Since entering the 2012 season ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, the wheels have fallen off… the transmission’s dropped on… the motor’s seized up on the USC football program. Outside of the state of Texas, Lane Kiffin‘s seat may be the hottest in all of college football.
The struggles of the Trojans have been well-documented and haven’t gone unnoticed by their cross-town rivals, with one member of said rivals taking an inordinate amount of glee in the turn of events.
During an interview with ESPN radio yesterday, UCLA wide receiver Shaq Evans lit into the Trojans and their bumbling ways of late, leaving little doubt he’s reveling in the current state of Troy.
“They’re struggling, it’s just awesome to see that,” Evans said in quotes provided by Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I hate them, so I’m just loving it. I’ve always hated them.”
Over the past season-plus, USC has gone a middling 9-7 while UCLA has rebounded from a 27-37 stretch the past five years to go 11-5 under Jim Mora.
Nov. 30, the Bruins will travel to the Coliseum, the site of the Trojans’ 50-point pasting of their rivals in 2011. Feeling his oats, Evans, UCLA’s leading receiver, emphatically called his shot for the annual renewal of the rivalry game.
“Knowing that we’re going to beat them again this year … especially two years ago when they beat us 50-0. We owe them a little bit,” Evans said. “This year, we’re going to try to embarrass them, honestly.”
Circle the date on your calendar and grab some popcorn. Evans has just added a dash of spice — and some bulletin-board material — to the regular-season finale.