Coliseum commission doesn't resolve USC impasse

LOS ANGELES -- An attorney for the University of Southern
California said Wednesday that the Trojans will move to the Rose
Bowl for next season if an agreement can be reached with operators
of the stadium in Pasadena.

Todd Dickey, USC senior vice president and general counsel,
acknowledged that the Trojans remain open to a compromise that
would keep them in the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, their home
since 1923.

The impasse remained after Wednesday's meeting of the Coliseum
commission. The Rose Bowl Operating Co. is scheduled to meet
Thursday and weigh whether to negotiate with USC.

One major obstacle to the Trojans' move to Pasadena is their
rival, UCLA. The Bruins play in the Rose Bowl and have veto power
over sharing the stadium with another team. UCLA apparently would
block any deal with USC that would allow the Trojans to play for
more than one season in Pasadena.

USC has offered to spend $100 million to renovate the Coliseum
if its commission will give the school control of the stadium,
including naming and broadcasting rights. The commission has
rejected the offer.