I guess it’s time for another quick flashback.
On Signing Day in 2005, I met with Pete Carroll about 8 p.m. but for a different reason: To speak about the fact I had heard he was going to take the offensive coordinator’s title away from Norm Chow.
It was really Carroll’s way to push Chow out and hire back Steve Sarkisian. Lane Kiffin and Sarkisian were heard at the Senior Bowl in December plotting for a way to take over playcalling and push out Chow and this was probably the first time I spoke to Carroll about it.
At one point, I remember saying to Carroll, “It doesn’t bother you that Chow and Kiffin are not speaking to each other?”
“They haven’t spoken to each for three years,” Carroll said.
It was interesting that in the midst of USC’s glorious run, the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach had zero relationship. Even more amazing, Carroll decided to side with Kiffin/Sarkisian over Chow. USC never won another national title, obviously.