I understand that Donte Williams is over his head trying to be interim coach, especially when he gets no help from his coordinators.
But then defensive end Nick Figueroa made this comment to the L.A. Times: “The rest of this season aside, you win this game, it’s a successful year.”
Figueroa is a JC transfer so I don’t expect him to be an expert on the Crosstown Rivalry. But USC never bases its season on how it did vs. UCLA.
UCLA does. There used to be some Bruin boosters who would send the media a Christmas card with the score of the game (if UCLA won) no matter how the team’s record was. And when Bob Toledo was the coach, the practice field wall had a City champs reference with the years UCLA beat USC. Can you imagine USC ever doing that? Maybe it would with its juvenile social media team but hopefully not.
But no one has taught Figueroa (or probably many others on the team) that USC has two archrivals and the season is not a success if you lose to one. The Rose Bowl is a successful season for USC. Not a win over 6-4 UCLA.
It reminds me of that dumb comment Steve Sarkisian made in 2014.
“First of all, it was a total success. We won nine games, we were Holiday Bowl champions,” he said.
This was after losing 38-20 to UCLA. He lost four games that season. He beat an average Notre Dame team. Holiday Bowl champions? Since when was that success?
Maybe we can get Marv Goux’s ghost to show up in the locker room to shake some of these players until they realize what defines success as a Trojan.