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With a win, USC will take on either No. 4 Hawaii or No. 5 UC San Diego on Saturday. The NCAA Title match is Sunday with No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 UCLA looming on the other side of the bracket.
Outside of the Vavic duo, head coach Jovan and MPSF Player of the Year Monica, the Women of Troy will rely on Olympians Flora Bolonyai and Anni Espar. In case you missed it, here was our profile on the international stars:
Here is a look at their championship match from a wild and windy Gulf Shores, Alabama:
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We certainly could not have done all the "Matt vs." without Matt, so we are sending him off with a special Barkley blooper reel.
While Barkley slipped down the draft significantly from where he was projected to go, the all-time Pac-12 TD pass record holder joins the likes of fellow USC QBs Rodney Peete (6th rounder), Paul McDonald (4th rounder), Rob Johnson (4th rounder), Vince Evans (6th rounder) and Pat Haden (7th rounder) who all enjoyed prosperous NFL careers.
Here is a look at what the Eagles are getting in Barkley:
McDonald will play for former USC defensive back Jeff Fisher, the head coach of the Rams. He is the highest Trojan safety drafted since Taylor Mays (49th overall) in 2010.
Tim McDonald, T.J.'s dad, was also a USC All-American and drafted by St. Louis. He played one year in that city before the Cardinals moved to Arizona.
T.J. McDonald led the Trojans with 110 tackles in 2012. He had eight career interceptions.
Woods will join the Bills which currently do not have any other Trojans on the roster. He is the highest drafted Trojan receiver since Mike Williams was selected 10th overall in 2005.
He leaves USC as the school's all-time receptions leader and a 2011 All-American.
Doris Chen, the 2012 Pac-12 champion, made the second team, while Rachel Morris was given honorable mention. The Women of Troy's remarkable depth has led to an historic season with five tournament wins and favorite status heading into the NCAA Championships.
Here are the highlights from Pac-12s featuring head coach Andrea Gaston:
Here is a look at the new defense in the latest episode of "Project Trojan":
Click here for the recap.
The No. 2 Trojans will head up to Berkeley this week for the MPSF Championships and another possible showdown with No. 1 Stanford. Both teams will be tipped to meet one final time at the NCAA Championships at Harvard in May.
Here are the highlights of USC's win over UCLA led by three goals apiece from Anni Espar and Kaleigh Gilchrist:
Read Salas' remarkable life story written by Bill Dwyre in "The Trojan Way": TrojanWay-Salas.pdf
Salas also made the SportsCenter Top 10 for her incredible eagle on the Par 4 10th hole. Check it out...
Here is the sideline soundtrack in the latest episode of Project Trojan:
At her spirited introductory press conference, she was cheered on and peppered with questions by her former national champion teammates in attendance. Cooper-Dyke made it clear that she will bring the fire that made her a superstar player to the job every day.
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As a four-sport star at UCLA, he became a key player in the Crosstown Rivalry, including the 1939 classic which ended in a 0-0 tie. The game was played in front of 103,303 people at the Coliseum, a rivalry attendance record at the time.
The Trojans held off the Bruins when Bobby Robertson batted down a 4th-and-goal pass with less than five minutes to play. USC went on to shutout Tennessee in the Rose Bowl to win the fourth and final national championship of the Howard Jones era.
Here is rare footage of No. 28 Robinson playing both ways against the Trojans in this Coliseum classic:
Click here for complete coverage of Cooper-Dyke's hire.
As Cooper-Dyke assumes her post, here is a look back at some highlights from her playing career at Troy...
Click here for the complete list of winners.
Under interim head coach Bob Cantu, the Trojans caught fire in conference play with big wins over UCLA and Arizona en route to tying for sixth place in the Pac-12 regular season. USC bids farewell to six seniors led by Fontan and Wise as well as Renaldo Woolridge, James Blasczyk, Aaron Fuller and Tyler Sugiyama.
Click here for the photo gallery of the men's basketball banquet.
Here is the 2012-13 highlight video:
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Juniors Madeline Rosenthal and Kelly Mendoza broke the down the much anticipated match-up for our latest Trojan Spotlight.
Less than a year later, Bolonyai and Espar are fighting the same fight as leaders of the undefeated Women of Troy. As No. 1 USC women's water polo prepares for its biggest home match of the season (Saturday at 4 p.m. vs. No. 2 Stanford), the Olympians talked about their budding friendship and pushing each other to greatness.
