Man, things have changed in the last couple of years. I guess it’s inevitable. The ebb and flow of college football is a mysterious thing. I’m watching the descent of the USC Trojans. They’re probably as bewildered as I am. I’ve esposed the theory that as you become succesful in college football, the road gets easier. OK, you might now win it all every year but once you reach a certain point, succes breeds itself. Becoming a Top 5 college football team means the best players want to play for you right? You don’t have to go out, beat the bushes, and convince some kid you’re up and coming. You’re already there.
The USC Trojans seem to be denying me the luxury of that theory. Shocking losses seem to have become the norm for this team. The latest episode, a 77-20 loss to the Oregon Ducks, seems to be the clincher, the final clod of dirt on my college football theory. The USC Trojans have made me look like a fool. Not a difficult feat I know.
I’ll re-evaluate my theory. The USC Trojans need to re-evaluate their program. It seems they’re missing on a few players, guys who just haven’t performed as well as they were hyped. Or maybe Pete Carrol is reading his own press realeases and has lost that driving desire for success, living the hype instead of driving the team to win. I don’t know. I do know my friends that are USC Trojans fans are going to be walking around with stunned looks on their faces today, re-checking the sports pages and web sites to make sure there hasn’t been some terrible mistake.Eric Drouant