The Pete Carroll era really spoiled USC fans by winning national championships, claiming Pac-12 titles and accumulating No. 1 rankings. All-Americans came flying off the cardinal-and-gold conveyor belt like soft drink cans at a bottling plant.
For a generation of baby boomers, the Carroll era finally brought back cherished memories of the John McKay and John Robinson teams of their youth. It was cardinal-and-gold football Camelot, a time when a world gone crazy was superseded by college football at its finest.
For the baby boomers of today, many of whom are now either into or planning their retirement, each season has become a precious gift to enjoy with no guarantee that in the circle of life there will be another to follow.