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Video: Pete Carroll Responds to NCAA Sanctions Imposed on USC

RENTON, WA - JANUARY 12:  Pete Carroll answers questions at a press conference announcing his hiring as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on January 12, 2010 at the Seahawks training facility in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2010

Usually one of the most active sports figures on Twitter, Pete Carroll has been surprisingly silent over the past 24 hours regarding the NCAA findings and sanctions imposed on USC. Today he responded via a video posted on YouTube.

In the video, Carroll said he was "absolutely shocked and disappointed with the findings of the NCAA" and that he never thought there were any facts that supported the sanctions.

He articulates over and over that neither he, nor the university, had any knowledge of the findings of the NCAA.

Carroll blames "external elements" for coming in and disrupting the process of young student athletes going to college. It is an issue, he said, of which the NCAA and universities need to become more aware.

Although Carroll left months ago to become the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, he consistently refers to USC as "we," and says "we'll keep fighting on."

But he'll obviously be fighting from his cushy new job, conveniently distanced from the newfound mess at USC that happened on his watch.

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