USC head coach Pete Carroll created quite a stir a month ago when he, for lack of a better phrase, acted like a petulant child at the press conference announcing Mark Sanchez‘s decision to jump to the NFL.A firestorm of criticism ensued, with columnists from coast-to-coast lambasting the normally laid back coach for his ridiculous behavior. Sanchez himself even seemed taken aback at his coach’s reaction.Now, 29 days laters, Sanchez it’s all good between him and his coach, and has been for some time.”The biggest point I can impress on anybody is how supportive he’s been since,” Sanchez told the Orange County Register in his first extensive interview since the press conference “It’s just one of those things that came out and looked more negative than it really was.”I’m the biggest Coach Carroll supporter there is. He’s been great to me. I wouldn’t be in this position without him. I didn’t take it negatively at all. We moved on instantly. I talked to him hours after the press conference. I was just like, ‘Man, I think this thing’s blown up more than I think it really should. It’s not that big of a deal.’”While we might have disagreed on one opinion, one decision, I love everything about the program and him.”The quarterback, who will vie with Matthew Stafford for the honor of not being selected #1 overall by the Detroit Lions, also blamed the media for blowing Carroll’s reaction out of proportion.”I don’t think anybody expected it. I don’t know if Coach expected that. I definitely didn’t,” Sanchez said. “But it was one of those situations where the media kind of took things and made a real negative spin on it.”Ummm, sure. OK Mark. Whatever you say. There was no reason for the negativity that ensued. Our bad.
SANCHEZ HAS NO ILL WILL TOWARD PISSY PETE
Posted by John Taylor on February 13, 2009, 7:39 AM EDT