Tuesday Whispers: When Did Fans, Ex-Players Lose Value?
It used to be a rite of August that USC fans could attend a training camp practice at Howard Jones Field.
No longer. USC has decided that all practices will be closed to the public except the fall scrimmage on Aug. 17 at the Coliseum. That scrimmage is free to season-ticket holders and $10 for everyone else.
But it’s not just the public. USC has angered former players, especially the 1969 class, which wants to be honored during a regular season game instead of at the fall scrimmage.
USC legend Ronnie Lott sent an email to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen last week that detailed the complaints of the 1969 team, which shows that former player discontent is growing.
The players have a common complaint: What is Lynn Swann doing?
We hear the Los Angeles Times is calling players from the 1969 team. Sounds like another story is coming as the team boycotts the Aug. 17 fall scrimmage at the Coliseum, where a ceremony of less than five minutes will honor three teams (1969, 1994, 2009).
USC president Carol Folt had one of her assistants contact former USC linebacker Bob Jensen on Monday night so Folt might be going over Swann’s head. If so, it shows how much of a joke Swann and the athletic dept. have become.