Book: Carroll Knew Who Players ‘Hung Out With’?

Pete Carroll’s new $29.95 book Win Forever is out and is currently racing up the Amazon sales charts, checking in today at #442 on the list.

Pete Carroll Lifts John Wooden Pyramid Of Success

(Carroll escaped NCAA, but could he evade copyright violations?)

In a review of the book, Marcia C. Smith of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER spotlights this passage on pages 128-129:

 ”(Carroll was able to) glean a wealth of information by paying close attention to the actions, mannerisms, and traits of our players. By taking note of the clothes they wear, the hairstyles they choose, their personal interests, and the people they choose to hang out with, we get mountains of information … to create a profile that would accurately direct our efforts to teach each player successfully.”

This from a coach who claimed to know absolutely nothing about the off-field activities of the one of the greatest college football players of all-time, Reggie Bush. (”I didn’t know.“) And the same guy who bolted for the NFL mere months before USC was hit with the worst NCAA sanctions since the SMU death penalty.

At least the previous passage was an original. Can’t say the same for some of the other coaching techniques Carroll detailed in the book.

From Smith:

He’s practically stealing with his optimal-performance, competition-driven philosophy in his “Win Forever Pyramid” (Page 79) based on practice and maximizing potential.

We’ve seen this somewhere before. Oh, yes, it’s in Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success” and the do-your-best principles popularized during his 27 UCLA seasons and 10 NCAA titles from 1963-75. (Wooden wouldn’t have used “win,” though.)

Carroll also writes on Page 109, “At USC I introduced ‘Three Rules,’ which became the foundational elements of our program: Rule 1. Always Protect the Team; Rule 2. No Whining, No Complaining, No Excuses; Rule 3. Be Early.”

At least Carroll changed up the order of the three rules Wooden told his players, among them, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who recalled the Bruins basics as ” Don’t be late. Don’t swear. Don’t criticize your teammates.”

“Practically” stealing? More like a straight lift.

In a recent interview with Nick Canepa of the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, Carroll admitted Wooden’s heavy influence on the book:

“After being let go by New England, I began to put my philosophy into place after I read John Wooden’s book,” he says. “All the concepts and ideas, what’s important as a person and coach, we put into practice at USC.

“All this stuff is in my book, the idea of teaching and presenting a new style, the way we did things. The players accepted what we were doing. We learned how to practice. We were ready to go.”

Taking someone else’s ideas and publishing a book about them is a “new style” of coaching? If I’m hiring a coach, that’d have me breaking out carbon-dating technology in search of dinosaurs.

So with Carroll lifting Wooden’s ideas, could this mean that both of the folks who actually bought the book might have to return it due to possible copyright violations?

Despite Carroll inevitably denying ever seeing Wooden’s book, though he’s admitted to reading it, you might wanna hold onto your receipt.