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Carroll takes risk in thankless NFL

Updated: January 12, 2010, 8:26 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Pete Carroll had been in that room over a hundred times before.

He would normally run down from his second floor office at Heritage Hall, wearing some sort of USC paraphernalia, and take a seat in the middle of the oversized granite table surrounded by a bunch of media members devouring the bottomless plates of pasta and bread sticks.

This time Carroll, who hadn't been seen for four days as rumors swirled about him, sauntered into the Varsity Lounge like a gray-haired stranger from ...

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