USC’s Las Vegas Bowl Challenge


Mark Crosse/Fresno Bee

The challenge for USC’s interim-interim coach, Clay Helton, is facing a Fresno State team that wants nothing more than to beat the Trojans and cement its legacy. That was apparent at the 1992 Freedom Bowl (above) when the Bulldogs upset a lethargic Trojan team.

“Names and logos don’t mean anything,” then-USC coach Larry Smith famously said. “You don’t beat someone just because of your name and logo.”

Smith was fired a few days later. At least USC’s already fired its coach this year.

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  • Take a knee, wolfman, time for a BRUIN update:

    UCLA wins ANOTHER NATTY!!! # 110!!! Thanks women’s soccer!!! The most popular sport in the world, DOMINATED by Bruins!!!

    Anthony Barr wins LOTT IMPACT AWARD!!! Despite the fact he spared Kessler!!

    Bruins land CA’s top Def Tackle, Ainuu Taua!!!

    Uh-oh, I’m getting that funny feeling agaaaaaaaaain!!!!!!


      Women’s soccer is the most popular sport in the world? No. Men’s soccer, yes. And that is only because 3rd world countries can afford to play it.

      • Spedjones

        shmore time?

        • where’s Rob Ryan??? it War TIme!!!

          oh, dang!! i forgot Queer Nation is holding it’s Xmas Parade today!!!

          Rob signed up to be one of the the Three Wise Queens!!!

      • carter

        Still the most boring sport, played by men or women!

    • Jack B

      Blah, blah, blah. Women’s soccer? Problem with the little gutties and you crotch kickers is that you can’t ever win the football natty! Trojans hold big-time court in that dept. Always have, always will.

      • TrojanFan

        Start small, perhaps a conference title first!

      • FightON

        Just wait until the Bruins have to play the Longhorns next year. Yikes.

        • ProbationU

          You’re already looking at our schedule for next year? I thought Bruin football didn’t matter to any Trojan! Guess we have to reevaluate.

          • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

            Quick question, how many Trojans do you see on fucla’s blog? 2?

          • Spedjones

            Better question – how many points did THE MIGHTY BRUINS lay on those gutty little torgans recently? That’s the question you should be focused on.

          • FIGHTONtoVICTORY

            35 aint 50, bud! But seriously, why is it that you fucla trolls always try so hard to change the subject when your uselessness is brought up?

          • ProbationU

            Quite a few recently. Joe Blow is particularly busy over there. There were quite a few after the game and/or after the Sarkisian hire. It’s unclear how many Bruins are actually here…not sure how many have multiple log ins. I only have one and to to both sites.

          • Cheap seats

            Who’s on the home schedule besides Oregon and USC?

    • Where’s Izzy Mandelbam???

      I thought it was Go Time???

      • Spedjones

        shmore time for him.

    • FightON

      LOL. No one care’s about women’s soccer, for one.

      Two, I wouldn’t be so happy about a recruit just yet. There is plenty of time for minds to change and as we’ve seen with recruiting, minds do change. No one should be feeling anything until signing day.

    • Joe Blow

      Take your hand off your unit. You’ll get back to normal again.

    • carter

      But of course what the infamous CB conveniently did not mention was the that Trojan Men won their 6th consecutive NCAA Water Polo Championship.
      Men’s Water Polo waaaaay more important than anything called women’s soccer.
      Now as to that funny feeling….?!

  • TrojanFan

    OK OK OK!…. Congrats ruin fans for getting the bid to the prestigious Texas Toilet Bowl. Nice Christmas present!

    Another proud honor ucla earned this week. I’m full of envy!

  • Golden Trojan

    Guys going pro should want to show case themselves. Guys coming back next year should want to show their commitment in a meaningless game. Seniors not going pro are just going to party, they will be the toxic influence.

    • sureshot32

      Seniors not going pro are playing the last competitive football game of their lives. I would think they’d want to win their last game, no?

      • BEATND

        Golden Trojan and Sureshot32, this game is “toxic”. Have you checked out the makeshift coaching staff. Anyway I think this game goes to script will be like past Trojan Yawn Bowls and the second coming of the Keystone Cops, Here is my script.
        Its third and long, and the guys are in the huddle, and they are no longer whispering!

        LEE: Just throw me the damn ball
        NELSON: Shut up Lee, you all broke up, go sit down, i am the new sheriff in town
        KESSELER: Can somebody keep at least one of them Yard Apes off my @$$
        KESSELER: Time Out
        HELTON: Kesseler why did you call time out?
        KESSELER: I have been waiting for the play
        HELTON: Didn’t you get the memo?

  • Helen

    Scottie: you’re really digging deep for this one.

  • EncinitasBruin

    I actually thought of Smith’s infamous “parity” quote this morning when I read that SC had drawn FSU in the Vegas Bowl… My folks lived about three blocks from Mr. Smith when he lived off Angeles Crest Hwy in La Canada-Flintridge in the early 90s. Used to see him powerwalking on the weekends…RIP Larry.