Whatever happens this season, it’s probably going to happen with less fans.
It’s not hard to believe more than a few people will have reservations about going to a football stadium, even if it is only half full at the Coliseum. And how many will wear face masks and gloves?
This is where the head-in-sand philosophy of Pat Haden/Lynn Swann/Steve Lopes really hurts.
USC plays New Mexico on Sept. 12. Under perfect conditions, no one wants to go to that game. But under the Coronavirus/Clayvirus double whammy? Forget it.
The 2021 season features San Jose State and BYU. And then there is 2022, a season I would like to social distance from right now: USC hosts Rice on Sept. 3 and Fresno State on Sept. 17. No thank you very much.
Haden, Swann and Lopes dumbed down the USC home schedule on purpose, reasoning it would help the Trojans’ chances for a national title. But you need to give the fans a reason to go.
- Lane Kiffin has donated $20,000 to those struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Clay Helton? He’s made a few videos.
- Former USC offensive lineman Matt Kalil bought a house in Pasadena for $3.8 million.
I’m going to start a new feature this week called, “I still can’t believe” . . .
- I still can’t believe Clay Helton gave game balls to Mike Bohn and Carol Folt but not Kedon Slovis after the UCLA game. Slovis passed for 515 yards. I’m not sure what Bohn or Folt did: Oh, they kept Helton.
- I still can’t believe USC linebacker Juliano Falanaiko has not apologized to Iowa for kicking a Hawkeyes player in the head at the Holiday Bowl.
- I still can’t believe offensive lineman Marvin Powell is in the College Football Hall of Fame but not the USC Hall of Fame.
- I still can’t believe the New York Yankees, with Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle, played a game at USC in 1951.
- Look at this picture of Olivia Jade working out on a rowing machine that was submitted to USC to prove she was a rower. Very convincing.
And now for some history
- When USC played its first season at the Sports Arena in 1959, the Trojans upset Kentucky (coached by Adolph Rupp) and the following week defeated Oklahoma State (coached by Hank Iba).
After the Kentucky game, Rupp complained that only 8,000 showed up at the Sports Arena. Maybe Rupp was just mad he lost by 14 points (87-73).
- Now look at the non-conference schedule for the great 1970-71 USC team: Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, LSU, Loyola (Chicago), Alabama, Houston, UTEP, Arizona State, Utah, San Francisco and BYU.
Nowadays, Andy Enfield schedules Kansas and the twitter sycophants celebrate like there’s no tomorrow.
- Since I’m talking about the 1970-71 season, maybe someone around USC can have Ron Riley’s number retired (or honored) next season.
Riley averaged 14.2 points and 13.7 rebounds in his USC career. His senior year he averaged 17.4 points and 14.2 rebounds.