is in the top eight all-time in scoring and rebounding.  In her final home game, she had 18 points, scoring in double figures for the 11th consecutive contest.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos from an emotional day:


Dedeaux Statue Unveiled

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Monday marked what would have been Rod Dedeaux's 100th birthday.  The legendary manager led USC baseball to 11 national championships.

At the field which already bears his name, Dedeaux was immortalized on Sunday as a statue of his likeness was unveiled before the Trojans defeated Northwestern to complete a season-opening three-game sweep. 

Here are the John McGillen photos of the unveiling featuring USC president Max Nikias, athletic director Pat Haden, close friend and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, future Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson, senior associate AD Don Winston, head baseball coach Dan Hubbs and his son Justin Dedeaux.


Rod Dedeaux Unveiling - Images by John McGillen

Early Season Drama

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If the first series of the season is any indication, the Dedeaux Field groundskeepers will be put to the test this spring.  The Trojans worked overtime on Friday (11 innings) and Saturday (15 innings) to complete dramatic victories before sweeping the weekend set from Northwestern on Sunday (only 9 innings).

Click here for the recaps.

The three-game sweep featured several heroes, but the relief pitching was key providing 18.1 innings giving up only 2 runs.  In particular, Jeff Paschke and Nigel Nootbaar combined to throw 8 innings of shutout relief to extend Saturday's marathon.

In terms of walk-off heroes, Frankie Rios scored the winning run on a Northwestern error in the 11th on Friday, while freshman Joe Corrigan delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to score Dante Flores on Saturday.  Sophomore A.J. Ramirez carried the offense on Sunday going 4-for-4 with 3 RBI, while Vahn Bozoian cracked the team's first homerun of the season.

Next up: No. 3 Cal State Fullerton comes into Dedeaux Field tonight at 6 p.m. Here are the John McGillen photos from Sunday's win:


USC V NORTHWESTERN: SUNDAY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Make It Eight

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No. 1 USC women's golf's historic run continued this week as the reigning national champions captured the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the team's eighth consecutive tournament victory.  The win mirrored so many of the ones before it as the Trojans dominated the field by seven strokes, and sophomore Annie Park claimed the individual crown for the school-record tying fifth time in her young career.

Click here for the recap.

Here are all the photos of the final round courtesy of John McGillen:


USC Golf: Northrop Gruman - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Crosstown Sweep

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USC women's basketball got back on track Saturday blowing out the Bruins and sweeping the crosstown series maintaining Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's immaculate record against UCLA as a player and a coach.  The Women of Troy, who were led by Cassie Harberts' 17 points and 9 rebounds, are back on the road this week with a trip to Oregon (Friday at 7:30 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks) and Oregon State (Sunday at Noon on Pac-12 Networks).

Here are the John McGillen photos from the rivalry win during which the Trojans never trailed:


W BBALL v UCLA - Images by John McGillen

Taj and Nick

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Thanks to a lucky break in scheduling, Taj Gibson was able to join his former USC teammate Nick Young at the men's basketball game vs. UCLA on Saturday before the their respective NBA teams, the Bulls and Lakers, squared off on Sunday.

Click here for John McGillen's gallery from the Lakers/Bulls game.

Young is currently sitting out with a knee injury, but Taj Gibson is enjoying a starting role in Chicago averaging 22.7 points per game and 10.3 rebounds per contest over the last three games including a win over the Lakers. 

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Photo Gallery: A Day in Troy

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Thousands of local kids enjoyed a day on the USC campus to understand the value of higher education.  After tours led by Trojan student-athletes, the next generation experienced a Women of Troy victory over UCLA and an all-around fun day at Galen Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


USC DAY IN TROY - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Men's Swimming Still Building

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For swimming and diving, dual meets coincide with rigorous pool work to build up stamina and speed in anticipation for the NCAA Championships.  So, while No. 3 USC still likes its chances this March in Austin, Texas, the Trojans were swept by the Bay Area schools this past weekend at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Mswim vs cal - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Heritage Hall Gala

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The new Heritage Hall was grandly reopened to the Trojan Family Saturday night as part of a Hall of Fame anniversary gala and red carpet dinner.

Click here to see photos of the new Heritage Hall! 

With all the VIPs in the building, including Matt Leinart, Sam Cunningham, Rodney Peete, Randy Johnson, Tina Thompson, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, John Naber, Paul Westphal and Tom Kelly, we needed three photographers to cover the event.  Here are all the photos courtesy of John McGillen, Jenn Kassar and Pierson Clair...


