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Replacement Trojans shining in anonymity

You might not know the current Trojans, but that doesn't mean they're any less talented than last year's squad, writes Ivan Maisel.

Updated: December 1, 2006, 9:50 AM ET
By Ivan Maisel | ESPN.com

Pete Carroll can enter a stream of consciousness during a news conference and not get out until the Coast Guard rescues him. His explanations surge on and off the subject, swirling into eddies, backing out of nasty sections of the river, racing through the rapids and daring those listening to keep up with him.

Tucked away in one of his answers at his news conference Tuesday, four days before the No. 2 Trojans play crosstown rival UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl (ABC, 4:30 p.m. ET), was Carroll's ...

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