USC Athletics COVID-19 Updates – USC Athletics

USC Athletics | August 26, 2020

For Scholar-Athletes

At any time, please be at liberty to submit any questions or considerations on to us or via our Student-Athlete Question and Concern Virtual Hotline. We additionally encourage you to achieve out to your coaches, athletic division assist workers workforce, and/or FAR Dr. Alan Inexperienced. Moreover, now we have an Anonymous Compliance Hotline that exists permanently on our athletics website.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020

USC Athletics is pausing exercises in soccer and males’s water polo till at the least Monday after eight student-athletes in these sports activities examined constructive for COVID-19 via the weekly surveillance testing program.

All eight student-athletes have been remoted. It’s clear from contact tracing that the virus was contracted off campus on account of elevated group unfold and never through any on-campus or coaching actions. Per present Pac-12 Convention and public well being tips, all USC are open air and non-contact. The chance of publicity by any coaches, workers, and different student-athletes may be very low. Scholar-athletes in soccer and males’s water polo will bear one other spherical of COVID-19 testing this week.

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Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020

The Pac-12 Convention issued the next assertion:

The Pac-12 CEO Group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions via the tip of the 2020 calendar 12 months.

The choice was made after session with athletics administrators and with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee who expressed concern with transferring ahead with contact observe. The report and up to date tips of the Committee may be discovered right here: Pac-12 COVID-19 Return to Play Concerns – Aug. 10, 2020 and a full record of Committee members may be discovered right here: Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee. The Convention additionally introduced that when circumstances enhance, it might think about a return to competitors for impacted sports activities after January 1, 2021.

Scholar-athletes impacted by the postponement will proceed to have their scholarships assured. Moreover, the Pac-12 Convention strongly encourages that the NCAA grant college students who decide out of competitors this tutorial 12 months an extra 12 months of eligibility. As a part of their assured scholarships, they’ll proceed to have college assist, together with tutorial advising and tutoring, amongst different assist providers.

“All the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors perceive the significance of this resolution, and the frustration it would create for our student-athletes, the coaches, assist workers and all of our followers,” stated Michael H. Schill, president of the College of Oregon. “In the end, our resolution was guided by science and a deep dedication to the well being and welfare of student-athletes. We definitely hope that the Pac-12 will be capable of return to competitors within the New Yr.”

“The well being, security and well-being of our student-athletes and all these related to Pac-12 sports activities has been our primary precedence because the begin of this present disaster,” stated Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our student-athletes, followers, workers and all those that love school sports activities want to have seen the season performed this calendar 12 months as initially deliberate, and we all know how disappointing that is.”

Scott famous that whereas the Convention’s detailed plan to maintain student-athletes protected was working in accordance with the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee tips and state and native authorities orders, the state of affairs was turning into tougher: “Not like skilled sports activities, school sports activities can’t function in a bubble,” he stated. “Our athletic packages are part of broader campuses in communities the place in lots of instances the prevalence of COVID-19 is critical. We are going to proceed to observe the state of affairs and when circumstances change we shall be able to discover all choices to play the impacted sports activities within the new calendar 12 months.”

“We all know that it is a troublesome day for our student-athletes, and our hearts exit to them and their households,” added Scott. “We now have made clear that each one of their scholarships shall be assured, and that as a Convention we’re strongly encouraging the NCAA to grant them an extra 12 months of eligibility.”

Friday, July 31, 2020

Following the Pac-12’s release of USC’s revised football schedule, athletic administrators Mike Bohn (USC) and Martin Jarmond (UCLA) launched the next joint assertion:

“We’re happy with at the moment’s Pac-12 announcement of revised scheduling particulars for 2020 fall sports activities. We perceive the nice curiosity within the 90th version of our historic soccer rivalry sport, at present scheduled for Sept. 26 on the Rose Bowl.  Although we’re progressing towards the beginning of our respective seasons, at the moment we shouldn’t have the required county and state clearances to start competitions. Growing a scheduling mannequin for the autumn sports activities season that gives optimum flexibility was an necessary subsequent step within the course of. Specifically, our soccer schedules create the chance for us to shift our season-opening contest to open dates later within the season (Oct. 31 and Dec. 12), if needed. UCLA and USC are in absolute alignment, and we stay in common communication with state, native, and college officers. We are going to proceed to observe their steerage with the utmost regard for the well being and security of our student-athletes.”

Moreover, Bohn despatched the next e mail to the Trojan Household that day:

I hope this message finds you protected and wholesome. Thanks to your unwavering assist of USC student-athletes. Though we’re compelled to bodily distance proper now, the Trojan Household is nearer than ever and your generosity shall be central to our success each time competitors resumes. Thanks for persevering with to be a champion for USC student-athletes!

