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a grind-it-out ground game led by Marshawn Lynch over the last-half of the season. That offensive mentality helped Seattle rank fi fth in the NFL with 1,212 rush yards over the last nine games of the season. Always competing, the Seahawks jumped out to a 4-2 record to begin the 2010 season and parlayed that in to the club’s fi fth NFC West title in the past seven seasons, punctuating the season with a 41-36 victory over the defending Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints at CenturyLink Field in the Wild Card Game. Carroll returned to the NFL after spending nine years (2001-09) as head coach at USC, where he won seven consecutive Pac-10 titles (2002-08), two national championships (2003-04) and led the Trojans to a 97-19 record. He reached a bowl in each of his nine seasons and won seven. His 88 victories from 2001 to 2008 tied Bob Pruett of Marshall for most by a Division I coach in their fi rst eight seasons since 1900 (Penn’s George Woodruff - 102). He reached 50 career USC wins faster than any head coach in Trojans history. From 2002-08, his teams appeared in an NCAA-record seven consecutive BCS bowls, recorded at least 11 victories seven times (an NCAA record) and fi nished ranked in the AP Top 4. USC was the AP’s No. 1 team for a national-record 33 straight polls (including two preseason polls) and was ranked in the AP Top 10 for a school-record 63 consecutive games. His teams were ranked in the AP Top 25 for 102 consecutive games, a school record. In 2009, he was named Coach of the Decade by Lindy’s. Also under Carroll, USC was the fi rst school to have three Heisman Trophy winners in a four-year span (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush). He also coached winners of the Walter Camp, Chuck Bednarik, Johnny Unitas, Doak Walker and John Mackey Awards. Carroll produced 34 All-American fi rstteamers and 53 NFL draft picks (including 14 fi rst-rounders, with a No. 1 selection in Carson Palmer and a No. 2 in Reggie Bush). His USC program had the nation’s most draftees in 2006, 2008 and 2009. USC posted a 12-1 record in 2008 and advanced to its fourth-consecutive Rose Bowl, defeating Penn State, 38-24, to become the fi rst team to win three straight Rose Bowls. In the polls, the Trojans fi nished ranked second by USA Today and third by AP. USC fi nished fi rst in scoring defense (9.8 ppg, its fi nest in 41 years), surrendering just 14 touchdowns in 2008. In 2007, USC went 11-2 and fi nished second in the USA Today poll and third in the AP poll, for its sixth AP Top 4 ranking in a row. Its 49-17 win over Illinois in the Rose Bowl equaled the most points ever in the bowl game. Five players were named All- American fi rst-teamers. USC posted an 11-2 mark in 2006, fi nished No. 4 in the fi nal polls and shared the Pac-10 title at 7-2 to capture an unprecedented fi fth straight conference crown. Five Trojans were All-American fi rst teamers and Carroll was named the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year (for the third time). His Trojans held AP’s No. 1 ranking for the entire regular season in 2005. USC went 12-1 overall to advance to the BCS Championship Game in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans, who fi nished second in both polls, boasted a schoolrecord six All-American fi rst-teamers, including Heisman Trophy-winning tailback Reggie Bush. He was the 2005 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year, as well as the American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Region 5 Coach of the Year. In 2004, he guided No. 1-ranked USC to its second consecutive national championship with a convincing win over Oklahoma in the BCS Championship Game in the Orange Bowl. USC became only the second team ever to hold its AP preseason No. 1 ranking all the way through a season. It was only the 10th time that a team won back-to-back AP crowns. His team was 13-0 (a school-record for wins) and went 8-0 in the Pac-10. A school-record six Trojans were named All- American fi rst teamers. The Trojans won the AP national championship, its fi rst national crown since 1978, and entered the Rose Bowl also ranked No. 1 in the USA Today/ESPN poll, in 2003. USC was 12-1 overall and fi nished the season ranked second. USC’s 534 points was a Pac-10 record. Five Trojans were fi rst-team All- Americans. For this, Carroll was named the 2003 American Football Coaches Association Division I-A Coach of the Year, Home Depot National Coach of the Year, Maxwell Club College Coach of the Year, ESPN.com National Coach of the Year, Pigskin Club of Washington D.C. Coach of the Year and All-American Football Foundation Frank Leahy Co-Coach of the Year. He also was the Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year. In 2002, USC posted its fi rst 11-win season since 1979 and its highest ranking (No. 4) since 1988. Heisman Trophywinning quarterback Carson Palmer and safety Troy Polamalu were fi rst team All-Americans. Carroll was named USC’s head football coach on December 15, 2000, and in his fi rst season, led the Trojans to the Las Vegas Bowl and a 6-6 record. He began his NFL career as defensive backs coach for Buffalo (1984) and Minnesota (1985-89) before becoming the N.Y. Jets defensive coordinator (1990-93) and head coach (1994). He spent two years as San Francisco’s defensive coordinator (1995-96), leading the league in total defense in 1995, before leading New England to a 27-21 record and two playoff appearances as head coach (1997-99). Carroll spent the 2000 season as a consultant for pro and college teams, doing charitable work for the NFL and writing a column on pro football for CNNSI.com. 35


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