USC’s No. 1 Fan Sounds Down

Here is what Colin Cowherd said about expanding the College Football Playoff to eight teams: “This year’s eighth team was USC. The last three times USC has played a Big Boy: Smoked by Ohio State; smoked by Notre Dame; And smoked by Alabama. You really think they deserve to be in a playoff? I watched every USC snap. They’re not good enough.”

What’s next? Turning on Clay Helton (again)?

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  • Jack B

    With USC’s sieve-like OL, thank God the Trojans didn’t get into a PO game. ALA players looked like men compared to USC’s kids. Cowherd was right on.

    • 04Trojan

      Yes. Would’ve been lots of injuries.

    • Bobby

      I know one thing there are coaches immediately available that can correct the problem. Schemes are the backbone of success. 2 years of Clay/ Tee do NOT inspire there to be any future success. I guarantee with these 2 idiots, our record will be 7-5 next season. Anyone wanting to book Their Christmas vacation in EL Paso for the Sun Bowl.

    • steveg

      Alabama would have had a track meet to the QB every play.

      • schammer47

        if our 2016 OL, if our TEAM, played Alabama in last years Rose Bowl Game, Alabama dies.

        • SucKiffin

          lol … if Gomer’s Pile did half as well vs Bamer a 2nd time last year they only lose by 25
          Lightweight PennSt scored 7 straight times in the Rose Bowl … of course Bamer has the Boy blounders around so they would had only scored 3 straight times

    • Fred Sampson

      Say it again, Jack !

    • schammer47

      By ignoring our 2016 offensive line’s destruction of Penn State blows your monologue to H8LL.

  • 04Trojan

    Did we get “smoked” by OSU though? Darnold and Burnett lost that game. And the offensive line.

    • Rock2112

      And our crappy game plan, poor play calling, lack of urgency, sorry-assed “special” teams. Defense was good, but they can rise above crappy coaching by just reacting.

      • Jack B

        Amazing to watch our KO return team try to block. It’s more like a walk-through for some of the Trojans.

        Didn’t you love the 4th Q USC urgency? Seemed like were were trying to protect a lead.

        • Michael Guarino

          Oh, so I guess you’re one of the people who objected to USC SLOWING their play down in the final four minutes, down by 17 points? Just because it’s beyond our understanding, doesn’t mean Helton didn’t have a plan.
          #MaybeSomedayHe’llShareItWithUs…..

          • Jack B

            I remember the announcers trying to urge USC on…but the Trojans weren’t listening. This is not a Trojan team that was ever prepared for a big comeback, that’s for sure!

          • Michael Guarino

            It actually hurt me to see the non drive at the end of the Cotton Bowl while remembering how electric the atmosphere was at the Rose Bowl when we were down by roughly the same number of points. Night and day.
            #WhatHappened?

          • Bobby

            What happened we were victims of heltonism- a rare and blinding disease that eliminates the ability to perform at your best and if your not careful a very bad case of myopia ( side effects)

          • Michael Guarino

            Bobby —I would absolutely hate to be struck blind —and, then, as a topper get a bad case of myopia.
            #ItWouldSeemSoSuperfluous….

          • Bobby

            Just using Heltonism logic due to My upcoming nightmare of 2018 USC football. For the first time- I am considering a transfer to our hospital in New York which makes my CEO ( UCLA Graduate) very happy!

          • Michael Guarino

            No! Don’t leave us Bobby! [At least wait and see who leaves us and who sticks around]……

          • USC jojo

            lol!!!!!

            He likes to up vote himself.

          • Michael Guarino

            Bobby knows a likable post when he sees one!

          • SucKiffin

            Gomer had USC at plus 30

        • SucKiffin

          Embarrassing … letting 40 seconds run off clock at end of the 3rd
          Doing that stupid fake snap then look at sidelines while clock runs down
          No wonder Darnold wants the hell away from these idiots

      • Brent4c

        Crappy game plan held OSU 200 yards under avg. I don’t think half the people on here even watch the game.
        Without turnovers OSU in a lot of trouble.

        • 04Trojan

          I’m with you.

          • Brent4c

            Even w the turnovers, if the game is simply called correctly (Deontae made the catch. The DB can’t rip it out afterwards, 2 horrid PI non calls…all 3 of these on 3rd down drive killers) OSU may have been in trouble in the end. For everyone saying we got mauled, yes we did because they blitzed half the night. However, when they didn’t blitz SD and WR killed them.

          • 04Trojan

            I guess I was going off of final score only. We absolutely got manhandled by OSU’s D.