USC HERITAGE HALL GALA TOURS - Images by John McGillen



USC HERITAGE HALL GALA RECEPTION - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Women's Swimming Blasts No. 1

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USC women's swimming and diving dominated No. 1 Cal on Friday, including beating four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin in a pair of races.  The Women of Troy split the weekend dropping Saturday's meet to No. 4 Stanford.

Click here for the recaps and results.

Here are the John McGillen photos of Missy vs. the Trojans:


USC W V CAL - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: New Heritage Hall

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The new Heritage Hall will be open to the public starting Monday, and all fans, students and faculty will be welcome inside the USC Athletics' museum from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

The $35 million renovation project turned a 48,000 square foot space into an 80,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility which includes an interactive two-story museum in the lobby as well as offices for USC athletic administrators and coaches, a sports performance center, a broadcast studio, a lounge for Women of Troy student-athletes, a rowing ergometer room and an indoor golf driving area, plus new locker rooms, meeting rooms, equipment room and event space.

And finally, the new Heritage Hall unveiled in two John McGillen photo galleries...


USC Heritage Hall 2014 - Images by John McGillen



USC Heritage Hall Basement - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: Tennis Kicks Off 2014

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Both USC men's and women's tennis emerged victorious in the first two dual matches of the spring season as part of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend.  No. 4 Men's tennis swept Santa Clara and Wichita State, while the No. 6 Women of Troy blanked North Texas and Saint Mary's.

Next up: Women's tennis hosts Pepperdine on Thursday at 3 p.m.  The men's team will be at Marks Stadium this weekend for the Pac-12/SEC Showdown featuring dual matches with fellow national powers Georgia (Saturday at 1 p.m.) and Florida (Sunday at 1 p.m.).

Here are a pair of John McGillen photo galleries from last weekend, one for each team:


USC W TENNIS ITA KICK OFF - Images by John McGillen



USC MEN'S TENNIS ITA KICK OFF - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: Enfield on the Board

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USC men's basketball head coach Andy Enfield collected the first Pac-12 win of his tenure guiding the Trojans past Cal at Galen Center last night.  USC was led by freshman Nikola Jovanovic who posted a career-high 23 points.

Here are the John McGillen photo galleries:


USC v CAL 2014 1st - Images by John McGillen



USC v CAL 2014 2nd - Images by John McGillen

Photo Galleries: WBB Drops 109

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USC women's basketball is on fire.  The Women of Troy swept Oregon State and Oregon this weekend in a pair of routs culminating in a 109-point scoring outburst against the Ducks.

The Women of Troy hit the century mark at Galen Center for the first time ever.  And, the Trojans posted their highest scoring game since 1982.

Click here for the recap and highlights.

Senior captain Cassie Harberts earned Pac-12 Player of the Week for her stat-stuffing performances.  She finished with 22 points in the win over the Beavers to move into the program's all-time top 10 in scoring, and followed that with 30 points and a career-high 7 assists on Sunday.

The Trojans are hitting on all cylinders as the biggest road trip of the season looms this upcoming weekend.  USC, 6-1 in Pac-12 play, travels to No. 16 California (Friday at 6 p.m.) and No. 4 Stanford (Monday at 6 p.m.) for a shot at conference supremacy. 

Here are the John McGillen photos of the record-setting performance against Oregon:


USC v OU - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: MVB Wins Thriller

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No. 5 USC men's volleyball came back to beat No. 7 UC Irvine, the two-time defending national champions, in a five-set classic last night at Galen Center.  The Trojans are off to a perfect 3-0 start thanks in large part to the freshman class including Lucas Yoder, who had a career-best 21 kills, and Andy Benesh, who had a career-high 15 kills hitting .789.

USC will face another stiff home test on Thursday night against No. 3 Pepperdine at 7 p.m. 

Here are the photos from last night's victory courtesy of John McGillen:


USC V UCI - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Ernie Hix Tribute

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USC men's volleyball paid tribute to legendary head coach Ernie Hix at the annual preseason banquet.  Dan Avila was in attendance to bring you photos from the event.


Photo Gallery: USC Hoops vs. No. 1 Arizona

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USC men's basketball put up a good fight last night in front of a great crowd at Galen Center, but No. 1 Arizona emerged victorious and remains undefeated.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


USC UA 1ST - Images by John McGillen



USC UA 2ND - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 USC Football Images of the Year

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Happy New Year to the Trojan Family! 

Before we make some new memories in 2014, here is a look back at the 2013 football season in photos by John McGillen.


