Longtime USC beat writer Scott Wolf of the LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS criticized Pete Carroll’s public reaction today to Mark Sanchez announcing he is going pro.
USC coach Pete Carroll was extremely ungracious during the Mark Sanchez press conference. He stormed out of the room and did not even sit at the table before Sanchez addressed the media. Something he never did when Matt Leinart, etc., announced their decisions. Carroll never sat down at the table but stood with his palms on the table. His anger was clear if you spend time around him. Not a great moment.
That sort of reportage on Carroll harkens his days with the Jets, when media notations of his erratic behavior on and off-the-field weren’t uncommon. (Remember the throat-slash he signaled on-field in the ’90s while coaching the struggling Jets?)
Here in Los Angeles, Carroll can do no wrong. Especially with the latest publicity about his frequent visits to meet inner-city Angelenos. But for people who have studied the program closely, there’s been a definite shift in Carroll’s coaching approach since USC’s remarkable championship run. And it isn’t for the better.
(Video of Carroll’s reaction at Sanchez presser after the jump)