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A new feature to NCAA 12 is the Coaching Carousel.
A user can create oneself as either a head coach, offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator, working up the ranks and school to school. One can also choose an existing coach and start their dynasty that way.
As per bylaws, real names cannot be used, but just like the players, the coaches are similar to the real-life person.
USC's coaches are rated as follows:
Lane Kiffin, Head Coach: Prestige 83 (B)
Kennedy Polamalu, Offensive Coordinator: Prestige 74 (C+)
Ed Orgeron, Defensive Coordinator: Prestige 86 (B+)
Prestige is used for the following:
"Coach Prestige rating impacts several areas of the game including Recruiting, Player Progression, and the quality of the teams that could potentially be interested during the Carousel Stage. You will also notice that during a recruiting phone call a Coach’s Prestige rating is dynamic. Given all the areas it may impact, including potential job offers during the Carousel, Coach Prestige becomes a vitally important rating. Completing goals within a contract is just one way to improve Coach Prestige."
USC is not represented well in the this facet of the game, as Prestige is highly based on the coaches' ability to recruit and be hired for high-profile jobs. Polamalu is no slouch, but isn't as well-known nationally. The same cannot be said for Kiffin and Orgeron, who are two of the top recruiters in the country and have been at top programs across the country over their careers.
Alabama's Nick Saban has a Prestige rating of 97 (A+), while Auburn's head coach Gene Chizik and offensive coordinator Guz Malzahn have a Prestige rating of 99 (A+).
In the Pac-12, Oregon's Chip Kelly's Prestige rating is 97 (A+), the highest of any coach.
UCLA's Rick Neuheisel's prestige rating is 55 (D+), and his two other staff members have ratings of D (offensive coordinator) and D+ (defensive coordinator).
USC is behind only Oregon in terms of Prestige as a whole, but when factoring everything,—not just a few years—even then, USC is still the top dog in the conference when it comes to coaching staffs in real life.