Kiffin puts his stamp early

The free-wheeling days of Pete Carroll are over as USC opens spring practice

Updated: March 31, 2010, 7:13 PM ET
By Mark Saxon | ESPNLosAngeles.com

As players entered the practice field at USC on Tuesday for their first spring practice, they were greeted with a sign on the gate that read, "Lock In!"

And it had nothing to do with the school's new policy of restricting public access to practice.

By the time the players got through their first day -- which dragged on for nearly three hours -- the term "lockdown" might have felt just as fitting. The days of free-wheeling Pete Carroll, who often participated in drills and liked to ...

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