USC makes counterproposal to keep Trojans in Coliseum

LOS ANGELES -- The University of Southern California made a
counterproposal to the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission on Monday
amid negotiations to keep the Trojans football team in the stadium.

Southern California has played in the Coliseum since it opened
in 1923, but after the current contract expired on Dec. 2, the
school threatened to move to the Rose Bowl next season if a
suitable new agreement could not be worked out.

The commission had presented USC with an offer Thursday.
University vice president Todd Dickey claims the proposal contained
no firm commitment to repair and restore the facility by a given

The school countered by asking for a timetable for improvements.
The proposal also stipulated that if the commission fails to raise
enough funds and bring the stadium up to date, the agreement then
would give USC a master lease and allow the school to raise funds
and make the improvements.

A shift to the Rose Bowl appears unlikely. The Rose Bowl
Operating Co. recently delayed any decision on whether to let the
Trojans play in the Pasadena stadium, saying it wanted USC to talk
to UCLA before making a decision.

The Rose Bowl is the Bruins' home stadium, and UCLA would have
to give its permission for USC to play there. UCLA officials have
said they could allow the Trojans to use the stadium for only one