The annual Coach of the Year award in college football is about leadership as well as coaching. After the second game of the 2009 college football season, USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll seems to be the most likely person to win the 2009 Coach of the Year award.
Pete Carroll has led the USC Trojans to Pac-10 conference football championships every year since 2002, as well as to national championships in 2003 and 2004.
The 2009 college football season schedule for the University of Southern California Trojans was not easier than other seasons. They faced some mighty skilled football programs every single week.
Win over Ohio State Buckeyes
On Saturday, September 12, the USC Trojans defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes by a score of 18-15. The game was played at Ohio State’s stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
The importance of this win was huge because it was a game played by two teams that were then ranked in the top eight teams in the nation by the AP Top 25 Poll. Thus, this game was likely the toughest game of the year for both teams, at least in their regular season.
A win by either team would likely move them up in the polls. Since USC won, they had a good chance of moving higher than their then-ranking of #3 in the polls. The loser of the game, the Ohio State Buckeyes, faced a long uphill climb toward any chance at playing for the national title.
Freshman Quarterback Matt Barkley
USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll deserves extra credit for his leadership in using a young, inexperienced quarterback. Matt Barkley was in high school a year earlier and at just 19 years old seems the most unlikely person to be the starting quarterback for the mighty Trojans.
Quarterback Matt Barkley showed some inexperience early in the game when he threw an interception. However, late in the game with the Trojans behind in points, he led his team all the way down the field and the Trojans scored a touchdown and then a two-point conversion. They would not give up their lead.
Tough 2009 Schedule
The 2009 schedule for the Trojans was not an easy one. After all, few teams would want to face Ohio State on the road in just the second game of the season.
Even after Ohio State, the Trojans faced some tough opponents in highly-regarded California Bears and Notre Dame.
Pete Carroll led the Trojans through some very tough opponents in the 2009 college football season and he deserves to be the 2009 Coach of the Year.
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University of Southern California, www.usc.edu