I was skeptical when I heard Pete Carroll say this immediately after the USC football program was saddled with the harshest NCAA sanctions since the SMU Dealth Penalty:
“The agenda of the NCAA infractions committee took them beyond the facts, and the facts don’t match the sanctions.”
That comment was before USC’s Rivals website USCFootball.com, which is owned by Yahoo, published previously unreleased NCAA documents that showed significant inaccuracies in the NCAA’s investigation of the link between the USC football program and sports marketing agents who provided Reggie Bush with improper benefits. (That link is the central reason cited by the NCAA for applying such harsh sanctions on the school’s football program.)
That USC Rivals report though only showed a general incompetence by the NCAA in the efficacy of its investigation of USC. It didn’t give any reason to believe Carroll’s “agenda” claim.
But the NCAA’s almost immediate response to the USC Rivals report, may indeed have confirmed Carroll’s accusation.