By now, I am positive you’ve got seen at the moment’s announcement by the Pac-12 Convention detailing the 2020 fall sports activities schedule. Having been so consumed by doubt these final 4 months, we’re happy that our fall sport student-athletes can proceed their coaching with the data of a proposed timeline for returning to competitors. The choice to delay the beginning of the autumn sports activities season, with the optionality to start our soccer season even every week in a while October 3, is an answer that represents a dedication to equitably serving the pursuits of our soccer and fall Olympic sports activities groups, girls’s soccer and ladies’s volleyball. Since we launched our phased return to campus plan in late June, now we have been extraordinarily inspired by the efficacy of our protocols and the compliance of our student-athletes, coaches, and workers.

I do know a lot of you continue to have quite a few questions in regards to the 2020 soccer season to which we shouldn’t have solutions, and we share in your frustration in regards to the uncertainty of our circumstances. Following the Pac-12 announcement, Martin Jarmond, UCLA’s new athletic director, and I issued a joint assertion.

I assumed it might be informative to observe up and supply some further context. With well being and security on the forefront, our main focus over these previous few months has been to insert as a lot flexibility as doable inside all of our planning in order that we may be agile in response to this ever-changing, unprecedented atmosphere. Whether or not regarding the exact timing of our phased return to campus for student-athletes, the composition of the sports activities schedules, or the opt-in/opt-out season ticket course of, we’re thoughtfully approaching every problem with persistence and prudence to make sure regular progress towards the autumn season all of us need. We have to be ready to adapt instantaneously to any important developments. As such, it’s probably that, primarily based on present developments, we’ll make the most of this strategic scheduling flexibility and our shared circumstances with UCLA to shift that rivalry contest to an open date later within the season, which means our first soccer sport could be October 3.

It’s true that, at the moment, we shouldn’t have state, county, or college clearance for conventional practices and competitions. Moreover, now we have not obtained any indication about if followers shall be permitted to attend dwelling video games on the Coliseum this 12 months ought to the season go ahead, and we shouldn’t have any timeline for when this resolution could be made by public well being officers. Following our lead, the Rams and Chargers, who’ve confirmed to be excellent companions throughout this pandemic, carried out the same opt-out course of for his or her season ticket holders, and they’re anticipating a limited-to-no capability situation on the new Sofi Stadium this fall.

We now have fantastic and well-connected authorities relations and medical groups at USC, so please know that we stay in fixed communication with the LA County Division of Public Well being and Governor Newsom’s workplace. The state not too long ago launched steerage for Okay-12 faculties, and we’re optimistic that they’ll quickly launch related directions for greater training, to incorporate athletics. We’re appreciative of the truth that now we have been offered a possibility to lend our experiences and experience in consulting on the plan for faculty athletics. I hope it provides you nice consolation to know that we’re advocating for our student-athletes and athletics program in any respect ranges. We’re additionally extremely lucky to have wonderful college companions collaborating with us to protect the promise of a world-class expertise to our student-athletes.

The first problem in entrance us is “threading the needle” to align NCAA and Pac-12 Convention plans with county and state steerage whereas making certain we function in a fashion that can be per college insurance policies. And although our focus is on our student-athletes, we should additionally reconcile the numerous monetary stress the pandemic has positioned upon our athletics program, as properly. We think about it our mandate to responsibly steadiness the off-field well being of our student-athletes throughout this pandemic with their bodily preparedness and on-field security ought to the autumn sports activities season start as now deliberate.

Thanks to your perception, confidence, persistence, and belief as now we have navigated this extraordinary time. Our workers is working tirelessly on behalf of our student-athletes, coaches, donors, followers, and alumni. We shall be stronger for having endured this problem collectively as a Trojan Household.

Struggle On!

– Mike

Friday, July 10, 2020

The Pac-12 Convention issued the next assertion:

The Pac-12 CEO Group introduced at the moment that the autumn season for a number of Pac-12 sports activities, together with soccer, males’s and ladies’s soccer and ladies’s volleyball, would schedule Convention-only video games, and that it’s delaying the beginning of obligatory athletic actions, till a sequence of well being and security indicators, which have not too long ago trended in a destructive path, offered ample constructive information to allow a transfer to a second section of return-to-play actions. The CEO Group made clear that it hopes to play soccer and all different fall sports activities offered that it will probably meet the well being and security wants of its student-athletes and acquire applicable permissions from state and native well being authorities. Right this moment’s resolution will consequence within the begin dates for the impacted sports activities being delayed. The choice is efficient instantly throughout all Pac-12 member universities and was made following a gathering of the Pac-12 CEO Group earlier at the moment.

