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Carroll speaks, denies possible sanctions led to departure

For the first time since word first broke that Pete Carroll would be leaving Southern Cal for the NFL — with the exception of a brief text message early on — the now-former head coach has spoken.

And, in that conversation with the Los Angeles Times, Carroll is doing his best to quash at least one of the rumors looming over his resignation from his Trojans post in order to make yet another run at the NFL.

As the thinking goes, the NCAA is about to come down — and come down hard — on the USC football program for the whole Reggie Bush scandal, and Carroll was looking to leave before the school was slapped with what could be severe sanctions by the governing body.  According to Carroll, that’s simply not the case.

“Not in any way,” Carroll told the Times when asked if potential sanctions played a role in his departure. “Because I know where we stand. It’s just a process we have to go through. We know we’ve fought hard to do right.”

(chuckle)

(guffaw)

Carroll also told the paper that he did not have any regrets about leaving the program — the program he took off the scrapheap and rebuilt — in a state of chaos because he’d “given everything I’ve had”, and that “[t]here was never going to be a good time to leave.”

While there may never be a good time to leave, we can think of a good time not to leave, coach: 23 days ahead of national signing day.

Carroll is expected to officially screw the Trojans over be introduced as the Seattle Seahawks’ new head coach at a press conference on Tuesday.

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20 Responses to “Carroll speaks, denies possible sanctions led to departure”
  1. The Centurion says: Jan 11, 2010 11:07 AM

    Why do you cross a comment out but leave it there? doesnt that kind of defeat the purpose? its not white out big daddy

  2. pk34 says: Jan 11, 2010 11:11 AM

    So what are you saying–that Carroll should have deceived the recruits, sucked them into the USC program, then quit after they’re stuck there?

  3. tinshaker says: Jan 11, 2010 11:25 AM

    “While there may never be a good time to leave, we can think of a good time not to leave, coach: 23 days ahead of national signing day.”
    JT, isn’t saying there’s never a good time to leave, the same thing as saying it’s a bad time to leave? why do you guys spend so much effort in trying to be negative? He left, who cares? There are coaching changes all over the place every year, and there was no secret that Carroll wanted to coach in the NFL again. And ultimately, it’s his choice to accept any job he’s offered.
    Personally, I’m a Miami Dolphin fan, so I despise this guy historically, but why is everyone hating on him for accepting a good job?
    Oh and btw, you’ve mentioned the ‘Reggie Bush Scandal’ about 20 times in the last three days and not once linked those mentions to an actual explanation of what the Reggie Bush scandal is. Considering it happened 4 or 5 years ago, it might be prudent to do so.

  4. Scrodge2010 says: Jan 11, 2010 11:36 AM

    I see what your saying John, but I gotta agree with pk34. Like he said, there’s never a good time to lose. The opportunity presented itself, (I’m guessing it had presented itself long before last week frankly) but he stuck with the program, coached his team through their bowl game, WON, and now, after the work is finished for this season, he is moving on.
    I’m not a USC fan by any stretch, but the reality is there is no way to give a 2 week notice in sports short of saying you are going to retire. Anytime, any person leaves a job, they are leaving work behind, its a fact of the business world. He didn’t abandon his boys this season like some other coaches we’ve seen. I think he handled the situation best he could. It’s never pleasant, somebody is always going to feel disappointed and brushed aside, but HIS players (not recruits coming in), have nothing to feel upset about. He finished the job this year. I think he should be commended on that.

  5. zmoney83 says: Jan 11, 2010 11:41 AM

    The reason he leaves a crossed out comment there is to show the sarcasm. He’s obviously screwing the USC program by doing this at the most “convenient” time–during an NCAA investigation that’s about to rock that university.
    I do agree with him leaving BEFORE the commits actually signed their LOI…at least they can change their mind and go to a different program without being penalized now.

  6. Winston Wolfe says: Jan 11, 2010 11:55 AM

    Sometimes it would be better if (chuckles) and (guffaw) were kept to one’s self. After a weekend of Carroll stories you get the impression that there is nothing Pete could do to please this writer. The acrimony has been so overbearing you begin to wonder does this writer have an ax to grind. Undoubtedly there will be more Carroll stories but wouldn’t it be nice if they contained less bitching about Carroll.

  7. stnmmc says: Jan 11, 2010 11:57 AM

    # The Centurion says: January 11, 2010 11:07 AM ET
    Why do you cross a comment out but leave it there? doesnt that kind of defeat the purpose? its not white out big daddy
    ————————————-
    You obviously do not understand sarcastic humor, or it is your first day on PFT/CFT

  8. Winston Wolfe says: Jan 11, 2010 11:58 AM

    Sometimes it would be better if (chuckles) and (guffaw) were kept to one’s self. After a weekend of Carroll stories you get the impression that there is nothing Pete could do to please this writer. The acrimony has been so overbearing you begin to wonder does this writer have an ax to grind. Undoubtedly there will be more Carroll stories but wouldn’t it be nice if they contained less bitching about Carroll.

  9. CapnJ says: Jan 11, 2010 12:01 PM

    I’m always up for a good conspiracy theory, so pending sanctions could explain Pete’s sudden interest in bailing on SC.
    Discussing the timing of Pete’s leaving begs a bigger question – if the NCAA has something to unload on SC, when would they come out with it? Before signing day, and be accused of torpedoing SC’s recruiting, or wait until after, and be accused of screwing the ones who do sign on?

  10. razorman says: Jan 11, 2010 12:02 PM

    Well, there is the issue of loyalty to the football team, but they’ll be fine – they’ll have a good coach next season I’m sure. But what about the graduate student in Malibu??? Is she getting dumped, or is Pete escaping with her to start that new life he’s been promising her…?????

  11. jonni riviera says: Jan 11, 2010 12:14 PM

    No matter what they say or do, 5yrs 35 million, and the NCAA wolf is at your doorstep, what decision would you make???

  12. tk1966 says: Jan 11, 2010 1:52 PM

    I’m guessing there won’t be too many comments made to this post – its awfully difficult to type while laughing hysterically

  13. BrownsTown says: Jan 11, 2010 2:11 PM

    Does Winston Wolfe think this is the BBC or something?

  14. Josh says: Jan 11, 2010 3:33 PM

    Why does this sorry excuse for a writer’s tone surprise anybody? Seriously JT, how about you write about how much ND sucks and how they’re still 5 years away from a bowl game? How about you write how much the program’s gonna suck next year now that Clausen and Tate are gone? How about you stop consistently bitching uncontrollably about USC?

  15. tinshaker says: Jan 11, 2010 4:37 PM

    This writer is not the only one – I follow Brian McIntyre on twitter and he is a Seahawks fan and Pete Carroll hater all in one and has ‘tweeted’ at least 200 negative comments about Carroll in the last 4 days.
    Talk about beating a dead horse…we GET IT! You think Carroll’s a bastard! Next story please!

  16. qualityshows says: Jan 11, 2010 6:02 PM

    To those who are confused about what the Reggie Bush situation is and could be, here are some facts:
    He has been accused of accepting over $300,000 in cash and benefits (including a house for his parents) by New Era (not the cap company, a startup agency who wanted to lure a big client.)
    The NCAA does not have subpoena power to make anyone testify, but an arbitration in open court does. Hence the squirming going on at USC. Carroll, Bush, his accusers and benefactors, and other witnesses will have to testify. If they lie, it’s perjury. So, that’s pretty serious.
    By the way, $300,000 is more than most professors at USC make in a year.

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