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USC football: Pete Carroll and Trojans dine late ... or early

September 11, 2009 |  7:00 am

Carroll_240 NCAA rules that forbid teams from traveling more than 48 hours before a game had USC rolling into its team hotel in Ohio at about 2:30 a.m. EDT.

That didn't stop the Trojans from doing what they always do when they arrive.

"I'm ready to chow down right now," Coach Pete Carroll said as he led a procession of players, coaches and staff toward a ballroom set up with a  full buffet. "We're going to eat and go to bed."

Players will get a late-morning wake-up call and then go into meetings before a midday practice. Later, the Trojans will head to Ohio Stadium for a walk-through.

The Trojans' game against Ohio State kicks off at 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday.

--Gary Klein 

Photo: Trojans' coach Pete Carroll reacts at a press conference on Tuesday at Heritage Hall to discuss the upcoming game against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Photo credit: Kirby Lee / US Presswire.

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