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A Damon Bame Memory

Here’s a story on All-American linebacker/offensive lineman Damon Bame, who died last week. In 1962, Bame was named an United Press International All-American. When he made the team, a USC official told him at football practice. “Did I make honorable mention?” Bame asked. “No,” the official replied. “Third team?” Bame said. “No,” the official replied. “Second team?” Bame said. “No,” the official said. “First team?” … Continue reading A Damon Bame Memory

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A Friday Notes Column Follow-Up

Just a follow-up to the note in today’s column where I wrote about the USC official who skipped the spring football game for the Fresno Relays. One of the guys that drove up to Fresno with the USC official was former NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle (pictured). Like I said, track was big. “The Fresno Relays are way bigger than the USC football spring game,” the … Continue reading A Friday Notes Column Follow-Up

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If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

Last week, I gave the guidelines some schools published to allow their bands at football games. This week, I can’t even imagine a band (or fans) in a stadium unless conditions start changing. An empty stadium might be the only way football gets played in 2020. Have you “opted in” or “opted out” on USC season tickets? If the season starts in January, and fans … Continue reading If It’s Friday, It’s Time For A USC Notes Column

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Larry Scott Says Pac-12 Has Four Plans Ready For Football

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott spoke to the San Jose Mercury News today and said there are four scenarios on the table for this season: Playing all 12 games as scheduled A delayed start Conference-only schedules Moving the season to the spring Scott’s view on whether there is a season has changed because of the recent outbreaks of COVID-19. “I was cautiously optimisti,” Scott said. “But … Continue reading Larry Scott Says Pac-12 Has Four Plans Ready For Football