When Pete Carroll lost to Cal in 2003, he then tried to get Bears coach Jeff Tedford jobs at Nebraska and the Chicago Bears. Carroll told me he wanted to get Tedford out of the Pac-10 because he was competition.
In retrospect, it might seem foolish but remember Tedford nearly beat USC in 2004 too. Carroll wasn’t too happy when Jim Harbaugh (above) was at Stanford. So what fear does USC strike throughout the Pac-12 now?
Coaches were pretty happy when Lane Kiffin was at USC. What about Steve Sarkisian? I’d say the consensus within the conference is things will be tougher than under Kiffin but no one is really too disturbed about it either.