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"That's been a real tough time," Carroll told reporters Monday in Seattle. "It's been a hard time for the Trojan family, a hard couple of years. This is difficult too.
"It's getting a lot of interest for obvious reasons. It's a huge program and all of that. I've known Lane since he was a little kid, so I feel for him in this situation. But they've made a decisive move and they're going to move forward. They'll make a good choice and get the thing going the way they want to go. But it's very difficult."
"Ed [Orgeron] has been through enough as a head coach and he's got a real way about him that resonate, and he can take control of a very difficult situation and make something happen that's positive," Carroll said.