SEASON IN PHOTOS: FOOTBALL 2013 - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Fresno State

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The Trojans finished off a 10-win season with a bowl blowout of No. 20 Fresno State.  Here are the John McGillen photos from Las Vegas...


RPLVB PREGAME - Images by John McGillen



RPLVB 1ST - Images by John McGillen



RPLVB 2ND - Images by John McGillen



RPLVB POSTGAME - Images by John McGillen

Vegas Bowl Practice #7: Notes

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The Trojans practiced at Bishop Gorman High School this afternoon in preparation for Saturday's game.
  • With a wind chill quickly descending on the practice field once the sun went down, interim head coach Clay Helton kept his media session short.  He was self-deprecating calling himself "a third string coach," but extremely complimentary of his team and what they have accomplished this season.  "They are the definition of our sports motto Fight On," he said.
  • Forgetting the city or the bowl game, Helton explained that the team is far more motivated for the Las Vegas Bowl because of the opportunity to win 10 games.  "When you are trying to get a double digit win, that's a special thing," he said.  "We have talked about finishing and making our Trojan Family proud.  We want this team to be remembered.  It's not a wasted year.  With 47 scholarship players going out on the field on Saturday...to get that 10th win would be something very special and would hopefully catapult USC into even bigger things under Coach Sarkisian."
  • Junior TE Xavier Grimble is enjoying his Las Vegas homecoming trip, and he got to practice at his high school today, which boasts impressive facilities.  Grimble's teammates were joking with him that Bishop Gorman was so nice that he downgraded when he came to USC.  The players were calling it "Bishop Gorman University."  Grimble was quick to remind everyone that he never lost on that field.
  • Grimble has been the Vegas tour guide for his teammates.  He is chaperoning the team on the Strip, but he is also showing them inner city Las Vegas, which is where he grew up.  "I am proud of where I am from," he said.  "Vegas is more than just the lights that you see."
  • Grimble has accumulated "30-something" tickets for Saturday, and he is working to find more for friends and family.
  • Here are the John McGillen photos from today's practice...



Practice: Vegas - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 Football Awards

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USC football saluted the 2013 senior class one last time and doled out a year's worth of awards at the annual banquet Friday. 

Click here for the award winners.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos...


Photo Gallery: Construction Updates

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The new Heritage Hall and Uytengsu Aquatics Center are set to be unveiled early in 2014, but we went into the constructions sites to give you a sneak peek at how the buildings are shaping up.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Construction 12/13/2013 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: 2013 Community Bowl

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Written by Matt Ackels, Director of Community Outreach

This Saturday, over 170 student-athletes visited 32nd Street School for the 3rd Annual Community Bowl, a day of mentorship, campus beautification, and sport.

Despite the incessant rain and cold temperatures, the Trojans joined children and families to undertake eleven beautification projects to renovate the elementary school campus across the street from USC. From spray painting murals to planting vegetable gardens to replacing tattered basketball nets, the athletes got their hands dirty, and wet, during a hard day's work. After the projects, attendees were rewarded with reading time, a healthy lunch, and a field day of events.

The day was made possible by the aid of the Trojan Athletic Parents Association, whose donations of time and materials facilitated the expansive school makeover. The project was funded by the Otis Booth Community Outreach Endowment for USC Athletics.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


community bowl 2013 - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Hoops Soars Past BC

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USC men's basketball blew out Boston College by 16 in the second half last night at Galen Center to move to 5-0 at home this season.  The Trojans earned ovations for some remarkable alley-oops, but they also showed a defensive stinginess holding the Eagles to a season-low in points.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


USC v BC 1ST - Images by John McGillen



USC V BC 2ND - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Sarkisian Presser

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Jon SooHoo was in the John McKay Center auditorium to capture Steve Sarkisian's reintroduction to the Trojan Family.


12/03/13-Sarkisian introduced - Images by Jon SooHoo

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. UCLA

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The stage was set for an epic night at the Coliseum.  The USC seniors were honored, and three-time Super Bowl champion Willie McGinest had the crowd in a frenzy.

However, it was not to be.  Here are the John McGillen photos:


USC v UCLA PREGAME - Images by John McGillen



USC UCLA 1ST HALF - Images by John McGillen



USC v UCLA 2ND HALF - Images by John McGillen

Women's Volley Gets Home Run

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USC women's volleyball is the No. 6 overall seed going into the NCAA Tournament, and the Women of Troy have the opportunity to play four home games en route to the Final Four in Seattle.  The Trojans will open up with New Hampshire on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. PT at Galen Center.

