You will hear a lot of hype this week about making the Galen Center a “great atmosphere” for the USC-UCLA game Saturday.
But I haven’t seen a great atmosphere since both schools decided more than 10 years ago to ban the opposing schools’ band and cheerleaders from attending. And placing each team’s students in the rafters doesn’t help either.
Imagine going to a USC-UCLA football game and only the home team’s band/cheerleaders in attendance? You might think it’s great to ban UCLA at the Galen Center, but really there’s no point in that, and it diminishes both games.
I was at Pauley Pavilion when USC defeated UCLA in four overtimes in 1985. One of the lasting memories was the USC students who rushed the floor with brooms because the Trojans swept the Bruins that season. That was when USC students were down on the floor at Pauley Pavilion. Now you can barely see the floor from where the students get seated at Pauley.
Maybe Mike Bohn can fix this.
- The KenPom metrics give USC a 69 percent chance of beating UCLA on Saturday at the Galen Center.
- The once-dominant USC beach volleyball team lost to South Carolina and Grand Canyon (Grand Canyon!!!). The Trojans,ranked No. 4 nationally, are leading No. 3-ranked Florida State, 2-1, today.