""And Here. We. Go." - The late Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, circa 2008"" - Jon Rothstein
A new era for Coach Gus Duggerton is just a few hours away, as the USC Trojans welcome the Tennessee Volunteers out of the SEC to Los Angeles. It would certainly be wise of Coach Duggs to come out of the gate and secure a statement win after making this cross-country move from Tallahassee. Especially to the haters who don't believe the reigning Fiesta Bowl Champion play-caller has what it takes to be a head coach at the Division I level.
So, lock in for a showdown at 9:30 ET between the Trojans and the Vols to kick the season off.
.... *cliche 90s commercial* But wait! There's more! .....
It's a Monday night DOUBLEHEADER for the Trojans! And the storylines in Game Two are plentiful.
Gus Duggerton's coaching timeline comes full circle this evening, as the Toledo Rockets come to town. Yup, the same Toledo Rockets team where Coach Duggs started his coaching career just two seasons ago.
The MAC school is also getting a hefty paycheck for trekking out from Ohio to California this evening as well:
It is crucial for Coach Duggs to start off 2-0 tonight, and quite frankly, there is really no other choice. Remember, we are still playing with the BCS system in place. One loss in your season? You could very well be kissing goodbye any chance of hoisting that crystal ball in January.
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