Click here for the complete bracket.

If USC advances to the second round, the Trojans will play the winner of Colorado State and CSU Northridge.  Galen Center is the host site for the Regional Championships (December 13-14), so the Women of Troy would remain home for the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 if they continue to win.

Pac-12 champion Washington, which beat the Trojans twice this season, is the top seed in USC's quadrant.  Before seeing the Huskies in a potential Regional Final, the Women of Troy would be favored to meet No. 11 Hawaii.

The Trojans finished the regular season 26-5 by sweeping Colorado on Senior Day.  Here are the Pierson Clair photos...


SooHoo Galleries: USC vs. UCLA

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On a hard night at the Coliseum, UCLA defeated USC 35-14 to win back-to-back games in the Crosstown Rivalry.

Here are the Jon SooHoo photos:


11/30/13-UCLA-USC-1 - Images by Jon SooHoo



11/30/13-UCLA-USC-2 - Images by Jon SooHoo

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Colorado

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The Colorado cold was no fun to play in, but it made for some good photos.  Here are John McGillen's...


USC CU PREGAME - Images by John McGillen



USC CU 1ST - Images by John McGillen



USC CU 2ND - Images by John McGillen

Big Finish

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No. 4 USC men's water polo is facing adversity on the road to a sixth consecutive national championship.  The Trojans head to Westwood tonight having lost a pair of MPSF games for the first time since 2010.

Before USC and Stanford played out a Coliseum classic on Saturday, the Trojans and Cardinal created similar drama at the Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  In that case though, Stanford took home a dramatic victory in double overtime (John McGillen photos below).

USC responded with a narrow 10-8 win over Long Beach State Sunday, and now faces No. 2 UCLA tonight at 7:30 p.m. (LIVE on ESPN3 and tape delayed on ESPNU at 9:30 p.m.).  The Trojans and Bruins have split the season series in 2013, so precious Gauntlet points are at stake as well (UCLA leads the Gauntlet 12.5 to 5).

This is the final regular season game for USC before next week's MPSF Tournament in Stockton, which the Trojans will likely need to win to make the NCAA Tournament. 


USC v Stanford Water Polo - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Stanford

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John McGillen documented all the action before getting mixed up in the post-game madness.  The photos tell the story.


USC STANFORD 1st - Images by John McGillen


USC STANFORD 2nd - Images by John McGillen


USC STANFORD Celebration - Images by John McGillen

SooHoo Galleries: USC vs. Stanford

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Jon SooHoo captured the classic night at the Coliseum, and broke it into four different galleries with pregame, locker room, action and post-game jubilation.


USC-STAN-PREGAME - Images by Jon SooHoo


USC-STANF-LOCKER ROOM - Images by Jon SooHoo


USC-STAN-GAME ACTION - Images by Jon SooHoo


USC-STAN-POSTGAME JUBILATION - Images by Jon SooHoo

Photo Galleries: Enfield's First Win

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USC men's basketball shot 57% en route to putting up 95 points in the home opener under Andy Enfield.  The scoring effort was the Trojans' largest since 2008.

Here are the high-flying John McGillen photos:


USC CSUN PREGAME - Images by John McGillen


USC CSUN 1ST HALF - Images by John McGillen


MBB USC v CSUN 2ND - Images by John McGillen

SooHoo Gallery: USC vs. Cal

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Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers season is over, and Jon SooHoo can return to his post on the USC sideline. 

Here are SooHoo's photos from the win at Cal:


11/09/13-USC AT CAL by Jon SooHoo - Images by Jon SooHoo

Photo Gallery: Soccer Senior Day

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Befitting a season of one goal games, USC women's soccer pulled off a dramatic double overtime winner from the penalty spot to cap an emotional Senior Day at McAlister Field.  Both Women of Troy goals came from penalty kicks with senior Elizabeth Eddy cashing the first opportunity, and sophomore Jamie Fink netting the game-winner at Oregon State's expense.

Click here for the goal highlights and post-game interview with Eddy.

John McGillen was on hand to capture the pregame ceremonies and the thrilling finish.


USC Senior Day Pregame v OSU - Images by John McGillen


USC Soccer v OSU Regulation - Images by John McGillen


USC Soccer v OSU OT - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Oregon State

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The Trojans are winning and having a blast doing it.  Here is the proof in photographs via John McGillen...


