One thing about USC: Something is important . . . until it is not.
USC constantly spun the unimpressive 2020 season performances as a player and coaching triumph . . . until it lost to Oregon.
Suddenly, there were injury concerns, COVID-19 fears and the issue of letting players spend Christmas with their families.
All valid concerns. And I say this as someone who consistently said I had no problem with the Pac-12 taking the fall off. It did not matter to me if college football was played.
It was USC that pushed — and credited itself — for getting the Pac-12 to play football. The weekly USC football press release mentions the players’ letter to Gavin Newsom as a watershed event.
USC seemed more than ready before the Oregon game to go to the College Football Playoff or Fiesta Bowl if called upon. Remember how Mike Bohn said last week it was “frustrating” USC was ranked No. 13 in the College Football Playoff?
But everything changed when it became the Alamo Bowl. I don’t care if USC plays in the Alamo Bowl but it looks like the Trojans packed it in and took their toys home when they lost Friday.
I said yesterday I didn’t doubt Bohn and Clay Helton let the players decide. But I’ve heard from several USC sources to be more skeptical about that. They believe it was driven more by the loss of Kedon Slovis, Amon-Ra St. Brown and loss of playing on New Year’s Day.
They believe USC saved itself from potential embarrassment of losing to Texas in San Antonio.
“At the end of the day, remember the year of adaptability requires that there is no giving in and whatever we have to show up with we will show up with and our guys will be extremely fired up for that,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said Sunday.
I think Helton would have said the same thing if USC won Friday. But it didn’t.
How could 9-2 Army get screwed over for a bowl bid? "The number of schools whom opted in earlier in year – then opted out when they didn’t get the game they liked – is disturbing,” an industry source told @Stadium. “And those commissioners just stood by & let it happen."— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) December 20, 2020