There is so much to discuss in the world of USC athletics. When the next college sports cycle begins with the first Trojan football game in late August against San Jose State, USC will jump into an exciting new world.
Get this: USC football, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball are all expected to be preseason top-25 teams. Football and men’s basketball will probably be preseason top-10 teams. When was the last time you could say that about USC’s revenue-sport teams? The Trojans have a lot of momentum right now, and it’s a special time to be a fan, an alumnus, or a student of the school.
This is why we join the Trojan Conquest Live show at The Voice of College Football. Trojan Conquest Live, co-hosted by Tim Prangley and Rick Anaya, airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific. It’s at least an hour (sometimes more!) of the USC sports content you crave.
Trojans Wire discussed two topics in particular with Tim and Rick: first, football recruiting and the continued additions in the transfer portal on the defensive side of the ball. We then discussed the many ways Bronny James can help USC basketball. We’ll walk you through some of the specific topics we dove into on Trojan Conquest Live.
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Now, let’s continue below with our deeper dive into USC athletics:
USC'S CONQUEST COLLECTIVE
Apr 15, 2023; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley talks to players at the conclusion of the Spring Game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports
Tim and Rick began their show this past Sunday (May 7) by interviewing Jeff McKay (grandson of legendary USC football coach John McKay) and Frank Martin II, who oversee the Conquest Collective at USC and are helping the Trojans handle the new NIL space in college sports. You’ll learn a lot from Tim and Rick’s conversation with the organizers of the Conquest Collective.
REGGIE BUSH HEISMAN
Reggie Bush of the USC Trojans breaks free for a 3rd quarter touchdown against the Notre Dame Irish at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana on October 15, 2005. USC won 34-31. (Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images)
Tim Prangley continues to focus on an issue which matters a lot to him and the USC community: giving back Reggie Bush his Heisman Trophy. Get the latest on this effort, which includes billboards springing up in Southern California.
— USC Trojans Wire (@TrojansWire) May 8, 2023
We talked about Alabama transfer Tre’Quon Fegans with Tim and Rick on Trojan Conquest Live. We emphasized that this is not a one-year rental for USC. The Trojans are getting four years of eligibility here, a real coup in the portal for Lincoln Riley and Alex Grinch.
USC PORTAL SUCCESS, EXPLAINED
🚨BREAKING🚨 Former Texas A&M EDGE Anthony Lucas has committed to USC ✌️
He is currently ranked the No. 1 EDGE prospect in the transfer portal.
— On3 (@On3sports) January 11, 2023
We noted in our discussion with Tim and Rick that USC transfers with multiple years of eligibility are going to be able to play this year in the Pac-12 and next year in the Big Ten, giving them exposure to more situations. This seems to be a selling point for USC: Play in two conferences if you have multiple years of eligibility remaining.
— USC Trojans Wire (@TrojansWire) May 9, 2023
We told Tim and Rick that USC continues to shut down the notion that top players don’t want to play defense for Alex Grinch. That idea continues to be refuted and undercut.
May 6, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) meets with Bronny James following game three of the 2023 NBA playoffs at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
We noted that one of the effects of Bronny James coming to USC is that every Galen Center game will likely be sold out this coming season. It won’t just be the UCLA game which draws a sellout crowd.
SETTING THE TABLE
Apr 28, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Bronny James attends game six of the 2023 NBA playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Memphis Grizzlies at Crypto.com Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
We pointed out to Tim and Rick that Bronny James — if his time at USC is successful — can become an ambassador for the program. He can tell other recruits and potential transfers, “I improved under Andy Enfield and was taken good care of. You will grow and develop here.” USC is in position to reap enormous benefits from Bronny James. The Trojans simply have to get this one right — not just the winning, but making sure Bronny has a fun, positive experience within the program.
USC VS UCLA
Mar 27, 2023; Houston, TX, USA; McDonald’s All American West guard Bronny James (6) dunks the ball during the Powerade Jam Fest at Delmar Athletic Complex. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports
We told Tim and Rick that for the first time since the beginning of John Wooden’s dynasty at UCLA, USC basketball will be the hotter, more interesting, more publicized college basketball program in Los Angeles. This is “The Bronny Effect.”