          • timmay

            He’s in love with 7 on 7 football, not scoring, winning. And I agree, if you don’t pressure our QB we have a killer WR passing game. If only college football had no rush and was two hand touch, we’d have won it all.

          • Bobby

            I know marijuana is legal now in Los Angeles, have you already started?

          • steveg

            Is it okay to disagree with you or is there only one train of thought allowed on here.

          • USC jojo

            When you have no counter argument….Ad Hominem.

            Not you Steve.

          • Michael Guarino

            Well, that only leaves Bobby…..
            #AmIRight?

          • USC jojo

            You are correct Michael.

          • Michael Guarino

            Yes! (I applied Mill’s Method of Difference—like they taught us to do at Mudd Hall)!

          • Rock2112

            So here’s a crazy idea (sarcasm) — read the damn blitz. Slide your protections, audible to a screen or quick slant, and BURN EM. That happened far too rarely with our offense this year, and it is the reason Darnold has been failed by this staff and is NOT ready for the NFL. That’s not to say he should stay, unless SC can get a new OC and a premiere QB coach in place in a hurry. Another year of doing things the wrong way will not help him much.

          • Brent4c

            If you watched we did do that on several occasions but the ball never came out. I’m not saying the guy was wide open, but there were a number of opportunities missed because the ball didn’t come out on time vs the blitz. When it did come out we burned them (Deontae on the catch he fumbled on. Mitchell’s non PI in endzone. OSU gambled on the blitz and won. If you think SD ball security was good and the fumbles were merely caused by ferocious contact then that’s your opinion. The int was an assumed read by SD and the 2 fumbles he shouldn’t have even had the ball in his hands when they got there. There were open options but he didn’t throw the ball. SD has had a bad year and if it weren’t for the year he had last year there would be an open competition for QB next year. That is the unpopular truth. Blaming QB fumbles and Ints on coaches is laughable unless you are advocating for sitting Sam.

          • Rock2112

            Sam held the ball too long because he had a slower internal clock burned into him in the month “practices.” It is still his fault he fumbled, but the preparation did not put him in position to succeed. He should have had Christian Rector and Uchenna Nwosu up in his grill in two seconds repeatedly during bowl practices. Then maybe our protections could have been shored up and Darnold wouldn’t be waiving the ball around in one hand 5 seconds after the snap. By the way, in the third quarter at Wazzu, I WAS advocating for Sam to sit. His head was in a bad place. I wouldn’t have sat him against OSU though — any QB we put out there would have struggled with the lack of protection.

        • timmay

          That’s why they had their defense in our backfield all game long. The fumbles, tackles for loss, sacks happened because OSU made them happen and we couldn’t stop them. A scoring drive isn’t to get yards, it’s sustained to get points on the board.

        • steveg

          The knee jerks will go on for another week until we get closer to signing day. Never seen this board so split before when everyone already knows no matter what they say or think we have Helton for 2018 at least.

          • Michael Guarino

            Wow, steveg! Talk about throwing cold water on all our absurd but fun fantasies….
            #NowIJustFeelLikeABigHick

        • Bobby

          Are you kidding me- first of all OSU didn’t need close to their average to whip us. Their coaching staff was prepared to the maximum as noted in post game interviews OSU Defensive backs were told & preparations came to fruition. JT Barrett did enough & Urban knew this game was his. Their front seven was far superior & it was demonstrated on the field. Your logic reminds me of the famous expression “ if the Queen had B——-s

          • Brent4c

            Nice analysis water boy. So when OSU was going for it on 4th down they didn’t really want to get it? Or when Barrette was forced into incompletes it’s because he really didn’t need it…ok buddy. For those of us with more than a fans knowledge of football know our protection break downs went well beyond the OL and if not for the turnovers OSU was in a lot of trouble. They couldn’t run it and Barrette is not an effective passer, especially downfield. Leave the analysis for the informed water boy.

          • Bobby

            Your loyalty is admirable, your eyes & logic need help- I know where you can go for help. I have enough knowledge of football to assure myself that I’m corresponding with a true loyalist that has started his own conspiracy theory. I’ll close with the simple truth- USC was PAC 12 champs from a conference that went 1-8 in the post season. I’m convinced that you still believe in the tooth fairy & Santa Claus. Now that Sam has departed, we can believe that his previous statement about the play calling was accurate.

      • 04Trojan

        How could we execute our “game plan” when we just kept handing OSU the ball?

