For a program with tremendous historical success, even above-average results are disappointing. Such is the case for the USC Trojans in recent history.
Since the departure of head coach Pete Carroll to the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, the Trojans have a combined record of 44-25. Relative to all other division I football programs, this is an excellent record.
It is one that most college football programs would love to have, and yet USC maintains its own standards for success.
USC has won 11 national championships and during Carroll’s reign from 02’ to 08’, had seven consecutive 11-or-12-win seasons. So based on the recent results, USC could be seen as having some “down” years, or at least ones that didn’t quite meet expectations.
Even so, USC’s rival UCLA is not willing to let off the gas, UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. knows better.
When asked a question about "USC being down", Mora responded with "USC is never down, c'mon it's USC." #Pac12MediaDay
— Keely Eure (@keelyismyname) July 30, 2015
Although UCLA has won their last three match-ups, Mora is not willing to underestimate the beast that is USC. The Trojans will look to return to their championship caliber form this season under second-year head coach Steve Sarkisian.
UCLA will face off against USC on November 28 at the coliseum in a hotly-contested battle for Pac-12 bragging rights.
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