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UCLA’s Shaq Evans, on USC’s struggles: ‘It’s awesome… I’m loving it’

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Since entering the 2012 season ranked as the No. 1 team in the country, the wheels have fallen offthe transmission’s dropped onthe 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.

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7 Responses to “UCLA’s Shaq Evans, on USC’s struggles: ‘It’s awesome… I’m loving it’”
  1. Anoesis says: Sep 19, 2013 10:51 AM

    Class is acting like you’ve been there before. Obviously this guy hasn’t. Reveling in another team’s misfortune (and making it a point to talk about it) doesn’t reflect positively on your character.

    Reminds me of a Clipper fan talking about the Lakers. I guess that’s the mindset you get when your team sucks for forever and finally figures out a way to win a few games.

  2. thekatman says: Sep 19, 2013 11:41 AM

    This is great fodder for sports writers and UCLA fans who follow this kid. However, what statemetns like these represent to the public is just another loud mouthed kid, bashing the opponent, in order for him to feel good about himself.

    All is does is prove, once again, that the UCLA football program is still scared of the USC Football program. This is what the little boy on the block does to try to proves himself worthy of some sort of accolade and respect.

    Well, hey Shaq, respect doesn’t come from mouthing off. It comes from performance. The game will definitely be a good one, because, you see…. folks like you have taken your eye off the ball, and SC will punch you in the mouth when you’re not looking. Enjoy it for now, and as always my friends…….

    Fight On.
    Beat everybody.

  3. 11thstreetmafia says: Sep 19, 2013 11:54 AM

    It is quite funny that USC fans don’t like this. This is right out of their playbook.

  4. arrogantnation says: Sep 19, 2013 12:28 PM

    As an SC fan, I love this. Hopefully that game decides the Pac-12 South and we don’t blow it before then.

  5. barnesaintnoble says: Sep 19, 2013 12:46 PM

    Clearly, he was baited into it. The reporters are asking him questions to get a quote like that. Judging a kid’s character because of it is silly, judge the guy who wrote the LADN article. Jim Mora is not going to be too happy with what he said, though. USC might be struggling and not have any depth, but that first string is still very talented and the defense has been one of the best in the nation. Getting them fired up and playing with effort is not smart because clearly Kiffin can’t do it, so when you try you are playing with fire.

    UCLA won’t win by 50, and they’d be smart to get a comfortable lead and let the USC offense’s own incompetence finish them off. And get Hundley out ASAP, USC might remember what happened to Barkley last year on a gruesome hit.

  6. addict2sport says: Sep 19, 2013 4:34 PM

    With Scott Wolf as the source, who knows what the kid really said.

  7. seanb20124 says: Sep 19, 2013 6:34 PM

    Always liked Shaq wish he could have produced more at Notre Dame

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