        • Jack B

          Not to mention allowing all the killer sacks and TFL. Both Darnold and RoJo must still be wondering what hit them.

          • timmay

            Bam!

          • 04Trojan

            Agreed.

        • timmay

          LMAO USC broke the record for the Cotton Bowl for sacks allowed and Tackles for Loss!!!! This was an OL, TEs, RBs, the lack of an FB, technique, playcalling… i.e., COACHING. When you have the defense living in your backfield you have fumbles, rushed throws, and guys who can’t get separation. It’s called football son.

          Re the defense, it looked good enough but Ohio State was struggling on offense this year so its hard to tell. I mean, we made ND, Western Mich and a bunch of teams look like they had serious offenses this year when they didn’t.

          • 04Trojan

            I guess I don’t know what your angle is, because I agree with what you just said. Son.

          • trojan_1972

            I agree with you regarding Western Mich and ND performances, though I give the defense more credit against OSU, which ranked 3rd in total offense, and 5th in scoring offense this year.

            Dobbins was averaging over 7 yards a carry and rushed for over 1400 yards prior to Cotton Bowl. In the Cotton Bowl, he rushed 13 times for 39 yards.

          • USC jojo

            USC gave up only two drives over 50 yards.
            One led to a field goal and the other was a two play 59 yard drive that was aided by a 15 yard face mask penalty and the QB’s 28 yard run. Other than the turnovers that gave OSU a short field, they did not do much.

            USC still was unable to score, when in the red zone. They did move the ball better in the 2nd half, but could not get the ball in the end zone.

            I was impressed by both T. Vaughns and M. Pittman. Those two kids played well.

            I think, without the turnovers, it would be a close game, but OSU would win it, eventually. Their Defense kept USC out of the end zone.

          • Jack B

            In all fairness, I doubt it’s fair to judge OHIO ST once they went up 24-0. With such a large early lead, who knows how much their urgency was affected? I’d be making the same argument if USC shot up 24-0.

            We didn’t lose because of the refs and we didn’t lose just because of the turnovers. OHIO ST’s DL and LBs brutalized the USC O like a plaything. It was a total team effort. Just like CLEM’s against ALA. Amazing that the crazy good CLEM DL couldn’t stand up to the ALA OL.’

            OHIO ST may not have wanted to go into cruise control, but they did. And SC sat back and just kept bumbling along, failing to put any points on the board. I’d like to see USC play CLEM. Just keep us as far away as possible from the Crimson Tide. That would be a beatdown like we’ve, well…already seen before.

          • trojan_1972

            Jack, I agree completely that OSU played very conservatively once they build the lead. But if I think back to some of Trojan earlier defensive efforts – SC gave up almost 400 yards rushing to ND – then I saw some real progress by the D against OSU. If Trojan D played anything at all like earlier in the season, I could see Dobbins and Barrett (both really good runners) totally torching the D.

          • Jack B

            Ya, I give SC’s D a lot of credit. But there will always be a little bit of doubt there because the game got out of hand and this is not a come-from-behind team.

            I think when Darnoild threw the pick-six, a lot of air went out of the room. And when the FG attempt bounced off the bar, the game was over.

            OHIO ST beat the hell out of us in the trenches. If Helton can’t somehow fix that during 2018, let’s talk about who out there can get it done. We’ve got too much good skill to waste.

          • trojan_1972

            Definitely too much skill to waste, and the good news is that there is more talent on the way. Just wish there was more OT talent on the way.

            It has been many moons since there were three train wreck games in such a short period of time, in which you recognize that the game is over shortly after it begins.

          • Jack B

            I’m afraid Clay has a big problem on his hands with our putrid OL. Last thing I want to hear is it’s all gonna be fixed by guys and coaches already on the team. I fear this is possible. It’ll be the old, we’ll be more mature and experienced argument. Yuk.

          • steveg

            Like conditioning in the summer, everyone is lifting and working harder than ever before.

          • Rock2112

            Sitting coaches rarely change their culture. Even with coordinator changes. Give Brian Kelly credit — he took blame for the train wreck at ND and changed a number of things he was doing. And they got better. But most coaches are stubborn, and Clay only knows what he learned under Kiffin and Sark. He’s running their sanctions game plan, but without the sanctions. He needs to hit the books on what Carroll’s tenure looked like and emulate that more (tough practices, no special games, no incumbents or favorites).

          • trojan_1972

            Another painfully accurate assessment. Fellow Trojans, any updates on recruiting?

