Always Compete

An Inside Look at Pete Carroll and the USC Football Juggernaut

Steve Bisheff

St. Martin's Press

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Just when USC football was in the midst of a horrific slump, when skeptics began to say the scholarship limits had conspired to make it impossible to recapture its old glory, Coach Pete Carroll arrived to transform and invigorate the program with his own bristling energy and style. He quickly reestablished the Trojans not only as the dominant college football team in the Pac-10 but as the preeminent program in the country, and the most entertaining team in the sport.

In the past seven years, Carroll has captured two National Championships, made an NCAA-record seven BCS bowl appearances, and produced three Heisman Trophy winners as well as more than thirty NFL draft picks, including seven in round number one.

For the first time ever, author Steve Bisheff has been given exclusive access to coaches and players, their meetings, practices, and locker room, as well as one-on-one interviews with Coach Carroll himself. Always Compete is both a revealing look at the tactics and personality of one of college football’s best coaches and a thrilling chronicle of the 2008 Trojans quest for another championship, culminating in their victory over Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

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ALWAYS COMPETE
IExcitement Amid a Fragile SpringIt is one of those almost-too-good-to-believe, 75-degree Los Angeles afternoons in late March, and the usual large, cardinal and gold-clad crowd spills through the sun-splashed gates at Howard Jones Field for the first day of USC spring football practice. The veterans among the spectators are dressed comfortably but are carrying Windbreakers or sweaters, well aware that the brisk spring winds will come rattling in about the same time the early evening shadows creep onto the manicured lawn before practice is over.

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Steve Bisheff

STEVE BISHEFF has covered USC football longer and more extensively than any other journalist in Southern California. He is a USC graduate, an award-winning journalist, and the author of five books, including Fight On! The Colorful History of USC Football. He lives in Irvine, California.

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Always Compete
An Inside Look at Pete Carroll and the USC Football Juggernaut
Steve Bisheff

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
September 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312560225
ISBN10: 0312560222
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 272 pages, Plus one 8-page color photo insert
$25.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2009
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ISBN: 9781429962261
ISBN10: 1429962267
272 pages, Includes eight pages of color photographs
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