While Marqise Lee naturally steps into the role as the offensive leader, the defense requires a new voice, and maybe even more importantly, a physical enforcer. Enter Hayes Pullard...
The two-year starter has already made his mark tying for the team lead in tackles as a redshirt freshman (81) before passing the century mark (107) as a sophomore. But under Clancy Pendergast, Pullard will take over the Mike linebacker position serving as the central hub of communication and a downhill playmaker.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 235 pounds, Pullard may not have the statuesque build of his Trojan linebacker brethren, but as you can see from the clip below in which he takes down 300-pound OT Aundrey Walker, he is more than willing to set a physical tone for this defense.
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Here's our Dustin Avol with surprise starters Trefzger and Green after the match...
- Freshman running back Justin Davis had another impressive practice looking more like an upperclassman than an early entrant this spring as he makes his case for the starting spot in the fall. He had 17 carries for 116 yards with a four-yard touchdown. Buck Allen had 10 carries for 42 yards.
- Kiffin says Davis has been by far one of the highlights from this spring. "I can't imagine a guy having more of an impact in just a month of practice. He is so natural, he sees things really well running our offense. It's possible for him to be the number one tailback."
- The passing game was the story of the day which Kiffin attributes to the success of Davis and Allen at running back. "SC's best offenses have always been when we've ran the ball really well and the play actions have come off of that which was much like today," said Kiffin.
- All three quarterbacks looked equally strong further complicating the picture of who will get the starting nod. Kiffin said after a day like today having three solid QBs is the kind of problem he doesn't mind having. "Today you would have taken any of them," said Kiffin. "All three guys played great. They are all much improved from the first Saturday in here."
- Max Wittek was 14 for 17 with 200 yards and 2 TDs including a nice 16 yard toss to Nelson Agholor in the corner of the end zone. Cody Kessler was 12 for 21 with 120 yards and a long 60-yard touchdown pass to Marqise Lee. Max Browne was 6 for 7, throwing for 85 yards and 2 TDs, with a potential third touchdown slipping through the fingers of Randall Telfer.
- Marqise Lee was finally back in real-time action playing a solid portion of the scrimmage. Lee had 10 receptions for 191 yards and 2 TDs.
- Continuing his dominant performance this spring, Nelson Agholor had 6 catches for 91 yards with 2 TDs, one apiece from Wittek and Browne.
- One of the bigger stories of the spring has been the performance of both Anthony Sarao and Lamar Dawson at the Will linebacker position. Their dominant play at that position has made the coaches consider moving Dion Bailey back to safety when he resumes practice.
- The return of many secondary players from injury and Bailey's potential move would make safety one of the deepest positions for the Trojans come fall according to Kiffin.
- The defensive leader of the day was Josh Shaw who had 7 tackles including 2 for a loss and 2 deflections.
- The scrimmage ran 76 plays with the same injured players still out including Demetrius Wright, Torin Harris, and DJ Morgan. The Spring Game will be next weekend at 1 p.m. at the Coliseum. The game is open to the public and tickets are $10.
- Here is Lane Kiffin with the full practice recap, video courtesy of Lindsey Thiry (Fox Sports)....
Since taking over as AD, Haden has encouraged the student-athletes to explore the breadth of all USC has to offer. In an effort to heed his own advice, Haden has a singing part in "The Most Happy Fella," a USC School of Dramatic Arts production.
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The show runs from April 4-14 at Bing Theatre with Haden playing the role of the postman in his theatrical debut. He even has a solo, "I seen her at the station."
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Just hours before curtain, here's an exclusive sneak peek at Haden's performance with commentary from the athletic director...
In the newest episode of Project Trojan, we provide an inside look at the "Jimokes," the underrated soldiers of USC football.
"This is a dream come true," Enfield said. "To be here in front of you today is just an unbelievable dream."
Here is his entire opening speech...
Click here for the complete recap of day one at the NCAA Championships.
While the relay team finished second, Morozov's third leg (video below) made the final results a mere post-script.
"The 50 in the relay was an out of body experience," said Morozov (pictured by Walt Middleton). "I was 100% ready to go physically and mentally and executed the details perfectly. We have never won this relay in history and today we were runner-ups - and all the guys are coming back next year."
Morozov even managed to overshadow his own championship swim in the 50y free. He recorded the third fastest time ever (18.63) from a flat start.
