If the USC football program faces sanctions from the NCAA, the punishments will affect USC football, but Pete Carroll will get a free pass because he is no longer a part of USC football.
You don't have to take our word for this; simply look at John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. Two of his former schools have faced NCAA investigation, most recently the University of Memphis. Calipari has not been held responsible either time for what happened—other than some media scrutiny—at those programs under his watch. In fact, Calipari was rewarded by essentially being promoted and earning better coaching jobs at more prestigious institutions.
While Calipari, Tim Floyd, and company move on to new opportunities, the schools they leave are left to pick up the pieces. In actuality, the people who suffer most at these schools are the athletes who are stuck in their scholarships and now lose the opportunity to earn higher honors.
So the question remains: What is the NCAA to do with coaches who run corrupt programs and then split?
One solution is to ban them from coaching in the NCAA for a specific number of years. Say three to five years or seasons. Yes, keep the coaches out of the ranks of the NCAA for that long. That doesn't mean they cannot coach. It just means they cannot coach college football, basketball, or any other NCAA sport.
While, this idea does not solve the problem of corruption in college athletics, it does help to properly direct the punishment. An incoming freshman, who is just trying to make it, should not be punished and forced to leave his dream school, when the coach who allowed the corruption is able to get a pay raise and new benefits at a new institution.
Now is the perfect time for the NCAA to begin using these new sanctions.
Now is the time for the NCAA to take action and try to take some control of the programs they oversee.