“The well being and security of our student-athletes and all these related to Pac-12 sports activities continues to be our primary precedence,” stated Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our choices have and shall be guided by science and information, and primarily based upon the developments and indicators over the previous days, it has develop into clear that we have to present ourselves with most flexibility to schedule, and to delay any motion to the subsequent section of return-to-play actions.”

“Aggressive sports activities are an integral a part of the tutorial expertise for our student-athletes, and we’ll do every little thing that we will to assist them in attaining their goals whereas on the identical time making certain that their well being and security is on the forefront,” stated Michael Schill, Pac-12 CEO Group Chair and President of the College of Oregon.

Pac-12 student-athletes who select to not take part in intercollegiate athletics through the coming tutorial 12 months due to security considerations about COVID-19 will proceed to have their scholarships honored by their college and can stay in good standing with their workforce.

The Pac-12 has developed a sequence of potential fall sport scheduling fashions together with Convention-only schedules and delayed season begins. Particulars on Convention-only schedules shall be introduced no later than July 31.

USC athletic director Mike Bohn launched an announcement in response to the Pac-12’s resolution:

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

USC student-athletes will start a phased return to campus for voluntary exercises starting on June 24.

In partnership with USC’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sarah Van Orman and Director of Sports activities Medication Dr. John Brodhead, USC developed a complete well being and security plan that’s compliant with the Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being and authorised by college administration. The plan follows NCAA and Pac-12 Convention suggestions and tips.

Scholar-athletes within the following sports activities shall be included within the preliminary phases of the return to campus for voluntary exercises: soccer, girls’s soccer, girls’s volleyball, males’s water polo, males’s basketball, and ladies’s basketball.

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Tuesday, Might 26, 2020

USC A.D. Mike Bohn concerning Pac-12 vote on May 26 to allow voluntary in-person athletic workouts as of June 15:

“Right this moment’s announcement by the Pac-12 Convention, coupled with final week’s vote by the NCAA Division I Council, pave the way in which for USC Athletics to start a phased return to campus for in-person, voluntary exercises within the weeks forward. In preparation for these subsequent steps, now we have been working tirelessly to develop an athletics well being and security plan in coordination with college management, the Pac-12 Convention’s COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee, and state and native public well being tips. With reopening processes starting in states throughout the nation, at the moment’s vote is one other constructive indicator of our progress towards the beginning of our soccer and different fall sports activities seasons. As it is a quickly evolving state of affairs, it’s crucial that we transfer ahead responsibly and with the utmost take care of the well being and security of everybody related to our program, whereas remaining in alignment with the college’s complete ‘Venture Restart’ effort.”

Monday, Might 4, 2020

The USC Workplace of Athletic Compliance has dominated to cancel all sports activities camps and clinics for the summer season of 2020.

USC athletic director Mike Bohn spoke with USC Athletics’ director Jordan Moore to provide additional updates. Subjects addressed embrace working with different USC senior management, potential contingency plans, his hopes to enjoying the 2020 soccer season and Bohn’s dedication to preserving all 21 sports activities groups.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020

The favored “we FIGHT as ONe” T-shirts worn by USC student-athletes and coaches as inspiration throughout this difficult time will now be accessible to the general public through a web-based pre-sale on Wednesday (April 22). A fleece hooded sweatshirt can be accessible.

With each T-shirt or sweatshirt bought, USC Athletics and the USC Bookstore will donate the identical merchandise to the heroic healthcare employees at Keck Medication of USC. As well as, for every sweatshirt bought, USC will add a donated T-shirt to Keck’s healthcare employees.

The $21.95 T-shirts and $31.95 sweatshirt, in both gray or cardinal, may be bought at Without spending a dime dwelling delivery, use code USCFREESHIP2020. All proceeds assist the manufacturing and donation of the shirts and sweatshirts.

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Friday, April 3, 2020

USC Athletics is partnering with the American Pink Cross to host a blood drive on April 14 on the Galen Middle to assist preserve a secure blood provide through the coronavirus outbreak.

The blood drive will run from 10 a.m. to Four p.m. Appointments are required. Free parking for these with confirmed donation appointments is obtainable in Lot U on Flower Road on the southeast aspect of the Galen Middle (accessible off Flower Road simply south of the sector).

More Information | Schedule Appointment | Meal Distribution Volunteers Needed

Monday, March 30, 2020

The Pac-12 Convention issued an up to date assertion:

The Pac-12 introduced at the moment that following a gathering of its CEOs, it has made the choice to increase its beforehand introduced suspension of organized workforce actions via Might 31, with sure restricted exceptions primarily based upon student-athlete well-being, and with periodic re-evaluations over the approaching weeks ought to circumstances warrant a change in coverage.