USC OSU PREGAME - Images by John McGillen


USC OSU 1st - Images by John McGillen


USC OSU 2nd - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Trojan Tip-Off

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USC men's and women's basketball put on a show for the fans Sunday at the Trojan Tip-Off.  The Galen Center crowd was treated to a pair of scrimmages and a three-point shooting contest, which was won by SG Katin Reinhardt.

Click here for the video highlights and reaction.

The official home openers are November 12 for the men vs. Cal State Northridge and November 13 vs. San Diego State for the Women of Troy. 


Photo Gallery: WVB Falls to UW

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In a showdown of top five teams, No. 3 Washington took down No. 4 USC women's volleyball in four sets Sunday night at Galen Center.  The Women of Troy rocked pink warmups to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Click here for the recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


USC v UW 2013 WVB - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Utah

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The Trojans put together a courageous performance to defeat Utah despite a myriad of injuries.  John McGillen captured the heart and emotion of a gutty victory.


USC Utah Pregame - Images by John McGillen


USC UTAU 1st - Images by John McGillen


USC UTAH 2ND - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Notre Dame

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An emotional and physical night in South Bend captured through the lens from pregame to the final whistle by John McGillen.


USC ND Pregame - Images by John McGillen



USC ND 1st Half - Images by John McGillen



USC ND 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Notre Dame Practice

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With the Trojans just a couple days away from entering Notre Dame Stadium, John McGillen captured the action on the practice field which thankfully included the return to health of several key players.


Practice 10/16/2013 - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Arizona

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John McGillen captured all the Thursday Night Football action plus some special moments on the field and inside the locker room with interim head coach Ed Orgeron.

Pregame...


USC UA 2013 Pregame - Images by John McGillen

First Half...


USC UA 2013 1st Half - Images by John McGillen

Second Half...


USC UA 2013 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Volley Back to No. 1

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USC women's volleyball reclaimed its spot atop the national rankings after beating Stanford and Cal this past weekend at Galen Center.  Women of Troy trio Alexis Olgard (offensive player of the week), Natalie Hagglund (defensive player of the week) and Ebony Nwanebu (freshman of the week) swept the Pac-12 weekly awards.

Click here for more.

The Trojans now begin a four-match road trip with a weekend at the Oregon schools followed by a weekend in Arizona.

Here are the John McGillen photos from the classic win over Cal:


USC WVball vs Cal - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Water Polo Opens MPSF

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No. 2 USC men's water polo opened conference play with a statement victory on Saturday bludgeoning UC Irvine 18-7 at Uytengsu Aquatics Center.  The five-time defending national champions scored the first seven goals of the match.

Click here for the recap.

Mace Rapsey (5), Nikola Vavic (4) and Kostas Genidounias (4) combined to score 13 of the 18 goals for the Trojans.  James Clark made 11 saves in goal.


Mpolo v UCI 10/5/2013 - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. ASU

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Lost amid the coaching change, USC played a wild contest at Arizona State falling 62-41.  Here are the game photos courtesy of John McGillen:

Pregame:


USC ASU Pregame - Images by John McGillen

1st Half:


USC ASU 1st Half - Images by John McGillen

2nd Half:


USC ASU 2nd Half - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: WVB Tops UCLA

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No. 4 USC women's volleyball moved to 11-1 on the season after opening Pac-12 play with a four-set rivalry win over UCLA.  The Women of Troy controlled the match throughout led by strong performances from senior Alexis Olgard (career-high 13 kills) and freshman Ebony Nwanebu (career-best 17 kills).

Here are the John McGillen photos from a fun night at Galen Center:


USC UCLA WVBALL - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: Soccer Nipped in OT

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USC women's soccer is off to a solid 5-3-1 start after the Women of Troy were beaten in overtime by Cal State Fullerton on Sunday. 

The Trojans' goal came 37 seconds into the game as Megan Borman followed up on a rebound from Jordan Marada's shot.  Despite a 24-7 advantage in attempts on goal, USC was unable to cash in the rest of the way giving up an equalizer in the 16th minute and the game-winner in the 108th minute.

This week, USC enters Pac-12 play as futbol joins football in Tempe for a Sunday clash with Arizona State.

Photos by John McGillen:


USC UCI - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. Utah St.

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John McGillen captured all the physicality at the Coliseum Saturday as the Trojans ground out a defensive victory over the Aggies.

