Everyone says the SEC is the best conference, but don’t tell that to Pete Carroll, who thinks very highly of the Pac-10:
“Our conference is so challenging to us. Year-in and year-out, our toughest games come from in conference. I can’t imagine any conference better than the Pac-10. I think it’s the best in the country. We see it week-in and week-out in the coaching, the players and the style of play, which is cutting edge.”
If anyone in the country can ask ‘what if?’, it’s Carroll. He was 19 seconds from a third-straight national title in 2005 and then dropped games to lesser teams like UCLA, Oregon State and Stanford since then that have kept USC out of at least two more national title games. That has led Carroll to be a staunch proponent of a playoff system.
“(If I were in charge of the NCAA) we would have an awesome playoff system,” he said. “I’d find a way to create a system we can all get excited about while still maintaining the bowl games that make the sport so special.”
Moving on to the coming season, there’s a lot of curiosity over who will be the next USC quarterback. But hold the phones on all that talk over incoming phenom Matt Barkley.
“The quarterback situation is clear now,” said Carroll. “Aaron Corp is the guy. He completed over 70 percent of his passes and only threw one interception all spring.”
If the quarterback spot has been in question, that has not been the case at safety, where returning All-American Taylor Mays is poised for a run at the Thorpe Award.
“He is the epitome of maximizing one’s experience at USC,” said Carroll. “He could have gone to the NFL, but he wanted to graduate and have a great senior year. There’s never been a guy bigger, faster or stronger playing his position.”