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Mark Sanchez tries to distance himself from USC mess

Former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who drew the ire of former USC coach Pete Carroll when opting to get paid (officially . . . allegedly) for playing football after the 2008 season, met with the media today in connection with the Jets’ ongoing offseason workouts.

Inevitably, Sanchez faced questions about the NCAA’s lambasting of the Trojans.

“I don’t know if it is official yet and, it’s just really too bad,” Sanchez said, “but I wasn’t there for those years that they are looking at.”

OK, fine.  Mark wasn’t there.  So he escapes the taint of the NCAA kicking USC in the butt.

But there’s a minor complication.  Sanchez was there.  He arrived in 2005, the same season that could be wiped fully off the books thanks to Reggie Bush’s decision to cash in before cashing out.

Indeed, Sanchez provided an unwelcome diversion to the then-fresh Bush fiasco by getting arrested for sexual assault in late April 2006.

So, yes, Sanchez was there.  And, yes, he was a redshirt member of the team that ultimately lost one of the greatest college football games in history — and that could end up retroactively losing all of the others in far less glorious fashion.

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52 Responses to “Mark Sanchez tries to distance himself from USC mess”
  1. SBS0311 says: Jun 10, 2010 7:09 PM

    Give me a break. He was obviously referring to the 2004 season because the biggest thing people are referring to right now is them losing the National Championship, which they won when he was a senior in high school.
    This just in: Sanchez has been implicated in the Kennedy Assassination and is being questioned regarding the BP oil spill.

  2. ozu says: Jun 10, 2010 7:09 PM

    “Mark Sanchez, USC’s affable, curly-haired, golden-boy quarterback long ago hailed as the next Matt Leinart. ”
    If only, Mark. If only.

  3. dustyschmidt22 says: Jun 10, 2010 7:10 PM

    why would nfl players or coaches care about whats happening to their alma mater?
    reporter: what do you think about USCs situation?
    sanchez: i could give a shit less, im making millions as a pro football player. collegiate politics are the last thing im worrying about

  4. 123456 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:14 PM

    Mike Florio is the Maury Povich of the sports world.
    He takes scumbag lawyer to a whole new level.

  5. ampats says: Jun 10, 2010 8:48 PM

    Florio,
    Looking to stir the pot. Talk about bringing out skeltons in the closet.

  6. aec4 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:54 PM

    Can we be any more irresponsible? No charges were files, and all he did was drink when he was under 21.

  7. rjgreen3 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:58 PM

    damn mark you’re too young to claim alzheimers

  8. Ballinmore says: Jun 10, 2010 8:59 PM

    OK, fine. Mark wasn’t there. So he escapes the taint of the NCAA kicking USC in the butt.
    He’s hiding in between USC’s butt and nut sack?

  9. jambithegenie says: Jun 10, 2010 9:07 PM

    lies! mark sanchez lies! very much like his fluke season was a lie! second year crash and burn is eminent! and then he and his fat slob loud mouth coach will go into the pantheon of jet failure for the past 40 plus years.

  10. robert ethen says: Jun 10, 2010 9:16 PM

    The more I learn about Dirty, the less I like the guy.

  11. BrownsClown says: Jun 10, 2010 9:28 PM

    Who cares! What about my man Braylon? Why can’t the JETS show the man some love? “Hands of Stone” has led the NFL in drops for the past three years. That’s gotta be worth somethin! Poor boy can’t afford to buy his friend Donte a drink anymore! So low on cash he be thinkin about trading in the Bentley for a Prius! (He don’t think much; “hands of stone” has a “head of air”. Needs a car because he can’t even catch a cab! His friends want him to sell his medicine; he don’t need it because he can’t even catch a cold. Give the man what he deserves! Show some love!

  12. Coletrain says: Jun 10, 2010 9:46 PM

    The accusation followed by a delayed “allegedly” is Rome’s move Florio.

  13. Saints#12 says: Jun 10, 2010 9:47 PM

    Sanchez and every one of the USC coaching staff(Pete C) an former players are in this shit. an i know it pisses the rumor police(MEDIA) off that they cant blame this all on Reggie Bush..LMAO

  14. Riles108 says: Jun 10, 2010 9:47 PM

    Florio this article is another shining example of why you are such a doucher. The kid was a freshman. Not a starter and a nobody at the time. He clearly had nothing to do with this. Granted I hate USC, think they are scumbags. Especially Carroll Bush White and Leinart. I’m glad Lane gets screwed because he is a POS as well. But you are a nerd and a typical know it all lawyer. When really you know jack. You think you can come up with these suggestions like your a genius. I understand you have to fill your pages. But get real for once. If another website comes out that really keeps up to the minute details on football the way you do all year, but doesn’t write like an a**hole know it all, I will leave you in a second. I literally hate you and you’ve gotten worse now that NBC picked you up. I truly hope you come back down from cloud nine and only write what other real talented journalists report not your garbage opinions. Please just report the facts man.

