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Del Rio Compares sanctions to Deflategate Overreaction

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Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio has had a lot on his plate as of late. His son, Luke, is transferring to Florida and will play for his third college football team and Jack, a former USC linebacker, was just inducted into the USC Athletics Hall of Fame.

Before his induction, Del Rio had a few choice words when he was asked his thoughts on the penalties laid on the New England Patriots for their involvement in the “Deflategate” Scandal. He used the opportunity to take a jab at the NCAA by comparing the penalties to the sanctions made on his former college.

Del Rio told College Football Talk, “I think there are some similarities in terms of an overreaction, from my standpoint,” Del Rio said of the USC and Patriots situations. “I think it was a little bit overdone, but that’s somebody else’s problem right now.”

The sanctions Del Rio was referring to were the ones laid down on Reggie Bush a few years ago. The NCAA had discovered that Bush received illegal benefits from boosters for the Trojans and they came down harder on the program than Hulk Hogan hitting his famous Leg Drop.

Former USC and current Seattle Seahawk head coach Pete Carroll, who has been outspoken against the sanctions since they were brought down, was inducted alongside Del Rio and he used the opportunity to air his displeasure.

Carroll told CFT, “It breaks my heart that is what happened to the university and for the kids playing here and for the fans that follow it, because it wasn’t dealt with properly and it wasn’t done rightly.”

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