Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll says he didn't join NFL to avoid NCAA sanctions at USC


When Pete Carroll left the USC Trojans head coaching job back in 2010, he did so just in time to conveniently avoid getting hammered with NCAA sanctions that saw the Trojans lose a National Championship, lose a Heisman Trophy and become banned from bowl games for the next few years.

It was a move that many rolled their eyes at at the time as it was pretty clear what Carroll was doing, but four years and a Super Bowl win later and Carroll is looking back at the incident in the most innocent of ways.

Carroll told the Los Angeles Times that he didn’t join the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 to run away from the NCAA sanctions a lot of people saw coming, and even went as far as to say he would have stayed at the school had he known they were coming.

“The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn’t turn away from,” Carroll told the Los Angeles Times. “. . . The NCAA came back at the university . . . ‘Now we’re going to revisit after five years.’ I had no knowledge that was coming. We thought maybe it wasn’t coming because they didn’t have anything to get us with. It wasn’t five days, it wasn’t five weeks. It was five years. Had we known that that was imminent . . . I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances. When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem.”

It really doesn’t matter if Carroll knew the sanctions were coming or not, as he was replaced by a man who ended up being more hated than Carroll ever could have for bailing on the school. Lane Kiffin destroyed his already putrid reputation at USC and made us look back at the Carroll-era sanctions with a bit of nostalgia.

If Carroll really wanted to repent and wasn’t just blowing smoke, he’d go back to USC right now — something he’d never do. But it’s nice to know that the Pete Carroll of 2014 is really no different than the Pete Carroll of 2010.

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  • Christopher

    “If Carroll really wanted to repent and wasn’t just blowing smoke, he’d go back to USC right now”

    Seriously?… Took any credibility out of the whole article.

  • Steve Speidel

    Right. And you can go back to writing for your high school weekly gossip rag.

  • johntheonly

    Go ahead and blow sunshine up your own tiny-minded rear end mr josh hill, if that’s your real name; if you cannot find something at least superficially legitimate to write about, maybe writing dumb articles really is not what you should be doing. I see this from time to time, a nobody with jealousy, envy, and a few other negative built-ins, going out of their way to tell others something which is nothing more than crybaby gossip, and nothing less than the daggers of dishonesty aimed at those who actually achieve great things in this world, and then sitting on high as judge and jury to announce that he, the writer, does not believe the explanation…..again, that coach Carroll left USC because he got a better offer. It’s pretty tough to earn a following with that kind of approach-but then again, as long as your mom and your cat approve, who cares about goodness in your outlook?

    • Patrick Allen

      Oh come on. It doesn’t take a genius to see he bailed before the hammer came down. I am sure he had penny of NFL offers before he left for the Seahawks. The guy is a terrific coach.

      College coach is a great job if you are good at it. The money and the job security are great. Josh just has an opinion, like everyone else. I doubt he formed his opinion just because he is jealous of Pete.