So who is the most important coach in the USC football staff? Is it Peter Carroll's OC? His QB guru? His LB coach? Of course not. The most important "coach" in the USC staff is their team lawyer Carmen Trutanich (they call him "Nuch"!), who is always there to bail out those alleged thugs and rapists from trouble:
In the last year or so, the Southern California attorney has represented four Trojan football players -- tailback Hershel Dennis, former cornerback Eric Wright, former defensive lineman Manuel Wright and now Maualuga.
The stout, personable USC alumnus has worked as a prosecutor for the district attorney's office and, last summer, was hired by the city attorney to represent the Coliseum Commission in its dealings with the NFL.
As an attorney in private practice, Trutanich has no official connection to USC football, but team officials have referred players to him often enough that, last spring, the NCAA and Pacific 10 Conference investigated.
The 54-year-old man known as "Nuch," while declining to comment with Maualuga's case pending, has spoken previously of his work with USC athletes and, he says, some who played for other colleges.
"I hope no one else gets in trouble," he told The Times in April. "But I hope that anybody who gets in trouble calls me.... The bottom line is that I think I've done a great job representing student-athletes."
Asked about Trutanich, Coach Pete Carroll said: "He's part of the [USC] community. Somebody has to represent these guys."