USC Saturday Buzz: Another Day, Another Season Ticket Canceled

I got an email from an owner of four season-tickets since 1991 today:

“Until USC decides to seriously improve the football team, we are going to spend our time and money on other things,” the season-ticket holder wrote.

39 thoughts on “USC Saturday Buzz: Another Day, Another Season Ticket Canceled

  1. They will lose more money than Clueless Clays contract. Let’s just call USC clueless U. Now! Yikes! Trying to save money on a useless coach while the football program wallows in mediocrity. You can’t fix stupid with the woke incompetent fools running the University now. Going to be the mausoleum this year instead for the Coliseum. When its empty!

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    1. Fans like you are not needed, Band-wagoner. McKay had an
      awful first year.. What do you get for a large attendance?
      People like you are useless to the university. Look at Ed Orgeron
      of LSU who wins the Title and the next season is in the dumpster. The Athletic Dept. doesn’t know a good coach to
      hire in any sport.

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  2. It should be abundantly clear by now, the current administration’s agenda
    is something other than winning. I won’t be attending any games this year.

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    1. True. But ya know what? This season may not be the disaster some people think. USC could be REALLY good. Their biggest worry will be keeping Slovis healthy —once he locks on a receiver, his “quarterback clock” turns off and he stands in the pocket like there’s nothing else going on in the world…

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      1. MG, the schedule is relatively weak, the athletic talent is all there, but on the other hand, Clay could f up boiling a pot of water.

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      2. 67 — Guess what I realized? [& I’m ashamed to admit it….but…] it gets a little slow here without Owns and tebow. They’re the match that lights the fuse.
        #Oh,Noooooooooooo……..

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      3. Michael, Scottie has been mailing it in pretty much since USC lost to Gonzaga. I worry that Pudly is right, Scottie has dug himself into a hole of negativity, with little interest in coming out.

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      4. Being a 24/7 critic can be tough on fans. (Of course, the rah rah sites aren’t getting ANY traffic). Scott will figure his way outta this. I have confidence in his ability to pull a rabbit outta his hat.
        [I know Scott thinks it would help if a REALLY juicy scandal broke out —but actually a series of articles on the strengths & weaknesses in Harrell’s and Orlando’s plans for 2021 would be welcome. Ian Boyd did a piece for SBNation detailing how Iowa scored 55 points on Ohio State in 2017. It dealt with the way Iowa practiced on pouncing on turnovers, not allowing Ohio State’s 5 star line to control the game, negating the Ohio State DL with poise in the pocket and trick plays. Probably one of the best college football pieces I ever read. Scott has the knowledge and the contacts to do a series of articles like that —it could take us all the way till fall camp —when the articles will start writing themselves]…..

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      5. It is really hard to say how USC will fare this year, but the defense should make some improvements, with a really good defensive line and a pretty solid secondary. the linebackers are still the question on defense.

        the offense still suffers from the horrible schematics of the air raid and harrell. will he diversify somewhat? can the o-line improve? i do think they have a formidable receiver group, with MJ3 looking like a starter to me (if he is not injured). Bru McCoy needs to get better, still not as dominant as he needs to be. I think that with Foreman and Sopher and Toia contributing heavily and Figeuroa back in the fall, that o-line is going to be brutal and it will help to toughen up the offensive line.

        the big question will be Slovis. i feel like by the end of fall, Dart will actually be the better player, particularly with his mobility. Dart is throwing some great passes and just needs to clean stuff up. i would like to see Dart throwing reps with London and Bru a bit more. Put London, Bru, MJ3 and Trigg out there at the same time and have an effective outlet to your running back and I just think it gets real tough to defend.

        defense will probably win games for us this year, with turnovers and plain old stopping opponents.

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      6. Don’t sleep on Lake… he’s been showing out this spring some. Didn’t he play QB, RB & TE in high school. Underrated athlete that knows the game.

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  3. Losing revenue is not something USC is use to. Bottom line this if it continues I don’t see Carol Folt, and Mike Bone being around for two long.

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    1. As long as Caruso is in charge, I think Folt is safe. Bohn would be gone, and his firing would offer cover for the failings of USC football.

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      1. Sad fact, 67: They’re all here till they die….nobody is doing anything to any of ’em unless one or all of ’em is found in bed with Kim Jung Un.

