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We Need More People Like Pete Carroll

  • Apr 21, 2009
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Still work in progress.... 

Whether or not you like Pete Carroll as football coach, you have to respect him as person.  He has never ending energy which he has used to transform the USC football program to one of the top programs in the country.  As if that isn't a full time job, he is using his celebrity to really help the community around him.  And this isn't the charity cameo that we will see a lot of celebrities do... he is spending a lot of time and energy going 1 on 1 in a lot of neighborhoods that are overlooked or forgotten.

First, the football coach.  Bottom line... he is great.  His energy on field during games and practice is so contagious that i just love watching SC football again.  At practices (and i've been to a couple) he is throwing the ball (he's got a decent arm), running around with the kids, laughing and having fun out there.  It's great to see that spread to a player like Mark Sanchez, quarterback from the 2008 season, running around and really having fun out there.  That's what it's all about it anyway... it's football for pete's sake.  I don't want to make any 1 on 1 comparisons of his style to other coaches, but look up and down the sidelines and show me another coach that really looks like he is having fun out there.  Watching him makes me want to enjoy something that much... makes me want to enjoy living that much.  That is a sign of greatness.

Here is some fun stuff he has done with the team that gives some support for my thoughts that he really enjoys doing this job.  One of his frequent mantras is "always compete" and that shows up in the Will Ferrell clip.

Here's an April fools joke that he played on the team.  It's a little long, but a funny payoff.

Here is Will Ferrell as Captain Compete at USC practice:

It's not all roses in the coaching world.  I still can't forgive coach Carroll for the defensive call during Texas's final drive in the 2005 Rosebowl.  Why did he put the extra DBs in??  Why!!??!!???  I had to sit there and watch Vince Young drive down the field and eat up all the clock while TWO Heisman trophy winners (Leinart and Bush) sat on the sidelines.  Come on coach... i know blitzing in that situation is unorthodox and could give up the big play, but that is how you roll... you are unorthodox.  Even if we give up the big play, everyone in the Rosebowl knew that Leinart and Bush could have driven back down to win that game if they had a couple minutes.  Ugh... that was the most painful loss i've ever watched.  Really had me shaken up for a few days afterward... not sure why exactly, but it was a doozy.

Pete Carroll the man outside of coaching.  His involvement in the community through is charity, A Better LA, was well summarized here:  

23 Reasons Why a Profile of Pete Carroll Does Not Appear in This Space by J.R. Moehringer

My take on this article and his involvement to come soon....

Just was watching this recent video from a team meeting on Aug 21, 2009.  Not only does it get me excited about football season, but it's just a good message throughout.  It starts as a prank (as the team has many pranks played on each other) but then you can see how it transforms into some great energy and finishes with some poignant words from Bill Withers.  Worth the 6 minutes.


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April 30, 2009
I am sure no USC fan but like the Yankees they have always been to good. I admire Coach Carroll as a coach and as a man but I do not like the way his teams have beat up on my Arkansas Razorbacks. My NFL favorite the Airizona Cardinals do have Matt Leinart backing up Kurt Warner who will eventually enter the hall of fame. Perhaps Matt will get his chance soon as Kurt is now 38 but still playing at a superbowl level. Not to many coaches I have a distaste for. The South Carolina Coach, Buddy Ryan are a couple but for the most part these are fun out going guys. We had Lou Holtz at Arkansas for a few years. If you can't win you sure can laugh with Lou around. Clearly you are the son of Pet Carrol or a loyal USC fan.
April 30, 2009
Certainly a better college coach than a pro football coach. Real men don't take to his rah rah rah...kids do. That's why all his USC guys flop in the pros. :)
April 25, 2009
Wow -- Thanks for the LA Mag link. "Be Like Mike" should be changed to "Be Like Pete". I feel the need to be more efficient with my time!
April 24, 2009
Pete Carroll--his first season as head coach of the New England Patriots was magic, especially considering that he was filling Bill Parcells' giant boots. The Patriots have had more successful seasons since that time ten years ago, but Carroll is still one of the coaches I truly enjoyed watching. All the best to him!
April 22, 2009
nice write...anyone that has not check out the story on 60 minutes http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4667942n%3fsource=search_video but no more talk about texas I am still not over that
April 22, 2009
He is a good man and a great coach.
April 21, 2009
"for pete's sake"... you're punny! ; )
More Pete Carroll reviews
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2010
A self adsorbed individual who ran rather than face up to his responsibility at USC
Quick Tip by . May 04, 2010
Was a losing HC in the NFL before taking USC job. USC is now decimated by NCAA sanctions for recruiting violations. Carroll got out just in time.
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2009
Definately one of the greatest college coaches of all time. He really needs to be on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 2011!!
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Peter Clay Carroll (born September 15, 1951, in San Francisco, California) is an American football coach, a former National Football League head coach, and the current head coach of the University of Southern California Trojans football team, having held that position since 2001. In his time at USC, the Trojans have made it to multiple national championship games (winning the National Championship in 2004 and splitting the National Championship in 2003) and have consistently emerged as Pacific-10 Conference champions. Carroll's winning percentage (85.4%) is the highest among all active coaches with a minimum of five years at a Football Bowl Subdivision program.

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