If you are one of the few to attend USC basketball games, you might notice the Song Girls are no longer at the games.
I’ve heard chatter among alumni that athletic director Lynn Swann banned the song girls from basketball games after being told some joined “Fire Helton” chants at the Notre Dame game.
The Los Angeles Times looked into the matter but did not mention anything about Swann and the “Fire Helton” chants.
Instead, the story mentions a letter from Swann:
“Due to ongoing game management concerns,” the statement read, “time constraints and space issues at the Galen Center, the USC Song Girls will not perform at the remaining men’s and women’s basketball games for the 2018-19 season.
“USC Athletics and the Division of Student Affairs jointly made the decision after trying various options over multiple years to accommodate both the Song Girls and the Trojan Dance Force, which was established in 1994 to support USC basketball, at the arena.”
Space issues? Everyone has fit fine in the Galen Center until Dec. 1, a few days after the Notre Dame game.
How are there time constraints or space issues at women’s basketball games? It’s getting to the point where you cannot believe USC on anything.
What most people don’t realize is former USC coach Bob Boyd got the idea for the song girls and they debuted in 1968. They were such a hit that John McKay let them perform at football games.
So since late November, here is what Swann did:
- Kept Clay Helton
- Banned song girls from Galen Center
- Did not make sweeping coaching staff changes
- Saw recruiting slide
- Botched the Kliff Kingsbury hiring/departure
- Went to Augusta National Golf Club
Is there a worse athletic director in the nation? That’s a serious question.