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    2. Football brings in pennies when compared to total endowments. What it does is float all other athletic programs, but it certainly is not anywhere near the top of the funding list. The total athletic revenue makes up less than than 2% of the total operating budget for the school. The most valuable thing about USC sports is not ticket sales or TV contracts, it’s real estate. Our facilities and property for athletics hold the most value. At Alabama the football program brings in almost 14% of total budget, they have to be great. Our football team can be an afterthought. Folt knows this, sad but true.

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      1. An exceedingly successful football product helps the university in a variety of ways. When Pete was winning practically all his games, USC was all over the airwaves. Celebrities talked about the thrill of watching USC football, the public hung on every word coming outta Pete’s mouth concerning citizenship and the team’s involvement in the community. A wildly successful football program (as opposed to 8-5) attracts national attention —- and the good that comes from that attention goes beyond [& can’t be measured by] the dollars generated by ticket sales in a given year.

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      2. Seriously Michael, what school gets more press than we do?? Even at 8-5 the nonstop coverage of all things Trojan, good or bad, is endless. Not just endless but grows legs and walks.

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      3. I hear ya about the USC vs LSU coverage differential.
        The answer to your question is: If USC were involved this would become a multi- generational news event…….

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      4. Football is one of the things that brings in donors. You have completely neglected the fact that the donations is way down due to the abusive leadership of Caruso and Folt.

        I think that SC fans just need to think more long-term. Bohn is focusing heavily on recruiting, because if a new coach comes in with a poor roster, he will still have difficulties. Some of the new coaches are real gems – So’Oto and Williams and maybe even Navair. Stiner seems like a real good pick as S&C.

        So, yes, there needs to be a change at the top, but Bohn might be building the foundation that a new coach can use to improve things rapidly.

        The bottom line should be CFP or we need a new HC. The chances of SC in the CFP is pretty low. Even if we are dominant in the Pac-12, just losing to Notre Dame and one other game would put us out of consideration. Maybe even one loss would take us out of the picture.

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  4. Tickets are available on eBay I know that the ticket office sells the notion that buying a complete season and selling the less desirable games on eBay. So I have been able to trick my wife into going somewhere to see an away game, but after watching Arizona make a real nailbiter out the game due to bad decisions made by Helton she might not go this year.
    I think USC is looking at losing money until they decide to close their program due to lack of funds.

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    1. I hope, by “program” you didn’t mean “University”….
      #ChinaWillDisappear(SometimeInTheNext100Years)
      #UCLAWillDisappear(SometimeInTheNext36Months)
      #USCWillBeHereUntilTheEndOfTheWorld

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  5. A wise man once told me there are two ways to incentivize horses… carrots or whips. Obviously carrots make for sunshine and happy days as long as the horse is runnin unchallenged round the final turn and into the homestretch. On the flip, when youre neck & neck heading to the wire against a bunch of other equally wanting ponies you may have to dig deeper than a fuckin carrot can take ya. Cover your eyes woke folk cause I’m about to suggest something that you wish wasn’t so… the whip. It’s not something I created, its not something I’d advocate using all willy nilly on a daily basis, but it is something I’d be derelict in my duties as a trainer, a football coach, a father, and/or leader of men, etc for not teaching, acknowledging, and/or using when the occasion calls for it. Cause whether we’re talking Kentucky Derby, or a world with finite resources, if you really want the crown, youve git to dig waaaay deeper than you ever thought possible, and if you’re scared to go to the proverbial whip out of fear of no longer being loved, than you shouldn’t be in charge of shit. At USC we’ve got a coach who acts like a divorced father on his weekend visitation. Near term, midterm, long term, no one benefits from this goodtime buddy buddy daddy crap.

