First a couple items to start the day.
Some friends who work at the USC athletic dept. agreed with me that Art Bartner probably wouldn’t have gone along willingly with the band not wearing their usual uniforms today because of the heat. Remember, a band member fainted at the Purdue game in 1998.
Some of those USC officials who made the decision Friday might have been afraid to even approach Bartner about it. But that potential drama is no longer a possibility.
- USC announced Friday night new restrictions on interviewing players after games at the Coliseum. Since Pete Carroll left, players and coaches were usually interviewed in the tunnel outside the USC locker room.
- No more. All interviews must be conducted in a press room.
“Media members are not permitted to wait outside the locker room or at the top of the ramp. No interaction with USC players, coaches or staff is permitted outside of the press room.”
This essentially eliminates one-on-one interviews but isn’t surprising given the fact a new coach is in charge and has his own ways.
- Maybe more importantly, only select USC players will be brought to the press room so it will make a lot less players available after games. Not to mention less assistant coaches.
- Now, it’s time for you to pick the score. I will make my pick around 1 p.m. The line is 32.5 points. The over/under is 61.5. That point spread is tough. USC should score a lot of points. But it might give up a few too.