Pigskin Links: McCoy, Cowboys, Packers

As USC’s sanctions for violations of NCAA rules come to a close, former Trojans coach and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll can’t help but come to the program’s defense. He also stuck up for himself in a recent interview with Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, reminding everyone that he didn’t run to the NFL to get away from the brewing storm.

The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn’t turn away from,” he said. “The NCAA came back at the university… ‘Now we’re going to revisit after five years.’ I had no knowledge that was coming. We thought maybe it wasn’t coming because they didn’t have anything to get us with. It wasn’t five days, it wasn’t five weeks. It was five years…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.

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