AirTalk for July 20, 2010

Pete Carroll on Trojans' winning strategy

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Head Coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans holds up the 94th Rose Bowl game winner's trophy after the USC Trojans defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini 49-17 in the Rose Bowl presented by Citi at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2008 in Pasadena, California.

In nine years at USC, head football coach Pete Carroll led the Trojans to seven straight Pac-10 titles and two national championships. Now he’s taken his winning coaching strategy to the NFL to coach the Seattle Seahawks. Shortly after his departure for Seattle, however, the NCAA imposed several sanctions against the Trojans, including a two-year post-season ban due to inappropriate benefits given to former player Reggie Bush. Does Carroll’s legacy with the Trojans remain intact? What exactly will he be remembered for in the world of college football? Carroll writes in his new book Win Forever: Live, Work and Play Like a Champion that his primary job is to create competitive situations for his players, allowing them to maximize their full potential both on and off the playing field. Did USC's wins come at a grave cost to the institution?

Guest:


Pete Carroll, coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, former head coach of the USC Trojan football team;author of Win Forever: Live, Work and Play Like a Champion


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