"As for the individual title, I'm definitely happy to finally become a national champion and post the fastest textile time ever. I can't wait to see what I can do in the 100!"
Here is the amazing Morozov swimming an unmissable third leg...
Click here for a video playlist of all the events.
Here is a look at Wyatt dusting the field in the 400m hurdles...
The Women of Troy's most recent bounce back victory came at the expense of Marquette. USC hits the road now for a pair of games in Rhode Island at Bryant and Brown.
Here are the highlights from the 12-9 home win over Marquette:
The Trojans are now 15-0 on the season with a five match road trip starting in Hawaii this week. Here are the highlights from the 18-4 victory over San Jose State...
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The Trojans play seven home games in 2013 including rivalry rematches with Stanford and UCLA.
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No. 3 USC women's sand volleyball defeated No. 6 UCLA and Loyola Marymount, but lost a tough battle with No. 2 Long Beach State on Saturday. The Women of Troy are now 5-2 as a team this season.
In the bracket tournament on Sunday, the Trojans' top pair of Kirby Burnham and Stevi Robinson defeated UCLA's Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves to capture the final. USC's Katie Fuller and Cinnamon Sary took third place.
Here are the highlights from Sunday's day at the beach...
Here are the highlights of the latest home victories...
The team wanted more though. The Trojans were building towards a run in Las Vegas that just did not materialize Wednesday night.
Here is an exclusive look inside the locker room at Bob Cantu's post-game address after the loss...
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The Trojans are tough at the top with their best two pairs winning both matches. Captain Kirby Burnham and Bria Russ are USC's top team, while Katie Fuller and Stevi Robinson back them up at No. 2.
The Women of Troy are at home this Thursday, Saturday and Sunday including a match-up with UCLA. Here are the highlights from the opening weekend at Merle Norman Sand Volleyball Stadium...
Position - Defensive Line
Class - Freshman
Size - 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds
Age - 17
High School - Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, MD)
Game - Bigelow is already built like a college player, which is rare for someone so young. He has the strength and athleticism to play any of three spots up front for Clancy Pendergast, but he is starting out at nose tackle.
Prep Career - At Red Lion Christian Academy and Eastern Christian Academy, Bigelow split time at defensive line and tight end. His high school only played three games during his senior season, but he was still named a U.S. Army All-American.
Spring Ball - While he was on the wrong end of a "welcome to college" pancake block from Jordan Simmons during the first practice, Bigelow is a big time talent. Don't expect him to redshirt. The defensive line lacks depth and Coach O prefers a two-deep rotation, so Bigelow should push Antwaun Woods at the nose.
To Quote Bigelow - "I never want to be satisfied with my performance. I want to get better and better everyday and someday be a great Trojan."
Here is Bigelow with our Andie Hagemann...
Who will be the next USC starting quarterback? Max Wittek, Cody Kessler or Max Browne??
Meet the contenders and listen to offensive coordinator Clay Helton mic'd up at practice in the first Project Trojan of 2013 spring football...
The new on-campus stadium is located at the corner of Figueroa Street and McCarthy Way adjacent to Parking Structure X and across the street from The Lab.
Here is a video look at the new digs and the opening ceremonies from Thursday night:
Here is an exclusive look inside the equipment room in the John McKay Center and a peek at the new Nike technology that the Trojans are trying out this spring.
Click here for the recap of the latest championship.
While she has only played four competitive rounds in her young career at Troy, Ellie Chai is an inspiration for even making it on the top-ranked Trojans. The freshman's golf career has already been threatened by losing her childhood home to Hurricane Katrina and a devastating injury.
Here is her story in her own words...
The final home game is also fan appreciation day, so click here for tickets.
Here is a look at the 2013 senior class:
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For more on Hedges and her tremendous legacy, here is a great piece produced by the university...
Here's a look at the highlights and the celebration:
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Here is the official USC Athletics Harlem Shake video:
Twomey is a lightweight at 6-foot-3 165 pounds, but he had enough endurance to throw all 9 innings on 117 pitches. He gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five to only three walks.
The Trojans are now 4-3 on the season with Long Beach State coming to Dedeaux Field Tuesday at 6 p.m. PT followed by a three-game series at Fresno State this weekend.
Here is fellow lefty Randy Flores on Twomey's performance:
The Women of Troy competed hard against national powers Northwestern and UMass before picking up back-to-back wins over Presbyterian and St. Mary's. The latest triumph over the Gaels was the program's first conference victory.
