Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll recently went on record as saying he didn’t leave his position as USC’s head coach due to the impending firestorm that was coming from the NCAA. In fact, had he known, he said he would have stayed to fix the problems.
The sanctions that were handed down to USC severely crippled the Trojans in terms of scholarships and bowl game appearances, and many of the violations happened on Carroll’s watch.
So what do fans say about Carroll’s assertion?
They’re calling bull…well, you know the game.
In a poll conducted by ESPN’s FanNation, 80% of responding fans don’t think Carroll’s story holds water. The most interesting part is a map of the responses, which clearly show that folks in Washington believe their savior and Super Bowl winning coach can do no wrong.
[Photo H/T - USA Today Sports]
Seriously, if Carroll wanted to abandon the cruel and impoverished surroundings of Southern California, then fine. But own it. His exit was not a cathartic one for the Trojans, and indeed looked more visceral on Carroll’s part. He knew what was coming, and needed to save face.
Had he stayed, how could he have possibly fixed the problem, when in truth, he was much of the problem. The penalties would have been just as severe (if not more) had he stayed in place, and the Seahawks would still be a franchise squandering talent and unsuccessfully slugging their way through a talented NFC West.
Have to side with the nation of fans here. I’m calling BS.