Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/3/14
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It was 2008 in Los Angeles, and Pete Carroll was running up the score on Charlie Weis. Again. When it was over, and USC had beaten Notre Dame 38-3, Carroll went out to midfield, cool silver hair billowing, to shake Weis' hand. Weis was hobbling, jealous of Carroll's Hollywood star power and, as usual, with that disgusting white stuff at the corner of his mouth. It was such a shocking disparity between programs, not just the score, but moreso the scene, the picture, the image. And it all happened in front of so many recruits using that image to help decide where to go to college. If you would have looked ahead that day, you'd have figured that those recruits would be the key players in 2012 for this Saturday night's game. A game like that, a scene like that -- following the 38-0 USC win the year before -- should have solidified USC's spot in the rivalry and scared off Notre Dame's recruits. There is no draft in college football, where the worst teams get the best players. These sce...
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