Poll: Most people don't believe Pete Carroll would have stayed at USC

Poll: Most people don't believe Pete Carroll would have stayed at USC

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October 3, 2009; Berkeley, CA, USA; USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll watches from the sidelines during the fourth quarter against the California Golden Bears at Memorial Stadium. The Trojans defeated the Golden Bears 30-3.

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by CHRIS CHASE / USA TODAY Sports

KING5.com

Posted on June 11, 2014 at 6:26 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 11 at 6:26 AM

In a recent interview with The Los Angeles Times, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he wouldn’t have left USC if he’d known the NCAA was going to hand down such crippling sanctions to the program he led to two national titles. After hearing about this, America collectively issued a series of fake coughs while muttering “yeah, right.”

An ESPN.com SportsNation poll asked users whether they believed Carroll or not. An overwhelming majority of respondents in 49 states said they didn’t. You won’t be surprised which state was willing to give Carroll the benefit of the doubt (though just barely).

What’s amazing isn’t that 49 states overwhelmingly don’t believe Carroll, but that it’s still just a 50/50 split in Washington, a state that deifies Carroll after he led Seattle to its first-ever Super Bowl title. That’s like Tom Brady losing a popularity contest in the Back Bay.

Surprisingly, the other most trusting state was California. Only 74% of ESPN respondents in Carroll’s old stomping grounds said they didn’t believe Carroll. You’d think spurned USC fans and bitter San Francisco 49ers fans would outweigh the USC fans still reliving the glory days of Carroll, Leinart and Bush.

The state that believed Carroll the least is no surprise, however. In Alabama, 90% of voters didn’t buy Carroll’s story, but would be willing to reconsider if Nick Saban told them otherwise.

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