USC Coach Pete Carroll Slams Notre Dame Playing Surface

CARROLL BLASTS ND TURF BEFORE USC RUNS THROUGH IT: Before his team ran roughshod over the Irish on Saturday, Pete Carroll grew some concern over the Notre Dame turf:

Pete Carroll Lawn Care Bag


The LOS ANGELES TIMES picks up the trashing from the USC coach. In 2005, a big hullabaloo brewed that Notre Dame purposefully let their field’s grass grow long, in order to try slowing down the Trojans. But the Men from Troy pushed that concern aside - and pushed Matt Leinart into the end zone for the game-winning TD.

Carroll admitted that he didn’t think the higher blades two years ago was that big of a deal, saying the controversy “was blown out of proportion.”

This year, the 100-yard lawn was trimmed before kickoff. But as he went through a walk-through at Notre Dame Stadium on Friday, Carroll wasn’t satisfied with the sod:

I don’t understand why it’s like that. I mean who plays here? They sharing it with a local JC (junior college) or something?

That’s not fair. The way they’ve been playing, the Irish couldn’t even be on the same field as a JC team.

Notre Dame USC 2007


But luckily for Pete, his crew chewed up the turf on their way to a 38-0 blowout. After a jaunt to Eugene to face Oregon, it’s back to the Coliseum for the Trojans, where the surface is perfect footing for a winning squad.

Just ask Stanford.