Well That's That Good Riddance 2021 Season


The USC Trojan football season for 2021 came to a quiet end with another loss this time at the hands of the California Bears on the road. The night was a bit colder as the stadium probably only had 5,000 brave souls to watch this season-ending game. All good things and of course all bad things come to an end. 2021 was horrible until recently when AD Bohn pulled the surprise of the decade by announcing the hiring of Oklahoma head coach, Lincoln Riley. Never saw that coming but what a great way to soften what was arguably the worst season in USC Trojan football history.


Trojan Challenging Season and The Coaches

Year

Coach

Record

1888

Henry Goddard

2-0 First season

1895

No Coach

0-1-1

1896

No Coach

0-3

1901

Clair Tappan

0-1

1934

Howard Jones

4-6-1

1935

Howard Jones

5-7

1940

Howard Jones

3-4-2

1941

Sam Barry

2-4-1

1942

Jeff Cravath

5-5-1

1950

Jeff Cravath

2-5-2

1957

Don Clark

1-9

1958

Don Clark

4-5-1

1960

John McKay

4-6

1961

John McKay

4-5-1

1983

Ted Tolnder

4-6-1

1985

Ted Tolner

6-6

1986

Ted Tolner

7-5

1991

Larry Smith

3-8

1996

John Robinson

6-6

1997

John Robinson

6-5

1999

Paul Hackett

6-6

2000

Paul Hackett

5-7

2001

Pete Carroll

6-6

2010

Lane Kiffin

7-6

2015

Steve Sarkisian

8-6

2018

Clay Helton

5-7

2019

Clay Helton

8-5

2021

Clay Helton

4-8

So we have had our share of interesting seasons but given we launched in 1888 I for one am pretty amazed by how well this program has done. The offseason will once again be a long one just like last year where our beloved Coach Helton chose not to participate in a bowl game blaming COVID issues and safety first. We will never know. Our interim head coach Donte Williams was in a tough situation as he had everything to learn and get valuable head coaching experience but man that was hard to watch. Where ever he ends up I for one wish him and his family well and thank him and the staff for coaching through the final difficult game. The photos of Donte throughout the night on the sideline showed just how deeply he was taking the challenge.


Now we turn the page. Ding Dong the witch is dead and will never be seen again on USC Trojan territory where ever this team travels. He is done. Our new leadership is top-notch and hit the recruitment trail hard and fast. Results are pouring in on Lincoln Riley and his staff's efforts as we see announcements almost daily of players wanting to follow him and stay home or come to Los Angeles and be part of something that could be a very happy and long successful run. But don't be fooled Trojan Fans, coaches are human and we only have them for a short period of time before one side or the other gets itchy for change.


Fight On

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