Pete Carroll guested on the (Steve) Mason & (John) Ireland show on ESPN 710 in Los Angeles this week. The coach attempted to hedge his comments about Harbaugh’s decision to go for two with his Stanford team already ahead of Carroll’s USC Trojans 48-21 last Saturday in L.A.. But instead, Carroll let slip smoldering resentment.
MASON: What do you think, now a couple of days removed, of Harbaugh going for the two-point conversion?
CARROLL: Well, really, even since the time that it happened, you know, I haven’t bothered with it, and I know everybody else has and taken a lot of time to kinda discuss it and all. I think, you know, it is what you think it is, you know, it’s a statement that you can take away that maybe they were trying to accomplish something that seems out of the ordinary, you know, I don’t really care, to tell you the truth, it doesn’t matter.
And when you look at it like, uh, they’re ahead in the game and they’re in command of it, they really get to do whatever they want to do, and it doesn’t bother me to worry about it anymore, you know what I mean? Jim came out and said what he wanted to say, you know, a couple different times about it and, you know, to me it’s dropped, I don’t care.
Will I forget it? No, I’m not forgetting it. But uh, you know, to me, it’s in the past.
That’s the first time I’ve heard Carroll crack and admit on the record that he’s extremely upset with Harbaugh’s gesture, and that he isn’t burying the hatchet.
It’s a shame that Harbaugh will likely be gone to Michigan as early as next season, as a yearly Harbaugh-Carroll rivalry would’ve been epic, especially considering Carroll’s well-documented fondness for the Bay Area.