Pete Carroll on the UCLA recruiting controversy.
“I’m not upset. I’m just glad the air is cleared. The bottom line is it was obvious Ken had to say something. It only happened with guys we were recruiting.”
Linebacker coach Ken Norton spoke after practice about UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel’s statement denying he told recruits Norton was leaving USC for his alma mater.
“I can’t respond until I see it for sure,” Norton said of the statement. “I wasn’t going to just make something up. Something is being said about me. My issue is they were talking about this stuff to recruits.”
Asked about what would happen if UCLA offered him the defensive coordinator’s job next week, Norton said, “no comment.”
We made a brief mention of this in the Morning Buzz, that former USC quarterback Pat O’Hara contacted Pete Carroll about the quarterbacks coaching position. He attended several USC practices this season and was the head coach of the Avengers before the Arena Football League suspended the 2009 season.