USC: Dan Guerrero

On the topic of uniforms

November, 23, 2011
News that UCLA is going to use alternate uniforms for Saturday's game against the Trojans does not please USC coach Lane Kiffin, who said he was a bit confused by the news out of Westwood this week that the Bruins would be unveiling a new jersey combination.

Why was he confused? Because USC and UCLA already have a unique uniform tradition that started when the two schools shared the L.A. Memorial Coliseum and was brought back in 2008: Both the Trojans and Bruins typically wear their home uniforms for the annual game.

Pete Carroll and Rick Neuheisel worked in tandem with the NCAA to repeal a rule that would penalize road teams a timeout for wearing their home uniforms, and the home-vs.-home tradition was expected to continue in the immediate future.

But a statement this week from UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero indicated that that will not be the case.

"I don't understand it at all because everything I've been told is that Rick was behind this whole thing and I know that our players and fans really enjoy it," Kiffin said Wednesday. "But it's their choice."

Guerrero simply said that UCLA would be unveiling new uniforms that the school had been working on with adidas for several months; he didn't specify what they'd look like. But internet rumors have floated around all week that the jerseys and pants will be of the all-white variety, and Kiffin mentioned that after the Trojans' Wednesday practice.

He has also said all week that USC will be wearing its normal home uniforms no matter what UCLA does. There was talk before the 2011 season began that the Trojans would break out some type of black-based combination for the season finale against the Bruins, but that was quickly squashed by the school's administration.

Kiffin said using alternate uniforms would go against his strategy to not overly hype up each of the Trojans' games.

"We talked about it all year," he said. "The game is about the preparation, not about the hype around it.

USC, UCLA announce increased security

November, 21, 2011
LOS ANGELES -- USC athletic director Pat Haden and UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero released a joint statement Sunday announcing increased security in and around the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for Saturday’s game between the rival schools.

“This year we have increased the emphasis and visibility of game day security, particularly given the 7 p.m. kickoff time,” they said in the statement. “Security staff will be bolstered by over 25 percent for this game, and there is an integrated effort between both universities and a host of local law enforcement organizations to make the entire game experience around the Coliseum safe and secure.”

Both schools are coordinating security efforts with USC Department of Public Safety, University of California Police Department, LAPD, Exposition Park Police, FBI Special Events, Homeland Security, California Alcohol-Beverage Control, and others to minimize any safety concerns on game day.

“You will notice increased staffing presence and bike patrols to go along with a host of enhancements behind the scenes,” they said in the statement. “The Coliseum's standard tailgating policies -- only one parking space per car and no amplified sound -- will be strictly enforced.”

Last year about 40 fans of both schools fought in a Rose Bowl parking lot before the USC-UCLA football game. During the fight, one person was stabbed in the cheek and another was stabbed in the back. Two police officers also suffered minor injuries and three men were arrested after the melee.

For the third straight year the USC-UCLA football game will start at 7 p.m. or later. Despite last year's nighttime incident, a USC spokesman said the conference’s TV partners determine the kickoff times with the schools and extra security measures were already being planned when the game time was set in June. Saturday's game will be televised by Fox Sports Net. There were no major incidents to report when the two schools last played a 7 p.m. game at the Coliseum in 2009.



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