Trojans avoid more disaster after team plane tips backwards
Before they even hit the field, it appears the post-Clay Helton era started off rocky. As the USC Trojans were heading to Pullman for their Saturday matchup with Washington State, the plane tipped backward as they landed. Take a look:
USC just arrived in Pullman WA for their game with Wazzu. Here’s their plane… Half the team was still on it too😳 no explanation yet… pic.twitter.com/3lwvChstEA
— Dave Stockton Jr (@DSJR1) September 18, 2021
According to a USC source, all players were off the plane, but coaches and staff members were still on board. Saturday’s matchup for the Trojans is a must-win after an embarrassing loss to the Stanford Cardinals last weekend. USC was blown out 42-28 and is already off to a poor start against the Cougars as they’re trailing by a touchdown in the second quarter, as of writing.
The Trojans haven’t yet found a replacement for Helton, with interim head coach Donte Williams taking over the duties for the time being. It was the end of an era in Southern California, with Helton being part of the USC program for a total of 11 years before his firing. He joined Lane Kiffin’s staff in 2010 and ultimately became the head coach in 2015.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the minor incident at the airport in Pullman. More importantly, the Trojans seriously need to bounce back here and grab a victory as 7.5-point favorites in this Washington State matchup.