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Taylor Mays Named Walter Camp All-American
USC, Florida, LSU shine in game's 'Golden Era'
Packers sign first-round draft pick Matthews, leaving only Raji unsigned
Browns sign 4th-round pick LB Kaluka Maiava, still in talks with first-round pick C Alex Mack
Smith, Miller healthy again for Hogs
Draft picks Kyle Moore and E.J. Biggers agree to deals with Buccaneers
2009 USC Coaches Tour Ready To Kick Off
Cincinnati Bengals 2009 NFL Draft Review
Brown on radar as draft nears
Teams figure to be lining up for USC linebackers
Trojans' quarterback Barkley getting into a groove
Seahawks' interest in USC pro day no joke
2009 NFL Draft Preview: Mark Sanchez
Two Trojans qualify for championships
Southern California QB Sanchez to enter NFL draft
USC's Williams Seeking NFL Draft Feedback
Paterno wants to be back on sidelines against Trojans
Sooner offense vs. Trojans’ D: the dream bowl we’ll never see
Irish and Trojans meet in milestone matchup
USC's Jeff Byers seeks another year of eligibility
Trojans expect to see Riley at QB
USC holds off Arizona 17-10
Sanchez's family meets with adviser on NFL
USC secondary wants to see the ball in the air
CFB: USC tries to bounce back against Oregon
College football: Troy Trojans not afraid of Ohio State Buckeyes
Buckeyes RB Wells doubtful vs. USC
Fornataro Turning Heads at USC
USC's speed has Cavaliers worried
Bush, Williams meet again in joint practice
USC's Joe McKnight injures hand in dorm accident
Weis focuses on diving into new season
USC No. 2 in coaches' poll
Southern Cal Inside Slant
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NCAA Football: NFL-style coach might vault QB into starring role
Jaguars Sign Draft Pick
Ranking the nonconference schedules
Early season ACC football kickoffs announced
Dolphins sign three draft picks; add USC center
Carroll, Tressel helped define first 10 years of BCS era
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Spurrier receives Davey O'Brien Legends Award
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Seven locals earn football honors
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Coliseum to host non-USC football
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USC Players Report Today
USC gets deferential treatment from Pac-10 coaches
Trojans' competition limited to rhetoric
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Brinkley highlights 5 from USC on All-SEC
Soward seeks a 2nd chance
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'RoJo' arrives, but let's keep pressure off
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Monte Vista standout picks USC
Time to fight for USC broadcast rights
South Carolina Football Coaches On The Recruiting Trail
Timing is everything for USC quarterback recruit
Stevens to attend USC camp
It’sofficial!
Carroll swears there's no place like USC
Coliseum Commission still pondering possible NFL arrival
Spurrier eyeing first S.C. quarterback
Clemson, USC sack their fans
Football coaches debate early signing period
The Great Scott
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Should Reggie Bush Be Forced To Talk
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Giants looking at drafting receivers
Trojan NFL draft preview
Receiving class could tempt Bears
Deputies investigating whether USC players were involved in weekend shooting
Ralph Heywood, 1943 All-American End, Dies
Meyer attends Trojan Huddle
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Harbaugh stands by words
USC NFL Pro Timing Day
UCLA Predicts 20 Point Football Victory over USC
Skip Holtz returns
Kalil stands out
Spurrier: "Stephen Got Himself Into a Tough Spot"
NFL Combine
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Early arrivals become fashionable
USC reloads on signing day
Saints assistant joins USC football staff
Parade Magazine names Aaron Corp to All-American football team
Football is out of control
Bush's USC story may just be beginning
Raiders Hire USC's Lane Kiffin
USC bashing aside, let's talk about what's really important
USC adjusts game schedule
USC picks up two commitments from Florida
2007 Preseason rankings
USC s Rivers not entering NFL draft
Carroll staying at USC
Wide receiver transfers from Arkansas to USC
Reality check
USC win validates BCS title matchup
USC Makes Strong Argument With Rose Bowl Performance
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BKC Washington USC Preview
Jackson to return to Trojans
A different kind of game
USC Saving the best for Last
Michigan can get cancelled by USC
USC Trojans back on track
Pac-10 Football: USC: A shell of its former self or primed to break out vs. Oregon?
USC football notes: Ducks big test for Maualuga
Oregon-Southern California Preview
Trojans are trying to get tighter grip
Huskies focus on turnovers
Trojans are taken aback by Stanback
Dawgs remain wary of 3rd-ranked USC
Scouting Report: USC vs. Washington State
Tired Trojans are glad to be home
USC uses Mckay’s coaching formula
Yonus Davis a name to watch for
USC files a complaint on Musburger
USC Trojans wins over Nebraska Huskers
Jones guarantees sure win against USC Trojans
Huskers No. 19 a star in the making
USC vs. Nebraska – The much awaited game
Forward Progress
USC Strong, Colorado flops in 1st Week
Nothing but USC football
Sun Devils Have One-Sided Concerns
Newcomers show ability to impress
Gamecocks Have Secret Weapon at Defensive End
Exit Interview: Ryan and Brandon Ting
Ting brothers to leave USC football team
Cal poised to challenge USC atop Pacific-10
USC still the team to beat
Pigskin Poets event kicks off at the library
College football kicks off
USC Player sues school
Holland improves his chances to get into USC
Top recruits commit
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Cassel confident as Brady's backup
USC May Be Spoiler in NFL Coliseum Plan
Recruiting Week in Review
Celebrating an American Original
Rough at home, but not impossible
Sanchez will not face charges
LA Sports & Entertainment Commission's 4th Annual NFL 101/201
Dates remain same for Huskers' 2006 season
Representatives fail to serve best interests of Reggie Bush
Taylor a striking figure for Valencia
Ex-Wilson star Perez knows what is important
Bush To Wear #25
Reggie Bush Can't Wear 5
SC Athletic Hall of Fame inducts eight members
High hopes selling tickets for Saints, Cardinals
Suspect says he did not shoot Francis
Saints watch Bush
Vince, Reggie and Matt still the darlings of the football crowd
Changing of the QB : Razorbacks won’t have to face three NFL draftees
USC’s Ryan Francis killed in Baton Rouge
USC football notes: Factors help out Sanchez
Morning Briefing
UCLA Hosts USC For Three-Game Pac-10 Series
Death Of Former USC Football Player Ruled Accidental
USC Football scrutinized
USC housing under investigation
Paris Hilton - Now Dating USC football star
Raiders pick up heralded safety
Draft Surprises Are the Least of U.S.C.'s Recent Concerns
What's the deal with LenDale White?
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2006 USC News


