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.