Key components of the suspension embrace the next:

  • No organized, in-person workforce actions of any kind;
  • No in-person voluntary exercises, movie research classes, conferences, method drills or practices of any kind;
  • Digital or on-line supervised voluntary exercises and ability instruction will not be permitted, no matter location;
  • Digital group actions, together with movie research, are permitted to 2 (2) hours per week for soccer and 4 (4) hours per week for all different sports activities. We’re interesting to the NCAA to extend the two-hour soccer restrict within the close to future;
  • Coaches can advocate written, self-directed exercise plans, and taped demonstration movies on exercise plans are allowed with a purpose to exhibit correct type and method;
  • In-person, on-campus diet could also be offered in circumstances the place student-athletes are unable to go away campus, and off-campus diet is proscribed to distribution of merchandise usually accessible on campus;
  • It’s totally permissible to supply non-athletically associated assist to student-athletes, together with sports activities drugs therapies, bodily remedy and rehabilitation; tutorial assist; and psychological well being and wellness assist; and
  • It’s permissible for establishments to supply off-campus student-athletes with attire and private tools that’s usually accessible to student-athletes when they’re on campus for conditioning exercises. It’s not permissible to lease, buy or prepare for conditioning or energy coaching tools or machines.

A full copy of the Pac-12 coverage may be discovered through the hyperlink right here: Pac-12 Pandemic Policy (PDF)

The Pac-12 and its member universities will proceed to make the well being and well-being of student-athletes and all these related to our athletic packages our primary precedence. We additionally dedicated to doing our half to assist our communities and to restrict the unfold of COVID-19.

Friday, March 27, 2020

USC athletic director Mike Bohn printed a letter to the Trojan Family with updates on USC Athletics concerning COVID-19.

Monday, March 23, 2020

USC athletic director Mike Bohn appeared on the Trojans Live radio show to provide updates on USC Athletics regarding COVID-19.

The present additionally options head foootball coach Clay Helton, head males’s basketball coach Andy Enfield, seaside volleyball senior Pleasure Dennis and head energy and conditioning coach Aaron Ausmus on how their sports activities have been affected.

Saturday, March 14, 2020

The Pac-12 Convention issued an up to date assertion:

At a gathering of the Pac-12 CEO Group and Athletic Administrators earlier at the moment, the Pac-12 made the choice to cancel all Pac-12 convention and non-conference sport competitions and Pac-12 championships via the tip of the tutorial 12 months, together with spring sports activities that compete past the tutorial 12 months. This resolution follows each the Pac-12’s earlier resolution to droop all sports activities till additional discover, and the choice by the NCAA to cancel the Division I males’s and ladies’s 2020 NCAA basketball tournaments in addition to all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.

As well as, the Pac-12 Convention has made the choice to ban all organized workforce athletically-related actions till at the least March 29, at which era it would revisit this resolution.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 (2:30pm PT)

In response to the quickly evolving COVID-19 pandemic, earlier at the moment USC Athletics division management carried out the next measures:

  • All practices have been suspended till additional discover
  • All camps and clinics have been suspended till additional discover
  • All on-and off-campus recruiting and recruiting associated journey has been suspended till additional discover
  • All non-essential athletics workers shall be working remotely via Sunday, March 22, 2020, at which era it will likely be re-evaluated

Since then, the Pac-12 Convention introduced that the 2020 Males’s Basketball Convention Match and all Pac-12 sport competitions and championships have been cancelled, till additional discover. Moreover, the NCAA has additionally introduced the cancellation of all winter and spring championships. These cancellations will lengthen to USC Athletics’ Mountain Pacific Sports activities Federation (MPSF) sports activities as properly.

“Our hearts ache for our student-athletes, coaches, alumni, followers, and all these affected all through the world by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn stated. “The well being, security, and well-being of our student-athletes is all the time on the forefront of every little thing we do. Due to this fact, our college and athletics division assist the choices made at the moment by the NCAA and the Pac-12 Convention. These are unprecedented days for all of us. I’ve communicated to our student-athletes that we’re right here to assist them nonetheless we will. Our Trojan Household shall be stronger for having endured these challenges collectively.”

As it is a quickly evolving state of affairs, USC Athletics will stay conscious of any new steerage obtained from the College, Pac-12, and NCAA. On Wednesday, March 11, 2020, USC introduced the extension of the distant instruction interval till at the least Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

Particularly, USC Athletics will proceed to take path from the College and its Emergency Operations Middle workforce that meets day by day to evaluate the coronavirus state of affairs and its impact on our campus and group, with suggestions from Los Angeles County well being authorities and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention.

