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Heated USC Vs. UCLA game- Unsportsmanlike?

Hi all, I wanted to write about this earlier but I have been battling a pretty nasty virus for a week or so.

That being said, I did attend the UCLA vs. USC game on Saturday- and boy was it exciting!

For some reason this year the crosstown rivalry seems to be just a little more heated. It started with the painting of the Bruin bear red and gold, and the game only continued the intensity.

Some news outlets such as the L.A. Times are calling the coaches' actions during the game unsportsmanlike.

My view- let them fight!

This is a RIVALRY and in my opinion it's been way too stifled the last couple years. Students from both schools have been discouraged from attempting pranks on each other, making the excitement of rivalry week more a legend than a reality.

I'm not advocating anything super illegal, hurtful or dangerous but I think students should be allowed to push each others buttons a little. This crosstown rivalry makes things fun and in my time at USC I have only heard stories, not really seen it for myself. Until last week, of course.

Am I way off base here? Should the coaches have acted differently? Let me know below and if you like my articles subscribe to me!


  • bruce b. 4 years ago

    YES it was absolutely uncalled for what Pete Carroll did. First, let me give you all a little bit of background. Everyone knows USC has dominated the Pac 10 for almost the past decade, and along the way Pete Carroll has gained quite a reputation of running of the score on USC's inferior Pac 10 foes. So when Stanford played USC two weeks ago, Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh decided to go for two up 48-21, maybe hoping to get a little bit of revenge on USC for past years. Unsportsmanlike? Probably. Something that Pete Carroll himself would do? Absolutely. At the end of the game as the two coaches met at the middle of the field, Carroll asked Harbaugh "What's your deal?", obviously expressing his disapproval at Harbaugh's actions. Fast forward to Saturday, when USC is up 21-7 over UCLA and taking a knee to finish off the game. UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel calls a timeout following a kneel down, a foolish move considering UCLA had no chance to win. For some reason, Neuheisel was hoping to

  • bruce b. 4 years ago

    extend the game. An appropriate response by Carroll then would be to run actual plays, which he did. But I am talking maybe a few running plays, maybe a short pass, not a 50 yard bomb with the sole intentions of RUNNING UP THE SCORE, the same thing that Carroll himself was complaining about two weeks earlier. The subsequent dancing around by Carroll and his players following a pointless touchdown (when they acted like it won the BCS championship) was simply ridiculous. Considering USC's successful history they should be ashamed that their coach and players would act so arrogantly, regardless of the rivalry.

  • Stephanie McNeal 4 years ago

    While I agree with you Bruce that Carrolls intentions were to run up the score, I cannot agree that Neuheisel simply did it to have another try at the game. It is pretty obvious that Neuheisel was trying to send a message to Carroll through his timeouts, and Carroll sent him one back. Unsportsmanlike on both sides, you can't just blame Carroll

  • bruce b. 4 years ago

    What message was Neuheisel trying to send? I'm sure he did have something up his sleeve because he is generally kind of a weasel, and if I did not make it clear Neuheisel was not right in any way with his antics either. But that is irrelevant--the point is that Carroll's hypocrisy is blatant and embarrassing to the program