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Conquest Chronicles 1 hour ago

Pac-12 Media Day Highlights USC's Newfound Team Unity

The Trojans certainly caught the attention of everyone in attendance. The Pac-12 Media Days give teams an opportunity to discuss excitement for the upcoming season, and coach Steve Sarkisian, quarterback Cody Kessler and All-American defensive lineman Leonard Williams were right on point. After sifting through 25 minutes of Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott breaking down all the innovative techniques implemented by the "conference of champions," the Trojans three biggest stars discussed the ever pertinent message of team camaraderie, total focus, and passing on the torch on from Coach...
Conquest Chronicles 18 hours ago

USC Fall Camp Practice Schedule Released

The countdown begins, August 4th anxiously awaits. Coach Steve Sarkisian has officially put together his practice plan for Fall Camp, which will be his first in command as the Trojans head coach. Plenty of two-a-days, solo sessions and some much needed days off in between as the Fall Camp session remains crucial for offense, defense and special teams development. The policy regarding public viewing of USC training-camp and in-season practices has yet to be announced, but expect coach Sarkisian and company to give fans a brief taste of the action, even if its just for the intermittent...
Conquest Chronicles 21 hours ago

Factoids and Follies in USC Media Guide

Let's sift through all this jammed-packed summer reading material. The time has finally come Trojan fans, the official start to the College Football season will kick off Wednesday and Thursday over at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, Calif. for the 2014 Pac-12 Media Days. Open up this beauty to find some of the best players in the Pac-12, featuring the top-rated defensive trio of Leonard Williams, Hayes Pullard and Su'a Cravens. Read into the Media Guide and much-deserved players like Kevon Seymour, J.R. Tavai and Soma Vainuku along with quarterback Cody Kessler made vital front-page...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 22, 2014

Back In The Day: John McKay's Trojan Practice Session From 1963

The black and white footage paints an interesting picture about USC's dominance way back when.
Conquest Chronicles Jul 21, 2014

Better/Worse/Neutral Series: USC Tailbacks

Our Better/Worse/Neutral Series previews the USC running back class. Key Returners: Buck Allen (Jr.), Tre Madden (Redshirt Jr.), Justin Davis (So.), D.J. Morgan (Redshirt Sr.), James Toland (Redshirt Fr.) Key Losses: Silas Redd (Graduation), Ty Isaac (Transfer, Michigan) The Trojans enter the year with one of the most loaded backfields in the Pac-12. Javorius "Buck" Allen was a revelation late last season averaging 108 yards and two touchdowns in his last six games and while he's the front-runner for the starting position, Tre Madden’s performance in spring ball showed that it will likely...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 21, 2014

Coach Michael Cooper Diagnosed with Tongue Cancer

The former Women of Troy head coach will be out for about two weeks. Current Atlanta Dream coach and former Women of Troy head basketball coach Michael Cooper has been diagnosed with early stage tongue cancer. Cooper, 58, is in the midst of his first season as coach of the Atlanta Dream, who lead the Eastern Conference with a 15-6 record in the WNBA. The Dream have announced that Cooper will take a short leave of absence, which should last just over two weeks, and in the meantime assistant coach Karleen Thompson will fill in as the head coach. The diagnosis comes just days after leading the...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 21, 2014
Former Trojan Joe McKnight Had Chance To Play Cornerback For The Chiefs

Former Trojan Joe McKnight Had Chance To Play Cornerback For The Chiefs

This example once again proves the rule that the NFL is both exciting and cruel for some of the most exciting former Trojans. As one of USC's most exciting players during the later stages of Pete Carroll's reign back from 2007-2009, 26-year-old River Ridge, Louisiana native Joe McKnight was in the midst of possibly his final chance to make an impact in the National Football League after sitting out all of last season with the New York Jets. McKnight certainly dazzled in the Coliseum back in the day, finishing out his USC career with 2,213 rushing yards and over 500 receiving yards. Add to...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 18, 2014

USC Lands Verbal Commitment from QB Sam Darnold

The 3-Star quarterback out of San Clemente, Calif. gave a verbal commitment to the Trojans earlier today. Sam Darnold, perhaps the most highly touted 2015 QB recruit over the summer, announced today that he intends to play his college football for the University of Southern California. The 3-star QB out of San Clemente High School in Southern California becomes the second QB to commit to the Trojan's 2015 recruiting class, joining forces with fellow 5-star QB Ricky Town (St. Bonaventure). The duo is already very familiar with each other, having competed at both the Elite 11 and "The...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 17, 2014

Nick "Swaggy P" Young at the ESPY's

Who doesn't love some Swaggy P? The L.A. native showed off his style on the ESPY's Red Carpet and flaunted his well-documented shoe game. ESPY's Time!! #SwaggyTakeOver Only at the ESPY's #SwaggyShoes #swaggytakeover After suffering through a franchise worst 27-55 record (in part due to injuries to almost every player on the roster), at least Laker fans will still be able to watch and enjoy Swaggy P for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season and beyond. According to multiple reports, the USC product has agreed to a four-year, $21.5 million dollar contract to remain in purple and gold. Young is...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 17, 2014

Allen, Madden Named to Doak Walker Award Watch List

Javorius "Buck" Allen and Tre Madden, USC's top two leading rushers a season ago, were named to the Doak Walker Award Watch List that was released today. The Doak Walker Award, which recognizes the nation's top running back, featured 53 players on the list for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Allen led the Trojans with 785 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns last season, including 12 scores in the second half of the season. Madden had a team-high 38 carries for 703 yards and three touchdowns. Along with Allen and Madden, USC also boasts sophomores Justin Davis and Ty Isaac in the backfield. Davis...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 16, 2014