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    1. Great piece. I have one thing to add. [Sorry to revert to my tired boxing analogies ….but it’s the sport I know best]. Ali was very upset with himself after he lost to Frazier in their first fight. He told the Pointer Sisters that Frazier hit so hard, he started thinking about not wanting to get hit again….he went on to say that, when a fighter gets hit hard, the only thought in his mind SHOULD be, “I wonder how this guy is gonna feel when I hit him
      even harder?” He said the reason he wasn’t thinking that thought was he didn’t train hard enough to DESERVE to think that thought. Our team is gonna get into a true fucking battle with at least one Pac 12 team. It could be Arizona State…it could be Stanford…it could be Utah. It could be all 3. In order to win we’ll need to believe we practiced hard enough to DESERVE to win….
      #IDidn’tSeeThatAttitudeAgainstOhioState
      #IHaven’tSeenItRecentlyAgainstNotreDame
      #AndIDidn’tSeeItAgainstOregon
      #ShowUsSomethingBesidesSurrender,Helton

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      1. Boxing! Sport of kings. Arturo Frias was my neighbor for a minute. Went to Sports Arena with step-pop to watch Cuevas v Hearns on closed circut and got to watch a riot break out as a bonus. Chacon was the real deal and Howard Davis was a fraud champ.
        Ya, takd a look at ASU spring pressers and it’s pretty apparent they’re not gonna be fuckin around when we play.

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      2. Boxisbento — great fricking choices. I sat next to Bobby Chacon at Ali/Frazier 2 during the closed circuit broadcast shown at Cal State Northridge. When I told him I was praying so hard that Ali’s injured hands wouldn’t hurt him that my own hands were hurting he started laughing and said, “you crazy, man.”
        You might want to add Leonard/Benitez to your list —after the proud Benitez lost a hard fought fight (and his title), he pushed through Leonard’s corner men to hug Leonard. Nothing demonstrates the nobility of the sport better than that moment.

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      3. Michael,

        SC doens’t have Mickey as a trainer. They have Wimpy as the trainer. SC will lose to all. I hope they do and i hope attendenace falls to zero. I hope this drives SC to get rid of Helton.

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      4. PT –Yes, Zero wins and Zero attendance MIGHT motivate Carol into taking action…
        #…AndThenAgain…..

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  6. We would have never advanced beyond the cave if the guy/gal in charge of the young cavepersons only told them about all the flowers, rainbows, and social followers that awaited them beyond their cozy enclosure, and never trained them how to sharpen a stick for the beasts lurking in the shadows.

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    1. I suppose you’re one of those guys who believes in ‘survival of the fittest”? I got news for ya: That’s only the way things worked for the first million years of our existence…
      #JoeBidenSezThat’sNotHowItWorksAnymore….

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      1. Wilfredo B was a tough, tough hombre. The welters used to be flush with high quality, Sugar Ray of course heading up that list. Wasnt Chacon originally from/raised in Pacoima? Now ya got me thinking I’d be remiss not to tip the cap to a couple more on my personal top 10:
        • Livingstone Bramble – used to love watching ABC’s Wide World of Sports on Sat afternoon when they had boxing. Seemed like Bramble was always on, and always giving some poor bastard fits. Granite chin.
        • Speaking of granite chins, prob my 3rd overall favorite, Alexis Arguello. Sports Illustrated used to do the big kinda double page pic right after opening the mag. The photo after Arguello v Pryor 1 showed the moment Pryor landed that absolute bomb on Arguellos chin, that Arguello somehow survived, never going down from it. The SI photo showed at moment of impact, AA’s bottom left jaw directly underneath his top right jaw. Un-fuckin-believable.
        You got to enjoy the heavies, eh? I remember watching but was too young and dumb to appreciate.

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      2. Pryor was doing something (like maybe a cocaine cocktail) in his corner. His trainers never allowed the boxing authorities to inspect the bottle he DRANK from in between rounds. Arguello shoulda won the fight…..
        #….HisWholeDownslideWasAResultOfThatOneFix….
        #[Luckily,MiguelCotoGotTheChanceToAvengeTheFixAgainstHim]

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  7. What is gonna kill SC is the bill that they owe on the Coliseum for fixing it up. When Joe’s Contractor calls and asks why SC hasn’t paid the bill and good ol’ Joe says that is okay, I will slap a lawsuit and a lien on the college, colisuem and personally sue the people that signed the contract, then you will see things change.

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    1. I suspect the lawsuits associated with the gynecologist and other legal matters are also a big contributing factor.

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  8. True fans demand and expect excellence. USCs goal is to take as much money from its fans and alumni as possible. The only way to make them change is be not buying tickets, not donating to the university or to heritage hall and not buying any of their crappy merchandise. Anyone continuing to purchase season tickets isn’t a fan, they are a SUCKER. If USC could sell 60K seats this year, they would never get rid of Helton. They don’t want to win, they just want to take your money.

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