About Those Penalties

I have not written a word about the unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the Rose Bowl because I believe a part of Pete Carroll’s success stems from allowing his players to express themselves and have fun. What’s troublesome is that after the fact, Carroll offers comments chastising the behavior just to make it appear it’s unacceptable.
I’ve heard that song many times over the years, but it’s really more for public consumption, so everyone thinks USC is doing the right thing. But the reality is the Trojans will remain free-wheeling and continue to be demonstrative. That’s the nature of the program.
So stop with the statements. And remember to shake hands after any losses next season.
What do you think?

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