Morning Buzz: USC Is Champions Of The Golden State By The Way

UCLA Bruins quarterback Josh Rosen #3 is in the grasp of USC Trojans linebacker Cameron Smith #35 but manages to get away from him and USC Trojans tight end Austin Applebee #89 in the 4th quarter. USC and UCLA played in a cross town rivalry football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. CA 11/17/2017 (Photo by John McCoy, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Someone at USC is really straining to think of accolades for the Trojans. USC coach Clay Helton praised the senior year class after the UCLA game by saying, “They’ve now won a city and state title this year.”

A state title? Since when did beating UCLA, Stanford and Cal merit being called state champs? Is this 1925? Is Pop Warner coaching at Stanford? Did beating Justin Wilcox mean that much? Is Helton feeling some heat and adding another accomplishment to winning the prestigious Pac-12 South?

Mater Dei or De La Salle win a state title. Not USC.

Meanwhile, here’s my column on UCLA and Chip Kelly, which may or may not happen.

Wolf: UCLA will need to make football No. 1 to hire Chip Kelly

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  • Golden Trojan

    Maybe we should have a California College Football Playoff, SC v SDSU, Stanford v Fresno St. Then we would have a true State Champ!
    So, today, the Pac 12 is so super competitive, Chip Kelly would have trouble getting easy wins and should go to another conference.
    If USC doesn’t win the CCG it will be a debacle since they have a super advantage with the bye. That will be Wolf’s narrative, SC won a game it should have or lost a game it had a huge advantage.

    • Pasadena Trojan

      If they don’t win league, then many a head need to roll, maybe even Helton’s. Next year, I will spend over $5,000 for tickets, renovation, and C&G, while USC moves my seats due to my area is a lay down area. To spend that money, we better get better result. SC treats this as a business, so should the fans. This year we got shoddy product. Swann better know this.

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        Yet you’re still going to spend $5000+ next year to see the same thing in worse seats !

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      When Kelly was in Oregon the PAC 12 was worse than now, and it’s not that much better now

      • Golden Trojan

        My point, Wolf has been claiming the Pac 12, especially the South is so weak, today it is so strong Kelly will struggle. Which is it?

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          Wolf cited WSU, UDUB and Stanford as being better as well as USC, that’s not exactly touting the strength of the PAC 12 South

        • Gabby

          Killer is the #1 troll on this blog. We all laugh at him.
          He’s anti-USC, but goes across as having a general concern…..pathetic

          PS…nice crotch kick

  • steveg

    Wolf’s headline had me thinking”oh wow, something positive”, but I was wrong again. Does Helton feel the same way about you that you feel about him Wolf? You never had such an easy job, good thing you are not in Alabama, Saban would chew you up and spit you out.

    • Stephen Randel

      I believe that Coach Helton recalls being “chewed up and spat out” by Mr. Saban.

      • Tebow_Obama

        Helton was chewed up, spat out, stomped on and taken to the woodshed…that was embarrassing.

  • Fred Sampson

    It appears UCLA is taking football much more serious then USC, but I hope they don’t hire Chip Kelly, and opt for somebody that would bring toughness to a soft conference

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Toughness in powder blue and muted gold ? HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • Fred Sampson

        It’s possible, and it would force USC to take their program to another level

        • CORTEZ THE KILLER

          They tried to get “tough” with Mora, fail ! You cannot be tough in powder blue

    • Pac12 fan

      Article in CBS Sports. UCLA would benefit in recruiting under Kelly. Would a recruit rather play under Helton or Kelly?

      • Fred Sampson

        Helton has the brand, tho

        • Sas

          And “The Family” atmosphere has Helton in the driver’s seat.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Gotta love Gomer, state title, HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

    • Gabby

      man-crush!

  • Globehead

    Someone’s really straining to come up with criticisms too.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      Someone’s really straining to come up with accomplishments for his team

      • Gabby

        Someone’s really straining to come up with insults directed at Helton.

        Same comment 556 times

        • Sas

          Act like you don’t see him.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            He can block me like I did him, that would solve his problem Mr UPS

          • Sas

            I’m at the Casino Morongo right now buddy.
            Call me Sam Rothstein!

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            More like sucker

          • Sas

            I’m gonna make you smile one day.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            I smile everyday, now stay away from me Charlie Rose

          • Sas

            Nope. Now you have me all to yourself.

  • Evil Robot

    Not to nitpick, but isn’t it properly phrased “USC Be Da Champions”? Don’t worry Scott, you still is champions here!

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      USC needs to go independent and get out of this joke conference

      • Gabby

        Here’s a better idea, why don’t you go “independent” from this blog……

        • Sylvester

          Gabby’s back after having given Helton a rubdown after the game. So protective of the guy.

          • Sas

            Who wouldn’t want to rub down Helton??
            The guy is Woody Harelson all over again.
            You my friend are crazy!

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            He and Brent take turns

          • Tebow_Obama

            Especially around Helton’s crotch area. Gabby is obsessed with crotches, they’re all she thinks about.

          • Gabby

            I like them long and hard, do you qualify? I’m available

          • Gabby

            Smile when the flavor changes…….upvoting your own post is pathetic

          • Gabby

            Smile when the flavor changes, and don’t stare down the barrel

            ps….upvoting your own post with the sock puppets is pathetic

  • Old Trojans never die

    I think Helton was trying to be witty. Unfortunately he’s no McKay or Robinson 1 or Pete in any way, shape or form.

