USC Sanctions' Real Losers? The Players

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIJune 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans leads his team on to the field prior to the start of the NCAA college football game against Arizona Wildcats at the Los Angeles Coliseum on December 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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To hear Pete Carroll and Reggie Bush say it, it’s them that is suffering from all the sanctions, not USC. The funny thing about all this coming down yesterday was their reactions.

They weren’t concerned about the current players or coaches; oh no they were concerned about THEIR legacy.

It’s obvious now that Pete Carroll left the program because he knew this was coming. How could he not know? Why would you leave one of the top programs in the country unless you knew your program was going to get hammered and more than likely, your legacy as head coach would be tarnished?

For Carroll to make a statement yesterday “pretending” he was shocked is a joke when all of this happened under his watch; same thing with Reggie Bush.

All this basically happened because he and his parents were greedy. Bush coming out saying he was disappointed by the NCAA’s decision, again, is a joke. Then, on top of that, having the nerve to say that he’ll continue to help USC in their efforts with the NCAA. USC is probably thinking no thanks; we’ve had enough of your help already.

I agree with most of the "talking heads" that were saying yesterday that the tragedy in all of this is that neither Carroll nor Bush will pay the price for their actions.

They should, but how can you punish either one of them now that they are no longer part of the program other then take their money?

First of all, I think the Heisman folks need to strip Bush of the Heisman Trophy. A lot of people say Bush earned that on the field, but technically, he was ineligible and he doesn’t deserve it.

The NCAA also should ban Pete Carroll FOREVER from coaching in college football again. So when he falls on his face in Seattle, he’ll never be able to come back to college football.

Oh, but let’s not forget the administrators at USC as well. If I’m the president, the first person to go would be the AD. Mike Garrett needs to be fired not only for this, but for also bringing in Lane Kiffin and his staff from Tennessee.

I’m sure hiring Pete Carroll’s old staff that were there when all of this took place, didn't sit well with the NCAA either.

It is Garrett’s and the school's arrogance in thinking nothing would happen to them that is the biggest joke of all.