Although some may still harbor ill will towards former USC football coach Pete Carroll, he is being honored and inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame. On September 27th, Caroll will join 15 others who will be formally introduced during halftime of the Oregon State football game at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Pete Carroll’s resume includes two National Championships, seven consecutive Pac-10 titles, a 97-19 record and a 7-2 bowl game record from 2001-2009. Carroll also enjoyed a school record 33 consecutive weeks as AP No. 1. A 75-member committee which includes media, current USC Hall of Fame alum, athletic staff, coaches and athletic department senior staff votes on Hall of Fame inductees.
Carroll departed from the USC football team amid turmoil of NCAA sanctions to become head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. This past season, Carroll’s 4th in Seattle, added Super Bowl champion to his resume.
Although there is a contingent who don’t believe Carroll, he claimed that he would have remained at USC had he known about the sanctions being handed down by the NCAA. Apparently, due to his contributions and success at USC during his tenure, he is still well embraced and believed to be truthful in his revelation from earlier this summer.
“The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn’t turn away from,” Carroll said. “Had we known that that was imminent I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances. When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem.”
Amid years of bowl bans, losses of scholarships, and an overall crippling of the football and basketball programs at USC, Carroll maintains his innocence and ignorance to any NCAA violations prior to leaving. “When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem,” said Carroll.
The varying opinions of Carroll’s guilt make you wonder the type of reaction Carroll will get in September.
Among notable figures inducted along with Pete Carroll include former Chicago Cubs pitcher and front office member of the San Diego Padres, Mark Prior, former Quebec “Athlete of the century,” soccer legend and current college coach Isabelle Harvey, and Inglewood’s own, two-time NBA slam dunk champion, Harold “Baby Jordan” Miner.