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Sports SCene: Episode 8

Spring Break is over, which means we're off our couches watching March Madness and back to giving you the scoop on USC sports. Unlike the NCAA, we're not biased in giving you everything you need to know from Trojan sports across the land. 

Trojan athletes might not have been partying on the beach during Spring Break, but they made sure to keep things light-hearted during a week without school. Ken Mashinchi tells you about Adoree' Jackson winning the high jump and the 4x100-meter relay for USC Track & Field, USC Sand Volleyball taking selfies from a trip to Hawaii, and athletic director Pat Haden topping them all with a selfie of his own. Do people take pictures other than selfies anymore? We've yet to confirm.

The football team got the week off for Spring Break, but returned Tuesday and hit the ground running. USC head coach Steve Sarkisian was more than pleased with the Trojans' lack of rust after a week away, while quarterback Cody Kessler focused on what he needs to do to continue improving in his third season under center. Check out interviews from both after a windy practice at Cromwell Field. 

USC Rugby is one of USC's most successful club sports teams, and this weekend will mark the end of an era as it is head coach Dave Lytle's final home game. A fixture almost as old as USC Rugby itself, he will retire this year after 29 seasons of coaching the squad. We brought him and team captain Joey Krassenstein in studio, and they chatted with Sports SCene correspondent Jeremy Bergman before Saturday's match against UC Santa Barbara. 

Sports SCene correspondent Reid Silverman brings you "Lighting The Torch," roaming across the country to follow the rest of USC's spring sports. See how USC Men's Swimming is doing as they head to the NCAAs on Thursday, check in on the baseball team as they hit their midseason stretch, get up to date on the now-top-ranked men's tennis squad, and spike up your anticipation as men's volleyball heads home for a pair of games at the Galen Center this week. 

Addicted to Trivia Crack? Us too. Which means that in the spirit of March Madness, we're hosting our own Trivia Crack Tournament in Sports SCene. This week featured the first round of eight contestants, in the spirit of what's been a crazy NCAA Tournament, our opening slate of matches wasn't without a monumental upset. Which Sports SCene contributor became the Villanova of the tourney, seeing their title hopes end in upset fashion? Tune in for all that and more on this week's episode. 

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