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Carroll, USC hoping the party never stops

Originally Published: January 5, 2005
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The joy remained etched on Pete Carroll's face, fighting crease by crease with the fatigue that comes from an all-night celebration. The chair next to him, reserved for quarterback Matt Leinart, went unoccupied.

"Let's say he's not the lone victim," the USC coach said. "It was Mardi Gras right there at the (Westin) Diplomat. Families and kids and coaches and players, all dancing and having a wonderful time together. ... I challenged them not to go to sleep last night ...

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