Now at 2-2 on the young season, USC hits the road for the first time with a four-game swing through LIU Brooklyn, Princeton, UC Davis and Stanford. Here are the highlights from Sunday's win...
Here's a look at the epic showdown ahead featuring Jio Fontan and J.T. Terrell...
The sophomore was rested yesterday in the 7-0 win over San Diego State. The Women of Troy still boast two of the top three singles players in the country in No. 1 Sabrina Santamaria and No. 3 Danielle Lao, but they are a true national title contender with Scandalis backing them up and lengthening the lineup.
The Trojans are next in action Saturday at Cal. Here are yesterday's highlights:
In part two, Coach O talks about working with new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and addresses the negativity around the program.
"I'm a Trojan and I'm not wavering from that," he stated clearly. Part two tomorrow on working with new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast...
Nevertheless, Marinacci has had a solid all-around career at Troy including Pac-12 honorable mentions for hoops and academics as a junior. She will be celebrated before her final home game tonight against UCLA (tip time at 8 p.m.) as part of the Senior Night ceremony.
USC and UCLA will actually play each other twice this rivalry week. After meeting at Galen Center tonight, the crosstown foes will switch the scene to Westwood on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Update: USC vs. Loyola Marymount has been postponed until Wednesday (February 20) at 6 p.m. PT.
Here's a first person look at the celebration:
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The Women of Troy have won six consecutive dual meets over the Bruins. Here are the highlights featuring Olympic silver medalist Haley Anderson on her final home race...
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"I think it's really special for the girls," said head coach Lindsey Munday. "They worked really, really hard, so to see it come together today and to see us improve from last week is awesome. It's a milestone for our program, so we're excited about it."
USC women's lacrosse is hunting for the program's first win Friday against Presbyterian at McAlister Field. The Buttermilk Truck will be there to serve those in attendance.
Here is a Trojan Spotlight on Eddy:
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While Hubbs will have to adjust to his managerial role, he can rely on the pitching staff he has cultivated over the last year-plus. He will give the ball to junior Bob Wheatley for the opener, followed by sophomore Wyatt Strahan in game two and highly regarded freshman Kyle Twomey at Dedeaux Field.
Here is Hubbs with USC baseball alum and World Series winner Randy Flores previewing the opening weekend:
Here is a tour of USC's new built-in beach...
Given the relative lack of depth on the defensive line, the Trojans roster makes it seem like they would not have enough players to fill the 5-2. However, the new defense creates a spot for hybrid defensive ends and outside linebackers, which is actually a position with more than a few ready, willing and able candidates.
Just judging based on size, speed and athleticism, USC has at least five candidates that fit the mold starting with the return of senior Devon Kennard, who missed 2012 with a torn pectoral muscle. Kennard (pictured) has already played defensive end, outside linebacker and middle linebacker during his Trojan career, but he is probably best suited for this hybrid role at 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds.
Morgan Breslin was expected to start opposite Kennard in the 4-3, but his pass rushing skills can easily be converted to fit Pendergast's scheme. NFL sack leaders like Clay Matthews and DeMarcus Ware play a similar role for the Packers and Cowboys.
The young guys could also make an instant impact in an attacking role. Redshirt freshman Jabari Ruffin was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end last year, and at 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he has the size to attack the line of scrimmage and the athleticism to play in space.
Finally, fall signees Quinton Powell and Michael Hutchings were scouted as outside linebackers by the recruiting services. Both are listed at 6-foot-2 between 215 and 220 pounds. In particular, Powell played defensive end in high school recording 25 sacks in his final two seasons combined.
Here is Pendergast explaining his system and the plan for the Trojans in 2013...
After scoring five goals at the Coliseum versus the defending national champions, the Women of Troy were tied at halftime with Massachusetts before losing 18-9 at McAlister Field on Sunday. Through two games, No. 25 Caroline de Lyra leads the team with seven points (3 goals and 4 assists), while goalie Liz Shaeffer has made 30 saves already.
Here are the highlights from an entertaining opening weekend:
After two years of building the program, the Women of Troy will get their first taste of NCAA action against the defending national champions Northwestern at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the Coliseum. Admission is FREE and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a "USC Lacrosse - WE PLAY FOR A NEW ERA" t-shirt.
