Pete Carroll Era Timeline

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    Dec. 15, 2000
    Pete Carroll, who led the New England Patriots to the NFL playoffs twice in 3 years, has been named USC's head football coach, Trojan athletic director Mike Garrett announced today.

    Athletic Director Mike Garrett welcomes new football coach Pete Carroll in December 2000.
    Jan. 9, 2001
    Four new assistant coaches - including offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Norm Chow - have been named to the USC football staff, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

    Jan. 11, 2001
    Tailback Justin Fargas, a highly-acclaimed prep All-American in 1997 who spent the past 3 years at Michigan, has transferred to USC and has enrolled for the spring semester, new head coach Pete Carroll announced.

    Feb. 12, 2001
    Lane Kiffin, an assistant the past season with the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars and the son of longtime pro and collegiate coach Monte Kiffin, has been named USC's tight ends coach, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today as he finished assembling his 9-man assistant coaching staff.

    September 1, 2001
    New head coach Pete Carroll records his first career victory at USC with 21-10 win over San Jose State.

    November 17, 2001
    Pete Carroll beats cross-town rival UCLA for the first time as the Trojans' defense smothered No. 20 UCLA in a 27-0 victory.

    November 27, 2001
    USC earns first bowl berth of Pete Carroll Era by accepting to play in Vegas Bowl against Utah.

    February 6, 2002
    Trojans celebrate inaugural Carroll recruiting class with stars Winston Justice and Mike Williams

    March 4, 2002
    Tim Davis has been named an assistant at USC working with the offensive line, while Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC as an assistant in charge of the quarterbacks, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

    November 30, 2002
    Carson Palmer threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns, and USC outgained Notre Dame by an astounding 610 yards to 109 as the sixth-ranked Trojans beat the No. 7 Irish 44-13.

    Carroll, USC athletic director Mike Garrett and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer pose in front of USC's many trophies from the 2002 season.
    December 4, 2002
    Southern California's Carson Palmer on Wednesday won Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

    December 11, 2002
    Southern California offensive coordinator Norm Chow was picked as winner of the Broyles Award, given to the top assistant coach in college football.

    December 12, 2002
    Carson Palmer capped his rise to stardom by winning the Heisman Trophy, taking the bronze statue back to the West Coast for the first time in 21 years.

    December 14, 2002
    Southern California's Carson Palmer accepts the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, given annually to the nation's top senior quarterback.

    January 2, 2003
    Carson Palmer throws for 303 yards and a touchdown to help No. 5 Southern California beat No. 3 Iowa 38-17 in the Orange Bowl.

    January 8, 2003
    The 2002 USC football team finished as the nation's No. 1 team in a pair of computer rankings, the Sagarin poll and the Matthews/Scripps Howard poll.

    February 5, 2003
    USC football signs 22, including highly-touted running backs Reggie Bush and LenDale White and defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis.

    Carroll gets the ceremonial victory shower after winning the 2004 Rose Bowl.
    October 18, 2003
    With Matt Leinart throwing for 351 yards and four touchdowns, Southern California routed the Fighting Irish 45-14, beating their rivals by 31 for the second straight year.

    December 7, 2003
    Controversial Finish: With a win over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, USC could finish first in the AP poll.

    December 11, 2003
    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.

    January 1, 2004
    Top-ranked Southern California laid out its case for the national championship the best way it knew how - by dominating No. 4 Michigan with a 28-14 victory in the Rose Bowl.

    January 4, 2004
    The Trojans (12-1) beat out USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll champion LSU to claim the AP national title.

    January 6, 2004
    USC head coach Pete Carroll was named the 2003 Division I-A Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.

    August 14, 2004
    USC football starts where it finished -- No. 1 in AP poll.

    December 4, 2004
    With 29-24 win over cross-town rival UCLA, Carroll becomes first coach to beat Notre Dame and UCLA in three consecutive seasons.

    December 11, 2004
    Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart wins 2004 Heisman Trophy Award.

    December 23, 2004
    Leinart is named Associated Press Player of the Year.

