With former USC coach Pete Carroll safely out of the NCAA’s sights but the school at which he worked facing possible punishment for multiple potential football and/or basketball violations, Carroll is feeling confident. In a Tuesday appearance on The Dan Patrick Show, the current Seahawks coach said that he doesn’t believe the NCAA will be sanctioning the Trojans.
“I’d be surprised if there were sanctions,” Carroll said.
Carroll’s comments seem to imply recognition that stuff was happening that arguably shouldn’t have been happening, and that USC has escaped scrutiny only because (in Carroll’s view) there’s no proof that he and/or his staff knew what was going on. “They want to know if you know and if there was any prior knowledge,” Carroll said. “We endeavored in every way to do things as well as we possibly could. It’s interesting and there are a lot of different variables. It’s most challenging for a university to try and control everything.”
Thus, while the school may be in the clear, Saints running back and former USC star Reggie Bush could end up losing his eligibility retroactively — which in turn could mean that Vince Young will have not only a new agent but also a new trophy.