While the Trojans are heavy underdogs opening against the sport's power program with an inexperienced roster, head coach Lindsey Munday is focused on the competition not the hoopla. She knows that her players need seasoning, but the U.S. national team captain wants to build USC into a national championship contender.
Here is Munday previewing her roster and the showcase match-up against her alma mater Northwestern...
Here is a Trojan Spotlight on USC men's volleyball working "the process" to grow into a winner...
The Trojans were struggling in the second half when Cantu made an adjustment to go to a small front court with Eric Wise and Aaron Fuller. The lineup tinker was all USC needed to hit a run and put the Cougs away.
Click here for Cantu's post-game interview on Pac-12 Networks.
Here are the highlights featuring Byron Wesley (20 points and 8 rebounds) and Jio Fontan (10 points and 11 assists)...
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Here are Georgette Hernandez (women's water polo), Jeffrey Churchman (men's track and field) and Leonard Williams (football) on their work and the meaning of art in their lives...
The head coach instructed his charges to go "big game fishing" with the limited number of scholarships at USC's disposal due to the NCAA sanctions. While the staff may not have caught as many fish as the other schools around the country, they reeled in some "big prizes," Kiffin explained.
The head coach admitted that there was not a lot of excitement or momentum around the building today, but that was due in large part to signing so many top players early, including seven spring entrants. He compared the day to the feeling a coach gets when leading 35-0 then letting the other team come back, but eventually winning.
While you can watch the entire presser below, Kiffin was honest with his explanations in regards to the Kylie Fitts situation as well as conceding that the 7-6 season and his resulting job status questions hurt recruiting in the last month. However, he was bullish that the Trojans signed the most quality players in the country including several candidates to earn starting spots next season.
Here is Kiffin in the John McKay Center classroom...
While the competition is fierce at Marks Stadium, the support is even stronger. Both the men's and women's teams are in the stands to cheer on the opposite program as they were in the NCAA tournament last year.
The combination of competition and enthusiasm has created a tennis culture at USC that is currently unparalleled around the country. Both programs are ranked in the top four, undefeated on the season and dreaming of national championship glory.
After blowing away Fresno State (highlights below), the Women of Troy will face the biggest challenge of the non-conference schedule by traveling to Charlottesville, VA this weekend for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.
ADMISSION IS FREE. The first 1,000 fans will also get a complimentary USC lacrosse t-shirt.
Back in the summer of 2012, QB Matt Barkley got his first lesson in lax courtesy of USC head coach and U.S. national team captain Lindsey Munday. Here is the newest Matt Vs....
By doing so, USC has pulled even in the Crosstown Gauntlet standings at 20-20 with UCLA. The Trojans have won the last five Gauntlets.
Here is an inside look at the rivalry victory including exclusive locker room and courtside footage...
Seeing an opportunity to give a senior a shot at glory, head coach Peter Smith put Tang in the lineup for Tuesday's match-up against UC Irvine. Despite the entire team rallying behind him, he came up short on the scoreboard.
Nevertheless, as you can see in the Trojan Spotlight below, Tang reveled in every moment of the experience.
Here is a look at what the Trojan Family is in store for...
Harberts was interviewed by her teammate Christina Marinacci after Sunday's W...
Here are the highlights and a post-match interview with Danielle Lao...
Here are the highlights and post-match reaction from Saturday's win over Fresno State...
USC's last two wins are great examples of Dedmon's growth and potential. In the victory at Utah, he posted a season-high 13 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to go along with 5 blocks. While Dedmon only played 15 minutes against Oregon State due to foul trouble, he still managed 5 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 blocks.
For a player that arrived at USC with little to no experience in organized basketball, the scoring touch was always going to be the last thing to come. However, Dedmon scored in double figures in five consecutive games before the previous weekend's foul woes.
As the Trojans push for wins in the desert this weekend, starting tonight at Arizona State (7:30 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks), Dedmon's improvement will come into central focus. Bob Cantu not only needs him to control the paint and the glass, but his running philosophy plays to the strength of the athletic big man.
Here is a Trojan Spotlight on Dedmon featuring current USC assistant coach Dieter Horton, who was Dewayne's junior college coach, and fellow center Omar Oraby...
In order to keep those programs flourishing, former USC swim captain Fred Uytengsu made the largest donation ever by a USC student-athlete to build the Uytengsu Aquatics Center, a state-of-the-art swimming, diving and water polo facility.