Nothing but USC football
Practice begins without the fanfare, hangers-on
Ray Ratto
Friday, August 11, 2006

(08-11) 04:00 PDT Los Angeles -- There's a lot less sex appeal on the USC practice field these days, and as a result, the sidelines aren't nearly as full of A/B/C-list whatnots. In fact, Thursday, there were none. Only true believers watching the objects of their worship.

Hey, it's 9:50 on a Thursday morning, it's 92 degrees, and the first scrimmage of the preseason was held the day before. What would you call them?

Seems like an ideal situation for a head coach, given how they obsess about the enormous subset of distractions known as the outside world. But Pete Carroll doesn't seem to notice, or care. He's had a busy offseason, but things have finally mellowed out, and now Charlie Weis' press relations at Notre Dame and Oklahoma's revolving quarterback controversy are the topics of the day.

In other words, things are as close to whatever passes for normal in a football coach's head as Carroll could want. It's now down to the fine-tuning, and if it means that Paris Hilton isn't coming around to schmooze John David Booty, well, all the better.

"Every camp has its intricacies, subtleties," Carroll said as he strode back toward Heritage Hall past a lone tuba player and 20 some-odd cheerleaders. "The process of what we do and how we do it, well, it's a little different every year. But the main thing is that our philosophy doesn't change, and if we don't know what we're trying to create, we wouldn't know what you're going to make."

In other words, having the best players, a solid staff, and whatever extra benefits accrue from coaching a powerhouse in Los Angeles makes for good philosophizing. What Carroll does would work well anywhere. It just works better here, even with the off-field misbehaviors and judgmental errors, the hangers-on and the plague of agents so thick that Carroll had to gather them together and warn them off. It isn't the cost of business necessarily, but it is a regular feature for teams that forget how to lose for an extended period of time.

But it's been seven months since SC lost the national championship to Vince Young, and the hugely talented class of Ought-Six has gone on to its next series of stops. It's the loss that was supposed to have ended an era of USC football, except that SC has for the first time ever cut off season ticket sales, will sell out its entire season, and moved the band (make your own cracks here) to the end zone, allegedly for acoustic reasons but probably much more because they were taking up seats that could be sold to the swells.

All that, plus the more elemental truth that nothing ever ends -- the next season comes upon the last one too quickly.

It certainly did for Carroll.

"I had moved past it between the time that it happened and the time I got to the locker room," he said of the 41-38 loss to Texas in the Rose Bowl. "I had to let them know that 19 seconds and one last tackle we didn't make wasn't going to change what we are.

"But there are some losses I've had that I still haven't gotten over. This'll be one of those. It doesn't get in the way of what comes next. Those great challenges allow you to go to the next step."

Yes, a little platitudinous, but the point remains the same -- losing the best game of the new century to date doesn't mean that USC isn't reloaded for the new year. Indeed, while the college football world is obsessing over Weis and Notre Dame, and Oklahoma's quarterback issues, and West Virginia's qualifications for being a national title contender and a lot of other smaller issues, SC is serene in its position -- slightly less noticeable, slightly less dazzling, yet as imposing a national player as ever.

The big question now is whether Booty, the junior quarterback who watched Matt Leinart win the town over for three years, can be the instrument through which SC's next chunk of history can be forged.

"I think his arm might be a little stronger than Matt's," said wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who just won his re-eligibility after issues with the NCAA over his rent. "He can get it down the field a little farther."

His command in the huddle will have to be determined, as well as his ability to absorb the intricacies of the offense under full fire. But the Shreveport, La., product is already well behind Leinart in what seems like (but probably isn't) a trivial area -- he isn't a convincing Californian.

"He's still southern," Jarrett laughed. "He wears the shades and all, and I think he likes it here, but he's still got the accent."

"He's a wannabe Californian," Carroll said with an equally wide smile.

So in that way, if no other, the '06 Trojans won't have that Hollywood faux-glow that they had in '05, when the non-Texan world was theirs and their practices drew crowds of TV credits. Everything else might turn out the same, though, which is why Carroll doesn't seem to mind that practices look more like, well, like practice.


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