  15. vanhelsing says: Jun 10, 2010 9:56 PM

    0-1 losses
    makes defensive stats look better!

  16. nyj-gate D says: Jun 10, 2010 9:58 PM

    Nice try Florio, he was falsely accused and no files were charged. He was a redshirt freshman the year that Bush got in trouble, so obviously he had nothing to do with any of this. Quit hating on Sanchez and sell your site to TMZ, where it belongs.

  17. Kris Jenkins is a Grizzly Bear says: Jun 10, 2010 10:00 PM

    wow florio. you are a piece of work. you are such a scumbag.

  18. Dexter Morgan says: Jun 10, 2010 10:07 PM

    Are you kidding me Florio? How can you not mention he wasn’t charged with anything?

  19. TallGuyMe says: Jun 10, 2010 10:10 PM

    escape the taint!

  20. Dexter Morgan says: Jun 10, 2010 10:11 PM

    You are pathetic Florio.

  21. HereThere says: Jun 10, 2010 10:14 PM

    Florio, you’d better get out the lube and box of tissues. Aside from the Browns being disbanded, no other story could make you happier.
    West Virginia still sucks.

  22. sportsfan88 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:30 PM

    What does getting falsely accused for something have anything to do with Reggie Bush’s recruitment process? If one reads the report the only player accused of any wrongdoing is Bush, so to Sanchez “was there” and imply something much more is quite inappropriate. It is like saying, “Because you stole that candy that one time, that must mean you know something about this murder …”. Two completely different things, but someone is trying to inadequately relate the two.

  23. NOwillrepeat says: Jun 10, 2010 10:31 PM

    Who’s Mark Trojan?

  24. BrownsClown says: Jun 10, 2010 10:38 PM

    Who cares! What about my man Braylon? Why can’t the JETS show the man some love? “Hands of Stone” has led the NFL in drops for the past three years. That’s gotta be worth somethin! Poor boy can’t afford to buy his friend Donte a drink anymore! So low on cash he be thinkin about trading in the Bentley for a Prius! (He don’t think much; “hands of stone” has a “head of air”. Needs a car because he can’t even catch a cab! His friends want him to sell his medicine; he don’t need it because he can’t even catch a cold. Give the man what he deserves! Show some love!

  25. fleet10 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:39 PM

    hahahah, I love that by post heading you can tell which articles are written by Florio. The girl-slumber-party-gossip articles.
    Double, double toil and trouble;
    Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

  26. artieblanksucsbigD says: Jun 10, 2010 10:41 PM

    Again… Mark “WHO”

  27. JetsAreAJoke says: Jun 10, 2010 10:43 PM

    Gee, why would this future super-star feel the need to lie? Obviously it’s someone else’s mistake because Sancheezy is the face of the jests franchise.
    SAME OL’ JESTS!!!!!! It’s in their DNA.

  28. Byrd Is The Word says: Jun 10, 2010 10:45 PM

    What was the outcome of that arrest? This is the first I’ve heard of it. Where did he get 200k for bail?

  29. Kris Jenkins is a Grizzly Bear says: Jun 10, 2010 10:49 PM

    what about leinart? you know, the star qb who played on those teams? what is he saying? oh wait, this whack website is a F’n jets tabloid and cant go a few hours with nothing jets related in it.
    what the heck do these sanctions have to do with a player who was a redshirt freshman at the time anyway??? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING and neither does that bringing up that player getting arrested and NOT getting charged of any crime.

  30. Bronco_Rob says: Jun 10, 2010 11:01 PM

    Dirty Sanchez

  31. Albert040907 says: Jun 10, 2010 11:49 PM

    I don’t know what’s worse, people using this to taint the Jets or the fact that when NBC bought Florio’s site, he got ego enough to try to transcend into a actual Journalist. Please dude, just stick to reporting. You’re opinion pieces and attempt to be more than getting lucky are honestly pathetic. Yes Mark Sanchez was a redshirt, but did Mark Sanchez recruit Reggie Bush, did Mark Sanchez give his parents a home and flights to away games. No i didn’t think so either. You destroy Sanchez more than you did Pete Caroll. You’re hatred for some people is so evident, it’s borderline childish. Stick to Reporting, stop trying to rain on anothers parade.

  32. Massappeal says: Jun 10, 2010 11:53 PM

    I KNOW NUTTING!!!!

  33. marinofreakout says: Jun 10, 2010 11:59 PM

    damn yo 200,000 bail??

  34. jjared1101 says: Jun 11, 2010 12:46 AM

    Florio said taint…..hehe.

