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USC gives Pete Carroll a call for the hall (of fame)

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After leading the Seattle Seahawks to a Super Bowl victory, Pete Carroll is living large in the NFL. His days at USC were among the most dominant in the nation under his watch, and now the university will induct Carroll in the athletics hall of fame.

USC announced the new hall of fame class via Twitter Monday, with Carroll serving as the headliner. Former Trojan football players Jack Del Rio (currently the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator), Jimmy Jones, Tim Rossovich and former coach Dave Levy will also be inducted. Jones was the first African-American quarterback to appear on a cover of Sports Illustrated.

USC finished in the top five of the final AP Top 25 in seven out of nine seasons under Carroll, and he coached three Heisman Trophy players (one of which was later vacated, of course). The Trojans were kings of college football, winning a BCS national championship and grabbing a pair Associated Press national championships along the way.

There is no question Carroll revitalized the once dominant power out on the west coast, and that deserves to be honored. Before his arrival, USC had finished a season ranked in the top 25 just three times between 1990 and 2001. During his time at USC, Carroll coached the Trojans to a record of 97-19 (adjusted by the NCAA to 83-19, which is still pretty darn impressive). That number includes a total of seven bowl victories, six of those coming in BCS bowl games. Carroll was undefeated in the Rose Bowl, aside from the year it served as the BCS Championship Game and Vince Young led Texas to a thrilling victory in a game for the ages. If USC was in a big game, they were often the favorite and more than often came out on top when the program was at its height under Carroll.

Of course, the legacy of the Carroll era took a hit in the later years once the NCAA stripped the program of victories and scholarships and slapped the program with a postseason ban as a result of former running back Reggie Bush receiving extra benefits. Carroll left USC after the 2009 season to accept a position as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Having done all he likely could have accomplished at the collegiate level, Carroll may have had a thirst for another crack at the NFL. That has obviously gone well, but the timing of his departure from USC raised some eyebrows at the time.

The Trojans being saddled with Lane Kiffin as a head coach did not help the cause, nor did the sanctions levied against the program. Carroll has defended the USC program in the wake of NCAA investigations and sanctions time and time again though, and he continues to say his leaving the program had nothing to do with the state of the program.

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18 Responses to “USC gives Pete Carroll a call for the hall (of fame)”
  1. wolfman55h says: Jul 7, 2014 8:30 PM

    Are you serious? He put their ass on probation. That’s like honoring Lee Harvey Oswald for marksmanship.

  2. thekatman says: Jul 7, 2014 8:48 PM

    Wolfman, you’re quite the ignoramus. What makes you think LHO was the shooter? And besides, PC and USC were informed about Reggie’s parents’ housing relationship with the 2 San Diego criminals, and were sanctioned because they were supposed to know? Like the last minute NCAA evidence that was trumped up to blast USC? There are so many indiscretions about the NCAA’s personal attack against “The Program”, that they were and still are criminal in their intent. Geez, sports fans…… read the evidence and you’ll know that the only thing the NCAA could actually prove was the $7-8k phone card bill the female European scholarship tennis player racked up, calling her parents and friends. SO why wasn’t the tennis team sanctioned?

    Can’t wait for the Todd McNair case to heat up againg, and remember sports fans, if we never hear about that case again, then you know the NCAA settled out of court and paid him $XXM to keep quiet. Won’t stop USC from suing the NCAA, which USC AD Pat Haden and the USC BOTs won’t do… pussies!

  3. irishlad19 says: Jul 7, 2014 9:17 PM

    Pete Carroll skipped town ahead of the Sheriff–Fact!
    His team had NCAA violations on his watch–Fact!
    He’s now going into the USC HOF?
    What am I not seeing here?

  4. sportsbastard says: Jul 7, 2014 9:29 PM

    Once a cheater, always a cheater.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Jul 7, 2014 9:33 PM

    Switzer
    Johnson
    Carroll

    Only guys to win at both levels in the Super Bowl era.
    And for some reason people think Nick Saban is the best coach ever?

    Would the SEC have been as dominate in the last 7-8 years had Pete stayed at USC?

  6. coloradofort says: Jul 7, 2014 9:37 PM

    The hypocrisy is stunning……

  7. thekatman says: Jul 7, 2014 9:37 PM

    Ahhh laddie, is it the tilt in your kilt or the fact that you have failed to read the published documents? That’s what’s missing.

  8. thekatman says: Jul 7, 2014 9:39 PM

    Hey sportsbastard, dont’ talk trash about your mother.

  9. irishdodger says: Jul 7, 2014 11:10 PM

    I’m no Trojan fan, but you can’t ignore what The Poodle did at USC. I’m willing to bet the majority of posters on this board can’t name the coach he replaced. USC was a shell of their former self & CFB is better when USC is in the mix. If Barry Switzer & Dennis Erickson can get elected to the College FB HoF, then Carroll is a no-brainer to get elected to the Trojan HoF.

  10. stoneygroove says: Jul 7, 2014 11:21 PM

    Do you really think Pete Carroll is dirtier than your favorite college team’s coach? I sincerely hope you are not that delusional/hypocritical.

  11. pdcooper08 says: Jul 8, 2014 1:08 AM

    Must we really bring up that Hack of a coach prior to PC. We are all trying to forget that period. Except for Petros, he’s the man.

  12. thegonz13 says: Jul 8, 2014 8:12 AM

    Is Reggie Bush going to do Carroll’s introduction speech ?

  13. 700levelvet says: Jul 8, 2014 9:01 AM

    Who cares about Cheat Carrol.. When Tim “Glass Eating” Rossovich is to be inducted. Hide the light bulbs..

  14. footballnut85 says: Jul 8, 2014 2:09 PM

    Only at USC or Miami could a cheater be put in the Hall of Fame. I thought you had more sense Pat Haden!!!

  15. themonixxx says: Jul 8, 2014 3:56 PM

    Thekatman speaks wisdom. He knows his facts

  16. gregedel says: Jul 9, 2014 5:21 PM

    Somewhere, lost in the fine print, Tim Rossovich is to join the Hall of Fame. Tim Rossovich???!!!! Now, that’s ancient history! He played with Mike Battle (I’m sure everyone remembers Mike….) and… (drum roll please) OJ Simpson! Now THAT’s a long time ago. How come Tim’s joining the Trojan Hall of Fame now – anybody know?

    Tim lived in the frat house next to mine; it had a well deserved reputation as an animal house. Ah, the stories….

  17. olderose says: Jul 10, 2014 2:36 AM

    Mike Battle was the most fearless, most exciting punt returner that these old eyes have ever seen. And who seriously believes that ANY big-time coaching staff is busy monitoring who is paying the rent for every player’s parents and kin? And just how could such tracking lawfully be done, were anyone to have the resources and time to attempt it?

  18. waynefontes says: Jul 11, 2014 2:43 PM

    I’m not a USC fan or a Pete Carroll fan. Far from it. He should absolutely be in the Trojan Hall of Fame.

    He singlehandedly resurrected a dormant Trojan program from Pac-10 also rans to a national powerhouse. I think people underestimate LSU in 2003 (it is a shame they couldn’t play), but USC was one of the most dominant teams ever in 2004. Those mid 2000s teams were a true powerhouse.

    I don’t know the facts (it sounds like katman does) so I can’t really comment on the Reggie Bush case. It seems like he did skip town, but it also seems like the NCAA came down way too hard on SC.

    But his run at SC was legendary. He deserves any kudos that go his way.

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