Carroll was once a Buckeye

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

College football coaches are nomads with extremely understanding families, and many have been on both sides of matchups between powerhouse programs. USC's Pete Carroll is no different, though many might not know he once stood on the Ohio State sideline.

The blog Eleven Warriors has an interesting story about Carroll's tenure as Ohio State's secondary coach under head man Earl Bruce in 1979. Carroll left his mark on the Buckeyes defensive backs, who came up with several huge plays during the 1979 season, none bigger than safety Todd Bell's blocked punt return for a touchdown that beat Michigan. The play gave Ohio State the Big Ten title and Carroll the first of many trips to the Rose Bowl. Ohio State's opponent? None other than USC, led by mammoth tackle Anthony Munoz. The Trojans won the game -- has anything changed? -- and Carroll left for N.C. State the next year.

Check out the YouTube clip below the story, as Carroll reflects on his first trip to Pasadena. He'll be about 15 miles south of the Rose Bowl on Sept. 13, as Ohio State takes on USC at the L.A. Coliseum.