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Sarkisian Promises That Coaches Won't Have Sleep In The Office Mentality

Players aren't the only ones that need to be fully rested. Ever wonder why coach Steve Sarkisian went with such a young, vibrant staff to lead USC's program back to the top. Believe it or not, the jovial child-like spirit many of these assistants bring to the table actually helps them not only pump up players but also keep themselves in the right state of mind during the entire process. In today's football climate where recruiting, film study, advanced schematics and overwhelming travel schedules can make life difficult for football coaches, best be worried about the health and overall well...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 31, 2014
USC 15th In Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25

USC 15th In Preseason Coaches Poll Top 25

USC enters the season as a preseason top-25 program. One month away from the start of the season, the USA Today Coaches Poll was released and USC landed 15th overall. The Trojans were the fourth-best Pac-12 squad behind Oregon (4th), UCLA (7th), and Stanford (11th). Rival Notre Dame (17th), Pac-12 South foe Arizona State (18th) and Steve Sarkisian's former squad Washington (25th) all stand among the nation's top-25 programs heading into the upcoming season. The Pac-12 earned six bids overall, second to the SEC (7), but both conferences are looking up at the defending national champions...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 30, 2014

Countdown to Kickoff: Trojan Touchdown Celebrations

The Trojans might have some surprises in store for when they score.
Conquest Chronicles Jul 30, 2014

Better/Worse/Neutral Series: Tight Ends

The position that's both shown so much promise and driven us nearly insane could finally break out into a reliable option on offense. Key Returners: Randall Telfer (Redshirt Sr.), Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick (Jr.) Key Losses: Xavier Grimble (NFL) Additions: Bryce Dixon (Fr.) Sleepers: Chris Willson (Redshirt Sr.), Teddy Baker (Redshirt Sr.) After being criminally underutilized during the Lane Kiffin regime, tight ends seem to be back in vogue at USC. Under Steve Sarkisian at UW, Austin Seferian-Jenkins blossomed into a Mackey Award winning, All-American tight end, rewriting the Huskies record...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 29, 2014

USC's 2014 College Football Conference Championship Odds

The Trojans sit right in the thick of things heading into the season. The Trojans never won the Pac-12 Championship, nor finished first in the rugged Pac-12 South Division. While that may all change this season, the Trojans are right in the running for both the Pac-12 Championship at Levis Stadium and the ever-looming College Football Playoffs according to Las Vegas' Bovada Odds. Preseason media poll favorite Oregon leads the pack in both in the North Division and the overall Pac-12 Championship odds. While the Ducks have the quarterback, plethora of running back depth and aggressive...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 29, 2014

#USCtotheNFL Training Camp Edition

Updating the list of Trojans earning their shot at the next level. The long history of success from the University of Southern California to the National Football League has been well documented, and plenty of talented prospects are looking to write a new chapter in the Trojans esteemed pathway from collegiate to professional football success. From the second players are given four-and-five star ratings out in high school, the idea of playing in the National Football League looks like a distant light off in the distance. After strong three or four year careers in college, the possible...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 29, 2014

USC Lands Three-Star Running Back Aca'Cedric Ware

Make it 13 and counting for the upcoming recruiting class. Making his announcement live on KDFW, a local news station in Dallas, three-star running back Aca'Cedric Ware held his own collegiate hat display spurning Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa for Cardinal and Gold. The talented running back comes as the first tailback recruit since landing then Justin Davis back in 2012. Interesting to note that as of Sunday evening, Ware was almost 50-50 between Iowa and USC but then conversations with assistant running backs coach Luis Nevarez swung the tally towards verbally committing to Southern...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 28, 2014

USC Recruiting: Trojans Add Depth In Both The 2015 and 2016 Recruiting Classes

Steve Sarkisian's group continues to rise up the recruiting rankings. Closing in on the start of Fall Camp, Steve Sarkisian and company continued their great pursuit of top athletes in the newly-loaded recruiting classes. The Trojans made the biggest news of the weekend landing four-star 2016 prospect Daelin Hayes (West Bloomfield, MI.), giving USC their first verbal commitment. After recently visited the University of Southern California this past month, Hayes officially announcing his verbal commitment on Saturday. Hayes, who played both OLB and RB last season, is rated as the No. 6...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 28, 2014
Better/Worse/Neutral Series USC Wide Receivers

Better/Worse/Neutral Series USC Wide Receivers

The next installment examines the USC receiving corps. Key Returners: Nelson Agohlor (Jr.), Darreus Rogers (So.), George Farmer (Redshirt Jr.), Victor Blackwell (Redshirt Jr.), Steven Mitchell (Redshirt Fr.) Key Losses: Marqise Lee (NFL) Potential Additions: Adoree' Jackson (Fr.), Juju Smith (Fr.) The star of the USC receivers is undoubtedly Nelson Agohlor. As a freshman two years ago, Agholor showed flashes of explosive speed and play-making ability while waiting behind Trojan legends Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. Last season, playing alongside the now Jacksonville Jaguars receiver...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 25, 2014

Steve Sarkisian Touring ESPN Headquarters

Pac-12 head coaches have been really busy this week. Pack your bags across the country as the Pac-12 Football head coaches are at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut in an effort maximize the current hype and create more exposure for the conference heading into the season. In the midst of a million other fun activities planned for these coaches, coach Steve Sarkisian and Stanford head coach David Shaw spoke on the Mike and Mike this morning to discuss a variety of important topics pertaining college football. Spending the day at @espn headed on @mikeandmike next to talk USC...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 24, 2014

Steve Sarkisian and Chris Petersen Never Discussed UW Personnel

The passing of the torch in Washington involved zero kiss and tell. Speaking on the second and final morning of Pac-12 Media Day, Washington football head coach Chris Petersen took the stand and was asked about the transition of player personnel from current USC head coach Steve Sarkisian. In a composed response, Petersen said that "not one time" did either discuss player-personnel issues regarding the Washington Huskies squad which heads into Fall Camp coming off a 9-4 campaign in the crowded Pac-12 North. After taking a brief moment to pause, carefully reflecting his thoughts, Petersen...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 23, 2014

Pac-12 Media Day: Sarkisian Sets The Tone For The Trojans Return To Triumph

Coach Sarkisian wants to create his own Trojan legacy. When we last saw Pete Carroll and Steve Sarkisian on the sidelines, the Trojans were putting on the finishing touches to one fantastic powerhouse run, stomping Penn State, 38-24, in the 2009 Rose Bowl. Fast forward five years and coach Sarkisian has taken the program in stride, his way or the highway. "Go be you," Carroll told Sarkisian, just before Sark left for the University of Washington job. "Because when adversity strikes, the real you is going to come out anyway." From the moment coach Sarkisian returned home, the 40-year-olds...
Conquest Chronicles Jul 23, 2014

USC Sights and Sounds From Pac-12 Media Day

Check out some of the most interesting Trojan conversation.
Conquest Chronicles Jul 23, 2014

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 Jul 22, 2014

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 Jul 22, 2014

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...

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