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Conquest Chronicles 14 hours ago

USC Women's Water Polo Drops Tough Match Against No. 3 UCLA

The Women of Troy lost just their second game of the season before hosting MPSF play next week.
Conquest Chronicles 15 hours ago
Byron Wesley Announces His Plans To Transfer

Byron Wesley Announces His Plans To Transfer

USC will look to rebuild from a two-win conference slate without the efforts of the Etiwanda H.S. product. One month following a disappointing 11-21 campaign that ended in a three-point loss during the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament, USC Basketball received a tough blow when junior leading-scorer Byron Wesley announced his intentions over Twitter to officially transfer from the program. Head Coach Andy Enfield responded shortly after hearing Wesley's intended plans: "We wish Byron well and we thank him for his valuable contributions to our program." We are happy for him that he will...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 16, 2014
Competition Never Rests For Trojan Quarterback Hopefulls

Competition Never Rests For Trojan Quarterback Hopefulls

Cody Kessler is the right man for the job, but Max Browne is in it for the long quarterback haul at USC. When head coach Steve Sarkisian announced that incumbent starter Cody Kessler would lead the Trojans on offense, the decision signaled hope, confidence but also the constant reminder that competition never wavers. After 12 practices under heavy questioning and some internal curiosity, Sarkisian finally had time to "Marinate His Steaks," before cooking up the recipe that Kessler was the best option for this team, this season. "We can go out and win a lot of football games with Cody...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 15, 2014

Kessler Announced The Starting Quarterback

Last year's starting QB will maintain his status as the first-stringer going into the 2014 campaign. Though the mastermind behind the offense may be different, the signal caller behind center for the USC football team this upcoming season will be the same as it was last year. Head Coach Steve Sarkisian announced today that although the offense was definitely changing its pace from last year, it won't be changing quarterbacks and Cody Kessler will again be the starter. Sark on Kessler: "I'm confident we can go out and win a lot of football games with Cody Kessler as our quarterback." —...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 13, 2014

USC Baseball Takes Two of Three From Utah, Improves To .500 Overall

The Trojans (17-17, 6-9) bats came alive in the series finale, and they will need some similar offensive efforts moving forward. After dropping the first game of the series against the lowly Utah Utes (11-21, 2-12) Friday night, coach Dan Hubbs challenged his players to take responsibility for their play and start delivering some clutch base hits. The Trojans provided their fare share of crushing blows Sunday, slugging the Utes right out of the park (13-2) behind 19 hits in the all-important series finale. USC pounded together seven extra-base hits, capitalized on a strong six-run fifth...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 13, 2014

USC Spring Football: Michael Hutchings Noticing Physical Change

This MLB has the strength, experience and the added confidence to make plays all over USC's defense. LOS ANGELES-- As the influx of new coaches continues to sprinkle throughout the program, up-and-coming talents like Michael Hutchings get another set of eyes to watch them grow and develop over the course of their careers. Spending most of last season behind veteran captain Hayes Pullard, the now sophomore linebacker feels much stronger heading into his first full session, trusting that the system currently in place can transform him into an immediate contributor. "Its starting to come...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 12, 2014

USC Basketball: Get To Know 2014 PG Jordan McLaughlin

Andy Enfield's first five-star recruit brings plenty of promising talents to the Trojans backcourt.
Conquest Chronicles Apr 11, 2014
USC Spring Football: Sarkisian Letting QB Favorite Marinate In The Fridge

USC Spring Football: Sarkisian Letting QB Favorite Marinate In The Fridge

The moment we've all been waiting for is vastly approaching, or at least it's ready to serve any time soon. LOS ANGELES--We all remember how last year's quarterback battle unfolded. It was long, arduous, even painful to watch at times as a decision just never seemed to materialize for the longest time. Coach Sarkisian wants to quickly put to rest all the conversation about this season's starter, but is waiting for the right moment to unleash his grand masterpiece. "It's marinating. You know when you have a steak? ... I'm not ready to cook it yet." Cody Kessler, the redshirt junior who...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 11, 2014

USC Spring Practice Reports

The Trojans are grinding away this month to implement all the new offensive schemes and defensive pressures that fans will come to see on a regular basis this season. It was another physical, quick-hitting practice at Howard Jones Field as players got the pads back on and the intensity came to play. Except during this practice, the effort from his players really stood out with coach Steve Sarkisian. "Practice got hard today," Sarkisian said following the teams fully-padded session. "They had to fight through mentally. The guys kept grinding and it was great to see guys keep working. We...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 10, 2014
Op-Ed: Unionization of NCAA Athletes

