Henderson’s homecoming may be sooner than later
Seantrel Henderson will enroll at USC this fall. And jus as quickly as he unpacks his belongings, he’ll be whisked back to his native Minnesota for the Trojans’ September battle with the Golden Gophers. The trip to the Midwest may also hold more personal significance for the 5-star offensive tackle. Southern California’s pregame practice field may be the same that he performed on in high school.
Cretin-Derham Hall is one practice option for the Trojans in Minnesota, presenting a swift homecoming for a player that will have barely completed his farewell speeches. The request of venue was made by the university, so this is more than a football game against a Big 10 program. It’s also a recruiting trip. Along with Henderson, Derham Hall also produced Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd.
The California alternative for an unbearable stadium
Cal will be losing its home field advantage in 2011, and the longstanding members of “tightwad hill” will have to find a new method for a free peek.
Memorial Stadium is scheduled for retrofitting in 2011, which forces the Bears into a new winter cave. That alternate will be the reduced capacity, and not very football friendly, AT&T Park in San Francisco. By virtue of the flip in schedule that sends the Trojans to Cal each odd numbered year, the baseball home of the San Francisco Giants will provide the backdrop for that ’11 meeting.
Cal has spent the last six years trying to duplicate the 2003 upset of USC in Berkeley, making the Trojans’ visit one of the biggest each year. Moving to a baseball stadium would decrease the seating capacity by nearly 26,000, despite the additional bleachers in centerfield. Both the Trojans and Bears have played football games in AT&T Park over the past two seasons. Cal defeated Miami there, in the 2008 Emerald Bowl, which was followed by USC’s 2009 Bowl victory over Boston College.
Of course, the Giants claim AT&T Park as their home first, and there’s always the possibility that they qualify for the major league postseason, which would move the Bears again in October. But while Tedford’s team is crammed into the tiny fortress, I think the Cal faithful should start thinking of catchy slogans, like—“Fewest dropped balls than any other network”.