Nobody is predicting that USC won't beat Notre Dame again; what has happened at USC could happen to the Irish. "The dynasties are going to rotate," says Tollner. "You're going to see more people getting to hit that hot cycle. USC will still get its share of Rose Bowls. In this decade it may not get seven or eight, more like two or three."
If this is so, if tradition must be down-scaled in the 1990s, you wonder what USC will have to celebrate in its two bicentennials next century. Perhaps fans and alumni will come to grips with this new reality and still manage some hoopla. You just hope, whether you're a USC fan or not, that it's not for 100 years of rugby.