Time to answer some reader questions.
Q: SCFTBL1 said:
Are there any plans to open some practices to the public and when is Salute to Troy?
A: I believe that one or more practices at the Coliseum will be open to the public before the season opener. I do not know yet when the Salute to Troy is scheduled.
Q: trojaned 66 said:
Any silent commitments you are aware of?
A: I’m currently aware of one silent commitment. That is less than usual, frankly, but one reason is the fact many recruits have already committed early to USC.
Q: oneohsixseven said:
What are the chances of a major overhaul at the Coliseum in the next five years? ie: Trojans play a year (or two) at the Rose Bowl, and the entire stadium is rebuilt around the Peristyle end… to make it more USC-focused, or to lure an NFL team, or to bring the Olympics, or…?
A: I know USC is willing to spend between $50-100 million upgrading the Coliseum. But I don’t think that would cause a closure of the facility or make it an NFL stadium. I’m not even sure USC wants that right now. And the Rose Bowl is overbudget on its renovation and delaying improvements so I don’t know if it would be wise to plan to play there either.
I think USC wants to make the Coliseum fan friendly with a college atmposphere. Regarding the Olympics, there is zero desire to put a track back inside the facility, which would only place fans farther away from the field.