USC Football: 5 Most Important Post-Spring Dates

Ross Dautel@@RossDautelContributor IIIApril 24, 2012

USC Football: 5 Most Important Post-Spring Dates

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    Spring practices are in the books for USC and the team is now set to wrap up with finals and take some time off for the summer.

    However, that summer may not be as restful as some would conjecture.

    The Trojans, who are poised for a run at the National Championship in 2012, have many key dates in front of them before they embark upon their quest for the title.

    Let's take a look at the five most important post-spring dates on USC's calendar heading into the season opener...

Trojans Trip to Haiti

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    The week after graduation, 15 USC football players will embark on a philanthropic trip to Haiti to offer continued support to a nation still recovering from a devastating earthquake that shook the country in 2010.

    The trip will last six days from May 14 to May 19, during which time the team has committed to build three houses and ship numerous materials that will benefit local schools and community centers.

    Matt Barkley is no stranger to philanthropy, having traveled to Nigeria with his family to help natives earlier in his USC career.

    This is a great opportunity for the Trojans to not only give back, but also build team chemistry in the process.

Su'a Cravens Decides

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    Su'a Cravens, the top rated prospect in the state of California, is making his college decision on June 6.

    The 5-star safety from nearby Murietta, Calif. is widely considered to be one of the best prospects in the country for the class of 2013.

    The Trojans already have two 5-stars and two 4-stars committed for next year, but the multi-talented Cravens would undoubtedly be the centerpiece of the class.

    As is stands right now, USC is sitting well in the recruitment of Cravens. If the coaching staff can seal the deal, a large piece of the Trojans' future would be solidified.

Pac 12 Media Day

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    USC Football Sports Information Director Tim Tessalone stated during Lane Kiffin's post-Spring conference call that Pac-12 Football Media Day will take place on July 24 in Los Angeles.

    The Trojans will surely be the focal point of Media Day and this will be the first time we will have the opportunity to see how USC handles the intensified media spotlight and attention.

    Media Day is also an important time to scope out some of USC's opponents in the 2012 season.

    However, with the event in Los Angeles, most of the attention will indeed be pointed in the direction of the Trojans.

Fall Camp Breaks

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    In 2011, Lane Kiffin and the Trojans broke camp during the first week of August.

    Although the 2012 fall practice schedule isn't set to be released until later this summer, USC is expected to begin workouts around the same time as a year ago. It's also worth nothing that school is set to start a week later this fall, on August 27.

    Even though the practices will likely be closed to the public again, the media will get an up-close look at how the Trojans are heading into their first game of the season.

    Many eyes will likely be on Robert Woods, George Farmer and Buck Allen who are all recovering from injuries that limited them during the spring.

    Some key position battles including backup quarterback, strong safety and nose tackle will likely be settled as well, as USC begins its quest for the National Championship.

USC vs. Hawaii

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    After much anticipation, USC will take the field on September 1 against Hawaii for its first game of the 2012 season.

    Spring and fall practices can only reveal so much about a team and the Trojans' showing against the Warriors will be a far better indicator of how the season will unfold for USC.

    The Coliseum will be rocking, the students will be out in full force and the team will be ready to prove it belongs among the nation's elite.

    Ross Dautel is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained first-hand.