Pete Carroll buttoned his jacket, straightened his cardinal-colored tie, clipped on a microphone and settled into a seat on ESPN’s “GameDay” set.
It was Jan. 7, the day of the Bowl Championship Series title game between No. 1 Alabama and No. 2 Texas.
USC’s telegenic coach, winner of two national titles and the leader of perhaps the decade’s most high-profile college football program, was at the Rose Bowl to provide guest commentary, his Trojans having finished a disappointing season two weeks earlier at the Emerald Bowl.