Does it feel less likely now than a week ago that football will played in September?
Arizona leads the nation in new COVID cases per million. Nine junior-colleges in Arizona will not play any sports in 2020-21.
- Look at how the American Athletic Conference (AAC) is handling bands and spirit squads:
1) No visiting team bands or spirit squad
2) No on-field performance for the home team’s band
3) No spirit squads on the field to start the season
4) Home team band and spirit squad limits to be re-evaluated as stadium restrictions are lifted
- Does USC even have a band director? I haven’t heard of a replacement taking over for Arthur Bartner, who has retired.
- Will USC announce its COVID-19 test results?
- One complaint I’ve heard from alumni this week about disbanding of alumni clubs is this requirement in order to be a member of the USC Alumni Council for Opportunity and Regional Engagement (CORE), which alumni consider a long way of saying you will volunteer.
- From the brochure: “Participate as a Leadership Annual Giving donor ($25,000 over five year/$5,000 per year) to support the university academic unit or program of your choice (20 percent of this donation will directly support the USC Alumni Assn.).”
- And now for some history. Let’s look at 1971:
Ron Riley had 44 points and 41 rebounds in a weekend series vs. the Oregon schools. And that was back when games were played Friday-Saturday. Paul Westphal had 45 points the same weekend. That’s a 1-2 punch.
- The USC Basketball Booster Club had 460 members that year. Not bad.
- Here’s a pretty good weekend in 1971.
On Friday, Nov. 19, the USC freshmen team played the UCLA freshmen at 2 p.m. at the Coliseum. At 5 p.m., there was a rally at Tommy Trojan featuring John McKay, Marv Goux and the players.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, USC played UCLA at the Coliseum at 12:50 p.m. The odd kickoff time was to accommodate ABC, which showed Notre Dame-LSU afterward.
And then Saturday night, you could head over to the Troubadour for this concert:
- In 1971, USC baseball played the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and the Dodger rookies at Bovard Field.
- How different were things back then? For awhile, sports writer Bud Tucker lived at John McKay’s house in Covina because Tucker’s family lived in San Diego. Tucker had been the first public-relations director of the San Diego Padres.