The hiring of Coach Carroll in 2000 was not met with much excitement from
the Trojan community. His experience as
an NFL head coach with little recent college experience was not looked at
favorably by fans and alumni. He also
wasn't the first choice for the job. USC
first choice was the head coach at
Early on during Pete Carroll's regime they gave the fans and media plenty of ammunition against his hiring. The 2001 season began with 2 wins and 5 losses. Everyone believed that the fall of the Trojans was imminent and called for the firing of Carroll.
Coach Pete Carroll had faith in his players and his system. He very quickly turned things around and gained the trust, respect and admiration of fans, players and media. The players believed in his system and in their coach and the team began to win and win and win. The USC Trojans went on an unprecedented run where they won 67 of their next 74 games! They won two national championships and re-established USC football as an elite college football program. They also won every PAC 10 Conference championship between 2003 and 2008.
Winning has a way of erasing bad feelings. Everyone has since forgotten the early turmoil surrounding his hiring and the teams struggles during his first season as head coach. The hiring of Pete Carroll at USC is now looked at as one of the best hires of all time as he established a winning attitude and brought massive success to a proud institution.