I feel like something I have loved my whole life died this week. Jokes aside this hurts. TrojanCampaign Junior Member Joined: Aug 24, 2017 Messages: 1,560 Likes Received: 947 Dec 4, 2019 #1 It's fun to bicker and argue with people on this board. But at the end of the day we all are here (except the trolls) because we love this program. Most of us either went to school and USC, had family who went to USC, or just became fans of the program. And the football team has brought thousands of people together longer than many of us have been alive. If you do not expect for there to be down periods in every program you are unreasonable. There of course are those bandwagon fans who only watch programs because they are winning. Those guys come and go. Then there are those of us who literally invest money in this program, keep up with every detail, watch it on TV, go to games, and it truly is a huge aspect of our lives. We don't like to see our program not be the best there is but sometimes it wont and that is okay. But what has transpired the last few years is different than anything this program has ever faced. Sometimes you face enemies who are superior to you or more motivated. When you lose you just shake it off and get back up again. But we no longer have an enemy and that's why this Helton situation hurts so much. There is no Alabama in this conference that is loaded with 5/4* recruits. There is no Nick Saban in this conference that has won multiple national champions. There is no Texas in this conference that has an unlimited budget and political dominance. We lost to culture. We all know that kids in our state are becoming less interested knocking a guy another guy on his a%# and more interested in being woke. We know the school wants to be less like the USC we grew up with and more like Berkeley. I knew that things were changing but I did not expect to see the culture/history of USC football to begin to die this quickly. Those memories that we have of guys like Sam Bam, Reggie Bush, Lott, Leinart, Troy-P, McKay are not a reflection of what USC is becoming. Clay Helton is literally the manifestation of what a modern day coach in California. Gone are the days where we could have a coach that would not give a crap to say something like "F UCLA let's give those losers hell!". USC football is not everything but it's something I have truly loved for over 20 years. Heck, I even named one of my sons Sam because Sam Cunningham was my hero as a kid. But I think I'm ready to accept that USC like the state California is changing into something new. Some people will likely hang on to the hope that the old USC will return. And some will be perfectly content to change with USC. I just don't think I can bring myself to watch USC football die. I love this program so much I literally named ones of my sons Sam after my childhood hero. Sorry for this rant, but I'm legitimately sad. drheisenberg, Kaptain Karl, Trojanproud1 and 8 others like this.