            #NeedSomePositivity

          • steveg

            I agree Jack, lets get through 2018 and lets see what the AD and HC are made of to make improvements.

          • steveg

            Had the score been close and USC was still stopping the run and bottling up Barrett, that would have forced Barrett to pass. Right where USC wanted them. He is either hot or cold and most of the game he was pretty cool passing.

          • trojan_1972

            Yep, he is definitely an inconsistent QB. Great against Penn State, awful against Iowa.

          • SucKiffin

            Qb stopped running the ball … no pitch and catch to outside for easy 1st downs
            Urbie looked like he wanted to go home

          • Sandy Underpants

            In all fairness Western Michigan was undefeated when they faced them.

          • Trojan72

            I think OSU only scored 17 on the defense. Didn’t score in 2nd half. One score via interception for TD, another after recovered a fumble and only needed maybe 25 yards to score? USC O-line was awful all year.

        • Rock2112

          Opening kickoff, hit a brick wall. First down, hand off to Rojo up the middle into the teeth of OSU’s biggest strength, no gain. Second down, hand off to Rojo up the middle into the teeth of OSU’s biggest strength, no gain. Third and long, little chance to convert. You can’t make up that kind of stupidity and arrogance. Maybe Tee and Clay thought we would “impose our will” or “make a statement.” Fine, then practice hard, get the conditioning in, and get that culture in place. But since they didn’t do that, something to get the ball quick to the outside (jet sweep or bubble screen) should’ve come on the early downs. We wasted plays — lots of them — by attacking OSU’s one true strength, and set drives behind doing it.

          • trojan_1972

            Painfully accurate.

          • 04Trojan

            Fair enough. I just looked at my wife after Burnett coughed up that first ball and said, “This is not a good sign.”

          • Rock2112

            Me too! It was ND all over again. And you can blame Burnett and Darnold for the gaffs if you want, but I put it on the soft prep, the resting, the walk-throughs (and drive-throughs!) The offense was not prepared for the speed and physicality in both games, and the mistakes trace back to that. Prime example –Darnold fumble in the collapsing pocket. He just held the ball too long (because, gee, you always have that time in shoulder pads and a yellow jersey) and couldn’t process hostile arms chopping at him until it was too late.

          • steveg

            What did they do on their second possession?

          • Rock2112

            We started to move the ball later attacking the suspect OSU secondary, but we kept wasting 2nd downs with runs up the middle. So we had to have ten no-gain runs up the middle just to set up a single 13-yard play-action run in the third quarter? Yes, our ability to right the ship and adjust was also hurt by the bad calls on third downs that killed a few drives. My point is, why do we need to learn on the job? Couldn’t our game plan have been designed to neutralize the OSU front-four in the first place? Why did that have to be an adjustment at all? We all saw the same tape on OSU.

          • steveg

            I asked that 2 years ago, why does anyone have to have on the job training at USC football.

          • SucKiffin

            Snark had 5 years as HC and he still stunk

          • USC jojo

            Actually, it was 3rd and 6 on the first drive, which means RoJo picked up 4 yards. On 3rd down, Burnett picked up the first down, but fumbled the ball.

          • SucKiffin

            stripped of the ball

        • SucKiffin

          What game plan … don’t lose by 30

      • Bobby

        Well stated! I’m constantly in amazement that others don’t remember the 90’s when great talent such as Rob Johnson/ Chris Claiborne/ Curtis Conway etc! Was wasted by crappy game plans/ play calling that was atrocious. The coaches then were John Robinson/ off coordinator Mike Riley oh yeah the worst defensive coordinator in USC history Keith Burns. Mike Garrett wasted the last three years with Paul Hackett. Pat Haden follows with Kiffin/ Sark/ Helton ( A disaster) Helton was on the staff of those previous 2 Morons. Anyone can notice that Steven Carr & the young receivers are talented whether it’s Fink/ Sears/ JT Daniels- I’m guessing if there is change Darnold would probably leave but who in their right mind would believe Year three of Clay/ Tee & Sam would be any better next year. I’m tired of being lucky in wins over Texas & Utah. Lynn Swan needs a game changer. Either Jack Del Rio or Les Miles ( SEC Mentality)

        • Brent4c

          You lost all credibility offering Les Miles. That guy couldn’t get a half way decent offense at LSU.

          • steveg

            Les Miles recruited great athletes, but they were dumber than a box of rocks.

          • Bobby

            Yes that’s why you bring in coaches that brain- challenged individuals can relate to. Les Miles is a recruiting genius & his way of playing has not been seen in the PAC-12 which will give us an immediate “leg-up” if you can’t understand watch the improvement ASU makes with Herman Edwards this year. I’d take him over Clay/ Tee in a heartbeat.

