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USC shows up an hour late for bowl dinner, Trojans player cusses El Paso … very classy, USC
By Frank Schwab
By Frank Schwab | Dr. Saturday – 24 minutes ago
At every bowl game, there are events for each team to attend. The committees that put on the bowls normally bend over backwards for the teams, to ensure they have a great bowl experience. The people responsible for the bowls work tremendously hard at planning executing such things. That's not always easy with more a couple hundred people traveling with the teams.
And, one of the few requirements of the teams is that they show up. USC apparently believes it is too good to follow this one requirement.
Last night, Duke Keith of the El Paso Times tweeted that USC was an hour late for the Sheriff's Posse Dinner, so Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson took his team and left. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the obvious, that the Yellow Jackets were apparently not pleased at the snub. The AJC and Los Angeles Daily News reported that the Trojans were actually 90 minutes late for the dinner.
No matter whether it was an hour or 90 minutes, let's all agree that either amount of time makes the Trojans football team look like classless jerks.
If you wish to believe this was one isolated incident, how about another story from what's turning out to be a marvelous bowl week for USC's reputation. ElPaso411.com captured a tweet from USC defensive lineman Leonard Williams saying, "Out here in El Paso. (S***ty) city but glad I can enjoy this moment wit the USC family." That tweet has been deleted from Williams' account, and on his timeline he admits he took it down with a long list of apologies.
Twitter LWtrojan94 Sorry about what I said last ... - Mozilla Firefox 12272012 81103 AM
Yes, when Williams called El Paso a (expletive) city, he really meant that he was so grateful to be in the Sun Bowl. Common mix-up.
Here's the thing - this isn't even the first time a USC player has had to backtrack after ripping El Paso leading up to the game. Earlier this month linebacker Tony Burnett had to apologize after disparaging Georgia Tech and the city of El Paso.
Congratulations, USC. You are coming off as the most unlikeable team in college football.
Back to last night's bowl dinner for a second. This is what the Los Angeles Times reported, explaining the absence.
A USC athletic department spokesman said the Trojans' tardiness was because of their late arrival at the airport, which pushed back the start of practice and their return to the team hotel before they departed for the dinner. The spokesman said USC apprised bowl officials of its delays.
Sorry, doesn't matter. You cut practice short. There are responsibilities beyond practicing that fade route for the 20th time. Many bowl officials went through a lot to put on that dinner. The city and community takes pride in putting on this bowl game. There was another team waiting for an hour or more that you completely disrespected by not showing up. Flat out, USC coach Lane Kiffin needs to get his team to that dinner on time. And have his players stop blasting the city. Apparently Kiffin doesn't get how poorly this all reflects on him.
If USC is so upset about the Sun Bowl, here's a couple possible solutions. How about winning more games? Had the Trojans not been the most underachieving team in college football this year, maybe they would have been in a bowl they thought wasn't beneath them - one they also probably would have disrespected anyway. Or here's another option: don't go. Turn down the invitation if it's that terrible of a destination for your unranked five-loss team. Let Louisiana Tech go to the game. They probably would have appreciated it and not left a trail of upset people in El Paso by acting like the most entitled 7-5 team in college football history.
So here's a gameplan for Kiffin and the Trojans the rest of the way: Show up on time to all the events that were put on for you. Don't disrespect the bowl officials. Stop disrespecting Georgia Tech, too. Quit acting like your team that was barely over .500 this season deserves to be in a better destination, because it doesn't. And, if you could, quit calling El Paso (expletive).
At very least, follow a general rule: quit embarrassing USC. It deserves better on and off the field from you.
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Really hoping Georgia Tech rips them a new one!
I give Williams a pass bc what kid who is used to Los Angeles is gonna think El Paso is cool lol. I don't see that as being a big deal. But no matter how hard Kiffen is trying (proally not at all) he just keeps messing up the situation more and more
He's not used to LA, he's from freaking Daytona!
LORD FORGIVE ME FOR THE GOON DADDY IS COMING OUT TONIGHT
I know that, I just meant for this year being at USC and being used to that area and not where he originally grew up
That's where all your favorite players come from, amirite?
Dude... It's inexcusable either way.
Gunga galunga...gunga -- gunga galunga
It doesn't matter where you are from, lack of common sense and having zero respect for others, makes you look like you don't deserve the opportunities presented to you. Williams is a small POS iceberg that broke off from the POS glacier that is Kiffen! The two deserve each other, and USC does deserve better than Kiffen. I don't see what he has ever done, outside of recruiting, that would make AD Pat Haden proud of his coach!
Kiffin is a douche but being late to the dinner wasn't really his fault. They were late getting into El Paso so they started practice late. They practiced on the other side of town too. They are there to win a football game and practice is a part of game prep and that is more important than a dinner.
Nonsense. Fly earlier. Practice more the next day. The writer is correct in pointing out their obligations and the rudeness of their actions. USC epotomizes an "it's only about me" attitude for which there are no excuses.
Obviously you have never had a flight delay. It's not usually something that is planned so taking an earlier flight is fine in hindsight. I think they're still limited to the amount of hours they can practice so practicing more the next day may not be feasible.
I'm guessing they fly on a private jet, so had the ability to schedule and build in a cushion in case of a delay. Heck, Georgia Tech -- and every other bowl team -- got to where they had to be on time.
about what I would expect from kiffycakes- as his recruiting class falls apart it will be getting closer to the end for this asshat at scwest
This post was edited by g8orbill 19 months ago
And that's a first down!
As I read the title of the thread, I keep subliminally replacing the word tight for sinking
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