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Lynn The Legend

17_Baseball_LynnHOF.jpgOn July 1, USC baseball legend Fred Lynn will be inducted into the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame.

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In his three years at USC, Lynn led the Trojans to three straight NCAA titles. He played 158 games in Cardinal and Gold, batting .320 with 28 home runs and 11 RBI. In 1971, he earned a spot on the College World Series All-Tournament team after hitting .467. In 1972, he was named an All-American. Lynn also enjoyed a stint on the USC football team in 1971.

Lynn, who was born in Chicago, is already a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame (Class of 2007).

The Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame was created more recently, in 2013. Despite its young nature, Lynn is already the second Trojan inducted. Former USC baseball coach Rod Dedeaux, who led the Trojans to 11 national championships, was one of six members of the inaugural class.

USC's two representatives in the Omaha College Baseball Hall of Fame are the third-most of any school in the nation.

Lynn will be officially inducted in a ceremony on July 1 at the College Home Run Derby in Omaha. The ceremony will be broadcast on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. PT.

Trojan Made: Ivan Lewis

This summer, USC football is putting in work to get ready for the 2017 season.

Leading the Trojans into battle is head strength and conditioning coach Ivan Lewis. Lewis details the importance of eating right, sleeping soundly and "doing the little things better" in the first episode of Trojan Made.


showyourgrit-2.jpgToday, USC Athletics honors the memory of Trojan football alum and film star John Wayne by joining the John Wayne Cancer Foundation's #ShowYourGrit campaign.

John Wayne, born Marion Morrison, played tackle at USC in 1925 and 1926 before enjoying a film career that turned him into a cowboy icon, starring in films such as Stagecoach, Rio Bravo and True Grit. He beat lung cancer in 1964, but 15 years later, he lost his battle with stomach cancer.

Wayne's family founded the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to fund programs that save lives through research, education, awareness and support.

During the month of June, the #ShowYourGrit campaign raises money for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation. Trojan fans can upload photos of themselves wearing a bandana or a cowboy hat to Twitter, Instagram or the JWCF's Facebook page using the hashtag #ShowYourGrit, and $1 will be donated to the foundation.

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New Horizons

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe plans to catch every opportunity that comes his way at USC, including a summer trip to Chile with the Marshall School of Business. Wise beyond his years, Imatorbhebhe recounts the value of the experience in a new Trojan Spotlight.

Photo Gallery: 2017 TAF New Member Day

This weekend, USC's Trojan Athletic Fund welcomed its new members with a football event on campus. The new members enjoyed an afternoon with the USC coaching staff, participated in warm-up drills and team drills, then finished the day by meeting legendary head coach John Robinson and senior linebacker Uchenna Nwosu.

For more information on the Trojan Athletic fund, visit their website and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Trojan Spelling Bee

In honor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals tonight, USC QB Sam Darnold, TE Daniel Imatorbhebhe and S Chris Hawkins competed in a Spelling Bee of their own, taking a stab at their teammates' difficult names.

Dream Gift For Dad

17-fathersday-social.jpgWhat should you get your USC Dad for Father's Day? You can buy him yet another tie or you can get him tickets, pregame field passes and a USC hat as part of our Father's Day package.

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Purchase before June 15 to receive it before Father's Day.

Kiwi Crasher

During spring ball, USC football hosted a number of visitors -- from young children aspiring to wear Cardinal and Gold to former players who now don the colors of their respective NFL teams.

But perhaps the most entertaining guest was James McOnie, the host of New Zealand's "The Crowd Goes Wild" TV show.

McOnie chatted with QB Sam Darnold and took lessons from USC's punter from down under, Chris Tilbey.


mark carrier.jpgTwo of the most dominant safeties in college football history -- USC's Mark Carrier and Troy Polamalu -- were named to the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot today.

Carrier, who played at USC from 1987-89, was a two-time All-American and a two-time Pac-10 First Teamer. During his junior year, he became the first Thorpe Award winner in USC history. His trophy sat alone in Heritage Hall until Adoree' Jackson won the same award this December. Carrier, who led the Trojans out of the tunnel prior to their win against Cal last season, earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Century Team in 2015 alongside Polamalu.

Polamalu, who famously wore No. 43 at USC, stepped on the scene 10 years after Carrier's departure. In his four years at Troy, he was a two-time captain, a two-time Pac-10 First Teamer, a two-time All-American and a Thorpe Award finalist.

USC currently has 40 representatives in the College Football Hall of Fame. Only Notre Dame, with 45, has more. Should Polamalu and Carrier make the cut, they would join Trojan greats such as Marcus Allen (Class of 2000), Ronnie Lott (Class of 2002), Sam Cunningham (Class of 2010) and, most recently, Matt Leinart (Class of 2017).

