USC and Notre Dame will pay the costs

Updated: August 31, 2004, 6:17 PM ET
Associated Press

PROVO, Utah -- Notre Dame and Southern California don't want any delays getting to their games against Brigham Young.

Both visiting schools have requested police escorts to get to and from LaVell Edwards Stadium, a new request from an opponent in BYU football history.

"We've never done it before," said Utah County Sheriff's Lt. John Pickup, "but if the universities are willing to pay the costs, we can use the overtime."

The overtime rate for a deputy is about $35 an hour plus mileage.

"It's pretty standard everywhere we go," said Tim Tessalone, USC sports information director. "It's to help navigate the team buses to the game. It's strictly a traffic logistics thing. I think it would be unusual if there wasn't an escort."

Defending national champion USC visits BYU on Sept. 18. While Provo is hardly Los Angeles when it comes to traffic, there can be quite a build-up from Interstate 15 on in to the stadium.

USC and Notre Dame will pay the county, which will then pay the deputies, Pickup said.

The officers would only be escorting the team to and from the airport and county line and would not be involved in policing the game itself, he said.

Notre Dame, which visits Saturday in the season opener, has asked for two deputies.

"I told them, 'This is Utah, this is different,' " Pickup said. "But, hey, if they want to pay us to do this, we'll take the money."

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