I have a hard time relating to the sort of person who would think, of the USC Song Girls, “I gotta get them out of here.” And so I can’t come up with even much of a hypothesis for why USC athletic director Lynn Swann has banished the Song Girls from USC basketball games.
Brady McCollough of the Los Angeles Times took a deep dive into the matter on Friday. The basic situation is, since 1994 USC has had two different dance teams at basketball games — the Song Girls and the Trojan Dance Force.
The distinction between the two is that the Song Girls only dance to music played by the Trojan Marching Band, and the Trojan Dance Force only dances to canned music. So far as anybody seems to be able to tell, that was a satisfactory arrangement for the band, the Song Girls and the Trojan Dance Force.