The USC throws shade at Texas in their media info sheet before this weekend’s big match-up.
If you didn’t know USC’s feelings towards Texas, you do now. In the info sheet that was released to the media before this weekend’s bout, the Trojans claim that they are undefeated against Texas in the all-time series. The statement is raising a few eyebrows around the nation.
Technically, the way that USC worded it is correct. Although deceptive, that is the way that the NCAA views the results of the 2006 Rose Bowl. Due to sanctions against the Trojans, all results from 2005 were vacated. Including the school’s 12-0 regular season record and Rose Bowl defeat. However, that night in early 2006 is unforgettable as it is one of college football’s most iconic moments ever. Ironically enough, USC lost the game fair and square (well, fair on Texas’ account at least).
One can assume that the USC Athletic Department, although it may sting, recognizes the ’06 Rose Bowl as a non-vacated loss. As does everybody else. But, it’s a pride thing. After all, we are talking about two of the NCAA’s most iconic programs, why not throw a humble brag in wherever fitting? The fact of the matter is, that loss still pains USC fans as the Trojans have yet to receive a shot at revenge. The Trojans are still so distraught over the loss, they would rather acknowledge NCAA sanctions than a loss to the Longhorns.
Clay Helton may have wanted to add fuel to the fire before the teams get together this weekend. The statement’s purpose is likely to stir up Texas and its fans, as it’s already doing. Along with the downturned horn thrown up by Ronald Jones II and the FOX promo video. Tensions are already running high before the much-anticipated reunion between Helton’s Trojans and Tom Herman’s Longhorns.