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Monday, January 11, 2010
Big Ten will welcome Carroll's departure

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Pete Carroll is leaving USC, and the Big Ten, like most conferences, should be pleased to see him go.

As stated many times in this blog, USC has done more damage to the Big Ten's national reputation than any team, or, for that matter, any league this decade. Carroll has coached the Trojans since 2001.

While the Big Ten really improved its standing during the recent bowls, the league didn't face USC.

Carroll's departure will have a major impact on national recruiting, and Big Ten teams could benefit from players like wide receiver Kyle Prater reconsidering their commitments to USC. But the biggest effect from Carroll's exit could come on the field.

The Big Ten went 0-7 against Carroll's teams, with five of those losses coming in BCS bowls (four Rose, one Orange). A Big Ten team hasn't beaten USC since Aug. 25, 1996, when Penn State knocked off the Trojans in the Kickoff Classic. USC, by the way, is 68-27-2 all time against Big Ten teams.

Minnesota will have the Big Ten's first crack at a Carroll-less USC, as the Golden Gophers host the Trojans on Sept. 18 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Here's a look back at Carroll vs. the Big Ten:

Jan. 3, 2003: USC 38, Iowa 17 (Orange Bowl)
Jan. 1, 2004: USC 28, Michigan 14 (Rose Bowl)
Jan. 1, 2007: USC 32, Michigan 18 (Rose Bowl)
Jan. 1, 2008: USC 49, Illinois 17 (Rose Bowl)
Sept. 13, 2008: USC 35, Ohio State 3
Jan. 1, 2009: USC 38, Penn State 24 (Rose Bowl)
Sept. 12, 2009: USC 18, Ohio State 15