Feb 3, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll during the winning team press conference the day after Super Bowl XLVIII at Sheraton New York Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll criticizes NCAA during USC visit


Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll returned to his old stomping grounds Wednesday night, giving a speech at USC’s Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

After finishing his talk, Carroll fielded questions from reporters. Not surprisingly, the NCAA sanctions the USC Trojans incurred under Carroll were asked about, to which Carroll responded by saying the NCAA bungled the situation:

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

He continued:

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. 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.”

The last of the penalties expire this year.

[Source: Los Angeles Times]

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