    January 05, 2005
    USC records 22nd consecutive victory in 55-14 Orange Bowl rout of Oklahoma.

    January 05, 2005
    USC No. 1 from Start to Finish in AP Poll.

    January 22, 2005
    Pete Carroll and the Trojans joined in an hour-long celebration on campus to commemorate the team's undefeated season and national championship.

    February 02, 2005
    Fourteen high school football players signed letters of intent with two-time defending national champion USC, including Brian Cushing, Rey Maualuga, Matt Sanchez and Kevin Ellison.

    February 09, 2005
    Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC as quarterbacks coach, while Ken Norton Jr. has been elevated to a full-time assistant working with the linebackers, Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.

    Carroll gives words of wisdom to Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush during a 2005 game.
    April 24, 2005
    Mike Williams selected 10th as five Trojans are picked in 2005 NFL draft.

    October 15, 2005
    Last Second Touchdown Propels USC Over Notre Dame, 34-31.

    December 10, 2005
    Trojan wins the Heisman Trophy for the second consecutive year as running back Reggie Bush wins in a landslide.

    December 20, 2005
    Heisman winner Bush collects AP Player of Year Award.

    January 04, 2006
    In one of the most epic national championship games of all-time, USC falls to No. 2 Texas in Rose Bowl, 41-38.

    February 01, 2006
    USC Signs 21 Prep Footballers; Taylor Mays, Stanley Havili and Stafon Johnson among signees.

    Carroll celebrates after USC beat Notre Dame 44-24 in November, 2006.
    April 29, 2006
    Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart are drafted by the Saints and Cardinals with the 2nd and 10th pick, respectively, in the first round of the NFL Draft. Five other Trojans taken on first day.

    November 25, 2006
    No. 3 Trojans thrive in the spotlight as they pound No. 6 Notre Dame, 44-24.

    November 27, 2006
    USC head coach Pete Carroll was named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year, safety Taylor Mays was a Co-Freshman of the Year selection and 8 other Trojans were named to the All-Pac-10 first team.

    January 01, 2007
    Dwayne Jarrett caught 11 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns to help the eighth-ranked Trojans finish their season with a statement Monday in a 32-18 Rose Bowl romp over Michigan.

    August 03, 2007
    Trojans begin another season at the top of a national poll, this time as the No. 1 in the Coaches' Poll.

    January 01, 2008
    The Trojans (No. 7 BCS, No. 6 AP) rout Illinois 49-17 for their second straight Rose Bowl win. and showed the rest of the country that, yes, maybe they are the best team in college football right now.

    Carroll reacts to cornerback Cary Harris' interception against Illinois during the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, 2008.
    January 22, 2008
    USC football's sixth straight Pac-10 title ranks among the greatest moments in 2007 L.A. sports.

    September 13, 2008
    Mark Sanchez threw four touchdown passes and the top-ranked Trojans crushed No. 5 Ohio State 35-3 Saturday night in a matchup of two of college football's most successful programs.

    January 01, 2009
    Trojans make statement in routing Nittany Lions for record third consecutive Rose Bowl win.

    January 15, 2009
    Against the best wishes of his coach, USC junior quarterback Mark Sanchez chooses to enter NFL Draft.

    February 04, 2009
    Heralded quarterback Matt Barkley caps another superb recruiting class for USC in 2009.

    April 22, 2009 is a ground-breaking Web site aimed at bringing Carroll's unique "Win Forever" philosophy to children all over the country by taking advantage of the virtual world.

    After beating Boston College in the 2009 Emerald Bowl, Pete Carroll leaves the field for the last time as USC football coach.
    April 25, 2009
    Sanchez Drafted Fifth As Five Trojans Picked On First Day Of 2009 NFL Draft.

    August 27, 2009
    Carroll names freshman quarterback Matt Barkley as starter for the first time in Trojan history.

    September 13, 2009
    Freshman quarterback Matt Barkley and Joe McKnight drive their way into USC lore with a comeback win over No. 8 Ohio State, 18-15.

    October 17, 2009
    USC holds off Notre Dame for 8th consecutive win over rival, 34-27