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Kiffin looks to improve in year two

2011 team has some interesting parallels to Pete Carroll's second year at Troy

Updated: September 2, 2011, 1:13 PM ET
By Garry Paskwietz | We Are SC

The Trojans open the 2011 season Saturday amid much uncertainty around where the program stands under second-year coach Lane Kiffin. Perhaps some perspective can be found in looking back at the last time a Trojans coach was entering his second season, as there are many similarities between the 2002 Trojans and this year's squad.

In 2002, nobody really knew what USC had in Pete Carroll. His first season at Troy had resulted in a 6-6 record and a Las Vegas Bowl loss to Utah, but there was ...

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