Op-Ed: Unionization of NCAA Athletes

Times are a changing for the NCAA honchos and its underlings. All because Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter decided to take a class about labor relations and the modern workplace. The results of his and other football players' efforts has resulted in the unionization of Northwestern football players and has created an uproar of sorts for the NCAA. But the question is, are college football players or any other college athlete, deserving of a union? For decades, players, many of whom do not even have to pay for their expensive educations due to their abilities which enabled them to get...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 9, 2014

USC Spring Football: Tre Madden Talks RB Expectations

Tre Madden will be one of the four major backs utilized this season.
Conquest Chronicles Apr 9, 2014

Pat Haden's "State of Troy" Discusses Coliseum Redevelopment

Pat Haden discusses the purpose of the recent Coliseum survey. After getting a chance to voice some thoughts on upgrading the Coliseum in early March, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden addressed fans concerns about the future of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Remember USC owns the Coliseum and Sports Arena property and is required to spend $70 million over a 10-year period, but that won't cover all the renovations that are being drawn up as we speak. Feel free to read the whole thing, but I went ahead and bolded some of the largest points from his statement that may conjure up the best...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 9, 2014
Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick Ready For First-Team Spotlight

Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick Ready For First-Team Spotlight

Rest assured, tight ends will be a much bigger part of this year's offense. Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick had a unique opportunity to learn from two talented teammates in Xavier Grimble and Randall Telfer last season about thriving in an underutilized tight end position. And now, the former special teams ace will see his number called on a whole new level under a much-faster offensive system. Appearing in 12 games overall for the Trojans, including the final offensive drive against rival Notre Dame, Cope-Fitzpatrick expects more from himself in all three phases of his game in what should be a...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 8, 2014

USC Spring Practice No. 10: Time For Depth To Shine

Depth will be key to USC's success this season, and we're already seeing some of it on full display. The Trojans took the field for the last and final non-padded practice of Spring Football, and coach Steve Sarkisian noted that right from the start, the intensity of his defense dominated the practice narrative. It was fairly obvious the defense dominated from the start, forcing multiple turnovers and plenty of low, even bobbled snaps in team 11-on-11 drills, which Sarkisian said was just part of the growing process for his high-tempo program. "We had some errant snaps, which can take the...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 6, 2014

Defense Taking Advantage of the Increased Reps

While solid through most of Spring Football, Coach Wilcox feels the defense needs to finish better on plays 100-120 of each and every practice.
Conquest Chronicles Apr 4, 2014

USC Football: Steve Sarkisian Practice 8 Presser

Listen to what coach had to say about his team's positive response on Thursday practice --including the team dance off.
Conquest Chronicles Apr 3, 2014
Two Players To Watch This Spring: Quinton Powell and Jahleel Pinner

Two Players To Watch This Spring: Quinton Powell and Jahleel Pinner

The sophomore outside linebacker loves playing out in space on defense while USC's fullback could be utilized in many distinct looks on offense. As the practices continue to wind through, we are starting to better put together the picture on both sides of the football. The coaching staff better understands the personnel, players are adjusting to the new systems being put in place, and plenty of competition is flying by on the practice field at this extremely rapid pace. "We want to see who can do what and what each person's strengths and weaknesses are and go from there. Through Spring and...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 2, 2014

Max Browne vs. Cody Kessler: Right Here, Right Now

The return of Spring Football means two things: 1. football junkies get a little fix in the long offseason (T-minus 151 days until kickoff) and 2. the battle for starting spots is in full swing. Of all the positional battles (running back, cornerbacks, linebackers, etc.) playing out this spring, there is perhaps none more interesting than the one between Max Browne and Cody Kessler—the battle for starting quarterback. While both are talented players still learning and developing, only one will be leading the team through the tunnel and out onto the shining green turf of the Coliseum...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 1, 2014

Completely Serious USC Spring Practice Offensive Report

Despite many comical attempts, USC held practice on April Fools' Day. While the joshing around may not be as noteworthy as many MLB teams that mess with up-and-coming prospects this time of the year, USC Football is not afraid to have some fun while focusing on the big-picture task at hand. The seventh day of practice brings new excitement, an emerging leader to the quarterback front and plenty of opportunities to keep the jovial spirits up as the team prepares for the Spring Football game on April 19th. Today might be April Fool's Day…but more importantly it's PRACTICE #7 for the...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 31, 2014

USC Baseball Bounced By Washington

The Trojans are now just 13-13 on the season after starting the year 7-0. USC came in to the weekend series winners in three of their last four games, and were facing the hottest Pac-12 team around in Washington Huskies, holding a prime opportunity to showcase where they sat amongst the conferences best. The much-improved pitching staff took a major step back this weekend, and USC failed to keep alive its perfect record (now 4-1) in extra inning games this season. Plenty of games remain in Pac-12 play, but the last three games certainly do not help the Trojans' cause as the schedule only...

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