  35. TheToolofTools says: Jun 11, 2010 1:01 AM

    Pete Carroll is a stand up guy.
    Signed,
    Pieces of Shit Everywhere.

  36. **five_seven** says: Jun 11, 2010 1:56 AM

    Wow…talk about yellow journalism, Mr. Florio.
    Really? You taint Sanchez, from just about all accounts a good guy, and don’t bother to give the whole story about that bogus charge? Nicely done.
    What’s next? You gonna start calling your vid segments “Florio and Friends”?

  37. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Jun 11, 2010 2:38 AM

    This is what happens when you give a kid $20 million and expect him to maintain any sense of equilibrium. I wasn’t there??!!??! Well, he’s either a liar or he’s delerious. Sanchez was then considered the “next Matt Leinart”. Wow. Throw in that mope, John David (Get Yourself Some) Booty, and you’ve got some real crappy NFL quarterbacks!
    Now Pete Carroll is big fraud. Reggie, thank God, is going have to give back his trophy, even after writing a couple of big checks.
    Schadenfreude. It’s a good thing.

  38. A_MAC says: Jun 11, 2010 3:45 AM

    sanchez is a bust.

  39. NYMets says: Jun 11, 2010 6:28 AM

    2010 AFC East
    Jets 12-4
    Pats 9-7
    Bills 6-10
    Blowholes 5-11
    I will be re-posting this column throughout the season.
    Obviously the Bills and Blowholes could flip flop with the Blowholes going 6-10. I don’t see the Blowholes looking at a win until week 6 of the 2010 NFL season.

  40. Omega says: Jun 11, 2010 7:23 AM

    I think that it is a little unfair to print that Sanchez was arrested for sexual assault and then not print if he was found guilty or innocent.
    So I’ll give a little help
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2468540
    USC QB Sanchez won’t face sexual assault charges

  41. SomeFans says: Jun 11, 2010 7:35 AM

    Let’s see…. past losing and sanchoke sounds about right.
    As for being arrested… also sounds right.
    Jests are the most pathetic franchise in the AFC EAST- cellar dwellers for life.

  42. JetChris says: Jun 11, 2010 7:36 AM

    Actually Mark is correct. He was not there for the recruiting process of Bush. Maybe people should “report” on the whole situation not just bits and pieces

  43. SomeFans says: Jun 11, 2010 8:03 AM

    I think that it is a little unfair to print that Sanchez was arrested for sexual assault and then not print if he was found guilty or innocent.
    Was the sexual assault on another man??

  44. fleet10 says: Jun 11, 2010 8:37 AM

    NYMets……………
    dude, I’m a Browns fan, so I don’t have a dog in the AFC East race……………..but
    5-11 for the Fins’?? No way, José

  45. SamHam says: Jun 11, 2010 8:41 AM

    See if he can distance himself from Lance Bass– A gay, Mexican QB in the NFL….Great!!!!!!!

  46. cubano109 says: Jun 11, 2010 9:05 AM

    So where did that $200,000 bail come? Does a red shirt rookie usually have that kind of money stashed away? Get real, Sanchez is as dirty as a Pelican in the Gulf of Mexico.

  47. eaglelover1 says: Jun 11, 2010 9:23 AM

    What Glorious is alluding to is the fact that Sanchez was even on a team that already had a Heisman trophy winning QB. Bush was not the only player payed, hrs just the one that got caught.

  48. Big J says: Jun 11, 2010 9:39 AM

    Florio, your posts basically amount to the incoherent rambling of Mel Gibson in conspiracy theory..I mean that from the bottom of my heart.

  49. jake taylor says: Jun 11, 2010 10:30 AM

    All of this comes down to the big money in college football. I dont have a favorite college team, so I type this with no bias. If its all about money and revenue, then the ncaa should make USC pay back the money it received from the big bowl game that they now have to strike from the record. Also, the kids playing for these schools are really victims of a bigger problem. With title 9, there will never be a pay-to-play option for football players.

  50. 123456 says: Jun 11, 2010 10:49 AM

    NY METS, you’re giving the Pats too much credit.
    They’re the 3rd best team in the AFCE and without the benefit of cheating, they could fall behind Toronto er…Buffalo this year.

  51. jake taylor says: Jun 11, 2010 11:07 AM

    Facts are facts. I dont like the Pats but they have 3 SB wins (via cheating). Since their pants were pulled down, they have 0 SB wins. And every year they have gotten worse. Maybe they will rebound and do very well this season, but they got caught and have not won the SB since. But the bigger question is how are the other AFC East teams going to do? Back to Sanchez. One year and an AFC championship game appearance. (hate the Jets BTW). Win. Win or go home.

  52. vikingsuperbowls=0 says: Jun 11, 2010 1:21 PM

    you said taint and butt in the same sentence. nice

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