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USC gets two-year postseason ban and other penalties

The legacy of former USC coach Pete Carroll official bears a coat of tarnish.  Whether Saints running back Reggie Bush will be required to surrender his 2005 Heisman Trophy remains to be seen.

Bruce Feldman of ESPN reports (via that the Trojans have received a two-year postseason ban, along with other penalties.

That means no bowl game for the perennial January 1 powerhouse this season or next.  All because of stuff that happened when Carroll was the coach.

Look for more details to emerge in the coming days.  For now, the only thing we can infer is that Jim Mora apparently was right all along about Carroll.

UPDATE:  Our friends at CFT have more details.  They’ve also politely asked us to “keep [our] f–king noses out” of matters relating to college football.

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35 Responses to “USC gets two-year postseason ban and other penalties”
  1. J-oh says: Jun 10, 2010 12:18 AM

    Pete Carroll’s a joke of a head coach. Those morons in Seattle think they have a great new head coach. He’s a snake and when Seattle loses draft picks over his decisions, they will have no one else to blame.

  2. rovibe says: Jun 10, 2010 12:25 AM

    Is this any surprise? After all, when Golden Tate got caught stealing from a doughnut shop after hours, Pete Carroll’s exact words were, “No, I’m not disappointed at a guy being at a doughnut shop at 3 in the morning when they got maple bars like Top Pot has.” — This guy will be fired within two years. Until then, look for the Seahawks to be the new Bengals.

  3. OLDCRACKER says: Jun 10, 2010 12:26 AM

    Sometimes you get the bear, and sometimes the bear gets you.

  4. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jun 10, 2010 12:26 AM

    Is this all because of Pete’s friendship with Bill Belicheat?
    Got to watch your friends, Pete – they can be a bad influence

  5. jibfest says: Jun 10, 2010 12:27 AM

    Finally! They got it right. It took long enough but I’m glad they didn’t let this go away. Looks like Pete Carroll’s leaving is suspiciously suspicious.

  6. CDrive28 says: Jun 10, 2010 12:28 AM

    Wow, whatever they did must have been way more serious than, just the Bush infractions. That could really hurt the program…Not that it probably isn’t deserved.
    I wonder if Texas isn’t rethinking the PAC 10 move now? I doubt it, but it is a thought that may cross thier mind.
    It sucks that Pete Carroll gets to walk away from this deal without any punishment, other than a massive raise in pay to take over a crappy Seahawks team.

  7. buhbay1c says: Jun 10, 2010 12:33 AM

    “The legacy of former USC coach Pete Carroll official bears a coat of tarnish.”
    Official bears a coat of tarnish? Geez Florio, I know it must be difficult and time consuming to proofread 11 lines of copy, but promise us you’ll at least work on it.

  8. FumbleNuts says: Jun 10, 2010 12:35 AM

    Jim Mora was a horrible coach for the Seahawks, who cares what he thinks.

  9. grendel says: Jun 10, 2010 12:38 AM

    It couldn’t have happened to a better program

  10. b.moore says: Jun 10, 2010 12:48 AM

    this makes me happy… i hope USC loses recruits in the coming years… go bucks!

  11. Jazzdogg says: Jun 10, 2010 12:50 AM

    Looks like an extreme lack of institutional control. But hey it’s USC the golden child of the west so they get off easy……. again.
    If this were an SEC or ACC team loss of 15-20 scholarships and possible death penalty.

  12. CanadianVikingFan says: Jun 10, 2010 12:58 AM

    He will find a way to get the Seahawks banned from the post season.

  13. BuddyRyan1 says: Jun 10, 2010 1:02 AM

    Hey Florio, why haven’t you been covering how the Bucs and the Panthers will be left out in the cold when the NFC East annexes the Saints and the Falcons? College football is a joke, and this is a perfect example of the clowns that run it.

  14. TitanicComeback says: Jun 10, 2010 1:28 AM

    Auburn Tigers: 2004-2005 National Champs!!! WAR DAMN EAGLE

  15. sukit says: Jun 10, 2010 1:59 AM

    I was just reading to read comments when something caught my eye. Is Texas really thinking of joining the Pac 10. I hope not I hate the entire state of texas. That obviously includes their educational institutions. If it were up to me we would round up all illegals put them in Texas (with the steers and queers) and give it back to Mexico.

  16. TexansMike says: Jun 10, 2010 3:48 AM

    Looks like there might be some meat behind Mora’s earlier comments.

  17. ericmetcalf says: Jun 10, 2010 6:43 AM

    I don’t care about USC, their crooked boosters, or Pete Carrol (who, though we don’t know all the facts, is presumably a giant piece of garbage for leaving knowing this was coming).
    I feel for the recruits he conned into going to USC the past two years, who are now screwed.

  18. MosesZD says: Jun 10, 2010 6:45 AM

    Why did USC get off so light? And it obviously explains Carroll’s sudden interest in heading back to the NFL… Despite his inability to coach there…

  19. medic406 says: Jun 10, 2010 7:26 AM

    I have a feeling this has something to do with Lendale White being fat and lazy.

  20. joetoronto says: Jun 10, 2010 7:36 AM

    Carroll and Lance. two pea’s in a pod.

  21. blmonroe12 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:21 AM

    Dear Reggie,
    I would like my Heisman in the mail ASAFP..

  22. dunkingonuts says: Jun 10, 2010 8:25 AM

    Watch Kiffin will leave after this year..Punk..!

  23. Vee says: Jun 10, 2010 8:40 AM

    To all the cocky USC fans whose team won a lot of games, but never really played anybody tough (like the SEC schools do every Saturday): all I can say is: A little humility does us all good.