          • Sandy Underpants

            Herm Edwards is gonna get fired in 4 years because nobody wins at ASU.

          • Bobby

            Understood- however I’ve had the privilege to sit down in the past with Herm if somebody could change their fortunes it would be him. He thinks outside the box, wait for his second year when unfortunately he steals away a prized USC Recruit. Our thinking must change- look how long it took us to finish with Carroll “lineage”

          • steveg

            I think you have made your point on how you feel. We get it, you hate Helton.

          • Bobby

            Thank You- May I have permission now to get on a tirade against Tee Martin or is that as monotonous as Ronald Jones up the middle.

          • Michael Guarino

            Tee Martin tirade? Yes, Bobby —you have our permission.

          • Bobby

            Yippee those 2 other words that “John McClain” made famous I reserve for Tee. He destroyed “ the campaign for heisman. His Two year reign as offensive coordinator remind me of how past civilizations perished. He was the one that suggested to Clay to start Max (we should have realized then) Ronald Jones success has been when he is able to turn the corner as a bigger back with the speed he possess ( John McKay- the greatest coach in USC history 2) Howard Jones 3) Pete Carroll) Student body Right etc. his penchant for calling Jones up the middle with our offensive line reminds me of another famous expression “ Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” I could go on but as a Dual Diagnosis Clinical professional- I have other duties to attend to. The bottom line if Sam played anywhere else say Clemson/ Ohio State etc. he’d be a National Champion along with the Heisman in his back “ pocket” Tee Martin is a “ joke” with the biggest “ punch line of having Clay’s brother from Western Kentucky as Tee’s passing game coordinator- Please!

          • Michael Guarino

            Thanks, Bobby —that was fun!

          • Bobby

            He got Leonard Fournutte/ National Championship and he will bring the missing spark / game changer SEC Mentality. Something needs to be done, who would you rather have Clay/ Chip other than Del Rio – hell yes give me Les Miles. To win in the future we will be seeing SEC teams. Guys- doomsday is coming grab the remaining “life jackets” if Helton is to remain my worst fears will be realized- I guarantee it!

          • Brent4c

            Are you the water boy Bobby? Nobody wants Les Miles. Tennessee didn’t even want him and they are in the sec.

          • Bobby

            Oh Yeah – the coaches search at Tennessee went flawlessly. stop smoking that Funny stuff it warps your brain. P.S. remember there were people wanting to bring back Lane Kiffin to good OL’ ROCKY TOP

          • 4STP

            Five teams in the SEC changed coaches: Mississippi St, Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Arkansas. Numerous other major programs hired new head coaches. Les Miles wasn’t mentioned for any head coaching job. There is a reason for this.

          • Bobby

            Les Miles understands what he’s looking for. Again I’m amazed how people react before they think. Les is drawing $ 4,000,000 to sit & not coach- what allure do theses programs have. For an example- why did Chip Kelly choose UGLY over Florida. Another example was John Gruden waited and got an unbelievable deal. Herm Edwards looked at PAC-12 and said yes. Please realize the truth- the PAC 12 is a laughingstock & until drastic changes happen we could be in for a long drought. As a loyal alumni- I’m sickened at the realization that my beloved Trojans will soon be an afterthought to the National College Playoff.

          • Arturo

            True about Miles never having a great O. He also didn’t have Mater Dei High school down the street where quality QBs churn out every year.

          • Brent4c

            He had Foirnette and ODB on the same roster and couldn’t get close to a division championship. Dak Prescott may have led that team to a NC. Miles would be a very poor choice for USC.

      • steveg

        Special teams had 11 out for every play. What else did they do wrong?

    • Sandy Underpants

      Don’t remember how 7 points got scored, but that’s all the team produced.

  • Rock2112

    “Only I can trash SC!” — Wolf

  • Brent4c

    For those of you who like Petros (I think he’s just opportunitistic) he finally called out our TE for not blocking anyone. Laying at the feet of the OL you may as well lay it all at the feet of SD as well.

    • timmay

      I agree with the TE issue. They think they are just out there to catch balls (which seldom come to them) not to block. Ditto with the WRs and RBs. And there’s no FB. It’s a soft offense, truly a 7 on 7 offense, not a power offense, good for the PAC 12 but no one else. SC used to force the conference into playing more big boy football but now there are coaches, players, that are here to play soft while the SEC, Big 10, ACC etc. are picking up the FBs and TEs and big running backs from out West to add to their own collections. Why wouldn’t they go if they get to be seen more than on the mythological PAC 12 Network (said to exist but no one sees it).

