Pete Carroll gives acknowledgement to USC Trojans’ big win over Stanford

Nov 10, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll on the sideline against the Atlanta Falcons during the second quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight was a magical night in Los Angeles inside the Coliseum. The resurgent USC Trojans welcomed in the fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal and they showed them the door with a 20-17 upset.

The atmosphere in the stadium tonight was electric throughout. The fans were raucous and the Trojans’ players were right on point. They looked at times as if they were the ranked team on the field, not the men clad in all white.

It was kind of reminiscent to the days when the USC football program ruled the college football world back in the mid-2000s. The days when Heisman trophies and national championships were a normal, every year occurrence.

Well, after the big win this evening, the leader of those teams–former head coach and current Seattle Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll–gave a little recognition to the program’s accomplishment on this night:

Now, some can take this one of two ways. Some may say it’s a nice gesture, while others might be a little skeptical as they believe that Carroll turned his back on the program when he left for the NFL, knowing that the school would be put under sanctions.

Topics: College Football, Pete Carroll, USC Trojans

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  • Ben Factor

    I think Pete Carroll gets too much heat for how and when he left. He came from the NFL, he declined, yet interviewed for, NFL jobs annually.

    Some people somehow assume that Carroll knew that very severe scholarship losses were imminent. However, the entire USC “community” was pretty shocked when the sanctions were announced. Suddenly, Carroll and Garrett became villains.

    The fact is that Carroll created and executed a stunning strategy when hired at USC. His early work there could be studied as a Harvard Business School case study. He analyzed the college game, and installed a different sort of offense in partnership with Norm Chow. He was a marketing wizard, who exploited every advantage that USC and Los Angeles had. He knew he was coaching kids, not steady professionals. He made it fun, and got them to play big in the big games, and do what was necessary in not-so-big games.

    He lost his hunger for the job over the years. It showed in his recruiting, and in his complacency about choice of assistant coaches. If I had to guess, he got bored. When Sanchez left early, Carroll knew that a BCS championship was no longer a near-term likelihood. His disappointment showed in a rare display of bad form in public.

    As to Garrett, Jerry Buss himself, who knew a bit about sports management, said Garrett didn’t get enough love for what he did.

    Nothing lasts forever. USC will be very fortunate if its next hire “turns his back on USC” after an achievement on the scale of Carroll’s tenure I’m happy for him that he is finding success in the NFL, which was always his life’s dream. Good for him.

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