Pete Carroll Named National Coach Of The Year

Dec. 11, 2003

LOS ANGELES -- USC head coach Pete Carroll, whose No. 1-ranked Trojans are headed to the Rose Bowl, has been named the Home Depot National Coach of the Year.

He will receive the award on Thursday (Dec. 11) during the Home Depot College Football Awards Show in Orlando, Fla., which will air live at 4 p.m. PST on ESPN.

Carroll, in his third year at USC, has guided the Trojans to an 11-1 record in 2003. USC has its first No. 1 ranking since the middle of the 1981 season and enters a bowl ranked No. 1 for the first time since 1972.

His Trojans have won their last 8 games (and 19 of the last 20) and posted back-to-back seasons of double digit wins for the first time since 1978 and 1979. For just the second time in history (the other time also was 1978 and 1979), USC swept traditional rivals UCLA and Notre Dame in consecutive years.

His 2003 squad features a potent offense, a stingy defense and productive special teams. USC, which has scored at least 20 points in its last 25 games and 30 in its last 11 contests (both school records), have tallied at least 40 points in the past 7 games (the first time any Pac-10 school has done that). USC's 506 points is a Pac-10 record. The defense leads the nation in turnover margin, has forced 41 turnovers and has scored 8 touchdowns. USC is allowing just 61.1 yards rushing per game, second best in the country. And the Trojans top the nation in net punting.

Carroll earlier was named the 2003 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year (USC's first honoree since Larry Smith in 1988) and the American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Region 5 Coach of the Year.

He is 28-9 (75.7%) in three years as a college head coach (all at USC). His losses were by a total of 42 points (4.7 average) and only one was by more than a touchdown (it was by 11 points). After starting off his Trojan career 2-5, he has gone 26-4 (86.7%).

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