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Dare to Dream

After missing an entire season due to hip surgery, Ajene Harris switched positions from wide receiver to cornerback as a redshirt sophomore and then climbed the depth chart to become the first-team nickel back.

"He came back, went to the other side of the ball, and became a star. I don't know if that's happened in USC history. He's a unique person and I think it all comes back to his leadership qualities," said USC OC Tee Martin about Harris.

As remarkable as that may be, Harris has consistently displayed the kind of perseverance and optimism it takes to make the impossible seem possible.

Click here to read how Harris has made his dreams come true at USC.

Harris grew up at 84th and Budlong, just down the street from campus, but the leap from South Central to USC is more than a few city blocks. With steadfast determination and a little help from a local mentor, he made the jump and now wants to help others in his community do the same.

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#FightOnForever: Coach John Jackson

John Jackson Memorial Services Information

Friday, February 24, 2017

FIRST AME CHURCH OF LOS ANGELES
2270 South Harvard Boulevard
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VIEWING: 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
FUNERAL SERVICES: 12:00 PM

CELEBRATION OF LIFE HONORING JOHN JACKSON
USC Town & Gown (on the campus of USC)
Complimentary parking will be provided at Parking Structure 2 (PS2) located behind the Radisson
Hotel off of Figueroa St. When entering the structure, inform the attendant that you are there for the John Jackson Celebration of Life event or provide the reservation number 168854 to receive your parking pass.
Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
SERVICES START AT 3:00 P.M.

John Jackson, who was the running backs coach for tailbacks Marcus Allen and Charles White during their Heisman Trophy-winning seasons at USC, died on Thursday (Feb. 16) in Torrance, Calif., of complications following intestinal surgery. He was 81.

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Jackson was the Trojan running backs coach for 6 seasons (1976-81) under head coach John Robinson, and he also served as the offensive coordinator. White won the Heisman in 1979 and finished as the NCAA's second-leading career rusher with 6,245 yards, while Allen won it in 1981 when he became the first collegiate player to run for 2,000 yards in a season. Jackson also coached USC All-American tailback Ricky Bell as well as Lynn Cain, who set the Trojan fullback career rushing record, and future NFL fullback Mosi Tatupu. During Jackson's time at USC, the Trojans won the Rose Bowl 3 times and were the 1978 national champions.

After his coaching days at USC, Jackson worked 17 years with California Sports as a special assistant to Jerry Buss. While there, he ran Forum Boxing and helped develop the Prime Ticket sports cable network.

Jackson returned to the coaching ranks in 1999 as UNLV's running backs coach, run game coordinator and assistant head coach, again working under Robinson. He spent 6 seasons (1999-2004) at UNLV.

He also was the owner and manager of the Culver City (Calif.) Ice Arena from 1982 until it closed in 2014.

Jackson began his coaching career in 1956 as an assistant at his hometown Brooklyn (N.Y.) Technical High. He then spent 3 years in the Marines, attaining the rank of captain. From 1965 to 1967, he was the head coach at Boys High in Brooklyn, where he twice was the New York Metropolitan Coach of the Year and concurrently served as the Dean of Students at Brooklyn Tech.

He then moved to the collegiate ranks, first as the offensive coordinator at Hofstra in 1968 and 1969 (he also was head coach of the track team). He coached the running backs and receivers at Dartmouth in 1970, then spent 5 seasons (1971-75) as the backfield coach at Illinois before coming to USC. 

Jackson is survived by his daughter, Tracie, who currently is employed at USC, and his son, John, an Academic All-American football wide receiver and baseball outfielder at USC (1986-90) who then played in the NFL with the Cardinals and Bears and in baseball's minor leagues and is now the analyst on USC football radio broadcasts in addition to his announcing duties with FOX Sports West, plus 4 grandchildren, his brother, Pazel, and Tracie's and John's mother, Lillian.

#FightOnForever: Mike Walden

Mike Walden, a noted local radio and television sportscaster who was the play-by-play broadcast voice of USC football and men's basketball from 1966 to 1972 and then called UCLA sports for parts of 18 years, died on Sunday (Feb. 12) in Tarzana, Calif., from complications of a stroke. He was 89.

Click here for the complete obituary.

