49 Facts About USC Trojans


USC Trojans are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University of Southern California, located in Los Angeles, California.

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The USC Trojans have a cross-town rivalry in several sports with UCLA.

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The USC Trojans are considered one of the most successful college athletic programs of all time.

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USC Trojans will join the Big Ten Conference along with UCLA in 2024.

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Four other Trojans tailbacks have won the coveted Heisman Trophy as college football's outstanding player: Mike Garrett in 1965, O J Simpson in 1968, Charles White in 1979 and Marcus Allen in 1981.

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Also notable, USC Trojans has 12 players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, more than any other university.

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Since 1959, the USC Trojans have won the conference championship 18 times and tied for the title on 6 other occasions.

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USC Trojans players have been named first team All-American 17 times, with 8 consensus selections and 2 unanimous choices.

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In 2009, USC Trojans hired Mary Wooley as their assistant coach for women's basketball.

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NCAA began sponsoring an official national championship in 2016; USC Trojans won the inaugural NCAA title and defended the championship in 2017.

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USC Trojans guided the Trojans to an NCAA record 51 consecutive dual match wins from 1956 to 1959.

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USC Trojans's teams finished third in the NCAA tourney six times.

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Under coach Randy Lein, USC Trojans continued its success, winning the conference championship in 1986.

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Three USC Trojans golfers have won four NCAA individual championships: Scott Simpson in 1976 and 1977, Ron Commans in 1981, and Jamie Lovemark in 2007.

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USC Trojans has had second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh (3 times), ninth, 11th, 12th and 14th-place finishes at the NCAA Championships in the past 21 years.

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USC Trojans captured the 2008 NCAA Women's Golf Championship at the par 72, 6, 424-yard University of New Mexico Championship Golf Course.

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The USC Trojans won the event by six strokes over UCLA and claimed their first women's golf national championship since 2003.

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Women's rowing team, based at the USC Trojans Boathouse, has been active since the early 1970s, but scholarships were first awarded in 1998 and USC Trojans has emerged as one of the nation's top programs.

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In 2005, USC Trojans made its first-ever NCAA Championships appearance as a team, placing 11th.

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Type of dominance USC Trojans has had in this sport was best exemplified by Troy's performance in the 1976 Olympic Games, when Trojan swimmers won more golds and more total medals than any country in swimming except the United States.

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Since beginning swimming in 1929, the USC Trojans have captured 9 NCAA championships, all under coach Peter Daland, who retired in 1992 after 35 years at Troy.

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USC Trojans has likewise built a successful swimming program on the women's side.

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USC Trojans was succeeded by ex-Pepperdine, Fresno State and Long Beach State coach Peter Smith for the 2003 season.

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Five times USC Trojans have won national singles titles, along with a doubles champ and 74 All-Americans.

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Prominent USC Trojans stars have included Barbara Hallquist, Lea Antonoplis, Sheila McInerney, Stacy Margolin, Anna-Maria Fernandez, Cecilia Fernandez-Parker, Kelly Henry, Beth Herr, Jewel Peterson, Lindsey Nelson, Maria Sanchez, and Sabrina Santamaria.

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Sixty USC tracksters have won 88 places on U S Olympic teams over the years, including World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

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USC Trojans have won 26 individual Olympic titles and shared in 8 relay wins.

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USC Trojans have a long history of successful distance running, including 9 Olympians and NCAA champions Julio Marin and Ole Oleson.

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The USC Trojans have placed in the Top 10 of the NCAA Championships 12 times, including winning the program's first-ever NCAA team title in 2001.

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Calvert, a 4-time All-American javelin thrower at USC Trojans who participated in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, started the program as an undergraduate and coached through 1983.

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The USC Trojans have won 4 NCAA titles and have finished second on 7 other occasions (1979, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991, 2009).

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Twenty-four Trojans have played on the U S National team and USC volleyballers have been named first team All-Americans 27 times.

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USC Trojans Volleyball has won 6 national championships, 3 in NCAA and 3 before the NCAA sponsored women's Volleyball Championships the first 4 under coach Chuck Erbe.

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USC Trojans coached the 1976, 1977 and 1980 AIAW champions and the 1981 NCAA titlists.

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Seventeen USC poloists have participated in the Olympics and Trojans have made various All-American teams 140 times.

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USC Trojans was accused of signing two "recruits" who had never actually played competitive water polo, to help the students gain admission to USC, in exchange for $250, 000 in bribes from the students' parents.

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USC Trojans was third in the 2005 NCAAs, and second in 2006, 2008, and 2009.

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Tension between UCLA and USC Trojans students rose as each started to play even more elaborate and disruptive pranks on the other.

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Since 2001, USC Trojans athletics have participated in a direct competition with cross-town rival UCLA called the SoCal BMW Crosstown Cup.

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USC Trojans has played football in the Coliseum ever since the grand stadium was built in 1923.

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In fact, the USC Trojans played in the first varsity football game ever held there.

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The Coliseum, which is managed and operated by USC Trojans, has hosted various other events, from concerts and speeches to track meets and motorcycle races.

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In July 2013 under a new 98-year master lease agreement USC Trojans assumed sole financial responsibility for the day-to-day management, operation, and maintenance of both the Coliseum and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena which was later demolished.

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Coliseum has a present full-capacity of 77, 500 seats after USC Trojans completed a major $315 million renovation of the stadium in 2019 that added a new seven-story Tower on the stadium's south side housing luxury suites, loge boxes, club seats, a new concourse with concession stands, a new press box, and rooftop club lounge.

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David X Marks Tennis Stadium on the USC campus is one of the most modern collegiate tennis facilities in the country.

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In May 2004, USC Trojans installed a new $300, 000 LED Daktronic interactive scoreboard so fans can now follow each match point-for-point from their seat.

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USC Trojans Boathouse is the off-campus boathouse for the USC Trojans crew team.

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The music for USC Trojans's fight song, Fight On, was composed in 1922 by USC Trojans dental student Milo Sweet as an entry in a Trojan spirit contest.

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USC Trojans wrote the song as a student member of the Trojan Marching Band for the finale of a 1923 campus show.

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