      • Brent4c

        Go to a HS football game and if you find a fullback call misssig persons because theyve been gone for 5-8 years. I’m sure there are a few programs that have them but very few. Heck the NFL barely uses a fullback anymore. There is too much to be gained in passing due to the pass interference rules in the NFL.

        • timmay

          Brent I’m going to have a field day with this. lool

          • Brent4c

            You do realize Alabama and many other sec schools that posters like to hold up as an example of a “physical team” rarely use a fullback. Their starting offense is a 3 WR set w a lone tailback. Auburn is much the same.

          • timmay

            You’re wrong. But I can’t post because I made a joke about Rosen so the moderator has me on time out….

          • timmay

            Saban said he uses his tight ends as fullbacks “they kind of have to be on-the-line blockers. They’re, off the line, sort of fullback-type guys. And sometimes you ask them to be receivers”

          • Brent4c

            I have no doubt he uses lead blockers, especially on power. My point is they don’t use fullbacks. They don’t recruit fullbacks. Their base offense does not have a fullback in it. USC and many other teams without fullbacks use offset tight ends etc as lead blockers, that isn’t a fullback. Even Georgia runs many plays out of a two back set without a fullback.

          • timmay

            All we had was the quote from Saban… You’re not straight. And you better tell starters in the base offense like Oklahoma’s Dimitri Flowers and Georgia’s Christian Payne that they don’t exist… And a two back set with a a big back as a lead blocker serves as a…? Stahp.

          • Brent4c

            Did you look at Alabamas starrting O…no fullback. Auburn starting O…no fullback. I’d didnt say nobody uses a fullback I said that position has gone away in many many offenses.

    • Saul Goodman

      His mock conversation between the coaches and TEs was hilarious

    • rusoviet

      That’s right – that undersized kid up against Sosa and (per Petros) “…you block that guy over and over got it?”

    • rusoviet

      Yeah I like him because he has the ability to entertain and is a quick study – he understands the listeners attention span isn’t interested in the minutiae that some obsess over. He discusses what the listener but committed fan has seen.

  • Pac12 fan

    If we had played Bama i am afraid it would have been another beat down with their defense. They would have killed our offensive line

    • Jack B

      Sorry pal. You bruins had to settle with KSU this year and they already punked you big-time. In fact, if there’s an OL that’s worse than USC’s in the west, it’s ucla’s. Just ask broken boy Honker Rosen.

      • timmay

        I love when UGLY gets full of themselves for us losing as if it made them better. lool I don’t know what will happen with Chip, he may beat the loser out of em which may be funny just to watch the test of wills. 😀

        • Jack B

          I can’t wait for Show Cause Kelly to pretend everything he did at ORE will work in Wimpwood. He might even mix in some of his failed NFL brainstorms. This is gonna be so good. Like Heaven.

          • trojan_1972

            After Kelly was fired in Philly, it was written that Kelly didn’t offer much in the way of innovative offense. Instead, the Eagles would run the same 15-20 or so plays throughout the game, and the rest of the league caught on quickly.

          • Jack B

            So it was written, so it shall be done!

          • steveg

            Hail Ceaser

          • Gabby

            Did you make it home?

          • steveg

            Flying home Friday, that will be all the grandkids and cold I can handle for a while.

          • Gabby

            I totally get it regarding the grandkids, we all have our limits. Hang in there!

          • Gabby

            The one trick pony is dead.

      • Gabby

        Crotch kick!

    • Gabby

      I’m glad we have a high football IQ guy around here to point that out.

      (Move over wolf)

  • GOMER HELTON

    2018 will be Gomer’s last year

    • Bobby

      Please have it happen now. Our talent level can sustain us with the right coach next year. Keyshawn or Curtis Conway are available for wide receivers coach. Carson Palmer/ Rodney Peete are available for quarterbacks coach. Del Rio & Pendergast would shore up our defense. Pay Rocky Long to leave SDSU to become offensive coordinator. He has an unbelievable track record for turning tailbacks like Carr into a monster. Waiting another year after the disaster of next season is an alarming concern.

      • Rock2112

        Del Rio, Baby, wipe those tears away, and come home ’cause Mama needs her Baby!!!

