30 for 30: Trojan War (2015)

ESPN Films

When Pete Carroll took over the football program at USC after the 2000 season, the once-great Trojans were under siege. But thanks to Caroll's football knowledge, upbeat personality, and recruiting skills, Southern Cal was soon back atop the college football world as home attendance skyrocketed. Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, and Reggie Bush won Heismans, and the Trojans put together a 34-game winning streak. As it would be later discovered, though, the program was committing sins that would result in lost scholarships, lost victories, and the loss of one of those Heismans. But those revelations didn't come until after the national championship game in the 2006 Rose Bowl between USC and the University of Texas. From award-winning director Aaron Rahsaan Thomas, featuring interviews with Carroll, Leinart, and others inside the USC program at the time, TROJAN WAR looks at Carroll's nine-year USC reign through the prism of that game, considered one of the greatest in college football history. It was also the beginning of the end.

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