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August 22, 2008
That all changed with Pete Carroll's arrival.
USC's emergence under Carroll shows how much of a difference a coach can make. USC went 7-5 in Carroll's debut season in 2001, but the Trojans have finished among the top four teams in the season-ending Associated Press poll each of the past six seasons.
The Trojans have won at least a share of two national championships and six consecutive Pac-10 titles under Carroll. No wonder Carroll is the No. 1 coach in the Rivals.com Power Rankings, which measure the nation's top players and coaches at each position.
Carroll's two national titles carried plenty of weight in our decision. The top five coaches in our rankings have national titles on their r?m? Six of the top seven led their teams to BCS games last season.
We're introducing our preseason power rankings on a position-by-position basis. We'll continue Saturday with the introduction of our offensive coordinator rankings.
The rating of a player and coach can fluctuate each week during the season depending on how they fared the previous week, but the power rankings measure overall career performances as well as their most recent results.
Steve Megargee is a national writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.