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Neuheisel sees his opening

Experiences of the one-time walk-on have shaped him into the coach he is today

Updated: January 29, 2010, 1:12 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Rick Neuheisel knew something was up. He could sense it.

Why in the world was Pete Carroll doing television work at the BCS national title game?

"That's not like him to find time for this," Neuheisel said to himself as he saw Carroll down on the field before the Jan. 7 game.

The next morning, his suspicions were confirmed by an avalanche of chatter. Less than 24 hours later, it was everywhere: Carroll was leaving USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks.

It ...

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