There will be a celebration of life for Walden on March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

Walden, who was known for his distinctive broadcasting style and his even more distinctive wardrobe, handled the USC announcing duties when the Trojan footballers appeared in 5 Rose Bowls and won a pair of national championships (1967 and 1972) and the 1971 hoopsters posted a 24-2 record.

Click here for one of Walden's most famous calls.

A member of the Springfield Sports Hall of Fame (1994), Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2003) and USC Athletic Hall of Fame (2009), Walden began his broadcasting career in his hometown of Springfield, Ill., then after 2 years of service in the Air Force he did the play-by-play of his alma mater, Illinois. Next, he moved to Milwaukee to call Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Braves games and then worked for CBS Radio in Chicago before coming to the West Coast to announce Trojan athletics.

He also was a broadcaster for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1970 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972.

After his USC stint, Walden (pictured with fellow USC football broadcasters Tom Kelly and Pete Arbogast) moved across town and did UCLA sports play-by-play for portions of the next 18 years (1973-90), becoming the first person in history to serve as the broadcast voice of both universities.

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Public Figure

USC athletic director Lynn Swann has never shied away from the spotlight, saying, "I don't want to be a nail on the wall. I want to be someone who decides where the wall goes." And as he takes on the latest challenge of his career, he spent some time with us, as part of our USC Black History Month coverage, to reflect on the qualities of the great leaders who influenced him, the lessons of his parents and his vision for the future.

Click here to read our USC BHM feature on Lynn Swann.

Swann had the opportunity to play for legendary coaches and leaders at the college and NFL level. Four-time national champion John McKay "taught me how to delegate. He coached the coaches." And, four-time Super Bowl champion Chuck Noll was a "teacher" who taught Swann the value of "hard work and preparation."

While Swann was a USC team captain in 1973, football made him realize that there are "moments to lead and moments to follow." As a wide receiver, he had to defer to the quarterback as the natural leader of the team even if it was against his nature.

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Student Videographers Wanted

The USC Athletics Video Operations Department is now taking applications from currently enrolled USC students who are driven, enthusiastic, possess a great work ethic, and have a passion for USC football.

We are looking to hire student videographers to help with Spring Football, Fall Camp and the upcoming 2017 season.

While a strong work ethic is required, this is a great opportunity for passionate students to get inside the program.

If you are interested, click here to email Eric Espinoza.

Previous camera and/or editing experience is a plus, but not required. Come join our team and get the opportunity at a firsthand look inside the program!

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Robinson to LSU

USC running backs coach Tommie Robinson announced that he will be taking a similar position at LSU under Ed Orgeron. Robinson worked with Coach O during his first stint as an assistant coach at USC.

"I want to start off thanking Coach Clay Helton for giving me this wonderful opportunity," Robinson said. "This has been a very difficult decision because of my love for USC and this community. I have accepted a new opportunity at LSU. If I did not have the chance to say goodbye to you in person, I am forever thankful to you for the generosity you showed me and my family while at USC. Fight On!"

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Golden State Stars

Yesterday, three members of USC's Rose Bowl championship team were honored in Sacramento, CA in front of the California State Senate.

Leon McQuay III, Chris Hawkins and Deontay Burnett were on hand as Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) presented Senate Resolution 14 to the floor, which commemorates USC's record-setting, come-from-behind win in the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game. The resolution passed, 40-0.

Watch the entire presentation here!

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Killer Class

When the dust settled on National Signing Day 2017, USC had put together one of the most impressive classes in the nation.

The Trojans, who finished the 2016 season ranked No. 3 in the nation, added 23 new members to the Trojan family from eight different states, plus, for the first time since 2003, from American Samoa.

Check out the full breakdown of USC's Class of 2017.

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Signing Day 2017 - Clay Helton Presser

Despite not getting much sleep in the days leading up to National Signing Day, USC head coach Clay Helton spoke to the media after inking 18 recruits (in addition to USC's five early enrollees).

By the end of the day, USC had locked up the No. 5 class in the country and the No. 1 class in the Pac-12.

