This is epic level spin from USC https://t.co/4n869jmz3A
— Angel Rodriguez (@ajrod) September 11, 2017
Oh really? pic.twitter.com/IKbrpme7Gi
— Joaquin Sanchez (@JoaqSanch) September 11, 2017
Maybe it started with a Texas Longhorns blog post wondering how USC wasn’t taking any credit for its loss in the 2006 BCS title game at the Rose Bowl, spinning it off a curious tweet from a “sports reporter and news anchor” at Spectrum News in Austin. Others followed by retweeting it and claiming something looked fishy.
Maybe it was perpetuated with a Deadspin.com post, and with a Sports Illustrated post, continuing to imply that USC was misrepresenting its loss in that title game.
Maybe all someone had to do was ask USC what the deal was here, as ESPN finally did, and which caused SI to try to backtrack.
Maybe it all makes sense when Petros Papadakis tried to explain it on today’s “Petros & Money” show on KLAC-AM (570):
“It’s not USC saying, ‘We didn’t lose to Texas.’ It’s the NCAA saying, ‘You can’t say you played in that game.’ It’s stupid, but that’s the NCAA. If you want to be an SC fan and say, ‘Hey, we’re undefeated in BCS games … ha, ha, ha,’ way to go. You got it. You did. OK? We all saw the game. We all know what happened.
“It only became a story this week where people — Sports Illustrated — is tweeting out, ‘Bad look, USC.’ Look, I’m the first guy to jump on SC, but this is an NCAA thing, it has nothing to do with USC.
— Lance Armstrong (@lancearmstrong) September 13, 2017
“And then Lance Armstrong, who was at the game with Matthew McConoughey and every other Texas douche on the sidelines, has a giant profanity laced Tweet saying ‘Beat you fair and square.’ Literally, you can’t make that up. ‘Fair and square.’ Lance, how do you still have a Twitter? And how in God’s name could you ever write the words, ‘fair’ and ‘square,’ admonishing somebody else? Lance, maybe have McConoughey tweet that for you.”
As SCNG USC writer Scott Wolf wrote, “USC would actually be in violation of the NCAA sanctions order if it claimed the loss. Is it ridiculous? Yes. But it’s not USC’s decision. USC is not denying the Texas victory. USC simply cannot acknowledge the bowl loss, in which Reggie Bush participated.”
That’s some of the subtext for what you may hear about when Fox covers USC-Texas on Saturday (5:30 p.m., Channel 11) with Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt.
UCLA, meanwhile, goes to Memphis (9 a.m., Channel 7) with Beth Mowins coming back to do play-by-play and Anthony Becht at her side, providing some analysis instead of empty calories.
The rest of the college football TV highlights in LA for the weekend:
In the Pac 12:
= Arizona at UTEP (Friday, 7:15 p.m., ESPN, Adam Amin, Dusty Dovracek)
= Northern Colorado at Colorado (11 a.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Net, JB Long, Chad Brown)
= Oregon State at Washington State (2:30 p.m., Saturday, Pac-12 Net, Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron)
= Oregon at Wyoming (4 p.m., Saturday, CBSSN, Carter Blackburn, Aaron Taylor)
= Arizona State at Texas Tech (5 p.m., Saturday, FSNet, Mark Followill, Brian Baldinger)
= Fresno State at Washington (6:30 p.m. Saturday, Pac-12 Net, Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth)
= Mississippi at Cal (7:30 p.m., Saturday, ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard)
= Stanford at San Diego State (7:30 p.m., Saturday, CBSSN, Ben Holden, Jay Feely)
Best of the rest:
= New Mexico at Boise State (5 p.m., ESPN, Dave Flemming, Brock Huard)
= Illinois at South Florida (4 p.m., ESPN, Dave Lamont, Mack Brown)
= Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh (9 a.m., ESPN, Dave Pasch, Greg McElroy)
= Northern Illinois at Nebraska (9 a.m., FS1, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman)
= Air Force at Michigan (9 a.m., Big Ten Network, Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen)
= Wisconsin at BYU (12:30 p.m., Channel 7, Mike Patrick, Tommy Tuberville)
= Tennessee at Florida (12:30 p.m., Channel 2, Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson)
= Notre Dame at Boston College (12:30 p.m., ESPN, Steve Levy, Brian Griese)
= SMU at TCU (12:30 p.m., ESPNU, Roy Philpott, Tom Ramsey)
= Virginia Tech at East Carolina (12:30 p.m., CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Corey Chavous)
= Army at Ohio State (1:30 p.m., Channel 11, Joe Davis, Brady Quinn)
= LSU at Mississippi State (4 p.m., ESPN, Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge)
= Colorado State at Alabama (4 p.m., ESPN2, Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore)
= Clemson at Louisville (5 p.m., Channel 7, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit)