As if the UCLA-USC football rivalry needed stoking: A Twitter account that appeared to belong to a Trojan-dissing UCLA player had Bruins coach Jim Mora calling for the perpetrator to go to jail, several outlets reported.
The fake tweeter's online crime? Impersonating UCLA defensive back and punt returner Randall Goforth. First reported by Bruins Nation, the Goforth impostor sent boastful tweets to USC wide receiver Robert Woods. (Rejuvenated No. 17 UCLA and No. 21 USC meet on Nov. 17.)
Posing as @RandallG3000, the tweeter on Monday sent three incendiary missives to Woods, Bruins Nation first reported.
"we will beat you guys on Nov. 17. Believe the hype"
"STOP LOOKING @ the past JUST BE READY NOVEMBER 17. END OF DISCUSSION"
and the capper:
"USC SUCKS!! WE WILL GET IT IN NOVEMBER 17. ALL ABOUT ACTION NO NEED TO BRAG JUST BE TUNED IN ON THE 17TH!!!!"
Those nuggets set off a Twitter war between the two sides. Even USC's prime receiver, Marqise Lee, told ESPN he got involved until Goforth, a friend, informed him that the tweeter was not him.
Teammates rushed to Goforth's defense, alerting followers that it was a hoax. (Goforth doesn't even have a Twitter account and told the L.A. Times he wouldn't dare talk like that as a freshman.) Mora contacted USC Coach Lane Kiffin about the ruse. Then the UCLA coach spoke about it at practice on Tuesday, daring the impostor to come forward.
"I think you're the lowest form of life form if you would portray yourself as an 18-year-old young man who's out here trying to do his best, trying to stir it up like that, attributing comments to him that aren't his -- I think he ought to go to jail," Mora said, via the L.A. Times. "That's how I feel. I think you're a scumbag."
A day after railing against the prankster, Mora admitted that he "overreacted," reminding reporters that he's "good for something stupid said every once in a while."
"These guys, right now I feel like they are my kids," Mora told reporters on Wednesday, per ESPN Los Angeles. "When someone attacks your kids, you get angry."