USC Trojans This & That — 6/17

David Lombardi (The Athletic)  —  Jeff Tedford’s revitalization of Fresno State’s program is complete. After that 1-11 season in 2016 led to the ouster of Tim DeRuyter, the Bulldogs have won 22 games in Tedford’s two seasons and surpassed Boise State in the Mountain West — for one year, at least.
Consider that Tedford is a former Bulldogs quarterback — and a good one at that. Tedford’s final game in a Fresno State uniform came in the 1982 California Bowl, when he commanded a 21-point fourth quarter comeback to beat Bowling Green 29-28. Tedford tossed the winning touchdown with mere seconds left, fans mobbed players in the end zone and the Bulldogs finished 11-1.
“The proud tradition of Bulldog football was already ingrained in me when I took the job, having worked under Coach (Jim) Sweeney and Coach (Pat) Hill,” Tedford said. “I have a lot of passion for this program because of all the people I’ve known for a long time. Relationships and friendships dating back to the ’78 and ’79 teams are still in town. Friends through so many eras of Bulldog football.”
“Going down and beating SC in the opener would really light the fuse,” Hill said of igniting fan enthusiasm in the Valley.

Fresno State has come close to winning in the Coliseum before, of course. In 2005, Hill’s No. 16 Bulldogs pulled the No. 1-ranked Trojans into deep water before falling 50-42; that was the Reggie Bush-cutback game. It came 13 years after Fresno State beat USC 24-7 in the 1992 Freedom Bowl, notching one of the most famous victories in school history.

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I hope USC coaches and players take Fresno State seriously and don’t just expect to show up and win. If we do that, we’ll probably lose.

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–Did not like how Tedford sounds as if he is already locked in to the SC game. He has a lot of time to plan for that game and wants it badly. And of course I would presume the Trojans will be ready as well. Should be a good battle.

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Well, that didn’t take long. Big-12 Commish suddenly got loud about his personal view that ALL transferring players should sit one year without exception. Hmmm, you think maybe their premiere program picked up the phone and whined to him about Bru McCoy leaving Austin and told him to DO something to discourage that from happening again?

And wouldn’t it be nice if Larry Scott ever stood up for his conference’s premiere program EVER? About anything???!!!

Old_Trojans_never_die
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Hey Rock2112,
Didn’t the commissioners weigh in on the portal creation? What did they think was going to happen? They created the mess and opened the barn door. They will have to live with the horses escaping.
As for Larry Scott, I would like to see him and Lynn Swann get into a fencing match. Scott can use his favorite tennis racket and Swann can have a nine iron. It would be entertaining but at the end of the day they would both still be useless.

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Wish Larry Scott would go back to tying the women’s shoe laces in professional tennis and Lynn Swann going back to kissing babies in Pittsburg. Matter of fact, someone should ask swann at his next press conference if he misses doing that.

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That would be great, OT! Of course, to get this to happen, you would have to trick Lynn Swann into perceiving the encounter more as golf than work.

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Fresno St. Secondary better be ready. I don’t see them stopping our WRs. They are too talented.

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Its hard to evaluate Fresno since its their first game…..but they should not be as good as last year. They lost quite a bit of talent to graduation. We should win relatively easily.

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I remember that Freedom Bowl. That team wasn’t too unlike the past few seasons. The game match up a step below our supposed standard. We played like we didn’t want to be there.
Legend has it they took some of the end zone grass home with them. I hope the current players want a statement game that says we’re back, but come to work and earn that statement.