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Going through USC’s spring roster, it’s hard to believe linebacker Malcolm Smith will already be a senior. It seemed like his brother, Steve, was playing at USC just a couple years ago. Malcolm will be a key player next season but it also reminds me of something Pete Carroll did too easily: Play true freshmen even if they would not get quality playing time and often burning their first season of eligibility.

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  • paulm

    What Pete, Stupid?

  • dtksr1

    PC had the wisdom & drive to rebuild the trojan football team back up to the very top. But once that challenge was met, he was anciously waiting (“look at me”) for some program (pro) to come offer him what he wanted (total control)and when that didn’t happen, he started looking for other things to do. In the meantime, he got sloppy with his hiring of coaches, recruiting and no-longer having patience with his players (you can name a few) who did not perform to his expectations. Finally he escaped from the boredom and abruptly accepted an offer that was not exactly what he wanted but could now live with due in part to his kingdom in LA starting to crumble and not caring (inspired with the challenge & the energy) to fix it back up. I’m kind of sorry Seattle came to his rescue bacause it would have been interesting to see how far down PC would have allowed the program to drop before he either got inspired again, or would have just walked away. No one will really know now.

  • dtksr1

    Its too bad Seattle came just in the nick of time to rescue PC from his boredom here in LA. He had conquered his challenge in getting NCs. But he miscalculated the response he expected from the owners (pro) in immediately offering a job “on his terms”. When that didn’t happen, he became less interested in the details of running a top program (including patience towards the players). Now we will never know how far down the program would have fallen before PC would have gotten his 2nd wind to build it back up again. Some coaches never could rebound after early glory. And poor PC, he will be remembered for leaving the program when damaging events started poking at his program. This is something that did not happen in the John McKay days.

  • Marky Marc

    This was one of three things that particularly bothered me as a fan under the Carroll years. 1) Wasting redshirts for one unnecessary game (Stafon Johnson’s wasted redshirt is glaring to me), Malcolm Smith, etc.; 2) The stupid penalties we would get time and time again from undisciplined players as Carroll blamed referee bias; and 3) the constant mantra of competition even though he clearly played favorites.

    I didn’t care because the guy produced results. Yes, more NCs would have been nice, but the results were still solid.

  • USC’89

    Pete did one thing right, he hired Norm Chow. Thats it.

  • Trojan Conquest

    USC’89…….that comment just makes you look stupid. “one thing”? Come on.

  • CharIie Bucket

    Outstanding scoop, wolfie! keep ‘em coming!

  • Trojsteve5

    Wolf agree with you on under red shirting during the Carroll years unless a super frosh who figured to stay only four years at best. Anthony McCoy could have been back this season as an All-American candidate. Saw Malcolm Smith at the Northridge Fashion Ctr. going into the Red Robin restaurant wearing a Taft High jacket seems like a couple of years ago. He was a senior then so hard to believe he is going into his last year as a Trojan.