    • SucKiffin

      Gomer may not make it to November ! at Stan at Texas ( good god ) at Zona at Utah
      Not only losses but huge Gomer type losses

  • rusoviet

    At least Cowherd stated what everyone across the USA saw – a mess by a nice guy who has no idea how to prepare for a game of this magnitude and for those reaching back to last year’s PA St. Rose Bowl victory – chalk that up to the kids on that squad, knowing what to do.

  • steveg

    Wolf, have you sat down with Helton to find out what is going on? Have you asked any questions of the staff or talked with Swann. You are a journalist, get a story. Get some information. This blog is getting really heated.

    • Bobby

      Please sit down with Swan/ not Helton- he will waste your time talking about how proud of his brother who now coaches at Tennessee ( want my prediction of that move)

      • steveg

        Are you new here?

  • LamontRaymond

    I have no problem with what he’s said there. Only 4 teams can be playoff worthy. It was clear from game one this year that USC was not playoff worthy. Doesn’t mean it’s time to burn it all down and fire the head coach.

    • rusoviet

      That’s Joel Klatt’s position – tough luck for the conferences or squads that get passed over – need to win out every week no matter what which is why the corrupt SEC lace their late season games, before facing their natural rivals, with a midget squad – Mercer, Citadel, FL A&M et. al..

      That Rose Bowl was incredible – that is what Darnold knows he’s leaving behind once he chooses to leave should he, on the 15th Jan.. he knows now as so many other current and past NFL players have told him – the NFL is a job – college is to be cherished.

      • Bobby

        Rose Bowl was great however let’s not forget that Leon McQuay recognition of the play and making a great interception followed by The coaches idiotic play-calling to leave it on the foot of McGrath ( thank G-D he made it) as we saw at the Cotton Bowl he missed. Sam made throws that were incredible thus he was mentioned for Heisman. With this coaching staff- Duh!

        • SucKiffin

          and PennSt foolishly stopped attacking in 4th quarter … they had such rhythm on O and went conservative after scoring 7 straight times !!!!

        • USC jojo

          McGrath did not kick the game winning field goal against Penn State.

    • Bobby

      In A WORD- YES!

  • Jack B

    Wow! Rich Rod FIRED!

    • Fred Sampson

      I just read that, go get Lane Kiffin, because he’s a good coach, and can get away his antics over there

      • steveg

        Bobby would want him at USC right now.

      • Jack B

        Good idea. He’d rip it.

      • Rock2112

        ASU will probably give that some thought until they wake up and remember hanging 62 on Kiffin on Tarmac Night.

        • Rock2112

          Have to reply and correct my own stupid post — Rich Rod AZ, not ASU!

    • steveg

      Just read he was fired “without cause”. Not about coaching, or sexual harassment. Sounds like a great place to work.

      • USCDAN1986

        Kiffin would get in trouble with the young poo poo their.. Better looking poo poo than Florida.. Stay at FAU.

        • SucKiffin

          As this harassment thing worsens … you can bet Kiffy and Snark are worried

      • Jack B

        He did have an affair though, which has come out of the wash so to speak.

        This firing surprises me. Rich Rod had a decent comeback year, but his salary was big, ARIZ just got a new AD and everyone is desperate to get better. You lose to your rival enough (2-4) and the party is always over.

  • Sandy Underpants

    First off, If you expand the playoffs you aren’t worried about the #8 seed, you’re thinking about the 5th and 6th seed, Ohio St. and UCF. Both dominated their bowl games and were conference champions. They got cheated by a bogus system that put a team that didn’t even win their division or play in a conference championship game and don’t forget the #1 and #2 seeds lost, the #1 got totally blown out in an uncompetitive game, soooooo there’s real possibility of 5th, 6th and 7th seed teams succeeding. Everything is already worthless and pointless when a non-division/non-conference champion gets put in the final 4 and blows away the #1 team, and then the national championship game is more like a conference championship game, which has already been decided. So Georgia is the best team in the SEC/conference champion and Alabama is the best team in the Nation. How does that make any sense?!!?

    • Golden Trojan

      Perfect summary of the current system and the case for 8. #8 is not relevant, but it insures all the best teams are in and have a shot.

  • Brent4c

    Rich Rod out at U of A…maybe you all can try to get him in here. He likes to run the ball.

    • Sandy Underpants

      Only choice worse than keeping Clay.

      • Jack B

        Let the fighting begin. Helton is actually not the complete bottom rung.

