In Super Bowl XLVIII, two key pieces of the victory for the Seahawks hailed from the University of Southern California.
The first obvious piece would be head coach Pete Carroll. He was the leader of the early-to-mid 2000's USC dynasty when he went 97-19 and went 7-2 in bowl games including 4-1 in Rose Bowls. That was ended when he left and the sanctions on Reggie Bush and company crashed down on the university. Now at Seattle he has gone 38-26 in his four years and 24-8 in the last two, now he can add a Super Bowl to his decorated career. He is now only the third head coach to win a college football national championship and a Super Bowl.
The second valuable piece would be Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. Malcolm Smith was there for Carroll's last three years at USC. That huge 69-yard pick-six he had against Manning wasn't the first 60+ yard pick-six he had had in a big game. In his junior year at USC, he had a 62-yard pick-six in the first quarter against cross-town rival UCLA. He has been a ball hawk for the Seahawks lately, and this was the icing on the cake. In his last 5 games he had an interception in four of them including yet another pick six in Week 17 against the St. Louis Rams. Malcolm Smith was the X-Factor that yet again slipped up on everybody in the two weeks following up to the big game.
We have known for a while now that USC was a NFL factory of talent (notably the QB and LB positions (hello Malcolm Smith)), but now even a coach is making waves at the next level of the sport. What will the Trojans pull out of their crazy decorated helmets next?