December 8th, 2008, 10:24 pm · posted by Chris Tobolski, OCVarsity.com
USC coach Pete Carroll made his second guest speaker appearance at the CIF-SS football press conference and luncheon Monday at the Rose Center in Westminster.
The last time Carroll spoke was in 2002, when the Trojans claimed their first Pac-10 championship under their new coach.
He began by saying he was honored to be in the room with champions and leaders. He talked about the hard work the coaching staffs put in and how the players “can’t imagine how happy the coaches are to be here.”
Carroll proceeded to speak about the USC program and how they approach their program.
“Everything we do we compete at,” he said. “You guys are probably tired of hearing it, but it’s essential. We turn everything into a competition.”
Carroll brought up the importance of enjoying the moment and letting it all sink in.
“Let’s not miss anything,” he told the room. “Let’s feel it.”
He related the feeling of the Trojans making the Rose Bowl and it’s not what people might expect. He said he’s thrilled to be outright Pac-10 champs and is players are enjoying every moment of it.
Carroll finished by talking about how you approach the game is key.
“This is what the challenge is about,” he said. “Everything you have, you bring it all.
“We don’t get caught up in who we are playing. We battle every single day in drills. We are battling ourselves to take it as far as we can in that moment.
“We find ways to generate the best we have to offer. Whether we lose or not, we can’t do more than that.”