Pregame photos:


USC USU Pregame - Images by John McGillen

1st Half photos:


USC USU 1st - Images by John McGillen

2nd Half photos:


USC USU 2nd - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: WVB Home Opener

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No. 5 USC women's volleyball opened its home account with a resounding sweep of UC Irvine last night at Galen Center.  The Women of Troy were paced by senior Sara Shaw who posted a match-high 10 kills.

Click here for the recap.

The victory kicked off a three-game home stand for the Trojans who host Cal State Fullerton on Friday (7 p.m.) before the showdown with UCLA on September 25 (7 p.m.). 

Here are the photos from the home opener thanks to John McGillen:


USC v UC Irvine 2013 - Images by John McGillen

McGillen Galleries: USC vs. BC

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John McGillen provided three photo galleries of the Trojans' first home victory of the season.

Pregame:


USC BC Pregame - Images by John McGillen

1st Half:


USC BC 1 HALF - Images by John McGillen

2nd Half:


USC BC 2 HALF - Images by John McGillen

Photo Gallery: WSU Jock Rally

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With Heritage Hall being renovated, the Jock Rally has been moved outside this year to Cromwell Field.  John McGillen was on hand to capture the inspiration.


Photo Gallery: USC 30, Hawaii 13

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Pierson Clair took the trip to Hawaii with us to provide you all the photos from inside the locker room to the action on the field.

Here are a pair of galleries dividing the night into pregame (top) and game (bottom):




Photo Gallery: Hawaii Pep Rally

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The Trojan Family gathered at the iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel Wednesday night for the first pep rally of the new season.  Pierson Clair was there to snap photos as Pat Haden and company took part in the native festivities.


Photo Gallery: Salute to Troy 2013

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The Trojan Family gathered for the annual Salute to Troy kickoff BBQ Saturday as a new season is only three days away.  Along with introducing the 2013 Trojans, the 1988 and 1963 anniversary teams were honored.

Here are the Pierson Clair photos:


Photo Gallery: Official Team Photos

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The 2013 season begins one week from today! 

Here is a look at this year's Trojans broken down by position and class:


Photo Gallery: 2013 Fall Scrimmage #3

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The Trojans squared off white against cardinal yesterday in the Coliseum for the final scrimmage of Fall Camp. 

Here are all the photos courtesy of John McGillen:


Photo Gallery: Barkley and the Dodgers

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Eagles QB Matt Barkley took a break from the busy preseason schedule to see the Los Angeles Dodgers play in Philadelphia last week.  Our friend Jon SooHoo snapped some photos of the USC great with the hottest baseball team on the planet.

Here is Barkley with his wife Brittany, Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Don Mattingly, fellow Trojan Mark McGwire, Yasiel Puig and Eagles LB Casey Matthews...


Photo Gallery: Fall Camp #20

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A night under the lights at the Coliseum makes for the perfect stage for a John McGillen photo gallery.  Enjoy...

Photo Gallery: 2013 Fall Scrimmage #2

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The Trojan defense continued its Fall Camp dominance as the team took to the Coliseum for the second scrimmage of the season.  

Here are John McGillen's photos from yesterday...

Photo Gallery: Fall Camp #13

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USC WR Marqise Lee was back on the practice field this morning in a limited role.  No. 9 is a welcome sight for a team that was missing 19 players last night.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Tuesday:


Photo Gallery: Fall Camp #10

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John McGillen provides a look at Sunday's best action including touchdown catches by Darreus Rogers and Jahleel Pinner.


Photo Gallery: 2013 Fall Scrimmage #1

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The Trojans came through the first scrimmage of Fall Camp mostly unscathed with highlight performances from Max Wittek, Nelson Agholor, Lamar Dawson and Justin Davis.

Here are all the John McGillen photos:


2013 Salute to Troy

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The annual USC football kickoff BBQ "Salute to Troy" will be held Saturday, August 24, on campus at Cromwell Field.  Dinner starts at 4:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 5:30 p.m.

All Trojan fans are invited to partake in the celebration of USC's 125th anniversary and the introduction of the 2013 team.  As is tradition, we'll pay tribute to the 50th anniversary team (1963) and the 25th anniversary team (1988). 

Plus, fans will get to meet the players, take pictures with them and collect autographs.  And, the Spirit of Troy will perform with appearances by the Song Girls and Traveler.

For reservations, click here or call (213) 740-4164. 

Here is a look at last year's event from Pierson Clair:


Photo Gallery: Fall Camp #3

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The Trojans put on some shoulder pads as the practice intensity heats up in Fall Camp.  Here are all the John McGillen photos from day three:

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Photo Gallery: 2013 Fall Camp #1 and #2

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John McGillen was on hand to capture days one and two of Fall Camp as the Trojans start the grind to kickoff.  For reference, here are the numbers for the six freshmen who arrived this fall.

