One conversation I will never forget with Pete Carroll occurred in Dec., 2003, when USC had won 19 of 20 games, including an Orange Bowl. It would soon defeat Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
“What changed?” I asked Carroll about the turnaround from 2001.
“I fixed the offense,” Carroll said.
“What do you mean you fixed the offense?” I said.
“I had to fix it after the first season,” Carroll said.
“What was wrong with it?” I said.
“We were running the BYU offense,” Carroll said.
This was a sign of two things: Carroll didn’t like the amount of credit Norm Chow received at the time. And it was an early sign Chow was going to get pushed out, which happened about 14 months later.