At least the guy’s honest. That was Pete Carroll to Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS yesterday from San Francisco, where the Trojans will tee it up in the Nut Bowl against Boston College today.
Carroll’s 2009 nut shelled:
a) Stafon Johnson injury
b) Joe McKnight investigation / AD Mike Garrett not sticking up for Carroll
c) Charlie Weis comment about Carroll’s personal life
d) Losing to god-awful Washington and former Carroll protege Steve Sarkisian
e) Damian Williams turning pro
f) Three USC players academically ineligible for Nut Bowl
g) Ongoing Reggie Bush investigation
h) Horrific performance by USC defense this season, of which Carrroll is de facto coach
i) Worse loss in team history against Oregon / Home loss to Stanford
j) Jeremy Bates as OC
Okay you probably know all about the first nine things I listed there, but what about Bates?