With Heritage Hall undergoing a yearlong face-lift, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden and other department officials set up offices last month in a university-owned shopping center across the street from campus.
A tobacco shop sits directly across the walkway, a nail salon and food court across the courtyard.
The situation is clearly temporary.
And that's how Haden, who oversees 21 sports and a program that generates more than $80 million in revenue, views the recent fortunes of USC's high-profile programs.
After opening last football season No. 1, the Trojans stumbled to an embarrassing 7-6 record under embattled Coach Lane Kiffin. Haden last week fired basketball coach Kevin O'Neill midway through his fourth season. And the once-dominant baseball program has been absent from the NCAA tournament for nearly a decade.
Asked to describe the state of USC athletics, Haden says, "The sky is not falling, in spite of what some people read and think and write."