Here’s a good story by CBS Sports columnist Dennis Dodd updating the Todd McNair case.
“The NCAA argues in defense of an ongoing defamation suit that possible “factual errors, inadequate investigation and overt hostility” by the association should not help the case of former USC assistant coach Todd McNair,” Dodd writes.
When a player violates team rules like Byron Wesley or Pe’Shon Howard, instead of suspending them, shouldn’t the punishment for this team be the opposite during this forgettable season. In other words, for violating team rules, you must endure playing the entire game!
Here’s a chart courtesy of a reader comparing USC and Florida Gulf Coast:
USC 2012-13: 9-9 in Pac-12, 14-18 overall
USC 2013-14: currently 1-13 in Pac-12, 10-17 overall
FGCU 2012-13: 13-5 in league, 24-10 overall pre-NCAA tourney (26-11 afterward)
FGCU 2013-14: 13-3 in league, 19-10 overall
Pete Carroll said at last night’s USC event that when he took the job former coach Paul Hackett gave him a list of 20 reasons why USC couldn’t win. Now maybe Hackett was offering help by mentioning things like facilities. Or maybe it was a bitter list (his personality would suggest that).
But the modern-day philosopher overcame those obstacles of course. Who would guess Hackett would get a prominent mention and not Lane Kiffin?
Perhaps as much as reliving the glory days at USC, Pete Carroll also wanted to keep his reputation intact last night as he once again addressed NCAA sanctions
“I never felt it was dealt with properly,” Carroll said. “I thought it was dealt with poorly and very irrationally and done with way too much emotion instead of facts.”
Carroll said USC’s error was being unaware of everything going on outside the program.
““We just didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “Had we known I would like to think we would do the right thing and would have stopped everything and fixed it by doing what we should have done. But unfortunately, because we didn’t know, the university gets killed over the deal.”
Former USC coach Pete Carroll spoke to the media after his public speaking engagement at Bovard Auditorium. Asked about NCAA sanctions, Carroll said, “They tried to make it out like it was something else. They made a terrible error.”