USC football is what put USC on the map. That is a fact. Not it's law school. Not it's dental school. Not it's location. FOOTBALL. FACT.
USC football has a STANDARD. If you are a BORN LOSER and that standard is too high for for you, you probably should have gone somewhere else, or followed a different team. Does the 909 have a team?
Will USC football always meet that standard? Of course not.
What is acceptable is USC building toward competing and eventually winning the next national championship.
Was 2001 acceptable to SC fans? Yes. Hackett had done so much damage that Pete Carroll ( who the queen of the brain dead rah rah huggies, lady of the fake lake, fake harbor, fake local, FAKE TROJAN, fake everything led a fax machine effort to stop his hire) had to clean up . One of Pete's favorite expressions. As I posted ( only me ) that time Carroll was a good hire but also had to adjust to the college game. During that season USC had several close road losses. Most notably washington and oregon . USC was in every game. No blow out Hugs style losses. His only major mistake that season was letting the kids keep the travel money and drive themselves to Vegas. SC wound up/ 6 and 6 mostly do to lack of talent.
In 2002 it was obvious that USC was building toward competing for a national title. Kids weren't recruited as much as they were begging to come to SC after that season.
Then in 2003 SC won the damn thing. Not just go to the game which is enough for FAKE WEAK TIT TROJANS , actually be crowned champion.
I have posted my doubts about Riley. Wasn't my choice. Neither was he yours. And I remain concerned about his rep for running a soft program that doesn't play any defense. So I have posted I don't thing he wins the natty at SC. Would love to be wrong. Does he have a learning curve? Would have felt better if he had gotten a better D coordinator. What Riley proved at Oklahoma is that he is bupkis for 3 when he simply tried to outscore the other team. Has he learned anything from this remains to be seen. Cautiously optimistic.
The good news for REAL Trojans, is the portal. It might not take three seasons to clean up FAT ASS Hug's mess. But it is going to take a while. Pete ran off the lazy kids. Riley has to do the same. As long as Caleb stays upright , USC should NOT get blown out this season. With a soft schedule I can see 8 or 9 wins. And yes that is acceptable.
As I posted football put USC on the map. Going to score a lot of points and give up a lot of points this year. Should be fun to watch, and how long has that been since USC football was that? sc