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Dynasties tough to build, harder to maintain

Pete Carroll won't talk about the "D" word, but coaches who have built them say Carroll is building a dynasty at USC.

Updated: August 10, 2005, 2:28 PM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

On the morning before the FedEx Orange Bowl in January, someone floated the concept of a Trojans dynasty before USC coach Pete Carroll. With a defeat of Oklahoma the next night, USC would have 22 consecutive victories, a record of 36-3 (.923) over three seasons, and, most important, back-to-back national championships.

"The big D word," Carroll said. "I think anybody that makes that statement is like people talking in the third person."

Regardless of what Pete Carroll thinks of Pete ...

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