I’m not hanging on every word of the Todd McNair trial because I don’t think a $50 million judgement in his favor will erase the sting of NCAA sanctions. Money for an assistant coach doesn’t do that for me.
But I want to address something McNair said on the witness stand last week. McNair said USC coach Pete Carroll planned to leave well before the 2009 season by hiring Jeremy Bates (offensive coordinator) and Brian Schneider (special teams), who followed him to Seattle.
I am highly skeptical of this story. During those days at USC, if Carroll hatched an exit plan and his staff was aware of it, someone would eventually leak it to someone: another athletic dept. employee, a booster or even a reporter.
Bates was hired on Jan. 20, 2009. Carroll left USC on Jan. 10, 2010.
So for 12 months, Carroll knew he was leaving and no one said a word. I used to frequently talk to Carroll about going to the NFL. I wouldn’t expect him to tell me he planned to leave but I think word would get out.
Just another thing to be skeptical about that McNair said this week.