Seahawks coach Pete Carroll responded to the sanctions handed down to the University of Southern California football team on Thursday via YouTube. Carroll was the coach at USC for nine seasons (2001-2009).
“I’m absolutely shocked and disappointed at the findings by 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 and accomplishments that all of the people took part in, I’m extremely disappointed that we have to deal with this right now. I never thought there were any facts that supported these significant sanctions that have come forth.
“The primary issue during 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 always were out there to do things better than it’s 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 clearly a case of external elements outside of the university entering in and disrupting the process of the young student athletes going to college, for their game. It’s time for the NCAA and the 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, the appeal process and do everything I can to help. Fight on.”