USC’s decision to pull famous Song Girls from basketball games comes under fire

USC athletic director Lynn Swann signed his name to a decision back in the fall that ultimately removed the famous Song Girls cheerleaders from home basketball games for the rest of the 2018-19 college basketball season. 

The decision was jointly made in November by the Trojans' athletic department and the Division of Student Affairs. However, with Saturday's rivalry game against UCLA and an extensive story on the Song Girls' departure in The Los Angeles Times, that decision is under fire as alumni and school supporters have grown disgruntled.

Instead of the Song Girls performing during home games, the Trojan Dance Force — a dance and hip-hop group created in 1994 — is the sole performing act supporting the men's and women's basketball teams. In a school statement provided to The Times, USC cited busy scheduling as its primary reason for removing the Song Girls from basketball games altogether. 

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