It's safe to say that the name Pete Carroll is synonymous with USC Football. The now-head-coach of the Seattle Seahawks helped guide the Trojans through one of the most remarkable stretches in the school's storied history.
During his nine year tenure at the helm, Carroll accomplished a 97-19 record (.836 winning percentage), coached three Heisman winners, and won two national championships. Under Carroll, the Trojans appeared in seven straight BCS bowls, their only loss coming at the hands of the Texas Longhorns in the 2006 BCS Championship Game. The Trojans also won 35 consecutive games and saw 56 players coached by Carroll become drafted in the NFL. Carroll's most important accomplishment might have been his 14-2 record against rivals Notre Dame and UCLA.
The Trojans and Carroll have maintained a rocky relationship ever since the coach bolted the school after news of impending sanctions. Carroll continued his success in the NFL, however, appearing in the past two Super Bowls, and coming away with a Super Bowl XVIII win.
Despite the recent turmoil that USC faced due to violations under the Carroll era, the University will welcome the former coach with open arms this weekend. According to Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports, Carroll will receive a honorary degree from the University and be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.
Pete Carroll will receive an honorary degree from #USC this weekend & will be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 12, 2015
It is well suited that Carroll comes back to the Trojan family. Carroll helped turn a struggling Trojan program into a national contender year in and year out. Carroll was an amazing coach but an even more amazing person. His ability to inspire and challenge his players are what set him apart during his time at USC.
Fight On Pete!