Leinart, Carroll, USC Football Nominated For 2005 ESPY Awards

June 24, 2005

USC Heisman Trophy quarterback Matt Leinart, Trojan football head coach Pete Carroll and the 2004 USC national championship football team have been nominated for ESPY Awards.

Leinart is a nominee in two categories, Best Male College Athlete (along with Utah basketball's Andrew Bogut, Nebraska baseball's Alex Gordon, Oklahoma State wrestling's Steve Mocco and Colorado College hockey's Marty Sertich) and Best Championship Performance for his Orange Bowl showing (along with the New England Patriots' Deion Branch in the Super Bowl, North Carolina men's basketball's Sean May in the NCAA championship and Boston Red Sox's Curt Schilling in the World Series).

Carroll is up for Best Coach/Manager, joining the New England Patriots' Bill Belichick, Boston Red Sox's Terry Francona, San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich and North Carolina men's basketball's Roy Williams.

The Trojan football team is a candidate for Best Team, along with Baylor women's basketball, the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots and San Antonio Spurs.

To vote for the 2005 ESPYs, fans can go to http://espn.go.com/espy2005/index.html.

The ESPY Awards were created by ESPN in 1993 and are presented for 'excellence in sports performance yearly.'

This year's ESPYs, to be held at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles and hosted by actor Matthew Perry, will air on ESPN on Sunday, July 17 at 9 p.m. ET.

No other award brings together all of sport, honoring the best performances, most memorable moments and, with the presentation of the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, those whose courage and conviction transcend sport. The ESPYs are distinguished by its charitable contribution. A portion of the proceeds is donated to The V Foundation, established by ESPN with the late Jim Valvano, and presented at the inaugural ESPYs. Sports' biggest names and many top celebrities have taken part.

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