#19 - LB Michael Hutchings
#27 - RB Ty Isaac
#52 - LB Quinton Powell
#62 - OL Khaliel Rodgers
#74 - OL Nico Falah
#81 - WR Steven Mitchell (Out for the season)


Photo Gallery: 2013 Pac-12 Media Day

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The Pac-12 put on a great show at Football Media Day this year inside Sony Studios in Culver City.  The Trojans were well represented by head coach Lane Kiffin, WR Marqise Lee and LB Hayes Pullard.

Here are the John McGillen photos:


Photo Gallery: 2013 Football 101

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The Women of Troy turned out in full force Tuesday for another exciting Football 101 event presented by Layla Kiffin. 

If you attended the event and would like to order your photos, click here.

Here is a gallery of the day from the John McKay Center and Howard Jones and Brian Kennedy Fields:


Thank You Coach Allice

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USC Director of Track and Field Ron Allice has announced his retirement after 19 seasons. 

Allice presided over 25 top 10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a national championship for the Women of Troy in 2001.  He coached athletes to 32 individual NCAA titles capped by two more this season from Bryshon Nellum and Reggie Wyatt.

Click here for the full story.

"Since my senior year in high school, my one goal in life was to someday be a coach.  I was blessed and fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of the most storied program in college and Olympic history.  I will forever by humbled and grateful," Allice said.

In honor of Allice's retirement, here is a photo gallery of the coach and some of his greatest athletes featuring Balazs Kiss, Angela Williams, Natasha Danvers, Torri Edwards, Wes Felix, Jesse Williams, Virginia Powell, Brigita Langerholc, Felix Sanchez and Bryshon Nellum.


Photo Gallery: Baseball Senior Day

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USC baseball honored its 2013 senior class before Sunday's home finale against UCLA, which the Trojans dropped 5-2.  Matt Munson, Adam Landecker, Nick Berhel and Greg Zebrack made up the quartet of seniors playing for the last time at Dedeaux Field.

Click here for the full story.

Here is a photo gallery of the day's ceremonies and action courtesy of Pierson Clair:


Photo Gallery: 2013 Student-Athlete Graduation

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Another school year is in the books as campus was abuzz last week with commencement ceremonies kicked off by the USC Student-Athlete Graduation. 

Click here for a Pierson Clair photo gallery of the Marks' luncheon.

Here are all the photos from graduation featuring speakers Frankie Telfort (football) and Erin Kaupp (sand volleyball), which you can order to be printed by clicking here:


Photo Gallery: McGillen's Greatest Hits

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Graduation Day is bittersweet for those of us that get to know the students and student-athletes over their four years.  John McGillen has been an invaluable member of the Rips It team since signing on as a sophomore photography student.

His work has grown immeasurably, and the good news is that he will continue to contribute to the athletic department as a professional photographer.  But to celebrate his final day of amateurism and to give thanks for all the hard work, here are his favorite 20 shots from his time as a USC student.


Photo Gallery: Pac-12 Track & Field

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In all, USC boasted six individual conference champions plus the women's 4x400 relay team which capped a glorious weekend at the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships at Cromwell Field and Loker Stadium.  Of course, senior sprinter Bryshon Nellum highlighted the list of victorious Trojans with his record-setting double in the 200m and 400m for which he was named Male Athlete of the Meet.

Click here for a video highlight of Nellum's performance.

Here is the championship Sunday in photos courtesy of John McGillen, and you can scroll down for day one photos including the wet and wild steeplechase.




Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis to Sweet 16

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No. 5 USC women's tennis has not dropped a match in the 2013 NCAA Tournament through the first two rounds.  The Women of Troy swept Sacramento State and UC Irvine en route to the Sweet 16.

Click here for the recap.

Next up: USC will face familiar foe Stanford on May 17 in Illinois.  The Women of Troy defeated No. 12 Stanford 6-1 at Marks Stadium on March 30.

Here are the photos from Saturday's win via John McGillen:


Photo Gallery: Men's Tennis to Sweet 16

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As expected, No. 4 USC men's tennis took care of business in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  The Trojans dropped just a single point to San Diego in the 2nd round after sweeping Sacramento State in their opening dual match.

Click here for the recap.

USC has now won 26 consecutive NCAA Tournament dual matches.  The Trojans will play 13-seeded Baylor on May 16 in the Sweet 16.

