Listening to Pete Carroll talk this week about the controversial timing of his departure from USC was similar to reading how John Wooden claimed to have known nothing about what Sam Gilbert did to help the UCLA basketball program.
“Had I known what was going on and what was going to come around, I never would have been able to leave,” Carroll said on a conference call.
You wanted to believe him. You really did.
The absence of major championships this decade has reminded Los Angeles of how special Carroll’s USC teams were. The Lakers last won in 2010. The Dodgers are closing in on the three-decade anniversary of their most recent World Series...