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UCLA, Pac-12 nix USC's plan to practice at Sports Arena

USC's plan to practice Tuesday at the Sports Arena in preparation for Wednesday night's road game against UCLA was nixed by UCLA and the Pac-12 Conference, forcing the Trojans to work out at the Galen Center practice court.

As if the 6-20 Trojans did not have enough obstacles to winning another game.

After the Trojans' loss to Stanford on Sunday, USC Coach Kevin O’Neill said the Trojans would take a day off and then practice Tuesday at the Sports Arena, which is serving as a home venue for UCLA during Pauley Pavilion’s makeover.

A UCLA official told The Times' Chris Foster that UCLA called the Pac-12 office asking for clarification about USC's privileges at the Sports Arena as a visiting team.

According to the practice policy outlined in the Pac-12 handbook:

"The host institution shall not provide a practice site or time to a visiting team the day/night before the first game of a two-game trip or for a one-game trip. The host institution shall provide a practice time and site to the visiting team on the day/night before the second game if the game is the second of a Thursday/Saturday or a Saturday/Monday series."

O'Neill said he was not aware of the rule but was not upset by having to switch.

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Photo: USC Coach Kevin O'Neill instructs his players during a game against Oregon on Jan. 19. Credit: Chris Pietsch / Associated Press

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