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USC football: Assembling a modern dream coaching staff

USC football's dream coaching staff would make mouths water. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
USC football's dream coaching staff would make mouths water. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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USC football’s dream coaching staff would make mouths water. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
USC football’s dream coaching staff would make mouths water. (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

USC football’s dream coaching staff would include a lot of Pete Carroll disciples.

What if USC football could have their pick of any former member of the Trojan coaching staff?

Reign of Troy can’t make that happen for real, but we can dream about it. And make up a hypothetical dream coaching staff of our own.

Here are the parameters: First, they have to have coached at USC before. Second, they have to be still living and capable of coaching.

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Now without further ado, let’s compile the staff…

USC football’s dream staff has to begin with Pete Carroll (A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
USC football’s dream staff has to begin with Pete Carroll (A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

USC football’s dream head coach: Pete Carroll

This is the biggest no-brainer of them all.

Pete Carroll is one of the greatest head coaches in USC history and the ideal candidate to lead the Trojans’ dream team of coaches.

Not only is he a personable character, but he’s also proven demanding of excellence.

As for his track record, it’s rock solid.

He is one of just three coaches in history who won an NCAA championship and an NFL Super Bowl.

At USC, Carroll won two national championships, guiding the Trojans to the promised land in 2003 and 2004. He was narrowly denied a third title for the 2005 season. If the College Football Playoff had existed during his tenure, he might have won more. He also led USC to seven consecutive Pac-12 championships.

His success didn’t end when he left for the NFL in 2010, as so often happens for NCAA coaches making the transition. Instead, he won the Super Bowl with the Seahawks in 2013, taking the team to another Super Bowl appearance the following year. In 10 seasons in Seattle, Carroll has produced seven 10-win seasons, missing the playoffs just twice.

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