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Pete Carroll “feel[s] responsible” for USC sanctions

USC v Oregon

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 31: Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans paces the sidelines during a timeout as quarterback Matt Barkley #7 gets some instuction in the second quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 31, 2009 in Eugene, Oregon. Oregon defeated USC 47-20. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Steve Dykes

After displaying defiance in the wake of the NCAA’s decision to impose significant sanctions upon the college football program that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll previously captained, Carroll finally has acknowledged the possibility that a portion of the blame lands on his shoulders.

Carroll told the Associated Press, “I do feel responsible being connected with” USC’s sanctions.

The interview occurred in conjunction with the launch of Carroll’s book tour. He’ll spend two weeks trying to coax people to buy Win Forever. (Unless it’s about coffee tables, we aren’t interested.)

Carroll’s tour will include a visit to Bristol for what ESPN spokesman Bill Hofheimer described on his Twitter page as a “packed” schedule.

Maybe Carroll will be paying Jim Gray to interview him there, too.