USC Notes: Step Closer To No-Crowd Games?

California and Oregon made news today that could whether USC has fans at games in the fall.

Calif. Gov. Gavin Newson said, “It’s difficult for me to imagine a stadium that’s filled until we have immunity, until we have a vaccine.”

What would no crowd cost USC? $25-30 million?

Meanwhile, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has asked that large gatherings scheduled through September be canceled or modified. That puts a dent in Oregon games at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks host Ohio State in September.

  • When Carol Folt took a 20 percent pay cut on April 3, USC announced “The President will be taking a 20 percent reduction, while the Provost, Senior Vice Presidents, and Deans will give 10 percent.”

Was Mike Bohn considered a dean? If so, that means he didn’t have a choice when USC leaked last week that Bohn, Clay Helton and Andy Enfield were giving back $1 million.

Bohn might not be considered a dean but he is part of the “team.”

20 thoughts on “USC Notes: Step Closer To No-Crowd Games?

  1. Governor Newsom also said that schools would be opening up. He has very little say over LAUSD as UTLA will have to approve a return to the classroom. LAUSD has large contingents of older teachers who would be more susceptible to Covid-19. Although kids are less susceptible to complications, they can be carriers to grandparents who play a big role in the caring of kids after school.

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    1. I went to the ER this AM for a real emergency–not COVID thankfully.
      Having spent 30 years in health care and in ER’s, it was a weird experience for me to walk into an ER which more resembled a mausoleum.
      All around town here in Monterey, lil middle schoolers and grammar schoolers are hanging up thank you posters at their homes for all the health care workers.

      It’s about time those heroes got some recognition.

      Educators are also unsung heroes, my friend. Real every day heroes to me.
      (From grade 2 to the end of my surgical training at age 32 I can still recall all my great teachers. I can never repay that debt.)

      Fight on, Arturo.
      and stay safe.

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  2. I don’t care if fans aren’t allowed at games this season, I just want to make sure the Alabama vs USC contest happens. Btw, I’m thinking the hype videos won’t start until just before the New Mexico game for obvious reasons 😂😂😂


  3. The President of the University of Arizona just announced that they’ll be opening soon—using testing that the university itself has developed and treating infected students at their own infirmary.
    Prediction: President Carol Folt won’t be able to arrive at anything approaching these solutions and USC will drift along….as it has since the moment she came aboard.

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    1. Agree MG.

      This downward trajectory started when Nikias took over for Sample.

      The new Title IX or Affirmative action choice of Ms Folt is a disaster so far and has continued to demonstrate the tone deaf culture at USC.

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  4. No one here will have to worry about a lose to Alabama. The reason is under the conditions set forth in Sacramento for a restart to happen: the conditions are so severe and the hurdles have been set so high that football practice in California will not/never be allowed. Sacramento is determined to string this out as long as possible in hopes possibly that a Federal bailout will come it’s way. That’s the only way they can save CALPERS. Short a Fed bailout, it’s TAXES TO THE MOON ALICE.
    As long as California has nursing homes and comorbidity death certificates, the C-19 nightmare can be strung out to infinity.

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    1. Cal75–I’d invite USC to practice on our closed Maui golf course but our state is determined to stay in complete and perpetual lock down, too.

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      1. It’s the classic bait and switch, Michael:

        “Newsom orders all 40M Californians to stay home in nation’s strictest state lockdown
        By JEREMY B. WHITE 03/19/2020

        BERKELEY — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday ordered California’s nearly 40 million residents to stay home, making it the first state to impose that strict mandate on all residents to counteract a looming surge of new infections.

        The order takes effect immediately and remains in place “until further notice.” Californians are not allowed to leave home except for essential purposes. They are allowed to purchase groceries, prescriptions and health care, as well as commute to jobs deemed essential.

        The governor’s order comes with misdemeanor penalties for anyone who violates the restrictions, though he said he believes social pressure will keep people home rather than law enforcement.

        “There’s a social contract here,” Newsom said. “People, I think, recognize the need to do more and meet his moment.”

        Newsom said the order has to remain in effect indefinitely. He has repeatedly said the next eight weeks are crucial to bend the curve and stop the rapid contagion. He also said, however, that he does not expect the order to last “many, many months.””

        Now we have to wait until we have a vaccine?

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      2. There are 3 options, gt. (1) Let everyone run wild. (2) Impose reasonable guidelines and get on with it. (3) Lockdown everything until there’s a vaccine.


      3. MG, gotroy and cal hippie need to move to SEC so they can mingle freely maskless among the other ignorant fools.



    2. *loss

      The original intent of this grand experiment was to ‘bend the curve’ because we have a finite number of hospital beds so as to not overwhelm the medical system. That has been accomplished. Now it seems that by listing c-19 as comorbidity & utilizing a ventilator, hospitals get an extremely healthy FEDERAL bonus reimbursement.
      We have been suckered. People better wake up pretty damn fast or this thing is going to get further out of hand. Over 50% of the deaths in the Southland were elderly with contributing health conditions who were nursing home residents.
      If we keep looking to sacramento for guidance, We are as good as lobsters in the pot right now.

      At this point sacramento cannot be trusted. just handed out a billion dollar no bid contract to recipient BYD & gave them half upfront( for overpriced masks after we alledgedly fulfilled the ‘bend the curve rhetoric) & it seems newsome is too shy to talk about it. The only thing chinese BYD is good for is building elec busses that can’t make it up L.A. hills downtown. But they do have an elite corp of chinese engineers at their bldg in Palmdale 2 miles from where Northrup is assembling the B-21 Stealth. Prob just another coincidence.

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      1. 1.
        In medicine we always discussed “the area under the curve.”
        It’s reasonably simple math.

        If the curve spikes super high but runs a super short time and the “area under the curve is “100,” it’s still the same number of deaths if the curve is “flat and long” but the area under the curve was still 100 under the flatter curve. Nothing gained.

        Remains to be seen if “flattening the curve” ultimately lowers the overall mortality rate or just delays it. Being optimistic, I think flattening the curve was a worthwhile effort here in the USA. My question now is, “what do you do with the second (inevitable) spike in infection?” How many times do you lockdown the World?

        As a freshman at USC School of Med in 1984, we all spoke of the inevitable HTLVIII/LAV (later HIV) vaccine which would protect all of us from getting AIDS. Still waiting on that vaccine. Smart, resourceful people will learn how to cope with COVID with or without such vaccine. Sounds like Gov Newsome will sit and pontificate while more progressive parts of America choose to take action.

        I thought CA’s taxes were “already to the moon, Alice?”
        They could go higher?

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      2. Yours is a very cynical piece, Cal75. The dems have a stellar track record in California — annually keeping every word of their pledge to turn billions of dollars of property tax money into low income housing and crime free streets. I just can’t see them blowing their credibility by exaggerating this virus for something as vulgar as federal money…


  5. California will never open up. USC needs to set up a satellite campus in, say, Texas, then have all the athletes enroll through it, and live there too. Rent some local practice fields, and a stadium there, and start playing! Then come back to the Coliseum for the 2026 season, if CA is open then.

    Ta da!


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