Because the state of affairs surrounding the coronavirus continuously evolves, updates shall be posted as they develop into accessible on, in addition to on our Twitter (@USC_Athletics). Official messages and standing updates from the College can be found at

Thursday, March 12, 2019 (10:00am PT)

The Pac-12 Convention issued the next assertion:

The Pac-12 Convention has made the choice to cancel the rest of the Pac-12 Males’s Basketball Match and all Pac-12 sport competitions and Pac-12 Championship occasions, efficient instantly, till additional discover. This resolution has been made in session with our member universities in an effort to restrict the unfold of the virus and within the curiosity of the well being and security of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and occasion personnel, and all those that attend Pac-12 occasions.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

LOS ANGELES — USC Athletics has remained in common communication with College and Pac-12 management to observe developments associated to the coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to choices introduced at the moment by the College, USC Athletics will implement new attendance protocols for dwelling competitions and occasions. The next measures shall be in place efficient Wednesday, March 11, 2020 via Sunday, March 29, 2020, at which era they are going to be re-evaluated:

  • All USC dwelling competitions and practices will happen as initially scheduled

  • Attendance in any respect USC dwelling athletic occasions shall be restricted (for each USC and its opponents) to:  

    • taking part student-athletes  
    • coaches  
    • officers  
    • different important personnel as designated by USC Athletics (i.e. workforce personnel, medical workforce, sport administration workers)  
    • student-athletes’ households  
    • media  
    • USC recruits

Word: this contains USC’s open spring soccer practices starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 11.

Followers who have already got bought tickets to any affected competitors can contact the USC Ticket Workplace at 213-740-GOSC (4672) with questions.

Three opponents who have been scheduled to play at USC this week have cancelled their journeys to Los Angeles: North Carolina State girls’s tennis (March 13), Harvard males’s volleyball (March 14) and Stony Brook girls’s lacrosse (March 15).

USC athletic groups’ will observe the College’s journey tips, which at the moment enable for journey to street competitions as initially scheduled. We are going to accommodate student-athletes, coaches and workers who don’t really feel snug touring or taking part in workforce actions.

We remorse that our followers won’t be able to attend the affected dwelling occasions and practices. Nonetheless, a lot of these competitions shall be proven stay on Pac-12 Community or

Please know that these measures have been taken with an abundance of warning for the well being and well-being of our campus group. USC Athletics will proceed to take path from the College and its Emergency Operations Middle workforce that meets day by day to evaluate the coronavirus state of affairs and its impact on our campus and group, with suggestions from Los Angeles County well being authorities and the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. We are also coordinating with the Pac-12. We admire your understanding and cooperation throughout this uncommon time.

Because the state of affairs surrounding the coronavirus continuously evolves, updates shall be posted as they develop into accessible on, in addition to on our Twitter (@USC_Athletics). Official messages and standing updates from the College can be found at

Please have in mind the next and do your half to maintain our group protected:

  • Wash your fingers with cleaning soap and water for 20 seconds.
  • Keep away from touching your eyes, nostril and mouth.
  • Cowl your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow.
  • Keep dwelling in case you are sick or have continual respiratory issues (together with bronchial asthma, COPD, or emphysema).

USC Athletics continues to include enhanced cleansing measures and public hygiene practices, together with quite a few hand sanitizing stations, at its athletic amenities.

Listed here are USC Athletics’ affected dwelling occasions via March 29:

March 11

Seaside Volleyball vs. Pepperdine and UCLA

Spring Soccer observe

Baseball vs. Xavier **

March 12

Spring Soccer observe

March 13

Baseball vs. Washington **

March 14

Spring Soccer observe

Ladies’s Water Polo vs. California **

Baseball vs. Washington **

March 15

Ladies’s Water Polo vs. Indiana **

Baseball vs. Washington **

March 17

Males’s Tennis vs. Texas **

March 20

Ladies’s Tennis vs. Washington State **

March 21

Ladies’s Rowing vs. San Diego State

Ladies’s Tennis vs. Washington **

March 24

Spring Soccer observe

March 26

Spring Soccer observe

Males’s Volleyball vs. BYU **

March 27

Males’s Tennis vs. Stanford **

Ladies’s Lacrosse vs. Oregon **

Baseball vs. Arizona **

March 28

Spring Soccer observe

Males’s Tennis vs. California **

Baseball vs. Arizona **

Males’s Volleyball vs. Stanford *

March 29

Ladies’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado **

Baseball vs. Arizona **

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