The USC Trojans got manhandled by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 52-6, in their season opener on Saturday. Head coach Clay Helton didn’t seem to be happy about the way his team came out on to the field ahead of their match-up with the defending national champions.
As the team came out of the tunnel, a few of the players at the front of the pack seemed to emulate animals that needed to be held back. It certainly seemed like they allowed the hype of the game take over the play itself.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 4, 2016
“The kids were overly excited and we discussed it,” Helton said after practice Wednesday.
“We had a couple kids that decided they’d let the pageantry be more than the game. And it’s a learning lesson for us. Like I said, we’re not only building a team here, we’re building a program and a culture. One of the things we’ll have to learn from those experiences because we plan on being back in that atmosphere and handling it the right way.”
Let’s hope the players are a little more humble this week when they take field against the Utah State Aggies Saturday.