        • Bobby

          Yes- He is. My reasons start with Arizona State- best game of the year. Please review the game film,as I have done. Sam played phenomenal and wasn’t hampered by the ignorance of our so-called offensive coordinator. Why- previous week nightmare of Notre Dame. Sam had more roll-outs than the previous 6 games combined. I’m reminded of the single worst moment in USC “ lore” Vince Young beating our beloved Trojans with me in tears leaving the Rose Bowl only later to be thwarted by John David Booty’s mystery game. Games on the biggest stage are won by Quarterbacks. To keep it short, Sam looked 10times worse this season than anything I could have predicted. One small minute addition- would you have ever believed that Sam would question the play-calling abilities of his coaches. I would hope my son in the future would act with the class of Sam Darnold

          • Pasadena Trojan

            Blame most of that on the o line. Darnold could not set his feet. Some of it is on him due to mechanics, but a lot of times he is throwing off his back foot because of pressure.

          • SucKiffin

            Gomer is keeping the tradition of his bosses and Sarky going … ruining good qbs

    • Pasadena Trojan

      That is shocking. He did a good job for the talent and the location he is in.

  • USCDAN1986

    Intel has it, JDR was on campus today at USC.. Visiting Swann.. Possible stand beside me and 2019 this team is yours .. Second part of the intel Swann wants Helton to bring in new faces.. Stay tuned, Helton could be gone by friday!

    • Rock2112

      I wish this were true but I’m calling “fake news.”

      • USCDAN1986

        Intel is usually good!

    • SucKiffin

      Pipe dream .. but Swannie will get a NFL type after JD fures Gomer ( after or mid next year )

  • schammer47

    Th 2017 Trojan offensive line from tight end to left tackle was the least talented, the weakest, the most pathetic offensive line since I first followed the Trojans in 1962. A complete disgrace even when healthy, for all the world to see by Ohio State’s blowout of the Trojans in this years Cotton Bowl. Last years line with Wheeler, Banner, Mama, Fala, Talamaivao, and Petite was one of the best OL’s in the country by the end of the regular season. That 2017 OL
    smoked a high powered Penn State Team ranked #5 in the country in the Rose Bowl. Who recruited Lobendahn, Brown, Vorhees (true Freshmen !!), Edoga, and the #88 ? #88, you played as though you FEARED your Ohio State opponents, refusing to throw one single block on your opponent the entire game. WEAK !!! Except for center Fala, the 2017 OL SUCKED. End of story…………Cowherd, to bring up Alabama while ignoring Penn State blows you monologue STRAIGHT TO H8LL.

  • Tebow_Obama

    Jack Del Rio head coach of USC? That would be about one of the worst hires the Trojans could make. Del Rio’s hard nose attitude and dull, bland and boring style of football isn’t going to work in the college game.

    Del Rio has zero charisma. Not going to be able to relate to the Trojan players or recruits. Del Rio made the decision to fire his offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave after Musgraves offense guided the Raiders to a 12-4 record in 2016. Del Rio wanted to run a more traditional offense and fired Musgrave and that move had the Raiders going 6-10 this past season, ultimately costing Del Rio his job.

    Just because a coach played for USC doesn’t mean he’s a good fit.

    Del Rio will be two steps behind in all phases of the college game because he’s a hard nose and it’s his style/brand and that’s it, he’s not going to try and adapt. But whatever, hire him. He probably only wants the USC job for the exposure in case a team in the NFL takes him into consideration.

    Next thing you know there will be talk of hiring Jeff Fisher or having him on Del Rio’s staff. LMFAO!

    May as well bring in Mike Riley to help out with Del Rio and Fisher…the Three Stooges. LOL! Hire any one of those guys and you won’t have to worry about competing for any national championships, the Trojans will be competing just to stay middle of the PAC.

  • Yale O. Leftwich

    I think the team likes their head coach,nice guy…not sure they really believe in him and his ability to develop them as winners vs the top 5 as SC used to be…

  • SucKiffin

    Cowie is just hoping he avoids a Matt Lauer type ending and his dumb arse idiot Boy pals Kiffy and booger picker Snark can keep their Rich Rod type messes quiet

  • Brutus Beefcake

    HAWR-HAWR!!!!

    talk about a humiliating kick to the crotch!!

    poor trOXans spitting their coffee out all around SO CA!!!

    well, done, wolfman!!! here’s to another year of angry frustrated trOXans, and grinning superior BRUINS!!!

    #Well,AtLeastNoOneCanTakeOurWinsAwayFromUs
    -Mr. Reggie

  • The only way to determine a national champion is to have a playoff of conference champs. USC deserved to be in the playoffs because they won their conference.