Today is the first USC spring football practice but the general public will not be allowed to attend because of the coronavirus. Recruits and families of USC players will be allowed. And maybe a donor or two? Who knows?
I keep hearing Clay Helton looks out of sorts without John Baxter and/or Clancy Pendergast around. P-r-o-g-r-e-s-s.
Just remember the first practice is always the least revealing though you will still find some breathless reports on how amazing everything was this afternoon. You gotta suck up if you want interviews/leaks from the administration.
- Did you watch the “Women of Troy” documentary on HBO? I hope you did. It brought back a lot of memories.
- If you weren’t around in those days, it’s hard to imagine how big the women’s basketball team got. There were doubleheaders at the Sports Arena with the women tipping off at 5:40 p.m. and the men at 8:05 p.m. and interest in the women’s team was intense.
I wish the documentary showed some of the fierce rivalry with Long Beach State. As good as USC was in those days, it actually lost at Long Beach State in triple overtime in 1982, by one point in 1983 and by four points in 1984.
Those games were epic and in a 2,300-seat sold-out gym in Long Beach. The teams were in the same conference because the Pac-10 did not yet have women’s basketball. USC had to beat Long Beach in the 1983 and 1984 West Regional finals to advance to the Final Four en route to its national titles.
- The USC band will not be in Las Vegas for the Pac-12 Tournament “because of university travel restrictions.”