We’ve Come A Long Way . . .

Believe it or not, this was the Coliseum policy until 1974. “Women and children are NOT admitted to the press box.” Just to be clear, women referred to female reporters. So what happened if a female journalist wanted to cover a game? In the early 1960’s, the highly respected sportswriter Jeane Hoffman wanted to attend a USC game. She was given two tickets to sit outside the press box.

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  • ItsAllAboutTheBall

    Just to be clear, did children refer to Child Reporters?

    • Grammymb

      No. They knew that Jerry Sandusky might show up.

  • Krystal

    Was Ms Hoffman represented by Gloria Alred?


  • Old Trojans never die

    What about persons of undetermined gender?


      Are you talking about the blogger ?

      • UtahTrojan

        Blogger was not allowed under those rules.

  • Trojans 6942

    But her children were able to pray in school.


    Big deal.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    Better that than forcing women into every football game and other sports groups simply for the sake of having a female involved.

  • rusoviet

    USC Women’s volleyball ranked # 21 defeated ucla women’s ranked # 11 3 – 2 at Pauley yesterday


      Why is our team ranked so low ?

  • Ed Garrett

    i reed dum coments from girls on this web log like from julie and gabriela and i think its a good idea to keep girls out, theyll just talk abuot shopping, doing laundry, cooking and all the other dum things they like doing and miss the foot ball game or get up set cuz the uni forms got stains on them,

  • Pasadena Trojan

    scooter, how does this make you feel that back in 1974 you would have not been admitted into the Press Box due to either being a woman or a child?

  • Pasadena Trojan

    Quite frankly, and my opinion, but when a women is the announcer for the game or they try and tell me some anaylsis of the game, I just tune out. They don’t have the credentials of hitting a 95 mph fastball or a wicked curve ball, or being hit by a 260 defensive end. They have no perception or idea what it is like. Without that experience, I cannot take them seriously. However, the networks going PC demand that a female announce the game. If that happens, at least let her look good and sound good. ESPN has an ugly broad with a voice of a chalkboard pretending to be an announcer and she just plain sucks, just like ugly..

    • David Kruger

      To be fair, the play-by-play guys don’t have that experience either, most of them. They are just dweebs like Gus Johnson on Fox. The color analysts are the folks who have played the game. I have to say there is a female analyst who covers MLB (for ESPN I believe) who played softball collegiately at Stanford and for the US Women’s National team. She is indeed qualified to discuss the game of baseball, although the strategies and some of the techniques differ due to the differences in the games, but there are inherent similarities that are consistent across the sports.
      Now, I will agree that some network last weekend had a female play-by-play person who was just so annoying to listen to that I wanted to turn the TV volume down and listen to the radio broadcast with the game. Had nothing to do with her qualifications or knowledge of the game, more about her absolutely fake sounding delivery and annunciation. Ugh…that is the most annoying thing. Stop “trying” to sound like a guy or like someone radio DJ


        Jessica Mendoza is the women on the MLB games. She, like most of what ESPN does, she is a gimmick. ESPN checked off 2 boxes with her, female and Latina

        The other women you might be referring to is Beth Mowins who does football for ESPN and called a ESPN NFL game and does Raiders pre season games. ESPN checked off 2 boxes with her, female and er, um, eh, you get the idea.

        How long before ESPN has a transgender do a game ?

  • David Kruger

    Did Scott Wolfe break that glass ceiling?

  • Ignore_the_trolls

    Ah… the good ‘ol days.