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Conquest Chronicles 45 mins ago

Cody Kessler Named Pac-12 Player of the Week

Junior QB threw for career-high 394 yards. Cody Kessler earned his second career Pac-12 Player of the Week award when he was named the conference's first Offensive Player of the Week of the 2014 season on Monday. The USC Trojans lit up Fresno State for 701 total yards of offense and it all started with Kessler. The redshirt junior from Bakersfield, Calif. threw for a career-high 394 yards and tossed four touchdowns despite not playing much of the fourth quarter. Cody Kessler led the USC offense to a 24-0 lead, hitting Nelson Agholor for a pair of touchdown passes after scoring the first...
Conquest Chronicles 2 hours ago

JuJu Smith Didn't Think It'd Be Quite That Easy

The freshman receiver was fantastic in first career start.
Conquest Chronicles 21 hours ago

USC Opens Four-Point Underdog Against Stanford

Following equally dominant displays on Saturday, the schedule amps up for the Weekender Trip. The Trojans came out punching from the opening whistle, needless to say the rest was etched in stone during a dominant 52-point outing. Check out the best video highlights from USC's win at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Steve Sarkisian's first act as head coach because next week will be much tougher. Per Vegas Insider, the Cardinal are four-point favorites at home in this much anticipated showdown. Each of the last four meetings have come down to the final quarter, including three...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 31, 2014

Notes From USC's Dominating Victory Over Fresno St.

The first game of the Steve Sarkisian era for USC was a rousing success. I will never forget the moment after the first quarter ended, USC ahead 21-0, and the standing ovation the crowd gave for the Trojan football program. There was the feeling that this celebration wasn't just about that day, or the fact that USC was ahead on the scoreboard, but rather for the new life and hope brought back to USC with Sarkisian. Gone are the days of the sanctions, Lane Kiffin, and mediocrity. With Sarkisian has come new life for the football team and the entire student body, as we now have something to...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 31, 2014

Su'a Cravens is College Football's Best Quote

Not only is Su'a Cravens a beast on the field for USC, he also is one of the most personable players on the team. He is unafraid to speak his mind and express himself fully, whether it is on the field, his social media accounts or standing in front of a camera with media members peppering him with questions. Cravens is a rare talent on the field, able to cover receivers, play a deep centerfield safety position or come up and support the run in a hybrid linebacker position like he played against Fresno State. In Saturday evening's 52-13 victory, Cravens finished with three tackles and two pass...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 30, 2014

USC Runs Over 100 Plays Crushing Fresno State 52-13 In Season Opener

The Trojans were off and running in Coach Sarkisian's debut. USC elected to receive the opening kickoff, and they wasted no time marching right down the field for an impressive touchdown drive. Capped by a one-yard scamper from quarterback Cody Kessler, the Trojans never really looked back after jumping out to an impressive 24-0 lead over the Fresno State Bulldogs. "That was fun. Gosh, what a game," coach Sarkisian said following the Trojans' 104-play, 700-yard offensive display featuring a bevy of outstanding performances. After nearly throwing a pick-six on the opening throw of the game,...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 30, 2014

USC vs. Fresno State: Game time, TV schedule, live radio stream and more

For only the fifth time in school history, USC will start their season against the team they ended the previous season. The time has finally come. The USC Trojans host the Fresno State Bulldogs of the Mountain West Conference in head coach Steve Sarkisian's first game controlling the program. Following a 10-4 campaign, including an impressive display over Fresno State at the Las Vegas Bowl, the Trojans enter 2014 as the No. 15 ranked team overall. For the first time in nearly 100 years that USC has played the same opponent in consecutive games. USC has won its past 15 openers. Although...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 29, 2014

USC Football Links:

News about Pac-12 tempo, Leonard Williams, Buck Allen, Denzel Washington, Devon Kennard and more. USC football season begins TOMORROW with the Trojans taking on Fresno State, but USC has already lost starting cornerback Josh Shaw indefinitely and backup running Anthony Brown quit the team. We've been keeping up with all the developments throughout both the Shaw and Brown/Sarkisian storylines, but also everything else USC related. Here are the top articles from us in the last couple days: Why Anthony Brown Called Steve Sarkisian A Racist Adoree' Jackson Now Being Used More on Defense OL...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 29, 2014

Marcus Allen Stars in Nissan Heisman House Commercials

Guess who's back on the big screen, that's right. The regular season buzz can be felt all throughout the nation, and USC football legend Marcus Allen led the charge in the Nissan Heisman House welcoming some of the newest members like Johnny Manziel to this esteemed group. In now the fourth year of taping, the Nissan Heisman House ads will be plastered all over your television sets during the college football season. For a school that has earned six Heisman Trophies in school history, the University of Southern California has been represented quite well in the fraternity of stars. Marcus...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 29, 2014

USC vs. Fresno State: The Day Before

One more day until the start of the Trojans' 2014 season.
Conquest Chronicles Aug 29, 2014
Why Anthony Brown Called Steve Sarkisian A Racist

Why Anthony Brown Called Steve Sarkisian A Racist

Sarkisian never used any racial slurs. As if the USC football program hadn't filled enough headlines this week, head coach Steve Sarkisian became the social media target of running back Anthony Brown Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Brown, a backup redshirt senior who played cornerback for the Trojans last season, was later confirmed to no longer be on the team. But why did Brown post on his Facebook Wednesday night "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!!!!!!!! #Fighton" and then post an orange photo on Instagram with white writing that read "Couldn't play for a racist man!!!!" with the...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014
Josh Shaw Phoned USC to Correct

Josh Shaw Phoned USC to Correct "Inaccuracy" in Original Hero Story

How Shaw got USC to believe his heroic tale. Redshirt senior cornerback Josh Shaw was able to fool the USC athletic department with his original heroic tale of saving his seven-year-old nephew from drowning in a Palmdale pool. His lies led to USC publishing a heroic tale and later having to retract it when people began to call with information questioning Shaw's tale of how he incurred a pair of high-ankle sprains. But how did he dupe Pat Haden, J.K. McKay, Steve Sarkisian, the athletic department and the sports information offices as well? Newsweek's John Walters gives an in-depth look at...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014

Matt Leinart Joins Pac-12 Networks as Football Analyst

The Heisman Trophy Winner will be commentating on all things Pac-12. USC's most recent Heisman Trophy winner will once again be commentating on college football, this time as the newest analyst on the Pac-12 Networks. This good news for Leinart and Trojan fans everywhere comes in the midst of some unsettling times as USC makes final preparations for Fresno State. Leinart will make his Pac-12 Networks debut on Saturday, August 30, joining Mike Yam, former UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel and Curtis Conway for Pac-12 Networks' pre-game, halftime and post-game show coverage this weekend. After...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014
Anthony Brown Quits Team, Calls Sark Racist

Anthony Brown Quits Team, Calls Sark Racist

Anthony Brown has experienced quite the offseason. The USC drama continues this morning as running back Anthony Brown has quit the team. Brown, a redshirt senior, recently switched from cornerback to running back during the offseason. However, this morning he called head coach Steve Sarkisian a racist, and has now quit the team. The Facebook post has now been taken down. Sarkisian said he was "shocked" by the accusation, and believed Brown could help the team. Scout.com reported: Sark said he was "shocked" at these allegations, called them "ridiculous" and welcomed us to talk to anyone...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014

#USCtotheNFL: Tracking the 11 Trojan Rookies in the NFL Preseason

Keeping track of how these former Trojans are doing at the next level. Getting close to the final 53-man roster cuts, we track the USC Trojans trying to make NFL rosters as undrafted free agents and those who were drafted in the 2014 NFL Draft. USC has had more Trojans on NFL rosters than any other school, but how will the 2014 draft class far?. To start this year’s training camp, there were 55 former Trojans on NFL team rosters. Here is a look at the 11 rookies who made it on NFL rosters and how they have fared this preseason as rosters were cut down to 75 on Tuesday. JACKSONVILLE...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014
Perspective on Shaw Debacle: Sarkisian Survives First Controversy

Perspective on Shaw Debacle: Sarkisian Survives First Controversy

How Steve Sarkisian, the fourth USC head coach in two years, survived his first pubic controversy. In the media frenzy surrounding redshirt senior cornerback Josh Shaw, what no one is talking about is how new USC head coach Steve Sarkisian handled his first public controversy. Any college football fan can tell you that USC has been a gold mine for media ever since that one football player (he whose name shall not be spoken) and his family accepted money amongst other material items while still at USC. After sustaining two high-ankle sprains, Shaw told the USC athletic department that he...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 28, 2014

Latest News and Links in the Josh Shaw Saga

Get caught up on all the latest details from the police reports, Sarkisian, Shaw, Shaw's attorney, etc. No longer a hero, Josh Shaw has now become the goat. His stories have been the focus of every sports show in the last 24-48 hours, including a full 20-25 minute discussion to open this morning's Mike & Mike ESPN Radio show. If you somehow missed it yesterday, Shaw admitted he lied and hired noted defense attorney Donald Etra, who has previously represented Rihanna, Snoop Dogg and others. It also came out that Shaw was mentioned in a Los Angeles Police Department report, but not as a...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 27, 2014

Josh Shaw Makes Statement

"I was wrong not to tell the truth." Through his lawyer, Donald Etra, USC cornerback Josh Shaw released the following statement: On Sat., Aug. 23rd, I injured myself in a fall. I made up a story about this fall that was untrue. I was wrong to not tell the truth. I apologize to USC for this action on my part. My coaches, USC AD, and especially coach Sarkisian have all been supportive of me during my college career. This statement was made just shortly after the USC athletic department issued a press release stating Shaw had come to USC athletic officials and admitted to fabricating the...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 27, 2014

Josh Shaw Admits to Lying; Suspended Indefinitely

Heroic tale was "complete fabrication." USC fifth-year senior cornerback Josh Shaw has admitted to lying to USC officials about how he sustained a pair of high-ankle sprains over the weekend. Shaw has gone from being out indefinitely after being a hero to being suspended indefinitely after being a liar. The USC athletic department released a statement that said Shaw came forward Wednesday afternoon and said the story of saving his seven-year-old nephew from drowning was a "complete fabrication." He apologized for misleading his coaches, teammates, athletic department officials and the...
Conquest Chronicles Aug 27, 2014
USC Football Hoping to Avoid Josh Shaw Distraction

USC Football Hoping to Avoid Josh Shaw Distraction

The Trojans are focused on beating Fresno State, period. In spite of the growing controversy surrounding Josh Shaw, his whereabouts and how the team is responding, USC has worked diligently to silence these distractions and move their focus on beating Fresno State. Following a shoulder-padded only practice on Howard Jones Field, the mood quickly shifted from breaking down Fresno State's attack to figuring out how to fill the shoes of redshirt senior Josh Shaw. "We're not going to let something on the outside affect what we have to work on. Our goal is just to beat Fresno and that has...

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