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Pete Carroll: Mark Sanchez should have stayed at USC

January 15, 2009 |  1:43 pm

Pete Carroll, left, shakes hands with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez on Thursday.

Pete Carroll isn't pulling any punches when it comes to his feelings about Mark Sanchez opting to turn professional and not return to USC. Here is a bit of what Ben Malcolmson is reporting on the "USCRipsIt" blog  at

“The facts are so strong against this decision,” Carroll said. “After analyzing all the information, the truth is there — he should’ve stayed for another year.”

Carroll cited a study that shows 62 percent of underclassmen quarterbacks who declare early for the Draft eventually don’t pan out in the NFL. He also pointed to Sanchez’s NFL Draft evaluation, which projected Sanchez as a second-round selection.

“Mark’s chance to increase his value and become the top player in college football next year would have been worth $10-$20 million or more — likely more,” Carroll said. “One more year of running a team is almost priceless, so he lost the chance to fully prepare himself and become the very best he could be before going to the NFL.

“That’s why there’s a 62 percent failure rate for underclassmen quarterbacks.”


-- Greg Johnson

Photo: USC head coach Pete Carroll, left, shakes hands with USC quarterback Mark Sanchez on Thursday after Sanchez announced that he would be going professional and would not return to USC for a final season. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times