USC football: Pete Carroll denies allegation in Internet post [Updated]
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USC Coach Pete Carroll said statements about him that were attributed to former Notre Dame Coach Charlie Weis on an Internet site were “untrue” and “irresponsible.”
In a question-and-answer session with IrishIllustrated.com Senior Editor Tim Prister, the post said Weis was asked:
“Is it frustrating to you Pete Carroll, for example, portrayed in one way …"
The post said Weis responded:
“Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.”
Carroll said in a telephone interview that he was apprised of the report by Tim Tessalone, USC’s sports information director.
“It’s untrue, it’s irresponsible, and it’s incredible he’d be talking about me like that,” Carroll said of Weis.
On Monday, after Weis was fired by Notre Dame, Carroll said he empathized with Weis’ situation.
"I know how hard it is, I've been there before," said Carroll, who was fired after stints coaching the New York Jets and New England Patriots.
-- Gary Klein
Photo: Charlie Weis and Pete Carroll meet after the 2006 Note Dame-USC game. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times