Here is a video look at the groundbreaking, renderings and the man that made it possible...
Now that the guards are growing up, Harberts' efforts are leading to wins for USC women's basketball. The Women of Troy lost six consecutive games going into conference play, but they are 4-0 in Pac-12 action for the first time since 2004-05.
Harberts is averaging 17.9 ppg and 7.9 rpg with six double-doubles on the season. She has upped her numbers to 21.2 ppg and 9.3 rpg in Pac-12 play.
She will have to continue her inspired play if the Women of Troy are going to escape the Bay Area with a victory or two. USC will take on No. 7 Cal (Thursday at 6 p.m. PT) and No. 6 Stanford (Sunday at 4 p.m. PT) on Pac-12 Networks.
As part of our women's basketball coverage this season, captain Christina Marinacci has been interviewing and profiling her teammates. Marinacci, who is pursuing a career off the court as a broadcaster, sat down with Harberts recently in "Chris's Corner."
Click here for a video recap of the banquet.
Here is a list of award winners followed by the season and senior highlight video:
Paula Weishoff Award (Most Valuable Player) - Natalie Hagglund
Emily Adams Award (Best Blocker) - Alexis Olgard
Keao Burdine Award (Most Points Scored) - Samantha Bricio
Sue Woodstra Award (Best Attacker) - Katie Fuller
Debbie Landreth Award (Best Passer) - Sara Shaw
Patti Bright Award (Spirit of Troy) - Hannah Schraer
April Ross Award (Best Server) - Samantha Bricio
Nicole Davis Award (Best Digger) - Natalie Hagglund
Debbie Green Award (Best Setter) - Hayley CroneCoaches Award - Erin Yoder
Now, he will take those experiences and put them to use as the interim head coach of Trojan basketball. In his introductory press conference, he expressed the need to bring leadership and energy to the program.
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Strategically, he will create a game plan combining his knowledge gained from Kevin O'Neill, Tim Floyd and Henry Bibby. While O'Neill was a strict believer in man-to-man defense, Cantu is considering a zone to protect his seven-footers.
For this particular team, Cantu expressed the need to find more scoring and create easy buckets. To that end, he plans to play faster and implement a press. By using an uptempo system, he can utilize the Trojans depth and loosen up the rims.
The entire men's basketball team showed up to Cantu's press conference in support, while seniors Jio Fontan and Eric Wise sat alongside the interim head coach. Here is the presser in its entirety...
Thanks to an Alexyz Vaioletama's buzzer beater, USC chopped down the Beavers in Corvallis. With some positive momentum behind them, Michael Cooper's team followed it up by outlasting Oregon 67-62.
Click here for the weekend recap.
Cassie Harberts led the Trojans in scoring in both games with 27 against Oregon State and 16 versus the Ducks, but Vaioletama was the hero.
Next up: USC vs. Cal at Galen Center on Saturday night at 8 p.m.
The now 11-time national champion head coach never doubted his men of Troy. Despite a large early deficit (5-2 start for UCLA) and late drama, the wisdom of four consecutive NCAA titles paid off in a 5-peat.
In fact, Vavic deferred to senior Tobias Preuss who called the game-winning play during the final timeout with the match tied 10-10 and only 46 seconds to go. "That last play was the play for the ages," said the head coach.
The Trojans call it "Candy," and it basically set a screen for Kostas Genidounias who took it from there. "Kostas is the man," said Matt Burton, who delivered the assist. "That kid just doesn't feel pressure. He lives for that moment."
The Greek's goal gave USC an 11-10 lead and set-off a Trojan celebration inside the soon-to-be Uytengsu Aquatics Center. Senior Michael Rosenthal, who had a hat trick, was named the NCAA Final Four MVP.
Click here for the complete match recap.
The perfect Trojans finished the season 29-0, but determination not dominance will be this team's trademark. USC defeated national runner-up UCLA three times this season by a single goal.
Vavic has so much faith in his Trojans' ability to handle pressure that he has already thrown down the gauntlet for next season. "We're going to win it again next year. Write it down."
Click here for the complete press conference.
A wet and wild look at the 5-peat celebration...
Here's the complete wrap with video and Katie Boggs...
In the spirit of the holiday, it is important to remember where the year started. While the Trojans may not have won as many games as they hoped, they are extremely thankful for this season together, which began with a trip to Haiti.
Here is a look back at that humanitarian venture and how it changed this group of Trojans...