The College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 will be announced on Jan. 8, 2018.


Tune In For The Trojans

Today, USC Football learned the kick times and TV broadcasts for five of its games this fall.

The Trojans kick off the 2017 season against Western Michigan at the LA Memorial Coliseum on Sept. 2. The game begins at 2:15 p.m. and will be broadcast on Pac-12 Network.

USC begins its Pac-12 slate the following Saturday at the Coliseum. The Sept. 9 game against Stanford kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on FOX.

The Trojans get another primetime showdown the following week against the Texas Longhorns. USC will host a rematch of the 2005 national championship game at 5:30 p.m. on FOX on Sept. 16.

USC's only weekday game of the season will take place on Sept. 29 at Washington State. Kickoff comes at 7:30 p.m. that Friday night, and the game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Nearly a month after that, the Trojans will compete once again in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football. USC heads to Notre Dame on Oct. 21 for a 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) game, which will be broadcast on NBC.

USC still awaits game times for home games against Oregon State, Utah, Arizona and UCLA, and away games against Cal, Arizona State and Colorado.

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Five Stars

For nearly a century now, USC has dominated the NFL Draft.

USC has produced more NFL Draft selections than any other school, more first round selections than any other school and is tied for most No. 1 picks of school.

Since the turn of the 21st century, 102 players have come from USC.

With the constant stream of talent coming out of Troy, it's tough to single out the most impressive USC draftees, but a recent article did just that, ranking the five best USC draft picks since 2000.

At the top, the NFL placed four-time All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu. Polamalu was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers 16th overall in 2003 and earned eight Pro Bowl selections, two Super Bowl rings and an NFL Defensive Player of the Year award during his 12-year career.

Panthers center Ryan Kalil comes in at No. 2 on the list. The Panthers took Kalil 59th overall in the 2007 Draft, and he's been a rock since then, earning five Pro Bowl invitations and two All-Pro honors.

The NFL ranked Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III the third-best Trojan draftee of the century. Matthews III continued his family legacy by being drafted No. 26 overall in 2009 and going on to make the Pro Bowl in six of his eight NFL seasons.

Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith is slotted at No. 4 on NFL's list. In 2011, he became the Cowboys' highest-drafted lineman since 1966, at No. 9 overall. He's a four-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro who paved the way for the NFL's second-best running game in 2016.

Rounding out the Top 5 is former linebacker Lofa Tatupu. In his six-year career with the Seahawks, he topped 100 tackles three times, earned three Pro Bowl invitations and one All-Pro nod.

Brian Cushing, Carson Palmer, Leonard Williams, Matt Kalil, Everson Griffen, Jurrell Casey, Matt Cassel, Jordan Cameron and Steve Smith all earned honorable mention from the NFL.

USC's five most recent draftees have a chance to make their mark when the 2017 NFL season kicks off in September.


100 Days to Kickoff

The first milestone has finally arrived. It's 100 days to USC kickoff!

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Gunning In Germany

USC Football alum Conner Sullivan recently said 'Auf Wiedersehen' to America, signing a contract to play quarterback for the Stuttgart Scorpions of the German Football League.

Sullivan came to USC on a baseball scholarship, but walked on to the football team in 2012 and served as a placeholder in 2014 before earning a scholarship for the 2015 season. The Orange, CA native also competed on USC's track & field team during the 2015 season.

In Stuttgart, which is about 140 miles from Munich, Sullivan is one of five Americans on the roster.

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Start Your Streak: Joe Essy

Written by Rachel Frain, USC blog contributor

When it comes to dedication, Joe Essy can compete with any Trojan fan. In 1967, Joe bought his first season ticket to USC football after buying individual games from friends for so long.

"I was a young guy back then and I had to scrape enough money together to even get the tickets," said Essy.

But for Essy, his experiences at the Coliseum and on the road with the Trojans have made up for every penny. And even though Essy's witnessed the breathtaking wins, he's also stuck with the team through the losses.

"There were a lot of down seasons by Trojan standards, but we always re-upped and I always came back."

Essy's Favorite Moments:
  • "First of all, the last Rose Bowl. The Sam Darnold Rose Bowl. I mean, that was incredible and Leon McQuay making that interception making the field goal possible..."
  • "But as terrific as that game was, the game with Ohio State going for two in the '75 Rose Bowl, beating Ohio State, 18-17. When you beat Woody Hayes, it's pretty sweet."
  • "There's been so many with John McKay -- the 1969 Stanford game where Ron Ayala kicks that 34-yard field goal and we beat Stanford, 26-24. Stanford in those days was still the Indians, the Stanford players after that ball went through were laying on the field in the Coliseum, heads down, pounding their fists."

