Pete Carroll said last weekend if he were still USC coach, he would keep practices open to the public and media. It was a significant comment because former coach Lane Kiffin used to insist Carroll would have closed practices to the media/public if he remained the Trojans coach in the era of social media and cell-phone cameras.
Now that USC is no longer on probation, practices could be open. And if Carroll were around, apparently they would be again.
There will be no Stanford band at the Coliseum on Sept. 19 following the announcement the band is barred from traveling for a year for violations involving alcohol, hazing and sexual harrassment.
More important, with the band not coming to the Coliseum, can USC band director Art Bartner finally bury the “Countermarch,” the no-longer funny imitation of the Stanford band that dates back to at least 1981.