Gregg Doyel is at it again...
But this time he sets ucla in his sights.
[C]arroll doesn't face similar allegations. Carroll is accused, if accused is even the right word, of not knowing that 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush and his family were being richly compensated by a marketing agent while Bush was still in school.
Not seeing, or not stopping, that kind of compensation is a lot different than being an ATM for your best player. As far as these accusations go, Pete Carroll isn't Tim Floyd.
So who is Pete Carroll?
He's John Wooden.
And we all know what the NCAA did to Wooden when he had UCLA basketball rolling:
The NCAA did nothing.
Gotta love Gregg he really knows how blow things up.
But hey there is a silver lining in everything as Doyel offers up this gem...
Nor is this an absolution of Carroll. Just because Wooden was allowed to look the other way while Gilbert was providing his players with money, housing, cars, furs and -- allegedly -- abortions for their girlfriends, that doesn't mean Carroll should have been allowed to look the other way while Bush's people were allegedly receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods and services from a marketing rep.
What this story is, I guess, is my irritation that Wooden continues to be hailed as one of the biggest saints in college sports ... while Carroll and men like him are considered sinners.
How times have changed.
Even with all the good that Pete Carroll has done with his charity work in the community he still is still villified by his detractors.
Who knows if the Gilbert allegations are true...but as long as ucla fans continue to hold Wooden in such high regard and continue to point to him as all that is true there will be those that continue to attach Gilbert's presence to the program to Wooden's success. The response across town was predictable as they brought up the old Dan Wetzel article as evidence that this is just more of the same old crap.
In the end it really doesn't matter...Doyel has his opinions and those who disagree will continue to to take unbrage with his sanctimonius tone. I just got a kick out of seeing the shoe on the other foot.