When Pete Carroll said, “I don’t even know anybody hardly down there” about USC, my antennas went up.
I know Carroll has talked to Mike Bohn and Carroll is notorious for giving advice in coaching searches. Years ago, he told me he called Nebraska and recommended Jeff Tedford because he wanted to get Tedford out of the Pac-10.
Carroll’s comment does illustrate one issue: USC has had such a turnover among its administrators that one wonders if anyone who understands the tradition is involved in the decision-making process?
The new coach will be picked by the ex-Cincinnati crowd. But will anyone with USC ties offer some input? In the past, people like Willie McGinest or Keyshawn Johnson might be involved but who knows now?