Usc, Pete Carroll, and Cheating
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 6:10 PM
Cheating Pays.....in the long run in college football.
For years I have watched serious cheaters, like Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, etc. treated like college football royalty, whenever the visit or host on a college football show. They are treated like vernerable old wise men, who accomplished great things......yet they were major cheaters, as bad or worse than Pete Carroll. I recall when coach Carr got off to that awful start in 2007, and these two were asked by the media what they thought about Lloyds situation.......and Lloyd is ten times the man those forked tongue devils are. And I recall when Bo died how Lee Corso, to paraphrase said "you know a lot of people talk about how Bo never won a national title, but there were plenty who did ...who did it the wrong way". So, after sneaky pete fails at the NFL level, I can see him welcomed back to the college football world, with open arms. "coach what do you think of this player", "coach, you coached in a lot of big games, what would you do" etc.....just like Barry and Jimmy. Jimmy created the renegade program known as the hurricanes, and one of his oklahoma state players, Dexter Manely, tearfully said before congress years ago, that he couldn't read or write. I suppose Jimmy would probably say "how am I supposed to know about that", or "that happens everywhere". And jeez, do we need to talk about Bear Bryant? He is spoken about like he brought down the 10 tablets, yet THREE different alabama players, from THREE different decades told me the same thing about their alabama recruitment "guaranteed passing grades".
So, is it any surprise that I fould this from the LA Times (by the way the times has been VERY hard on Usc, so these are just quotes from an article)
Barry Switzer won three national titles at Oklahoma before resigning in 1989 after the NCAA put the Sooners on probation. He went on to coach the Dallas Cowboys to a Super Bowl title during the 1995 season.
Switzer said Carroll should not be blamed for USC's troubles.
"You think that Reggie Bush is the only athlete that had an agent, or had an agent involved with him? You're crazy." Switzer said. "Every high-profile program has that…. Happens all the time, and it's going to happen in the future."
Former Washington coach Don James does not know Carroll, but he is familiar with living with the taint of scandal. In 1991, James guided the Huskies to a share of the national championship. Two years later, the coach known as the Dawgfather resigned in protest over NCAA sanctions, ending his 18-year career leading the program.
James, who lives in the Seattle area, said he received a standing ovation recently at a University of Washington event.
"Nobody talks about the sanctions anymore," he said. "In fact, I refused to talk about them up here. People remember the victories and the good years and the bowls and the pride that they had in the university."
I rest my case.
As I survey the damage done at USC I'm reminded of something I have said to many fellow football fans, and some people on line. And it is this: