PROVO, Utah -- Notre Dame and Southern California don't want
any delays getting to their games against Brigham Young.
Both visiting schools have requested police escorts to get to
and from LaVell Edwards Stadium, a new request from an opponent in
BYU football history.
"We've never done it before," said Utah County Sheriff's Lt.
John Pickup, "but if the universities are willing to pay the
costs, we can use the overtime."
The overtime rate for a deputy is about $35 an hour plus
"It's pretty standard everywhere we go," said Tim Tessalone,
USC sports information director. "It's to help navigate the team
buses to the game. It's strictly a traffic logistics thing. I think
it would be unusual if there wasn't an escort."
Defending national champion USC visits BYU on Sept. 18. While
Provo is hardly Los Angeles when it comes to traffic, there can be
quite a build-up from Interstate 15 on in to the stadium.
USC and Notre Dame will pay the county, which will then pay the
deputies, Pickup said.
The officers would only be escorting the team to and from the
airport and county line and would not be involved in policing the
game itself, he said.
Notre Dame, which visits Saturday in the season opener, has
asked for two deputies.
"I told them, 'This is Utah, this is different,' " Pickup
said. "But, hey, if they want to pay us to do this, we'll take the