Marqise Lee Ready To Emerge In NFL Draft


The former USC star will take his place in a crowded green room backstage: He's one of seven receivers among a record 30 players who RSVP'd to attend the NFL draft.

Pre-draft anxiety apparently bothers Lee about as much as an overmatched cornerback.

"I don't really stress about it," he told Klein.

Lee, the 2012 Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, began last season projected as a possible top-10 draft pick.

Lee's resume includes 248 career catches, 29 for touchdowns, and 3,655 yards receiving, a school record amassed in three seasons.

Then Klein references the up-and-down nature of USC WR's in the NFL, which still leaves many questions about Lee's future this upcoming season. In the last 40 years, six USC receivers were drafted in the first round, four in the second.

R. Jay Soward, the Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick in 2000, was suspended indefinitely for substance abuse violations and never returned to the NFL after one troubled season.

Mike Williams, chosen 10th overall in 2005, fell short of expectations. Dwayne Jarrett struggled with the Carolina Panthers, but fellow second-round picks Keary Colbert and Steve Smith enjoyed modestly productive careers with several teams.

Robert Woods, a second-round pick by the Buffalo Bills in last year's draft, produced a solid rookie season.

"I know the history," Lee said, noting that each player's situation was different and that many schools have produced high draft picks who have faltered.

"I'm excited," Lee said, about his prospects for Thursday night. "I'm eager to see where they're going to end up."

The University Village Due For Major Upgrade


The new USC village will transform the student lifestyle around campus for years to come. Nearly 2 million square feet of community-serving retail, student housing and academic space could essentially extend campus another two blocks north of Jefferson. And as if USC needed another major recruiting tool across the sporting landscape, the universities' efforts to beautify the nearby campus surroundings could add to the strong academic and athletic experience to future Trojans.

Can't wait for the $1 billion University Village!! Will be a great part of student life #FightOn"

— Steve Sarkisian (@CoachSark) April 29, 2014

"@EricZ_USC: Cant wait for the $1 billion University Village!! Will be a great part of student life @USC #FightOn"

— Coach Johnny Nansen (@CoachJNansenUSC) April 28, 2014

USC Baseball Projected To Be Postseason Bound


USC Baseball (24-18) had their 9-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the UC Irvine Anteaters on Tuesday night. But according to Perfect Game USA baseball expert Kendall Rogers, the Trojans are projected to face Pepperdine -who USC lost against before the streak started- as the regional No. 3 seed, which Cal Poly SLO would then host. USC will begin a big three-game series on the road in Pullman on Friday night, looking to keep alive its eight-game winning streak in conference play. After this series, the Trojans return home to face Cal and Oregon State with some non-conference mid-week games mixed in the schedule.

Golfer Rico Hoey Named 2014 Freshman of the Year


USC's Rico Hoey, who leads the Trojans in stroke average and rounds in the 60s, has been named the 2014 Pac-12 Men's Freshman of the Year. Hoey also earned All-Pac-12 first team honors. Junior Anthony Paolucci was selected to the second team while senior Jeffrey Kang and juniors Paul Smith and Eric Sugimoto earned conference honorable mention honors. Hoey is the fifth Trojan to earn Freshman of the Year honors, and first since T.J. Vogel shared the honors in 2010. Hoey boasts a 71.19 stroke average through 36 rounds, the second-best mark by a freshman in the nation. Hoey won medalist honors at the Gifford Collegiate (Nov. 4-5) and finished in the top five in five of 10 other events this season, including the last four tournaments leading into the Pac-12 Championship. The freshman was also selected as one of 10 players who will represent the U.S. in the 2014 Palmer Cup in late June.

USC Holds Upper Hand On Five-Star DT


Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra defensive tackle Rasheem Green is coveted by top college coaches across the nation, and for good reason. The massive 6'5, 275-pound defensive tackle has already earned a five-star rating in the 247 Sports Composite rankings and spoke rather fondly of USC's overall package, including his conversations with Tee Martin.

The 1948 Rose Bowl Game Easter Treat


In one of the first COLOR recorded games in College Football television history, the 1948 Rose Bowl Game and the Rose Bowl Parade make for great television. The Trojans lost the game 49-0, but got delicious revenge when scoring 49 points against Illinois in a blowout victory at the 2008 Rose Bowl. Enjoy!

USC Adds Three-Star SF Malik Marquetti

After losing their leading scorer yesterday, USC men's basketball announced the addition of 6-6 athletic wing Malik Marquetti (Millikan HS, Long Beach, Calif.) who was named the Moore League MVP last season for his rigorous style of play. He ended the season averaging a double-double with 22.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game, and rose up a three-star prospect according to by returning strong for his senior season after missing his entire junior year due to injury. USC already added the services of Jordan McLaughlin, an all-CIF First Team selection and sixth-ranked point guard recruit according to out of Etiwanda HS, Malik Price-Martin the No. 4-ranked player in Florida according to 247Sports and Jabari Craig, a ranked power forward commit. USC’s recruiting class is currently ranked No. 24 overall by MARQUETTI SCOUTING REPORT: The high-flying wing is a terror along the baseline due to his length, assertiveness, and hang time. He affects the game in multiple areas due to his long arms and bounce.

Cynthia Cooper Hires Two New Assistants


After reaching the NCAA Tournament, and clinching the Pac-12 Tournament Title in unsuspecting fashion, USC women's basketball head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke has acquired some fresh faces to join her coaching staff for next season.

USC brings Beth Burns, the former San Diego State head coach who vaunts an impressive resume during her 21-year head coaching career, and also welcomes Taja Edwards (Carson, Calif.). Edwards, the former assistant at Cal State Fullerton, brings a nice taste to the Southern California recruiting circle as a former McDonald's All-American back in high school for powerhouse program Long Beach Poly.

That obviously means changes are coming to the staff, and previous assistants Brandi Manning and Evan Unrau (from the previous Michael Cooper staff) were not retained for next season. The Women of Troy will lose arguably their best player, a top-10 all-time leading scorer and dominant locker room presence, in Cassie Harberts.

But the rest of the roster does return, looking to build off an impressive postseason tournament run in their second season under coach Cooper.

Top-Ranked Sand Volleyball Literally Hits The Beach


The top-ranked Women of Troy will look to extend their program-record 13-match winning streak this weekend at the USA Volleyball Beach Collegiate Challenge in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Setting the tone · Senior Kirby Burnham has won 21 of her 24 matches so far this season. Burnham is riding a 13-match individual winning streak. USC (14-1) will kick off the tournament with three matches, first taking on Santa Clara (5-4) before facing off against rival and No. 6-ranked UCLA (6-6) in its second match. The team will then battle Loyola Marymount (5-7) later in the afternoon. USC has swept Loyola Marymount twice this year, and took down the Bruins at home in similar fashion earlier this month. It will be the first time that the Women of Troy take on Santa Clara, whose program is in its second year. Following those three matches, USC will be seeded into one of three different brackets (gold, silver or bronze) for the pairs championship to take place on Sunday.

Undefeated Gerald Washington In The Ring


Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald Washington will pursue his fourth straight stoppage win against once-beaten Skipp Scott Thursday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Washington played three years for USC, after transferring from Chaffey Junior College, and contributed significantly on scout team defense in the defensive end/OLB position.

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