Return of the Song Girls!

The Song Girls will make their official return Friday night at USC’s charity exhibition against Villanova, a school spokesperson confirmed. From then on, the tradition-steeped, 12-woman spirit group will again be a fixture at men’s and women’s basketball games.

The decision by former athletic director Lynn Swann to remove the Song Girls from the sideline last season was met with an immediate outcry from many who felt Swann and USC’s athletic department offered little explanation in nixing one of the university’s long-standing athletics traditions.

“I don’t understand it,” Hilary Hodgkins, the Song Girls’ alumni advisor, told the Los Angeles Times last year. “For the life of me, it makes no sense to me why athletics is even worried about a dance team.”

Swann never offered much of an explanation as to why, prior to his resignation in September. A USC statement at the time cited “ongoing management concerns, time constraints and space issues at the Galen Center” as reasons for the decision.

It’s unclear if any of the concerns cited by Swann were actually mitigated or who made the choice to reverse his initial decision. But on Friday, the Song Girls will return to USC basketball, sharing the court again with the Trojan Dance Force, just as they had for the 24 years prior.

latimes.com

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Welcome back !

Wilson_Reade
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This is the deepest team we’ve had in 50 years. Also possibly the physically strongest. Only an exhibition tonight I know, but we played hard, intense defense for all of forty minutes against a very good team and won going away. Now if we can just stay healthy.

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The decision by Swann supposedly followed the song girls reacting to the “fire Helton cheer.” It was punishment but Swann really didn’t think it would matter. Trojan fans were upset but really my comment was having to attend last year’s games was punishment enough.

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USC basketball preseason game against Villanova is on the PAC 12 network tonight at 800 pm. I am looking forward to the season and what the highly touted recruiting class do.