Certainly not the season Caleb Williams had envisioned. Following USC’s disappointing 38-20 loss at home to rival UCLA on Saturday, Williams executed an intriguing maneuver.
In the latest defeat, Williams completed 31 of 42 passes for 384 yards, managing 1 touchdown and grappling with 1 interception. The Trojans, who began the season with a promising 6-0 record, now find themselves at a disheartening 7-5.
This game might mark Williams’ final appearance for USC, as the team concludes its regular season and anticipates an invitation to a lower-tier bowl game.
After the UCLA loss, Williams opted not to engage with the media, possibly to sidestep inquiries about his future.
As a junior, he is widely anticipated to transition to the NFL draft, where he is likely to be a top pick. However, he may also have sought to evade questions about USC’s dismal end to the regular season, finishing with a 1-5 record in their last six games.
This isn’t the first time Williams has attracted attention for his post-loss actions in recent weeks. Criticized for not shaking hands after the Utah defeat, he was seen in tears in his mother’s embrace following the loss to Washington. Now, he has chosen to abstain from media interactions after the UCLA loss.
It’s worth noting that fulfilling media obligations will be a requisite in the NFL, not a choice.