In a blog posting titled “Pathetic Press Conference”, the Los Angeles Daily News paints a rather unflattering portrait of a head coach who’s normally viewed as Mr. Laid Back.In his posting, writer Scott Wolf described Pete Carroll as “extremely ungracious” at the press conference announcing quarterback Mark Sanchez‘s decision to leave the Trojans for the NFL. Wolf also wrote that Carroll “stormed out of the room”, and that “his anger was clear if you spend time around him.”Carroll, reportedly, never sat down at the table with Sanchez, instead opting to stand “with his palms on the table.”If the depiction of the USC head coach’s actions at today’s press conference are accurate, the headline of the blog post is certainly apt.Pathetic.Look, it’s one thing to do that behind closed doors. It’s understandable he’d be none too pleased at having one of the top quarterbacks in the country leave him early. Again, in private, it’s somewhat defensible and understandable.It’s another matter entirely, however, to act like a petulant, spoiled brat who didn’t get his way in such a public arena. There’s no defense, no understanding that type of reaction, especially from one of the stewards of the university.Especially when it occurs at such a momentous occasion in a young man’s life and when it involved a decision that was — by most accounts — not an easy one for the QB to come to.Agree or disagree with Sanchez’s decision all you want, Pete, but please try to show a little more class and a little less ass. I’m sure your future recruits would appreciate knowing you’ve got their backs should the time come for them to make a decision like Sanchez’s.At least and especially in public.(WRITER’S NOTE: Yes, yes, yes, I know. It’s “Mark”, not “Matt”. Mea culpa. I will now beat myself about the head and neck area with an on-fire 2×4 as penance. Thanks in advance.)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) West Virginia running back CJ Donaldson is in concussion protocol and will miss next week’s home game with Baylor after he was injured in a loss to Texas, coach Neal Brown said Tuesday.
Donaldson remained on the ground after he was tackled on a short gain in the third quarter of Saturday’s 38-20 loss to the Longhorns. His helmet and shoulder pads were removed and he was carted off the field on a stretcher. After the game he was cleared to travel home with the team.
“He’s recovering,” Brown said. “There is a strict return-to-play (policy) that we have to follow here and I’m zero involved in it. All I do is ask the question. They don’t even start the return-to-play until they’re symptom free.”
Donaldson, a 240-pound freshman, leads the Mountaineers with 389 rushing yards and six touchdowns, with an average of 6.9 yards per carry.
West Virginia (2-3, 0-2 Big 12 Conference) is idle this week and hosts Baylor (3-2, 1-1) next Thursday, Oct. 13.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa was able to visit his brother, Tua, last weekend after the Terrapins’ game against Michigan State, he said Tuesday in his first comments to reporters since Tua left the Miami Dolphins’ game against Cincinnati last Thursday with a frightening head injury.
Taulia played in Maryland’s win over Michigan State on Saturday but was not made available to the media afterward. He said Tuesday he was able to go to Florida and spend some time with his brother, who suffered a concussion four days after taking a hit in another game but was cleared to return.
“He’s doing good, everything’s fine,” he said. “My biggest thing was just seeing him and spending as much time as I can with him. I came back Sunday night.”
Tagovailoa said he appreciates the support for his brother.
“My brother’s my heart. He’s someone I look up to, someone I talk to every day,” he said. “It was just a hard scene for me to see that.”
Tagovailoa said he was in constant contact with his mother about his brother’s situation, and he was finally able to talk to Tua on Friday night.
“I really just wanted to go there and just spend time with my family, hug them and stuff like that,” Taulia Tagovailoa said. “But he told me he’s a big fan of us, and he’d rather watch me play on Saturday. … After that phone call, I was happy and getting back to my normal routine.”
Tagovailoa indicated that his brother’s injury didn’t make him too nervous about his own health when he took the field again.
“I guess when that happens to someone like my brother, or when anything happens to one of my family members, I don’t really think of how it will be able to affect me,” he said. “I just think of: `Is he OK? How’s he doing?”‘
Although it was a short visit to Florida, he said he and Tua made the most of their chance to be together.
“I just wanted to make sure he’s healthy and stuff, which he is,” Taulia Tagovailoa said.