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South to get an overhaul

LOS ANGELES -- While Lane Kiffin and his USC Trojans staff attempt to rebuild the original Pete Carroll recruiting fence around the state of California and capitalize on their 10-win season nationally, Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA aren't wasting any time trying to lure the best coaches possible to turn their programs around and close the talent gap with the surging Trojans.

The riches of USC's 10-win season and the subsequent afterglow heading into the heart of the recruiting season can't be underestimated, and the timing apparently couldn't have come at a more critical period of time, especially as the coaching landscape of half the Pac-12 South Division teams appears headed for a potentially supercharged makeover.

Arizona has already hired nationally known Rich Rodriguez to guide the Wildcats. Before you quickly dismiss new Wildcats coach because of his stint at Michigan, remember what Rodriguez accomplished at West Virginia.