  24. David56 says: Jun 10, 2010 8:48 AM

    Next up for the Seahawks: John Gruden? Maybe?
    Neither Carroll nor Mora are two coaches to get anyone pumped. Neither has exactly led a team to the Promised Land, and Lord knows between the two of them they have certainly had the time. However, Carroll is the slime under this particular USC rock.
    He brought about all of these charges and penalties against USC and then just scurries his butt back over to the NFL leaving the USC program hanging out to dry.
    That’s just low, cold and slime of the worst caliber.

  25. Bart says: Jun 10, 2010 9:00 AM

    While I abhor cheating in college- How can you honestly hold a coach entirely accountable for all the crap that goes on off the field in College Football?
    You are a fool if you don’t believe that these same type of “transactions” are not being done elsewhere. USC was brought down because of their enormous success the last decade.

  26. winkel33 says: Jun 10, 2010 9:19 AM

    how many times are we going to see a John Calipari, Pete Carroll, Kelvin Sampson, etc cheat, then walk away and suffer no real punishment, while the athletes they leave behind have to suffer the consequences. And of course because the NCAA is so strict, current USC players can’t transfer to another school in order to avoid the punishment caused by Carroll without having to sit out a year.
    Cheating will go on and on in college until the high-profile coaches are made responsible, even after they leave. Carroll I am sure will cry that he had no idea – and maybe he didn’t. But he also had incentive not to want to know. Being dumb is an excuse to the NCAA. It needs to stop being an excuse.

  27. pondbridge says: Jun 10, 2010 9:41 AM

    USC just got fined? The reasons are clear: Carroll drives a car, which uses gasoline, and we all know that Bill Belicheat caused the Gulf Oil spill.
    (Ow, my knuckles are dragging on the ground).
    Slovenian Navy Guy

  28. BigSuede says: Jun 10, 2010 10:07 AM

    Unless there is more evidence about USC PROVIDING money to players- or using money to gain the signing of players- THEN THERE IS NO CHEATING.
    Lack of institutional control???? Huh?
    Good luck to any prominent program stopping money to players from third parties WITH NO TIES TO THE SCHOOL.
    This is going to be more of a punishment to the average fan or networks carrying the BCS games. What happens if USC is undefeated this year? Then we go with the old arguments who is really the best team.
    And for the record- I am a UCLA alum/fan. I don’t care much about USC, but I don’t like seeing ridiculous sanctions on any team for something TOTALLY OUT OF THEIR CONTROL.

  29. MidMonster1 says: Jun 10, 2010 10:41 AM

    Like the SEC schools do every Saturday? You mean the Saturdays when they’re NOT playing against each other? Ok, I’ll give ya that…

  30. JoeSchmoe says: Jun 10, 2010 10:54 AM

    Have fun Alaina Kiffin! Beyatch!
    Carroll splits town knowing this is going to happen, Kiffin takes job knowing it’s going to happen to have a built in excuse as to why he couldn’t get it done at USC either. Kiffin is dancing around gigs as long as possible taking the highest pay he can find while masking his ineptitude.
    And @ericmetcalf – don’t feel sorry for the recruits, if they weren’t paid themselves, at least this years incoming class was already aware of the scandals as this story broke DURING the recruiting process, and that top ranked OT knucklehead STILL chose USC. I have zero empathy for them.

  31. Buttered Santa says: Jun 10, 2010 11:25 AM

    I can’t stand USC so this is a long time coming. However comments like this are laughable:
    Vee says:
    June 10, 2010 8:40 AM
    To all the cocky USC fans whose team won a lot of games, but never really played anybody tough (like the SEC schools do every Saturday): all I can say is: A little humility does us all good.
    Every Saturday huh? Hmmm….Here’s Florida’s scedule from last year:
    Opponent Time/Result Audio/Video
    Sat, Sep 5 Charleston Southern W 62-3 —
    Sat, Sep 12 Troy W 56-6 —
    Sat, Sep 19 Tennessee W 23-13 —
    Sat, Sep 26 at Kentucky W 41-7 —
    Sat, Oct 10 at (4) LSU W 13-3 —
    Sat, Oct 17 Arkansas W 23-20 —
    Sat, Oct 24 at Mississippi State W 29-19 —
    Sat, Oct 31 Georgia W 41-17 —
    Sat, Nov 7 Vanderbilt W 27-3 —
    Sat, Nov 14 at South Carolina W 24-14 —
    Sat, Nov 21 FIU W 62-3 —
    Sat, Nov 28 Florida State W 37-10 —
    Sat, Dec 5 at (2) Alabama L 13-32
    Yeah….every week…

  32. John El Way says: Jun 10, 2010 11:25 AM


  33. SeriousRadio says: Jun 10, 2010 11:32 AM

    It’s funny how USC has so many haters on this thread who don’t even know what they are talking about. They just enjoy piling on an issue that is satle – events that took place years ago. It’s not Pete Carroll in charge of institutional control – it’s the AD: Mike Barrett. If you want to focus your jealous USC hate on someone, it’s the AD. There is no proof that Carroll knew anything about Bush’s situation.

  34. tryagain says: Jun 10, 2010 12:17 PM

    JoeSchmoe says: don’t feel sorry for the recruits, if they weren’t paid themselves, at least this years incoming class was already aware of the scandals as this story broke DURING the recruiting process, and that top ranked OT knucklehead STILL chose USC. I have zero empathy for them
    I completely agree- they knew good and well what was going on and they chose to go there anyway. Whatever that cheesy saying is about dancing with the devil and getting burned seems appropriate.

  35. Stone says: Jun 10, 2010 3:23 PM

    Yeah, and stop wasting our time with news about College football that doesn’t pertain to the NFL. Other than the tenuous connection of a player and coach having been in college football. I don’t see how Bush potentially losing his Heisman or Carroll’s former school being sanctioned has anything to do with the NFL.

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