Tee Martin Mic'd Up

USC offensive coordinator Tee Martin is in control of one of the nation's most talented offenses, but converting ability into production is what coaching is all about. Here's an inside look at the Trojans signal-caller as he groomed the young playmakers during spring practice:

Replacing Hutch

Junior linebacker Cameron Smith is the rock of the USC defense, but the Trojans must replace departed captain Michael Hutchings. Sophomore Jordan Iosefa and redshirt sophomore John Houston Jr. are two young bucks eager to fill the gap and more help is arriving this fall.

Stocked With Talent

USC_Football_UCLA_Rose_Bowl_McGillen_2016_2520.jpgNFL Draft analyst Chad Reuter released his Top 50 College Football Players of 2017 recently, and no school has more players in the Top 20 than USC.

USC QB Sam Darnold comes in at No. 3 overall, behind Houston DT Ed Oliver and Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Darnold trew for 3,086 yards and 31 TD last season, finishing with the second-best Total QBR (86.8) in the nation. He won the Archie Griffin Award as the 2016 College Football MVP, earned Rose Bowl Offensive MVP honors and was named a Freshman All-American.

USC's two other players in the Top 20 are LB Cam Smith (No. 14) and CB Iman "Biggie" Marshall (No. 16).

Smith, whom Reuter compared to Trojan great Brian Cushing, led the Trojans with 83 tackles last year and was named a Sophomore All-American.

Marshall posted 51 tackles, 8 pass deflections and 3 interceptions on his way to Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention.

Reuter notched USC LB Porter Gustin as the No. 28 player in the nation in 2017, calling him "an excellent run defender" and "an all-around talent worth watching anytime you get the chance." Gustin led the team with 13.0 tackles for loss this year and ranked second in tackles (68) and sacks (5.5).

USC's final player on the list is junior RB Ronald Jones II, slotted at No. 43. Jones, whom Reuter described as "a dynamic ball carrier who's speedy and elusive," led the team with 1,082 yards and 12 TD last season.

In total, only Alabama (7) has more players on the list than USC (5), while no school has more players in the Top 20.

These five Trojans kick off their 2017 season on September 2 against Western Michigan.

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Meet Cary Angeline

usc-spring-game-2017-mcgillen-2272.jpgName: Cary Angeline

Position: TE

Class: Redshirt Freshman

Size: 6-foot-6, 245 pounds

Age: 19

High School (Hometown): Dowington East HS (Chester Springs, PA)

Game: Angeline is a massive target, a power forward playing tight end. While he needs to continue developing his blocking skills and rounding out his game, he brings a size element to the USC passing game which could pay huge dividends in the red zone as early as this season. Angeline is listed at 230 pounds on the roster but has bulked up to 245+ in the last year. 

Prep Career: Angeline made 2015 Prep Star All-American, USA Today All-Pennsylvania second team, AP All-State AAAA first team, Pennsylvania Football News All-State first team and Philadelphia Inquirer All-Southeastern Pennsylvania first team, Daily Local All-Area first team and All-Ches-Mont League Player of the Year as a senior tight end at Dowington East High in Exton (Penn). He had 47 receptions for 826 yards (17.6 avg) with 13 TDs in 2015.

Head coach Clay Helton on Angeline: "The other guy that's really stood out to me and had a really good spring has been Cary Angeline. After a redshirt season, what he's been able to accomplish this spring -- I think he's stepped his game up a level."

Fun Fact: The coaching staff affectionately calls him "Big Bird."

A Lott To Look Forward To

USC_Football_Stanford_mcgillen_2016_DSC_0988 (1).JPGUSC junior linebackers Porter Gustin and Cam Smith were named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy, the Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation announced today.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy, named for USC Football legend Ronnie Lott, is awarded annually to the defensive player who best exemplifies Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity (IMPACT).

USC, Penn State, Ohio State and Virginia are the only schools with multiple players on the watch list. The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 10 players on the list.

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Gustin earned the nod after leading the Trojans with 13.0 tackles for loss and finishing second in sacks, with 5.5 during the 2016 season. He also ranked second on the team (behind only Smith) with 68 tackles.

Smith, who's on the Watch List for the second straight year, earned Sophomore All-American honors in 2016 after racking up 83 tackles.

Recently-drafted USC CB Adoree' Jackson was a finalist for the award last season, but Michigan's Jabrill Peppers took home the hardware.

Gustin, Smith and the Trojans kick off their 2017 season on September 2 vs. Western Michigan.

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Find the Five

The USC offensive line has to replace three starters, including two All-American tackles, and the Trojans were unable to learn much from spring football due to injuries. The unit should be healed by Fall Camp, leaving OL coach Neil Callaway tasked with finding his best five up front and then blending them together as one.

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