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Carroll brought Cali cool back to USC

Originally Published: January 11, 2010
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

Pete Carroll's arrival at the University of Southern California was met with more anxiety than anticipation.

When Trojans athletic director Mike Garrett hired the fired NFL coach to replace fired USC coach Paul Hackett after an 18-day search in December 2000, a headline in the Los Angeles Times declared: "For Pete's Sake, USC, Why Did You Do It?"

The Trojans' hometown newspaper wasn't alone in its criticism. From coast to coast, college football fans were scratching ...

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