Before the NCAA sanctioned Pete Carroll’s former USC football program with heavy penalties yesterday, Carroll had already planned to make high profile public appearances in Los Angeles and Orange County in late June and July.
In two weeks, Carroll is launching something called the “Win Forever Academy.” From the academy’s website:
Providing coaches, athletes and sports fans with the ultimate competitive experience, the Win Forever Academy will open in June, 2010 at the Home Depot Center and LA Live in Los Angeles, California.
Win Forever is a proven system of success for those who compete to maximize their potential in sports, entertainment, philanthropy, business, and life.
A coaching philosophy inspired by former University of Southern California and current Seattle Seahawks head football coach Pete Carroll, Win Forever is the “New Generation of Coaching for the Next Generation of Athlete.” ™
The Win Forever Academy will provide the ultimate competitive experience through elite camps, coaching clinics and training for youth, high school and professional athletes while offering a competitive philosophy to coaches of all sports and professions.
When you figure out exactly what the means, get back to me.
In a few weeks, Carroll will also have an opportunity to glad-hand with USC fans at a signing for his new book Win Forever.
So far, there’s only one Carroll book signing appearance scheduled for SoCal: July 16 at a Huntington Beach bookstore. I have an email into Carroll’s publisher Penguin inquiring to see if other dates will be scheduled.
Before yesterday, it’d be a given that Carroll would do signings in Los Angeles and throughout SoCal … but now?
With Carroll’s unwillingness to address the media about the NCAA penalties against his former USC program, I’m guessing he isn’t too enthusiastic about appearing anywhere he could be confronted by a Los Angeles media member. (See the L.A. TIMES T.J. Simers.)
The issue of SoCal public appearances for Carroll isn’t USC fans, more the ability to shun the media, thus damage controlling the Win Forever™ brand he’s obviously attempting to launch.