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Unnecessary Roughness on Pete Carroll?


We'd say Pete Carroll continues to get sacked following Saturday's USC Trojans debacle with the Huskies, except that "sacked" has a somewhat different HR connotation from the football usage. Let's just say he's been in the stocks, although now it's clear he's got company. L.A. Times sports scribe Bill Plaschke led off with the excoriations Sunday, describing the post-game scene:

"Trojans Coach Pete Carroll stood at the edge of the Husky Stadium tunnel, staring ashen-faced back into the swarming mob as if peering into the smoking wreckage of a car he totaled.

Which he did. A luxury car. Smashed it to bits.

"It goes right to me," he said later.

Best call he made all day."

Today the Times also discussed the nine-spot tumble (from No. 3 to No. 12) the loss dealt USC in the Associated Press' ranking of top college football teams, as well as mentioning the "online vitriol" directed at Trojan's quarterback shot caller, Jeremy Bates, especially in light of this season's ultraconservative running strategy. But the paper of record returned again to Carroll, even calling out his Twitter messages. On Saturday, according to Houston Mitchell, Carroll had tweeted that his song of the day was Offspring's "The Kids Aren't Alright."
 
"Does anyone know," Mitchell wrote, "if there's a song title like 'The Coach Needs to Loosen Up the Playbook'? Or 'Let the Children Play?'"

Of course, perhaps the most psychically battered man in all this is

quarterback Aaron Corp, who filled in for the ailling Matt Barkley,

only to be held to a mere 110 yards passing by Washington's defense.

Hopefully fans and writers will be more sympathetic to Corp than

they've been to his coaches.


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