Steve Sarkisian said tonight, “I feel for our players, I feel for our fans because we’re better than we played last night.”
Sarkisian said there was not a growing gap between USC and UCLA because “we didn’t play that good.” Sarkisian said he knows the importance of UCLA game but “I want to win at everything I do.” A cynic might ask if he wants to win more than seven times?
Sarkisian also said his view of the state of the program is unchanged: “One game is not going to dramatically change my feelings on our program.”
He said “last night wasn’t our night from the safety spot.” Asked about UCLA being more physical, Sarkisian said the Trojans will have more physical practices next season with a deeper roster.
How lucky is Andy Enfield that no one cares about USC basketball? Especially after yesterday’s loss at the Rose Bowl. Katin Reinhardt and Jordan McLaughlin were a combined 8 for 27 on field goals and the Trojans are now 2-3.
Here’s my story on how USC coach Steve Sarkisian’s Crosstown Rivalry debut was a flop. I’m not sure I’ve seen a more listless performance for the Trojans in this game since 1986, when UCLA won, 45-25 at the Rose Bowl.
I’m still taken aback by how poorly USC came out in the second half. I don’t know whether getting the team emotionally prepared or the way USC seems to get outplayed in the second half is the bigger coaching concern. It started back at Boston College and was totally apparent against Cal.
But the surrender in the second half at the Rose Bowl was unforgiveable.