Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll will travel to USC this weekend and receive an honorary degree from the school before being inducted into its Athletic Hall of Fame. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman broke the story.
Pete Carroll will receive an honorary degree from #USC this weekend & will be inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 12, 2015
It’s definitely an honor for Carroll, who spent nine seasons as the head coach of the Trojans and took the team to nine consecutive bowl games plus back-to-back national titles in 2003 and 2004. However, his tenure was marred by a scandal in which it was revealed that a number his players had received improper benefits.
Sure enough, right as the NCAA was about to drop the hammer, Carroll announced he was leaving the program for the NFL and thus drew the ire of the fans. He later said that had he known what the sanctions would be, he would not have left the program. After wins were vacated, his record with USC stood at 83-18 (53-14 Pac 12).
In spite of all that, however, it’s nice to see that USC seems to have forgiven Carroll for everything. Sure, some shady activities went down under his watch, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that in his time in Los Angeles, he was a great coach and deserves recognition from the school.
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