For USC Trojans, Nothing Less Than Perfection Is Acceptable

Doug UrschelCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 4:  Keith Rivers #55 and Lofa Tatupu #58 of the USC Trojans celebrate after sacking Jason White #18 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the third quarter during the FedEx Orange Bowl 2005 National Championship on January 4, 2005 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

There is no other team in college football that expects perfection more than the University of Southern California Trojans. All of the coaches expect perfection, they don't demand it.  If a player does not perform as expected, he is replaced. It's that simple.

The USC players compete for playing time, in the classroom and on the field. If a player misses a class, it is reflected in his status on the team. Coach Pete Carroll is often heard saying, "team first."  The quickest way into Carroll's doghouse is to violate that rule.

Coach Carroll cannot stand turnovers, unless it's USC getting the ball. USC rarely turns the ball over to the other team, but there are consequences when a player does. When you see a running back fumble, watch him walk to the bench, remove his helmet, and look like he is done for the game.  Most likely, he is.

Carroll has been as successful as any coach in the nation in recruiting. He has been able to put together a depth chart that is unmatched by any other team. Carroll will not recruit a player who is concerned about a depth chart. 

Carroll reminds everyone around him that his entire thought process surrounds a belief in competition. He wants players who want to compete each second they are involved in football. A player who asks about depth charts is not that interested in competing.

Carroll's teams continue raising NCAA records involving BCS bowls, number of consecutive 11-or-more-win seasons, and AP records for consecutive rankings of No. 4 or higher.  USC also continues in its PAC-10 records.

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None of the above will mean a thing if USC loses a game by a single point. The more that USC accomplishes, the more that people expect.

USC's opponents in 2009

  1. San Jose State
  2. @ Ohio State
  3. @ Washington
  4. Washington State
  5. @ California
  6. @ Notre Dame
  7. Oregon State
  8. @ Oregon
  9. @ Arizona State
  10. Stanford
  11. UCLA
  12. Arizona                                     

I don't see any FCS schools in the schedule.  However, I do see teams that have preseason rankings. USC will play most of the preseason ranked teams on the road.

There is a fact that some might want to argue about, but it's still a fact. As far as the BCS, Harris, and computer polls are concerned, USC winning at Ohio State will mean no more than Florida winning against Charleston Southern, a FCS school. 

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