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- As USC turns the page on a new chapter of its football program, things got off to a strange start.
- Upon arrival in Washington, the team’s plane tipped back and popped a wheelie on the tarmac.
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The USC Trojans have dominated the news cycle over the last seven days. They fired head coach Clay Helton after a bad loss to Stanford in Week 2 and speculation has ranged from James Franklin to Gus Malzahn (even though nobody considered him a candidate) to Mario Cristobal.
Until USC finds a permanent replacement, interim head coach Donte Williams will be in charge of restoring order within the program.
His first travel day on the job, however, was anything but orderly.
Upon the Trojans’ arrival in Pullman, Washington, the team plane decided to do an unplanned wheelie into the gate. A photo from the scene showed the plane on the tarmac with its nose in the air.
Half of the team was reportedly still on board, and everyone on the internet made the same joke about the offense and defensive line sitting in the back. It was a bizarre scene, because as you can see, a plane is not supposed to do that.
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
No explanation was given as to what happened or why, but no injuries were reported ahead of the team’s matchup. The team arrived safely despite the hiccup.
— USC Football (@USC_FB) September 18, 2021
USC’s post-Clay Helton era begins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST with the Trojans entering as 7.5-point favorites. Maybe the strange incident with the plane will mean that good vibes are due for Williams’ program.