Del Rio, Sarkisian headline USC mix

Updated: January 12, 2010, 10:10 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

It's hard to imagine who USC would get to replace the megawatt presence that Pete Carroll became in his nine seasons as coach of the Trojans.

Then again, it was hard to imagine Carroll ever becoming as successful as he did when he succeeded Paul Hackett in 2000 after a middling stint in the NFL.

After Carroll's farewell press conference at Heritage Hall Monday, that question is no longer a hypothetical one, but the most pressing issue on athletic director Mike Garrett's agenda.

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