Carroll responds to Davis’ press conference

Al Davis had his say, and USC head coach Pete Carroll got his.

After listening to Davis’ remarks about fired coach Lane Kiffin on Tuesday, Carroll offered up some of his own to the Orange County Register.

“I couldn’t really be more disappointed for the game of football. I thought today was really a dark moment,” Carroll said. “To go to that level … hurts football, the NFL and coaching. It wasn’t necessary at all.

“The owner gets to do what he wants. He made his choice, and there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t fault anything there. But just the manner of all the finger pointing and the name calling. It was not informed, and it seemed out of touch. I thought it was unfortunate that it came down like that.”

Kiffin and Carroll worked together at USC until Kiffin went to Oakland in 2007.

“Al Davis has been an iconic, tremendous figure in the history of professional football,” Carroll said. “To come across like that, it’s too bad.”

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