Clay Helton obviously has been talking to the team about something he only talks about: Being state of California champions.
Yes, it’s again to discuss that meaningless honor that only Helton considers important. Here is what linebacker John Houston said Wednesday about beating UCLA.
“It’s another chance to showcase our ability, see who runs California,” Houston said. “At the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.”
There was a time when the USC-UCLA game was about being crowned champions of Los Angeles. That matters because you see USC or UCLA fans every day and want bragging rights.
But Helton preaches the importance of being state champs, which no one ever discusses with any seriousness. I can’t remember getting into too many arguments with Cal or Stanford fans, myself.
But creating mythical titles is what happens when you can’t point to more important goals, like being a College Football Playoff candidate.
- USC athletic director Mike Bohn is requesting fans wear cardinal to the game Saturday. That ought to make it hard to tell how many empty seats there are at the Coliseum, which has red seats.