USC and TEXAS Football Surge Back!

The CFB world has gone absolutely gaga over QB Arch Manning’s commitment to TEXAS.

“The most impactful football recruiting announcement the past decade came without warning,” is how it’s been described by Adam Kramer of the College Football News. “It sent a tidal wave that stretched well beyond the world of football. He’s the most coveted recruit in recent memory. A blueprint is taking shape…”

TEXAS and USC still seem fatefully tied at the hip ever since unstoppable Vince Young beat USC in the most disappointing USC loss I have ever witnessed.

TEXAS is 70-55 over the last 10 years. USC is 76-47.

Everyone (well, most ‘Horn fans) thinks TEXAS is back now.

USC got a new coach and let’s face it, many Trojan fans think we are already back too. Count me in that group.

TEXAS got a new QB and “the overhaul is underway under Sark,” says much of the media. Sustained success is accomplished by finding and developing the best QBs and surrounding them with talent — exactly what Lincoln Riley has done so far at USC.

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Chris
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June 27, 2022 7:54 am
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  1. I sure hope he ends up here.
  2. So glad CH is no longer here
  3. most glad LR is our coach.

im sure the new staff had to be a little shocked at how poor a program they walked in to. But in a matter of a few months they cleaned it up. I’m ready for this season to get underway with a real staff, plan, and team.

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June 26, 2022 7:58 pm
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Allen, I might be reading this wrong,but I don’t see where Caspino says he is the attorney for Rashada. I won’t be surprised to hear from Rashadas family denying his involvement. It is just as probable that Caspino is one of those sharks who are trying to get his piece of the pie. I don’t doubt Rashada is going to get a great NIL deal, but I am not convinced Caspino is a legit player. Even though I am skeptical, I am not naive and Caspino could turn out to be as connected as he purports to be. With that… Read more »

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June 26, 2022 6:42 pm
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What Dave Emerick doesn’t say and can’t say, is in his 18 yrs with Mike Leach, there hasn’t been one championship accomplished under their partnership. There are a number of administrators out there who have accomplished championships including Sosna. In my opinion this is a step back hiring.

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June 26, 2022 7:41 pm
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Jamaica, did you know who Dave Emerick was before he was hired by USC? If so and you have any information other than what has been provided please share. I follow CFB fairly closely but admit I had never heard of him before his announcement. You express concern that he & Leach never delivered a championship while they worked together. If they were at LSU, GA, AL, or OSU or other top schools I might share your concern. But he has been at Texas Tech and WSU. Both are 2nd or 3rd tier programs and each is in a CFB… Read more »

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June 26, 2022 9:53 pm
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Trojan5 I should have included Mike Leach as a head coach (at Texas Tech, WSU and so far at Miss.St. I could not find the combination of Leach & Emerick winning any championships during those 18-19 years. Why should we celebrate his replacing Sosna who with Riley did win championships?

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June 26, 2022 10:03 pm
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Simple answer. The Leach/Emerick team over achieved. A championship is not possible at every school. And WSU & Tech will never win a championship— no matter who the HC is. So sna left and has to be replaced. IMHO Emerick is a worthy successor.

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June 27, 2022 8:01 am
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It could be that Leach without Emerick would have been a complete failure. Not saying that is so, but Emerick could have possibly made Leach and his programs much better than had he not been there. Perhaps there is something to him that our new highly respected HC sees which we do not see…yet. Lets give him a chance.

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June 26, 2022 11:26 am

It has been said many times, UT isn’t an easy place for a HC to succeed with the expectation, politics & clics associated with the State high schools, the University and the football program. It is a meat grinder chewing away at a man’s soul and added to that you have a rival TAM & HC that wants nothing more than to keep Texas 2nd in line. Sark in my opinion has yet to show he has the stamina to hold up against major pressure. How long before he starts cracking?

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June 24, 2022 7:24 pm

If the game which Texas was awarded more points than USC were played in the replay/ challenge era, the outcome would have been different.

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June 24, 2022 6:24 pm
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Retiring numbers is simply a term and the language could be changed to call them Honored, All Time Greats, or something special and no worry about them being given out again because they are still working numbers, not “retired”. Imagine when a certain number has two or three All Americans that wore it.

