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Carroll: Did not know about USC sanctions

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Former Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll told the Los Angeles Times that he would not have left the school to take the Seattle Seahawks job if he knew about the NCAA sanctions against the school.

Carroll left Southern Cal before the penalties were announced in June 2010 stemming from violations involving star running back Reggie Bush.

"The truth was, an opportunity came up and it was one I couldn't turn away from," Carroll said. "... The NCAA came back at the university ... 'Now we're going to revisit after five years.' I had no knowledge that was coming. We thought maybe it wasn't coming because they didn't have anything to get us with. It wasn't five days, it wasn't five weeks. It was five years. Had we known that that was imminent ... I would never have been able to leave under those circumstances. When I look back now, I would have stayed there to do what we needed to do to resolve the problem."

Southern Cal was banned from bowl games for two years, lost 30 scholarships over three years, and vacated its 2004 national championship and all 12 of its wins in 2005.

Carroll, previously a two-time NFL coach, took the Seahawks job in 2010 and won the Super Bowl in February. Carroll received other opportunities to coach in the NFL while he was with Southern Cal, but the Seahawks gave him player personnel power.

Carroll said before the Super Bowl that the criticism he received over the timing of his departure from Southern Cal was not fair.

"It does bother me because it's not right and it's not accurate," he said. "... I didn't feel bad about leaving at all. I didn't feel bad about it because I knew what the truth was."
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