I was a little surprised USC had former senior vice president Todd Dickey go on radio station KPCC today to defend the naming rights deal for the Coliseum.
Dickey is technically an emeritus (like Max Nikias!), which means he still works as a consultant, but I would think an athletic dept. official could handle this. Maybe they are all too scared to make public comments right now with the big college admissions scandal.
Dickey said L.A. County supervisor Janice Hahn‘s proposal to keep the Coliseum name and call the field “United Airlines Field” would cost USC money.
“It’s pretty significant, could be 30-40 percent reduction,” Dickey said. “USC is simply following what the commission asked us to do seven years ago when we signed the lease and that was they were very concerned, as were we, about honoring veterans so they asked us to keep ‘Memorial Coliseum’ in the name, but that we could take out ‘Los Angeles’ and replace it with the name of a sponsor. We’ve followed that to a T.”
Said Hahn: “I just believe it is wrong to change the name of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was a war memorial that was built to remember the Los Angeles boys who marched off to World War I and never came home.
“To take out Los Angeles really desecrates the memory of those who lost their lives.”
Full interview here.
- USC has offered three-star linebacker Romello Height of Dublin, Ga. It’s good they are offering someone from Georgia before someone in Southern California they might have seen in an actual game instead of a 7-on-7 camp.
- A USC flag has reportedly been removed from Lori Loughlin‘s Bel-Air home.
- USC baseball has to play No. 1-ranked UCLA this weekend. The Trojans did beat Long Beach State last night, 8-5. Woo hoo!
- USC had more than 66,000 students apply for admission and accepted only 11 percent. Thirty-six percent of admitted students are from California and 47 percent from other parts of the United States, representing every state, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam.
- Fifteen percent of admitted students are the first-generation to go to college.