Video: Pete Carroll Reacts To USC NCAA Sanctions

Pete Carroll gave his reaction to the NCAA sanctions levied against the USC football program today in a video uploaded to his personal Youtube.com account. The video and a transcription of all of this comments are below.

Pete Carroll

“I’m absolutely shocked and disappointed at the findings of the NCAA. I never, ever thought it would come to this. After nine years of working at the university and going through all of the challenges, the accomplishments that all of the people took part in, I’m extremely disappointed that we have to deal with this right now.

“After going through the process, from the depositions and the interviews, for years and years, and also participating in the hearing for the NCAA, I never thought there was any facts that supported these significant sanctions that have come forth.

“The primary issue throughout the process was ‘did the university know’? The university didn’t know, we didn’t know. We were not aware of any of these findings. I think it’s important for you to know that through all aspects of the program we were vigilant in the way we approached every aspect. We were always out there to do things better than they’ve ever been done before.


“The agenda of the NCAA infractions committee took them beyond the facts, and the facts don’t match the sanctions. I absolutely support the appeal by the university and will do everything I can to contribute to their efforts.

“This is a clear cut case of external elements outside of the university setting entering in and disrupting the process of the young student-athletes going to college, for their gain.

“It’s time for the NCAA and universities to come together to elevate the awareness and the understanding of the vulnerability of college athletes and their families. We need to be proactive and work in every way to protect this college experience for our kids.

“I feel terrible for the Trojan family that we have to go through this. But as always, we’ll be strong. And we’ll keep our heads up and we’ll keep fighting on. I’ll continue to support and cooperate, again, with the appeal process and do everything I can to help.

“Fight on.”

It is apparently lost on Carroll just how …

The primary issue throughout the process was ‘did the university know’? The university didn’t know, we didn’t know. We were not aware of any of these findings. I think it’s important for you to know that through all aspects of the program we were vigilant in the way we approached every aspect. We were always out there to do things better than they’ve ever been done before. 

… contradictory that statement is.

They didn’t know anything, but they were vigilant?

Then there’s this today on Page 30 of the USC NCAA Public Infractions Report:

There was information in the record that the former head football coach encouraged sports marketer A to hire student-athletes as interns. A current NFLPA certified agent (”sports agent B”) is the chairman of a sports agency and a colleague of sports marketer A. He reported that the former head football coach asked sports marketer A to consider hiring football student-athletes as interns in his agency.

Carroll is the “former head football coach” and “sports marketer A” is former Reggie Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein, as confirmed today by Yahoo’s Doug Farrar.

Yahoo Sports previously confirmed that Bush first met Ornstein by interning for him.

Charles Robinson and Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports also noted of Ornstein in 2007:

The benefits, which could lead to NCAA sanctions for USC and retroactively cost Bush his college eligibility and Heisman, were supplied by two groups attempting to woo Bush as a client. Current Bush marketing agent Mike Ornstein and one of Ornstein’s employees were involved. So were Michael Michaels and Lloyd Lake, who attempted to launch an agency called New Era Sports & Entertainment, pursuing Bush as their first client.

… documents and on-the-record interviews with sources close to the situation reveal that Bush and his family appear to have received financial benefits from Ornstein and a business associate.

Rather prophetic, eh?

Now back this comment from Carroll today in the video:

This is a clear cut case of external elements outside of the university setting entering in and disrupting the process of the young student-athletes going to college, for their gain. 

Speechless? Me too.