USC Vs. UCLA Game Gets Ugly Late
NCAAF, UCLA Bruins

Sportsmanship Clearly Took The Evening Off In Los Angeles Last Night

11/29/09 in NCAAF   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

For those of you who aren't familiar with West Coast football, the USC/UCLA rivalry is pretty intense. And even in a year when neither team is particularly good, the stakes are still pretty high.....and the sportsmanship pretty low.

See, USC was leading 21-7 with just under a minute to go. The Trojans took a knee to run out the clock, but Rick Neuheisel inexplicably called a timeout. Pete Carroll, never known for taking the high road, decided that instead of just continuing to kneel on the ball, he'd counter with this:


Naturally, all hell broke loose, as sportsmanship decided to take the evening off. But hey, at least this game will be interesting to watch every year from now until whenever Pete Carroll goes back to the NFL.

[HT: Deadspin]
 
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12/28/09   |   elevenbravo138again   |   1163 respect

Pat wrote:
Exactly. Don't want USC to score another TD? Then let them kneel out the clock, like they were trying to do. Neuheisel wanted to be a douche, so Carroll gave him a taste of his own medicine, as well as a cold dose of the reality that USC is way better than UCLA.

Ditto, but I think Neuheisel has been trying to up the ante and make this game personal as a way of getting more out of his players, this clearly was not the best way to do it.

11/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

jxnsteelersfan wrote:
I don't give credence to the 'running up the score' theory.  I feel teams should play until 0:00 in the 4th quarter.  However, it was poor judgement on Carroll's part to laugh/jump around after the td, which proves his motive for calling the play was douche bag-like .  I guess he wouldn't deem himself a hypocrite for disciplining an athlete for conduct unbecoming...especially since he's teaching by doing.  As stated by aos035, Carroll bitched and whined about the same thing when USC lost to Stanford.  If the act pissed Carroll off so much, why do it to someone else. 

I agree 100%. There is no such thing as "running up the score", in my mind. It's just called "playing football". But yes, the celebration was a bit excessive.

11/29/09   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

Scott wrote:

While I would never expect Pete Carroll to take the high road, the problem that I have the most is the hootin and hollerin after the play.  Carroll himself was jumping up and down, laughing and high fiving people like they just pulled off some great upset.

Well if you are USC this year you gotta have something to cheer for... I guess beating UCLA is about as good as it gets for them this season.

11/29/09   |   jxnsteelersfan   |   75 respect

Pat wrote:
Exactly. Don't want USC to score another TD? Then let them kneel out the clock, like they were trying to do. Neuheisel wanted to be a douche, so Carroll gave him a taste of his own medicine, as well as a cold dose of the reality that USC is way better than UCLA.

I don't give credence to the 'running up the score' theory.  I feel teams should play until 0:00 in the 4th quarter.  However, it was poor judgement on Carroll's part to laugh/jump around after the td, which proves his motive for calling the play was douche bag-like .  I guess he wouldn't deem himself a hypocrite for disciplining an athlete for conduct unbecoming...especially since he's teaching by doing.  As stated by aos035, Carroll bitched and whined about the same thing when USC lost to Stanford.  If the act pissed Carroll off so much, why do it to someone else. 

11/29/09   |   gobigblue1960   |   4803 respect

Pat wrote:
Exactly. Don't want USC to score another TD? Then let them kneel out the clock, like they were trying to do. Neuheisel wanted to be a douche, so Carroll gave him a taste of his own medicine, as well as a cold dose of the reality that USC is way better than UCLA.

This was a huge back in your face from USC. You're right Pat, UCLA was calling a timeout to possibly get the ball back, so Pete Carroll did what he should have done, put the game out of reach. Neuheisel has no one to blame but himself.

11/29/09   |   redsox1002003   |   881 respect

(Edited by redsox1002003)

this is a rivalry game. who cares if they go at it. do you expect ohio st.and michigan to be buddy buddy to each other? oh yeah, they werent.

11/29/09   |   dwyermaker   |   39 respect

If Neuheisel and Carroll were trying to show that they deserved to be in the BCS of d-bag coaches, both earned at-large bids after last night's display...  

11/29/09   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

WBKsports wrote:
 I loved it...What was Neuheisel doing calling a T.O.? Ric knows he set himself up for that, and that's why he looked so dumbfounded on the sideline...He was like, "Why did I do that?"

UCLA players were the idiots here because they should be screaming at their own coach...

I'm not saying Pete Carroll is the type of coach with a lot of class, but his response to this was merely "Quid pro quo."

Exactly. Don't want USC to score another TD? Then let them kneel out the clock, like they were trying to do. Neuheisel wanted to be a douche, so Carroll gave him a taste of his own medicine, as well as a cold dose of the reality that USC is way better than UCLA.

11/29/09   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

 I loved it...What was Neuheisel doing calling a T.O.? Ric knows he set himself up for that, and that's why he looked so dumbfounded on the sideline...He was like, "Why did I do that?"

UCLA players were the idiots here because they should be screaming at their own coach...

I'm not saying Pete Carroll is the type of coach with a lot of class, but his response to this was merely "Quid pro quo."

11/29/09   |   derms33   |   17645 respect

I was watching that and thought...wow Pete you are a classless D-Bag...Not to mention with a 14 point spread looking to push Pete just wanted to cover...thank you

11/29/09   |   100%InjuryRate   |   1283 respect

Scott wrote:

While I would never expect Pete Carroll to take the high road, the problem that I have the most is the hootin and hollerin after the play.  Carroll himself was jumping up and down, laughing and high fiving people like they just pulled off some great upset.

Yeah, everyone was a jackass in this scenario last night.

11/29/09   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

Real classy Pete real classy

11/29/09   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3307 respect

I really hope to never hear Pete or anyone else ever complain that someone ran up the score on USC, as this video, like many others, just provide examples to Carroll's complete a**holeishness.

11/29/09   |   aos035   |   68 respect

(Edited by aos035)

Funny how this is after Pete Caroll complained about Stanford going for two against them. At least Caroll is better than Meyers. Meyers is a bad sport AND organizes a crappy schedule. I think this holds true to the fact that Mack Brown is the greatest coach in college football. After the Championship game in 2005 he made a great speech encoarging players to be better fathers and people. This year he had a bunch of inspirational speakers, including a handicapped army man to show them all that there is to life. He never runs up the score and keeps his honor.

11/29/09   |   Scott   |   53571 respect

While I would never expect Pete Carroll to take the high road, the problem that I have the most is the hootin and hollerin after the play.  Carroll himself was jumping up and down, laughing and high fiving people like they just pulled off some great upset.