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Carroll responds to USC penalties

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll responded to today's announcement that USC had received a two-year postseason ban and other penalties through his twitter account, which you can check out here.

Check out the video below.

Here is Carroll's full statement

“I’m absolutely shocked and disappointed at the findings of the NCAA. I never, ever thought it would come to this. After nine years at working at the university and going through all of the challenges and the accomplishments that all of the people took part in, I’m extremely disappointed that we have to deal with this right now.

“After going through the process from the depositions and the interviews over years and years, and also participating in the hearings for the NCAA, I never thought there were any facts that supported these significant sanctions that have come forth. The primary issue throughout the process was did the university know? The university didn’t know, we didn’t know. We were not aware of any of these findings.

“I think it’s important for you to know that through all aspects of the program we were vigilant in the way we approached every aspect. We were always out there to do things better than it’s ever been done before. The agenda of the NCAA infractions committee took them beyond the facts and the facts don’t match the sanctions. I absolutely support the appeal by the university and will do everything I can to contribute to their efforts. This is a clear-cut case of external elements outside of the university setting entering in and disrupting the process of young student-athletes going to college for their gain.

“It’s time for the NCAA and the universities to come together to elevate the awareness and understanding of the vulnerability of college athletes and their families. We need to be proactive and work in every way to protect this college experience for our kids.

“I feel terrible for the Trojan family that we have to go through this. But as always, we’ll be strong and we’ll keep our heads up and we’ll keep fighting on. I’ll continue to support and cooperate the appeal process and do everything I can to help. Fight on.”