    • CORTEZ THE KILLER

      No, he was being Gomer, padding his accomplishments

    • Michael Guarino

      Well, certainly not in shape.

      • gotroy22

        Ouch!

  • marvienna

    If Helton wants to claim a state title, then I’m sure Fresno State and SDSU fans might take offense to that. The Bulldogs are at eight wins and the top of their conference and played Bama this year. SDSU is 9-2 with two wins over Pac-12 schools and the nation’s leading rusher with 1800+ yards, more than Bryce Love and Saquon Barkley.

    Those are two competitive teams right now and I wouldn’t bet against them with the way USC has been playing lately. USC wouldn’t be a lock to get past them with their own inconsistent and sloppy play.

    I’m not so sure USC won a “California state title” this year.

    • Michael Guarino

      The title you’re referring to, doesn’t exist [and never will exist] —-so nobody won it or ever will win it. Scott is right: Best to only claim titles that exist.
      #SeemsBetterWayToGo

      • marvienna

        I know there was no title to claim.

        Was being a little tongue in cheek while throwing FSU and SDSU’s year in there.

        #SanDiegoandFresnoPlayFootballToo

    • Paul Muad’dib

      Looks like the Cali schools are doing pretty well as whole this year. Gotta look on the positive side.

    • Sylvester

      Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach is 6-6, and still in CIF playoffs. They would have a better claim to a State title than Helton’s Trojans.

  • Sandy Underpants

    It’s worth mentioning that he is the winningest head coach since Pete Carroll left. Or he’s the winningest head coach over the past 10 seasons. That does sound really good. Or really bad for SC.

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Why don’t you own up to being the blog tool !

    • Sas

      I love that band!

      #Aenima

      • CORTEZ THE KILLER

        You seem more like a Justin Beiber kinda guy

        • Sas

          Far from it. Deftones, System of a Down, APC.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            ” SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian says that he was “very sad” to hear the news of Charles Manson’s death. ”

            Uh, yeah

          • Sas

            Awesome!

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            I guess you’re a Manson fan as well

          • Sas

            Do you believe EVERYTHING a guitarist says?
            SOAD has a lot more intelligence to mean that. They’re f*fking with people like you.

          • CORTEZ THE KILLER

            Read the article, he isn’t joking, and what Manson did isn’t a joking matter

        • Sas

          He is dreamy

  • Pac12 fan

    Ever heard Helton say anything negative about any player or situation?

    • Tebow_Obama

      Most coaches don’t, what do you want to give Helton an award for that too?

  • CORTEZ THE KILLER

    Just saw an interview with the DL recruit Trout. He seems like a very nice, well spoken young man, hopefully he can come in and help the DL

  • UCLA Dynasty

    Since Occidental had to cancel their season I guess you can claim the city title.

    • Sylvester

      Oxy probably had as many legit wins as SC before it shut the program down this year. Might be the perfect place for Helton and staff next year. If Bama can play Mercer, what’s wrong with the Trojans scheduling Oxy ?

  • Jack B

    All references to USC ever winning a city title should be burned and forgotten. Beating the little gutties is great but speaking of a “city title” was a very poor choice of words by Helton. He probably doesn’t know about the big but laughable City Champions sign that used to hang at the bruin practice field.

    Helton is still feeling his way around and remains behind the curve in this area. His public pollyanna approach to USC problems also needs to change or he’ll continue to lose credibility when addressing legit questions from the media.

  • JR

    18-2 in last 20 games. Never lost at home. Never lost to an unranked team.

    • hoohoolianFUCLA

      Never played a full game of football in 2017 where the fans could be proud and confident.

    • Tebow_Obama

      Helton has plenty of losses at home, he was the offensive coordinator under the other flunkies Kiffin and Sarkisian. Come to think of it, Helton has to share in the blame for the losses on the road while under those two clowns as well.

  • hoohoolianFUCLA

    We also led the league in not giving up safeties. Hoo-freakin-RAY!

  • Arturo

    Best state in the Union.

    • grave soul

      That it is, my friend…indeed it is.

  • Tebow_Obama

    So what happens if Stanford makes it to the PAC 12 title game and beats USC? Will Helton have won and lost the state title in the same year?

    Helton lost the state title last year in the third game of the season 27-10 to Stanford, probably why he wanted to stake claim to it this year so quick, just in case he has a chance of losing it again in the PAC 12 title game.

    So Helton could end up 1-1 in state title games in the same year, makes about as much sense as his coaching…it doesn’t.

    • Michael Guarino

      Congrats on your first truly clever post.

  • Tebow_Obama

    Helton doesn’t want to stake claim to all the losses he helped rack up as a member of Kiffin and Sarkisian’s coaching staff dating back to 2010, but I’m keeping track. Like when Helton went 4-5 after taking over for Sarkisian, that year he lost to twice to Stanford.

  • Pete

    I say he ends up at UCLA. If that’s happpens then UCLA become relevant again.

  • Pudly76

    Zona lost last night to SMU?

    • ANDYISWINNNNNING!!!!

      I saw that! SMU is for real! Should be an electric atmosphere next week! I’m sure Galen will be at/near capacity!

      • Pudly76

        Excitement is building.. I’m getting ready for some round ball..