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Conquest Chronicles 3 hours ago

NFL Draft 2014: Marqise Lee Draft Academy Breakdown

USC's all-time leading pass catcher awaits his NFL destination. From rags to riches is an overused cliche, but for Marqise Lee it perfectly describes his journey to the 2014 NFL Draft. Lee is one of five 2014 first-round NFL Draft prospects featured on ESPN's Draft Academy, a four-week series that provides insight into the lives of these athletes. "Draft Academy follows some of the most talented, talked-about prospects as they train in pursuit of a top spot in the 2014 NFL Draft," said Matthew Volk, ESPN director, programming and acquisitions. "The show will give fans an intimate look at...
Conquest Chronicles 7 hours ago

Pat Haden, Cody Kessler Chat About Playing The Quarterback Position

Quarterbacks know a thing or two about winning big football games. Now holding coach Sarkisian's keys to the offensive kingdom, Cody Kessler sat down with legendary signal caller and current Athletic Director Pat Haden to discuss his past, Spring Football workouts and the future of SC Football. While the pressure to perform is constant, Kessler has the added confidence of an entire year of starting experience to fall back on during rough patches. After battling (or at least competing) for the starting spot this spring, coach Sarkisian gave the experienced and more polished passer the chance...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 21, 2014

Impact Behind 5-Star OL Chuma Edoga

Sarkisian continues to snatch in the top talent from around the nation. USC continues to rack in the talent, and head coach Steve Sarkisian's next prize comes from Georgia. The newest five-star talent coming to Southern California brings size, speed and strength to the Trojans offensive line. FIGHT ON! #turnupSC — Steve Sarkisian (@CoachSark) April 22, 2014 Edoga truly made a name for himself by dominating a local Nike Camp back in May, leading to his official invitation to the NIKE OPEN camp in Oregon later this Summer. Out of Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern, the 6'3, 277-pound...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 20, 2014

Coach Sarkisian's Final Thoughts on USC Spring Football

Coach Sarkisian can't wait to get back on the field for Fall Camp.
Conquest Chronicles Apr 20, 2014

USC Defense Steals The Show In Spring Game

Even with top returners like Leonard Williams and Josh Shaw out, the USC defense has shown that they are going to be a force to be reckoned with next fall. The annual spring game is now in the books and while many were looking forward to head coach Steve Sarkisian and his offense finally showcasing their new up-tempo system, it was USC's defense that showed up to really make a statement on Saturday at the Coliseum. The game's shenanigans, resulted in the defense prevailing, 16-15, on an afternoon in  which the defense earned points three-and-outs, fourth down stops and other defensive...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 20, 2014

USC Offense Struggles In Spring Game

Some young guns stand out, but the injury-riddled offense failed to score a touchdown in the spring game. There wasn't that much doubt that the USC defense would show up at Saturday's spring game. Most positions have two-deep strength, with players reading to step up to fill in the spots left behind by departing seniors and draft juniors. This left all eyes on the offense, where the success of the Sarkisian regime will be determined. Just like last year, the extensive list of injured players left the results of the game inconclusive, and it is remains to be seen how effective the final...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 20, 2014

USC Football: Spring Game Sights and Sounds

Fans learned more about the depth USC brings to the table. The Coliseum was packed with nearly 20,000 fans, over 150 recruits were out and about on the field and plenty of excitement brewed over the first chance to watch Steve Sarkisian's high-powered offense in motion. While the defense ended up winning the battle, beating Team Cardinal 16-15 in untraditional spring football scoring, the conversation after the game was focused around tempo, physicality and the amount of injured bodies not playing. After Jahleel Pinner and Ty Isaac were pulled early from the action, the injury list topped...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 18, 2014
Steve Sarkisian Releases Spring Football Depth Chart

Steve Sarkisian Releases Spring Football Depth Chart

The first depth chart is out and about right before USC's Spring Game. Steve Sarkisian has already leaked who is going to be the starting quarterback, but now we have a better sense of who has the upper hand at every position on the roster heading into players-only summer practices. Unfortunately the bulk of the roster is out with minor nicks and bruises, but coach Sarkisian unveiled who has the upper hand at some of the major positions on the roster. The cornerback position, which could be the best position to watch this Fall Camp, featuring the rising potential of Chris Hawkins and Kevon...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 18, 2014

Meet USC Football's Early Enrollees

Steve Sarkisian traded closed media practices for an opportunity to speak with the newest players on the team. It was the final practice before the Spring Game, and coach Sarkisian wanted to add specific instillation periods to better prepare his players for summer workouts. So while the media were shunned from the action, players had a chance to get some final reps under the watchful eyes of their coaches before taking it live to the Coliseum. "We focused today's work on getting our players prepared for Summer," Sarkisian said. "We want to make sure they are warming up properly, we want...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 17, 2014

USC Basketball Offseason Rumblings

The Trojans are in full rebuilding mode under second year head coach Andy Enfield. It starts by adding "run-and-gun" type of recruits that can play fast-paced basketball. 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...
Conquest Chronicles Apr 17, 2014

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 Apr 16, 2014
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...

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