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Morning links: Evaluating Carroll's USC legacy

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Sorry folks, slim pickings out there this morning. The Seahawks will continue OTAs this week with practices on Tuesday and Thursday. The media will have access on Tuesday, so we will have a full report after practice.Also, the last minicamp is next week, June 21-23.

Now that the penalties against USC’s football program have been announced, several folks in the media are reacting to the news, and taking a hard look at Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s role in what has taken place.

And, as always, there’s been a difference of opinion.

Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times may have the most informed perspective because he is the regular beat reporter for the Trojans. Klein quotes Carroll as saying the penalties casts a shadow of what he accomplished at USC.

“It casts a shadow over it,” Carroll said, “and it’s unfortunate it has to feel like that. It certainly affects how people look at what we did.”

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports believes that Carroll ran away from what is happening at USC by taking the Seahawks’ job.

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com believes in a perfect world that Carroll would lose his Seahawks’ job.

And John McGrath of the Tacoma News Tribune is more concerned with how Pete Carroll will handle situations like the Golden Tate donut caper than his tenure at USC.

McGrath: “My dear friends at USC might find this callous, but I can’t say I care what Carroll did – or, ahem, what he didn’t do – to prevent the Bush saga from turning into the scandal that’s forcing the scholarship-stripped Trojans to contemplate a few years of mediocrity. I don’t care for the simple reason that Carroll doesn’t work for USC anymore.

“He coaches the Seattle Seahawks, who have given him the additional role of executive vice president. I care about the Seahawks. I care about the way Carroll responds to celebrated draft choices who behave like brats.”

Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha fills in for Sports Illustrated’s Peter King in his regular Monday Morning Quarterback column. Asomugha offers some advice to rookies coming into the league, and other thoughts on the league. It’s a good read if you have a some spare time this morning. I’ve always been impressed with the way Asomugha handles himself off the field.

And if you haven’t seen it already, here’s a link to the altercation Tennessee quarterback Vince Young was involved in over the weekend. The altercation apparently escalated when a man insulted Young by disparaging the University of Texas.

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