USC Morning Buzz: Spring Football Is Here . . . Minus Fans

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.”

21 thoughts on “USC Morning Buzz: Spring Football Is Here . . . Minus Fans

  1. I’m looking forward to hearing about the VIOLENT football practices that will be taken place according to Todd Orlando. Although he was probably trying to convince himself that it’s going to happen, because nobody can change a soft culture overnight.

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    1. USC Fan Boy,

      I respectfully disagree. If Orlando is smart, he tells his defensive players that on the first play they better be going full force, knocking people out of the way, breaking bones, and hitting with verocity. If not, they will sit on the pine for a long time.

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      1. p.t. —agree with every word….except the “breaking bones” part…

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      2. Orlando smart enough not to get fired from Texas?

        Blaming everything on injuries. Why did he not recruit players to account for the injuries?


      3. Alabama had the #1 recruiting class 5 of the last 7 years and still lost their entire starting LB unit last year. Question: How do violent practices prevent injuries?


  2. “…university travel restrictions.” What the hell does that mean? That’s too vague.

    The band goes to support the team. If it is about the coronavirus than the school should just say so. This sounds like something more.


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    1. Will Arizona’s band be there? Will Oregon’s? I’d hate to think USC’s team would be the only team playing without fan OR band support.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Don’t think Nevada or Vegas has restricted visitors yet…but the Seattle/Tacoma Area has banned gatherings of 250+…. and the ncaa first round (west) was scheduled there.

        Liked by 3 people

      2. Not saying this going to happen, Pudly —but wouldn’t it be too weird if THIS were the year USC made it to the Final Four?


  3. Pudly — I’ve heard that 250 number, too. And it makes no medical sense.
    Either the virus is SO deadly that it necessitates a temporary ban on all sporting events OR the virus is an unpleasant fact of life which doesn’t require restrictions on sports beyond requiring fans do show proof of a mini bottle of Purell.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. But Michael, we just learned that recruits and families of USC players have an immunity to the virus so they get to attend the practices unlike us germy fans..

      Liked by 3 people

    2. Like a counter playing poker, they’re just playing the odds….I guess. You know if we had socialized medical coverage none of this would be happening…. just look at china or italy! Oops, never mind.

      Liked by 4 people

      1. MG
        Spanish and Italian are so similar that it doesn’t seem fair.



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