Watch Helton break down every signee, discuss what makes USC such an easy sell and more:

Class of 2017: ATH Greg Johnson

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Once Hawkins HS (Los Angeles, CA) product Greg Johnson steps on campus, USC will figure out what position he'll play. As a senior, the Athlete played DB, RB and WR, earning 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, USA Today All-California first team, All-L.A. City Division II Player of the Year and All-Coliseum League Co-Player of the Year honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: WR Joseph Lewis IV

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

The Trojans land a stud WR in Joseph Lewis IV. The five-star racked up 21 catches for 555 yards (26.4 avg) with 7 TD as a senior at Hawkins HS (Los Angeles, CA) and earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, All-L.A. City Division II first team and All-Coliseum League first team honors. The 5-star wideout looks to make a name for himself in USC's talent WR corps.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: RB Stephen Carr

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

There's just one RB in USC's Class of 2017, and that honor belongs to Stephen Carr. Carr, who hails from Gardena, CA and prepped at Summit HS, ran for a monstrous 2,123 yards on 233 carries (9.1 avg) with 31 TD, plus he caught 20 passes for 466 yards (23.3 avg) with 5 TD. He earned 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-California first team honors for his efforts.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: TE Josh Falo

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC's latest signee announced his decision in style. Josh Falo did it all at Inderkum High (Sacramento, CA), playing tight end, linebacker, defensive end and punter. Hawai'i born Falo earned 2016 Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-California second team, Max Preps All-NorCal first team and Sacramento Bee All-Sacramento Defensive Player of the Year honors.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DL Jay Tufele

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

USC nabs another 5-star standout in DL Jay Tufele. The Salt Lake City native made the 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team and Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 as a senior in 2016. As a junior, Tufele was named Salt Lake Tribune MVP, and the year before that he made the Max Preps Sophomore All-American first team.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: LB Juliano Falaniko

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Coming to USC all the way from Pago Pago, American Samoa is LB Juliano Falaniko. Falaniko, who also played WR at Leone HS, netted 2016 Prep Star All-West Region and All-American Samoa High School Athletic Association first team honors and was named MVP of the All Poly Camp.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: OL Austin Jackson

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Austin Jackson played on both sides of the ball at North Canyon HS in Phoenix, AZ, but will work to protect USC QB Sam Darnold when he dons the Cardinal and Gold this fall. Jackson, whose grandfather was a member of USC's 1974 national champion football team, made 2016 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, USA Today All-USA second team, Max Preps All-American second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-Arizona first team as a senior.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DB Isaiah Pola-Mao

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Does the name "Pola-Mao" remind you of a Trojan legend? Signee Isaiah Pola-Mao is the nephew of USC's two-time All-American Troy Polamalu, and hopes to have a similar impact at DB. Pola-Mao made 2016 Prep Star All-American, Max Preps All-American first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and USA Today All-Arizona first team, and was named All-East Valley Tribune Defensive Player of the Year as a senior at Mountain Pointe HS (Phoenix, AZ). Pola-Mao posted 100 tackles, 10 interceptions (3 for pick-sixes), 18 deflections and 2 forced fumbles on defense and 28 receptions for 646 yards (23.1 avg) with 9 TD on offense in 2016.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: DB Bubba Bolden

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

DB Bubba Bolden won a state title in each of his four years at Bishop Gorman HS (Las Vegas, NV) and hopes to carry that winning streak into his Trojan career. In 2016, Bolden made the Parade All-American first team, Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Max Preps All-American first team, and was named the USA Today All-Nevada Defensive Player of the Year.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

Class of 2017: WR Randal Grimes

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

Incoming WR Randal Grimes did it all for the Desert Pines (Las Vegas, LV) Jaguars. Grimes played QB and FS in addition to WR, and picked up 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Prep Star All-West Region and Las Vegas Review-Journal All-State honorable mention. Grimes also played basketball and ran track during his high school career. As a QB, he threw for 1,003 yards and 9 TD on the Jaguars' way to the state 3A title.

Class of 2017: DL Brandon Pili

It's National Signing Day, and we're excited to officially announce USC's talented class of 2017! Presenting the newest member of the Trojan Family...

After spending three years at his hometown high school (Dimond HS - Anchorage, AK), DL Brandon Pili transferred to Westview HS in Portland, OR. He made an immediate impact, earning 2016 Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 and Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets Best of the Rest honors as a senior. Pili, who was also competed in wrestling and track & field in high school, is set to bolster USC's defensive line.

To see the entire 2017 class in action, purchase season tickets for the reigning Rose Bowl champions!

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