30 for 30 (2009– )
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The rise and fall of USC Trojans football during Pete Carroll's coaching tenure.




Episode credited cast:
Lance Armstrong ... Himself
Reggie Bush ... Himself
Pete Carroll Pete Carroll ... Himself
Keith Jackson Keith Jackson ... Himself
Michael B. Jordan ... Himself - Narrator
Matt Leinart ... Himself
Petros Papadakis Petros Papadakis ... Himself
Bill Plaschke Bill Plaschke ... Himself
John Singleton ... Himself
Snoop Dogg ... Himself
Lawrence Turman Lawrence Turman ... Himself
LenDale White LenDale White ... Himself


When Pete Carroll took over the football program at USC after the 2000 season, the once-great Trojans were under siege. But thanks to his 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, victories and 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. 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. Written by ESPN Films

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Another Very Good Episode
17 November 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: Trojan War (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another highly entertaining documentary from ESPN has director Aaron Rahsaan Thomas taking a look at the Pete Carroll era at USC when they went to three straight National Championship games including what many consider the greatest game ever played. The documentary traces this period but also takes a look at the history of USC and their eventual fall from grace due to some improper benefits that star Reggie Bush received.

The best thing about this documentary is that it gives you interviews with many of the main ingredients to those Championship teams including Carroll, Matt Leinart and Lendale White. Obviously, Bush is absent, which is certainly a negative thing but he was asked to be in the film and declined. We also get interviews with "fans" of the program including Snoop Dogg and John Singleton. The documentary does a very good job at showing what Carroll did during his period and it also highlights that terrific third Championship game where we also get interviews with Mack Brown and Vince Young.

The only thing really missing from this is a more detailed examination of the benefits that Bush took and the overall lasting impact it had on the school. Still, fans of the team or the series will certainly enjoy this.

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