USC Increases Food Budget Pledging Over $1 Million Annual Improvement

The Athletic Department continues to bolster up on those savory snacks. USC was right on the money adopting four-year scholarships for revenue student athletes, and now the Trojans are preparing to enhance their all-inclusive food program for student athletes in each of the 21 NCAA programs. Taking advantage of new legislation regarding student-athlete food policy, the Trojan Athletic Department is providing a new "enhanced fueling plan" for student-athletes, which will cost the university over $1 million each year. "This is more than just allowing more food to be brought to the table,"...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 16, 2014

Pac-12 Dominates Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List

USC will face at least seven watch list gun slingers on the schedule. In a competition with three Davey O'Brien Award watch list semifinalists, USC's signal caller Cody Kessler joins a powerful list of the nation's best college quarterbacks. While no Trojan quarterback has ever won the most prestigious quarterbacking award, Kessler now stands among the nation's 39 honored finalists. The Davey O'Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify O'Brien's enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. The prominence of West Coast...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 16, 2014

USC To Face Alabama In 2016 Cowboy Classic

Cardinal and Gold fanatics, pack your bags for Jerry's World. The long-awaited collision of national powerhouses will finally take place, as the University of Southern California and the University of Alabama will face off in one of the most promising meetings in college football history. Where to begin. The battle between Lane Kiffin and USC, the recruiting implications between Steve Sarkisian and Nick Saban, the looming quarterback match up of five-star California-native quarterbacks Ricky Town and Blake Barnett or even the claim for most passionate fan bases in the nation. Either way,...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 15, 2014

USC Athletics Year In Troy: 2013-2014

Check out some of the best and brightest moments from last season.
Conquest Chronicles Jul 15, 2014
Anthony Brown Moves Back to His Recruited Position of Running Back

Anthony Brown Moves Back to His Recruited Position of Running Back

The Trojans are getting much younger at cornerback this season. Redshirt senior Anthony Brown, who was limited to just two games of action last season, decided that he wanted to switch back to his natural position of running back for his final season at the University of Southern California. Transitioning over from his preferred position of running back when arriving on campus back in 2010 under Lane Kiffin's staff, Brown feels now is just the right time for the position switch back to his more comfortable location on the football field. "I made the decision to move to tailback," Brown told...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 15, 2014

Handicapping The Heisman Trophy's Journey Back To The West Coast

The long-awaited return of College Football's most distinguished honor could be right around the corner. The Heisman Trophy hasn't come to the Pac-12 since Reggie Bush brought home the award in 2005. Stanford has had three runners-up since then with Toby Gerhart in 2009 as well as Andrew Luck in both 2010-11, but no Pac-12 representative was even invited to the Heisman presentation ceremony the last two years. Could 2014 be the year that college football's most famous award comes back out to the West Coast? The only finalist from last year's ceremony returning to play college ball this...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 15, 2014
USC Football Countdown to Kickoff: Trojans Head Into Rivalry Games

USC Football Countdown to Kickoff: Trojans Head Into Rivalry Games

USC heads into the final stretch of its schedule. With two games against their rivals, can the Trojans remain unbeaten? After nine games in our season preview, USC remains undefeated. At best, that prediction may seem biased or at the worse, completely delusional, but USC has all the tools it needs to make it happen. Lest we forget, in the midst of losing the home opener to Washington State, a 62-41 blowout loss to Arizona State, the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin at an LAX hanger, and beloved interim coach Ed Orgeron resigning, the Trojans were a ten-win team in 2013-and the one that...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 14, 2014

Four-Star WR Desean Holmes Commits to USC

USC continues to recruit well close to home. Fresh off a strong week catching bullet passes in Nike's The Opening, local four-star wide receiver Desean Holmes (Bishop Alemany High School) visited campus and met with coach Steve Sarkisian on Monday before officially announcing his commitment to the University of Southern California. Now the 11th commitment in the 2015 recruiting class, Holmes provides USC another pass-catching target, joining junior college WR De'Quan Hampton on the offensive side of the ball. Holmes also joins former high school teammate Steven Mitchell, who's expected to...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 14, 2014
Rotary Lombardi and Butkus Award Watch List Showcase USC's Depth at Linebacker

Rotary Lombardi and Butkus Award Watch List Showcase USC's Depth at Linebacker

The coveted college football preseason watch list continues. The Trojans key stars and vital prospects for the teams overall success, were mentioned in the second week of preseason watch lists. These players, both in the trenches and in the linebacking corp, were honored on Monday. Keep an eye on both Leonard Williams and Hayes Pullard, who have been mentioned in almost every significant defensive watch list to this point and could be in for even stronger campaigns under Justin Wilcox's free-flowing defensive scheme. The Trojans strength up the middle could directly result in controlling...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 14, 2014

Las Vegas Projects USC For 8.5 Wins This Season

Vegas still has some doubts about USC's chances. With next weeks two-day Pac-12 Media Event in close proximity, major conversations surrounding the Trojans chances heading into the Fall are nearing the ultimate Big Bang heading into this jammed-packed season. Cards are finally on the table, so to speak, and the Las Vegas Football betting sharks have spoken. Vegas predicts the Trojans over/under win total to be at 8.5 games, which is actually less than last year (granted it was a 13-game season), as USC faces both a strong non-conference and the once again improved Pac-12 Conference...

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