Former USC coach Pete Carroll claims that he never would have left for the NFL had he known the NCAA was going to slap the program with the sanctions five years ago.
Via the LA Times, Carroll shared,
“The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn’t turn away from. The NCAA came back at the university… ‘Now we’re going to revisit after five years.’ I had no knowledge that was coming. We thought maybe it wasn’t coming because they didn’t have anything to get us with. It wasn’t five days, it wasn’t five weeks. It was five years.
“Had we known that that was imminent … I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances. When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem.”
Carroll claims he never knew the sanctions were coming even though others expressed that he jumped to the NFL and left USC because he in fact did know. “The university didn’t know,” Carroll added. “We didn’t know.
When the Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl over the Denver Broncos in February, Pete Carroll became only the third coach to win both a college football national championship and Super Bowl.
It’s difficult to believe Pete Carroll’s position but the NCAA moves with their own sense of timing and it is very possible the Seahawk coach was completely unaware. The NCAA makes its own time table for investigating allegations. This one dragged on long enough to warrant Pete the opportunity to make the jump to the NFL.