If It's Friday, It's Time For A USC Notes Column
Are you having trouble getting excited for the Crosstown Rivalry?
Last year, when USC won, the Trojans fans didn't even make any noise to celebrate the victory and when the student section tried to start a So Cal spellout, it fizzled out because the regular fans refused to follow suit. And that was during a 10-win season.
Imagine how surly USC fans will be at the Rose Bowl on Saturday?
How many USC fans will even go? I know one USC season-ticket holder who lives in Pasadena within walking distance of the Rose Bowl is going to watch the game at home on TV.
The announced attendance two years ago was 71,137 and it looked like far less were actually at the game. Who would be surprised a much smaller crowd is at Saturday's game?
I've heard from USC fans who want UCLA to win to force Lynn Swann to make a coaching change. I can't remember ever hearing this from so many fans even during the Paul Hackett era.
Did you notice that USC target Marist Liufau, a linebacker from Honolulu, committed to Notre Dame this week? Keep an eye on Mater Dei wide receiver Bru McCoy and Orange Lutheran wide receiver Kyle Ford. McCoy has been considered a lock for USC but there is chatter about him going to Texas. Some believe Ford is headed elsewhere.
At what point does recruiting factor into this mess of a season for Lynn Swann?
The USC-UCLA rivalry has always been intense but this week I heard an interesting story from the 1960's. The coaching staffs of USC and UCLA would meet for cocktails one night the week of the game. Imagine that happening today.
For years, there was also a tradition that the winning team would send coaches over to the other locker room and congratulate the opposing coaches.
The student were not quite so gracious in the 1950's. One year, UCLA reportedly had a card stunt that offered the middle finger to USC fans. USC also sabotaged a UCLA card in 1957 by sneaking an "SC" into it.
And finally, here are the Pac-12 football graduation rates for 2017-18:
Utah 95 percent
Stanford 95 percent
Colorado 85 percent
Washington 84 percent
UCLA 84 percent
USC 76 percent
Arizona 76 percent
WSU 75 percent
ASU 73 percent
Oregon 71 percent
Oregon State 64 percent
Cal 64 percent