Pete Carroll might have moved on, but Ricky Rosas--who was the "Special Assistant to the Head Coach" during the final few years of Carroll's tenure--still makes appearances in the Trojan football offices and at practice.
The 4-foot-8, 100-pound Rosas gained national attention while helping out the Trojans. He is developmentally disabled as a result of juvenile cancer, but he made a 90-minute bus ride from his home in East L.A. to USC nearly each day for those past few seasons to perform various duties for the Trojan football program, including handing out water at practices and running errands for the coaches.
He is now a 21-year-old sophomore at
His academic schedule has somewhat limited his ability to get to USC as often as the past few years, but he still shows up to help whenever he can...still taking that long bus ride.
And he's truly excited about the new coaching staff--he got to know new USC head coach Lane Kiffin during Kiffin's first tour of duty at Troy--and the 2010 Trojans.
"The coaches are great guys and I'm glad they're here," said Rosas, as he prepared to go out to today's spring practice. "I'm looking forward to another great season. I can't wait. The team looks good. They all look like they've gotten better. And the new players are everything people said they'd be."
Rosas has a message for Trojan fans: "I want to thank all of them for supporting me in everything I have done here. USC means the world to me and everybody here means everything to me. They're like family to me."