Monday, August 27, 2007

[Weiss] Return of Troy - NY Daily News
..."Growing up in California, I loved USC as a little kid," says Carroll..."Over the years, I followed it. At times, things may have seemed a little darker, but I always felt it was out there, just waiting to happen."

Carroll has helped it bubble to the surface with his competitive personality, which forces players to be at their best in high-energy practices that are open to the public. "I really like the whole mentality," junior linebacker Brian Cushing said. "It comes straight from coach Carroll. He's competitive in everything he does...He's a guy you want to be your coach because he resembles a person like you."

Carroll has benefited from the fact USC is a hot school, listed 27th in this year's rankings of American colleges...The campus has the added advantage of being located in the midst of a celebrity-filled movie town close to the beach where temperatures hover around the mid-80's with no humidity during the season...

Also, National balance of power tips back to Southern Cal - San Antonio News-Express
USC, Carroll will grab another title - Jackson Sun-Herald
LSU Tigers will face USC in New Orleans for national title - Lafayette Daily Advertiser
It’s same old song and dance for Trojans - Buffalo News
[Gregorian] Parity in peril - St Louis Post-Dispatch

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