USC does not release season-ticket sales information.
But I finally got someone with knowledge of the situation to address the issue last night. They said season-ticket sales are currently down 45 percent from last year. That sounds pretty awful although there are still eight months before the season starts.
Memories of last year and lingering again at Clay Helton, not to mention frustration over getting seats moved, has to play a role in the current slump.
Is it possible some crowds of less than 50,000 would occur next season?
I keep hearing that some people who bought suite tickets for next season are attempting to get out of the deal. More on that later.
Meanwhile, this letter is making the rounds. It is allegedly sent from Ed Roski, a member of the USC Board of Trustees, to Rick Caruso, current chairman of the Board, and is extremely critical of the way Caruso handled the firing of Jim Ellis as the dean of the business school.
It isn’t every day you see the Board of Trustees at war with each other.