Pete Carroll and College Football's Corrupt Landscape

Coverin' The SpreadCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2010

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)
Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Pete Carroll is simply unbelievable at what he does. I’m not referring to coaching, recruiting, winning over the press, or any of what many people think makes Pete Carroll successful. Pete Carroll is quite possibly the best liar in the game.

And the sad part is people bought it.

Every recruit believed his act, media and fans bought into it, and even the USC compliance somehow approved of having 100 or more people at each practice including celebrities, NFL players, and of course agents.

Now that USC is under probation his recruits don’t get to go to bowl games, his former AD has been fired, his former school and player (Bush) are being ridiculed and stripped of victories, trophies, etc., and where is ol’ Pete?

Well, Pete left before the sanctions, doubled his salary, works half the time, and is in a more prestigious league.

Has anyone stopped to realize how ridiculous that is?

In what other circumstance could this happen with hardly any buzz or questions asked. He and the king of all shadiness, Coach Calipari must be sharing secrets.

Don’t get me wrong—I applaud Pete Carroll’s support of charities like "A Better LA" and his feel-good stories on Gameday narrated by Tom Rinaldi, but this shouldn’t cover up the fact that Pete took the easy way out and left USC high and dry.

After his former AD Mike Garrett got fired, the most recent example of someone suffering after Carroll left, the Seahawks' coach had this to say on Twitter:

“Wish pat haden the very best in taking over as USC AD! I’ll support in any way. Congrats!”

Be more specific Pete. By support in any way do you mean, "I’ll help you get fired too!" Wake up Pete—you and Tim Floyd are the reasons Mike Garrett got fired!

Carroll is part of what makes college sports so corrupt today. He was the root of the problem at USC, but he has not and will not be punished.

The same thing is going on right now in all of college football with the agents who are hounding the nation’s top players. The agents don’t get punished, so why should they care?

The NCAA has made a valiant effort to make recruiting as clean as possible, and it has certainly improved since the days of Miami players living like NFL stars. Sure there are still plenty of loop holes that allow scrubs like Lane Kiffin to take commitments from 14-year-olds, but the point is, it's improving, and it all started with the NCAA.

On the other side of the coin, the NFL has to step up to the plate and make the root of their problem, the agents, accountable.

In the wake of investigations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and, most recently, Alabama, it's obvious that this issue needs to be put to rest. The only foreseeable way to keep future NFL stars like Marcel Dareus and Marvin Austin from going to agent parties in Miami is to make the agents liable.

Nick Saban has come out and suggested that if an agent is caught contacting a player then the agent should be stripped of his rights to ever represent a player in the NFL again. And I say kudos to Coach Saban, and I guarantee you if you asked the reputable agents in the NFL, they would certainly agree. The NFL already has the most difficult licensing protocol in place for agents in professional sports, but that obviously isn’t enough.

Hopefully Roger Goodell and the players' union will listen to the likes of Nick Saban and punish the hell out of bush league agents who take advantage of 19-year-old kids who have never dreamed of going to parties in Miami.