Posted February 27, 2014

Pete Carroll: NCAA made ‘terrible error’ in USC sanctions

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Pete Carroll had a 83-19 record in nine seasons as coach at Southern California. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Pete Carroll had a 83-19 record in nine seasons as head coach at Southern California. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll ripped the NCAA for the way it sanctioned USC’s football and basketball programs, saying the organization made a “terrible error” in punishing the school.

USC was hit with a two-year bowl ban and lost 30 scholarships over a three-year period because of extra benefits received by former running back Reggie Bush (and his family) and former basketball player O.J. Mayo.

Carroll, who coached the Trojans from 2001 to 2009, spoke at an event at the USC campus on Wednesday night and went all in on his feelings about the NCAA.

“We made some mistakes along the way but I don’t think it was dealt with properly,” he said, via the Los Angeles Times. “I thought it was dealt with poorly and very irrationally and done with way too much emotion instead of facts.”

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Carroll left USC after the 2010 season after leading the Trojans to two national championships and seven BCS bowl appearances.

“I just think it was not handled well,” he added of the NCAA. “I sat in the meetings. I listened to the people talk. I listened to the venom that they had for our program,” Carroll said. “They didn’t understand a thing about what we were all about….They never were here.  And they didn’t want to hear it. They never even got close to hearing what we’re all about….

“They tried to make it out like it was something else. They made a terrible error.”


6 comments
BillRobinson
BillRobinson

I see the irrational haters at work below. The NCAA is a disgrace in many ways with their hypocrisy. All they care about is money and power. The thing they care least about is the welfare of the student athletes. One of their greatest areas of failure is their approach to dealing with rules infractions. They have no reasonable due process in place and no recognition of precedents.

I have no ties to USC. All you have to do is look at the way they have handled USC, Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina, Miami, and others, and any objective person can only conclude there is no consistency or fairness whatsoever. USC's issue was the parents of one player, Reggie Bush. USC's penalties were far worse than all the other schools, whose infractions were far more systemic.

As to Seattle, their infractions were one more player (5) over a four year period, and one of the five players was penalized for an infraction that took place while with another team. Their record was 2-3 % higher than half the teams in the NFL and just slightly greater than the Broncos, Giants, and Patriots.

SolFrozenYogurt
SolFrozenYogurt

All the haters are still mad at Pete bcuz he dragged all of them weak sec & big 10 teams up and down the field lol. He should've won 3 NCs but he won 2 & a SB Ring lol. USC made Bama & Saban look like chumps with how they were blowing out "top" teams from coast to coast from "any" & "every" conference. They were the last great team no doubt before the NCAA decided to cripple them and PROMOTE the sec in their place.

jshunk16
jshunk16

“They tried to make it out like it was something else. They made a terrible error.”


OK, then what was it? Pete jumped the sinking ship like the rat that he is so he could go back to the NFL and make millions while USC suffered through its punishment. It's easy for him to say this now, since he didn't have to endure any of it.

DSM
DSM

Thats what they all say. How about giving a factual analysis of his claims?

svhornsfan
svhornsfan

@SolFrozenYogurt  USC didn't win 3 NCs because they got their butt whipped in arguably the best college football game ever played. Everything was left on the field in 2005 and Texas should've, and did win.