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Close but no cigar

'National title or bust' standard kept some USC coaches from being elite

Updated: June 21, 2012, 9:17 PM ET
By Greg Katz | WeAreSC.com
LOS ANGELES -- You've perhaps heard the term "close but no cigar?" Well, there have been USC head football coaches that actually got the cigar, but they didn't come close enough to smoke the big stogie.

The cigar is bowl appearances, but the big stogie is national championships.

[+] EnlargeTed Tollner
Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty ImagesTed Tollner won a Rose Bowl at USC, but consecutive 7-5 seasons marked the end of his Trojans coaching career.
Trojans fans know the names of Howard Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll, all linked by national championships. Jones, McKay, and Robinson are in the College Football Hall of Fame, and Carroll stands a solid shot of joining them in the future.

Greg Katz | email

Columnist, WeAreSC.com

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