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How USC went from Carroll to Kiffin

Troy wasn't rebuilt in a day -- it was more like six

Updated: January 13, 2010, 10:32 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Friday

It stayed remarkably quiet until the very end when the news landed thunderously during everyone's lunch break Friday.

Pete Carroll was leaving.

The why and the where mattered little. USC's rock-star football coach was leaving the building just as the applause was beginning to fade. The right time for him, the worst time for USC.

These were already going to be uneasy times for the Trojans. Carroll had pledged to work tirelessly to restore and reclaim his faded empire. ...

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