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Monday, June 06, 2011

BCS Strips USC of 2004 Title; So Who Gets Stripped of a Recently Won Title in 5+ Years?

Read the story here.

Everyone hailed USC's depth, Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart and head coach Pete Carroll. What they heralded was a team with a weak leader and not much character. Unfortunately, there were young men on that team who had character and could lead, but Bush apparently had his hand out and Carroll either knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it or should have known.

What a mess, and there are legions of coaches who get fired because they won't do what USC did. And, sometimes because of that, they cannot win. Meanwhile, Carroll gets rewarded for his coaching expertise (where it seems, depending on the hijinks, he was playing with a loaded deck). Instead, will USC investigate whether to pursue Carroll for damages? It would be a first, but, then again, what did the university know and when did administrators know it.

Are we now supposed to be cynical about the leading programs the way we were (but not the media who covered the players) about buffed up baseball players?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes.


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