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June 24, 2022 6:27 pm
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Is it the ghost of Clay Helton that is scaring these local kids away from USC? LR sure has a lot of work to do. I think if he gets one or two high rated big guys, the others will come.

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The residual of mediocrity could be lingering among the minds of local recruits alright. It was so bad you don’t easily forget it. Not that the out of State raiders aren’t still coming around. It probably will take a half of season of LR football to absolutely convince the holdouts USC football is coming back on the fast lane. I look at the 1st year of Trojan football under LR being more successful than PC’s. PC didn’t have the Portal or the new culture of player attitudes of today to turn around a program.

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June 24, 2022 6:37 pm
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This is a basketball guard, right?

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June 24, 2022 6:41 pm
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Goes to show you what sport I follow and which one I don’t. LOL

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June 24, 2022 10:48 pm
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It’s ok, we can still blame hugs.

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June 24, 2022 4:11 pm

2 or 3 years down the road I would love to see a USC-Texas rematch for all the marbles.

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June 24, 2022 2:31 pm

Nice to see the spotlight shift off of USC for a while and let Texas be examined by every writer in the nation. Not that it hasn’t done USC some good to be so highly watched again, but LR is probably glad the media is beating down the door at Texas letting him have a life for a while. From what I have seen and read there isn’t a great deal of difference between our Malachi Nelson and Manning. We may have gotten the better runner in the end. Sark is recruiting really well and hopefully Texas can be a… Read more »

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June 24, 2022 1:29 pm

Maybe Texas got a new headache if things don’t go nicely for boy-wonder Manning. Sark should be sweating rain drops as he will be under the microscope of a number of judges watching his every move: Texas fans, the Manning family and the press who are all over this, evidently. Good luck Texas, be sure you only lose to the very best teams in CFB.

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June 24, 2022 12:54 pm
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So Stanford scored nearly half of the points scored against USC that year. Wow.

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June 24, 2022 2:35 pm
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I have always thought USC will win against Stanford. In the last 10 years Stanford has occasionally pulled the rug out from under USC, and did it with style in 2021 getting Bohn to fire the USC HC. I look at it the same way RJJ does, we need to be well prepared and this is probably Stanfords last shot for a while at beating USC.

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I do believe Shaw rode on Harbaughs coattails for several years, getting great running backs and linemen. To bad he couldn’t keep it going if for no other reason than to keep up the reputation of the Pac12. Utah is also going to start to fade back now that USC is coming back to being a real football program. I would love to see Oregon St and WSU both have good seasons to make the Pac12 a little more relevant in the playoff picture.

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June 25, 2022 7:01 am
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You overlooked McCaffrey….

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June 24, 2022 6:34 pm
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In the unlikely event that the Trojans fail or flail at Stanford, I am willing to bet that the outcome will not affect Riley the way it did Helton. (Just a guess)

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June 24, 2022 6:02 pm
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I see no reasonable scenario in which USC loses to Stanford.

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My grandparents were at that game as they had USC season tickets from 1926-1994 and rarely missed a game, home or away. My grandfather, CA Senator Frank Weller, passed in early 1967 so my family moved into my grandmother’s home in Glendale, CA and I got to attend my first USC game in the Coliseum-the 1967 USC vs UCLA game. My grandmother told me so many stories about the greats of the 1920s and 30s like Morley Drury, Cotton Warburton and Grenny Lensdell, to name a few. The also were at the 1939 Rose Bowl where Doyle Nave came off… Read more »

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These stories of generations of families that continue to connect with USC are amazing. Troy is a special place.

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Thank you ATL D.D.S. for your comment. I’m very fortunate to have grown up in such a family that supported USC in both spirit as well as financially. My grandfather, who was Alumni Chairman in 1932, organized a fund raiser to send the USC Band to South Bend for the first time. My grandparents took the train to South Bend and saw a thrilling game that year when Johnny Baker dropped back from his position as an Offensive Guard and kicked the winning field goal vs Notre Dame in the final minutes.

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Thank you for sharing this wonderful story Allen! Grenny played a few years before my relative, Ted Tannehill, transferred from Notre Dame and became USC’s leading rusher in 1945. He played in the 1946 Rose Bowl game that saw SC get crushed by Alabama (what else is new). Ted was also a hurdler on Coach Dean Cromwell’s track and field team that strung together something like 5-6 National Championships in a row in the late 1930s – early 40s.

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