Here are the photos from Friday's win courtesy of John McGillen:


Photo Gallery: Rowing Tops UCLA

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While the Trojans have officially relinquished their five-year stranglehold on the Crosstown Gauntlet, No. 1 USC women's rowing still defeated No. 6 UCLA in all three varsity races in the annual rivalry dual Saturday.  The win moves the Women of Troy to a perfect 12-0 all-time against the Bruins.

Click here for the recap.

Here are the John McGillen photos from Ballona Creek:


Photo Gallery: Baseball vs. TCU

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USC baseball rallied for an eight-run inning to key its Friday night victory over TCU last weekend.  The Trojans dropped two out of three in the series, but the 9-3 win featured multi-hit games from four different players and a pair of RBIs for catcher Garrett Stubbs.

Click here for the recap.

USC hosts Washington State this week Friday (6 p.m.), Saturday (7 p.m.), and Sunday (1 p.m.) with Mother's Day brunch beforehand. 

Here are the photos from John McGillen:


2013 Tommy Awards

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USC student-athletes gathered last night for the annual Tommy Awards to celebrate each other and the previous year in Trojan athletics. 

What are the Tommy Awards?  This video explains it (sort of).

Here is the list of 2013 winners which honors 2012 accomplishments:

Team of the Year - Men's Water Polo

Male Athlete of the Year - Steve Johnson, Men's Tennis

Female Athlete of the Year - Natalie Hagglund, Women's Volleyball

Male Trojan of the Year - Kevin Swick, Baseball

Female Trojan of the Year - Katie Fuller, Women's Volleyball

Best Single Competition Performance - Marqise Lee vs. Arizona

Record-Breaking Performance - Katinka Hosszu, Women's Swimming

Male Rising Star - Kostas Genidounias, Men's Water Polo

Female Rising Star - Cassie Harberts, Women's Basketball

Male Rookie of the Year - Micah Christenson, Men's Volleyball

Female Rookie of the Year - Sabrina Santamaria, Women's Tennis

Head Coach of the Year - Jovan Vavic, Water Polo

Assistant Coach of the Year - Jeremy Kipp, Men's Swimming

Staff Member of the Year - Whitney Rotrock, Stevens Academic Center

Here are the photos from the night courtesy of Jenn Kassar:


Photo Gallery: 2013 Dual Meet

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For the first time since 2006, UCLA swept USC in the Dual Meet.  In a losing effort, the Trojans received standout performances from Bryshon Nellum (200m, 400m and 1600m relay winner), Aaron Brown (100m, 400m relay and 1600m relay winner) and Akawkaw Ndipagbor (women's 200m, 400m relay and 1600m relay winner).

Click here for the recap.

Here are all the John McGillen photos including football All-American Marqise Lee finishing third in the long jump:


Photo Gallery: Women's Tennis Overwhelms UCLA

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The much anticipated showdown between No. 5 USC women's tennis and No. 7 UCLA turned into a coronation for the Women of Troy as they trounced the Bruins (6-1) en route to finishing a perfect 10-0 as undisputed Pac-12 champions.  No. 1 singles Sabrina Santamaria set the tone by defeating her Bruin counterpart (6-1, 6-0), including winning the final 12 games of the match.

Click here for the Pac-12.com video highlights.

John McGillen was on hand to capture Senior Day for Danielle Lao, Valerie Pulido and Jackie Owens followed by the Trojans season sweep of their crosstown rivals...


Photo Gallery: Cooper-Dyke Presser

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USC women's basketball introduced Cynthia Cooper-Dyke as its new head coach at a Tuesday reception inside Galen Center.  Cooper-Dyke was joined on stage by athletic director Pat Haden and senior women's athletics administrator Donna Heinel, and her current players and former teammates were in the audience to provide support.

Cooper-Dyke: "I wanted to be home. I wanted to be here. I wanted to be at USC. This is my dream job."


Photo Gallery: WWP vs. Stanford

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No. 1 USC women's water polo was dealt its first loss of the season Saturday as Stanford returned the favor after the Women of Troy handed the Cardinal its only blemish of 2013 earlier in the year.  So now, the season series stands at one apiece with potential meetings looming in the MPSF and NCAA Tournament.

Click here for the recap.

Stanford blitzed USC early with a 3-0 start and then held on to win a low-scoring affair 6-4. The Trojans had won their first 20 games of the season, and now enter the MPSF Tournament as the No. 2 seed. 

Here is a Pierson Clair photo gallery: