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Conquest Chronicles Mar 26, 2015

USC Men's Basketball: 2014-15 Season Recap

The USC Men's Basketball team had another terrible season in 2014-15. However, a team with only three juniors and not a single senior, there is hope for improvement next year. For the first time since the 1986 and 1987 seasons, the USC Men’s Basketball team finished in last place in conference in consecutive seasons. USC finished the season with a 12-20 record including an abysmal 3-15 record in conference. Since Andy Enfield became head coach in 2013, USC is 5-31 in conference play. However, despite another bad season, the Trojans do have reasons to expect an improvement next year as...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 25, 2015

Connor Spears Making Most of Opportunity

Injuries and off field issues have given Spears the opportunity of a lifetime. When Connor Spears transferred to USC last spring, he never expected to play a pivotal role for the Trojans. The former high school standout played one year at Columbia, where he caught just three passes for 32 yards, before transferring to USC as a preferred walk-on. The possible dismissal of Bryce Dixon as well as presumed starter Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick struggling with injuries, Spears has been thrust into a starting role for the Trojans during spring practice. Nobody, including Spears, predicted that the...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 24, 2015

Taylor Mays signs with the Minnesota Vikings

Mays appeared in 16 games last year with the Bengals and had nine tackles, one sack, and one blocked kick. Former USC safety Taylor Mays signed with the Minnesota Vikings this afternoon according to ESPN's Josina Anderson. Mays previously spent four seasons with the Bengals after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In his five seasons in the NFL, Mays has 98 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. Mays had a great career at USC from 2006-2009: He was named the Pac-10's Co-Freshman of the Year in 2006 and was a...

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Conquest Chronicles Mar 23, 2015

Former Oklahoma Tight End transfers to USC

McNamara had one catch for four yards in 11 career games for Oklahoma. Oklahoma Sooners tight end Taylor McNamara announced on twitter Monday evening that he will be transferring to USC this summer. McNamara played in only 11 games for the Sooners in three seasons, totally one catch for four yards that came in the 2014 Sugar Bowl against Alabama. The San Diego, California native, McNamara will use his graduate transfer exception and be eligible immediately for the Trojans. This is huge for the Trojans, who currently only have three tight ends on the roster, one of which is Bryce...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 23, 2015

USC Baseball takes two of three against Cal Poly

USC's offense had a great weekend as they scored 26 runs in the series. The #8 USC Trojans Baseball Team picked up their fifth straight series victory after taking two of three against Cal Poly San Luis Obispo over the weekend. The Trojans fell on Friday to the Mustangs but rebounded to win on Saturday and Sunday. Friday: The Trojans picked up consecutive losses for the first this season as a five-run sixth inning was enough for a Mustangs 5-4 victory. The Trojans got on the board in the top of the first as Timmy Robinson hit a sacrifice fly that brought in Bobby Stahel who led off the...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 22, 2015

NFL Draft Profile: A Film Breakdown of Josh Shaw

Josh Shaw's senior season was essentially ruined after injuring himself and fabricating the truth surrounding the incident. However, his size (6' 1", 200 pounds) and impressive performances both in past seasons and at this year's NFL scouting combine have made many consider him a very good NFL prospect. He played both safety and cornerback in his time at USC, but he will almost definitely be a corner at the NFL level. Shaw's size and length allows him to be physical on the line of scrimmage, and he was often asked to play press coverage under Clancy Pendergast at USC. He does a really...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 11, 2015

Highlights: USC Rallies Late, Overcomes Arizona State 67-64

Behind 27 points from Elijah Stewart, the Trojans roared back from 14 down to win their first PAC-12 Tournament game in 4 years. A young USC basketball team had struggled closing games throughout the season. The Trojans gave up easy victories in the final moments, lost at the buzzard, and were left heartbroken after a triple overtime game. However, in the first round of the PAC-12 Tournament against the Arizona State Sun Devils, USC showed it has the ability to win close games. After trailing by as much as 14 points in the second half, the Trojans went on an impressive run over the final...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 8, 2015

USC Baseball Defeats UCLA 8-4 In Final Game of Dodger Stadium Classic

The Trojans overcame the UCLA Bruins 8-4, moving the team to 15-1 on the season. The USC baseball team has cemented itself as a national contender with its performance in the Dodger Stadium Classic. After defeating No. 1 Vanderbilt and No. 6 TCU in consecutive days at Dedeaux Field, the USC baseball team traveled to Dodger stadium to take on No. 7 UCLA. The Bruins and Trojans were neck and neck through the first four innings, but USC exploded for two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, en route to an 8-4 victory. Although the Trojans entered the weekend 12-1, skeptics felt that we...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 4, 2015

Former USC LB Keith Rivers Signs With Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys announced Wednesday that they have signed former USC linebacker Keith Rivers to a one-year contract. The terms have not been disclosed yet, but it's likely for or close to the league minimum. A Sports Illustrated All-American during his senior season at USC, Rivers was taken ninth overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. Rivers was traded to the New York Giants in 2012 for a fifth round draft pick, and signed with the Buffalo Bills for the 2014 season. Rivers was cut by the Bills in February. Rivers will probably play outside linebacker for the Cowboys,...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 4, 2015

J.J. Watt Gave Leonard Williams Some Advice

As Leonard Williams prepares to be one of the top picks in this year's NFL Draft, it certainly doesn't hurt to listen to the words of one of the best players in the NFL. J.J. Watt visited USC's campus during Williams' time there, and even gave the Trojan defensive linemen some advice on their technique. "He even came onto the field and tried to teach us some pass rush moves," said Williams. On succeeding in the NFL, Watt later told Williams,"Make sure you know your playbook. Once you know everything you're doing on the field, you're not thinking, you're just playing." Williams...
Conquest Chronicles Mar 2, 2015

USC Basketball Wins Home Finale, 70-55

The Trojans played a solid second half of basketball. Based on the way things have shaken out this season, fans were waiting for just one glimmer of hope heading into next season. It started with a sloppy first half, but Julian Jacobs took over the game propelling the USC Trojans to their third Pac-12 conference win over an undermanned Washington Huskies squad. Jacobs led USC with 10 rebounds and nine assists, and came just short of the program's second-ever triple double scoring eight points in the winning effort. After getting in early foul trouble, Nikola Jovanovic erupted with 15...

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