USC Trojans athletic director Mike Garrett declined to comment Friday night on whether he is about to lose Pete Carroll to the Seattle Seahawks, but he addressed a perception of doom and gloom around the program, with possible NCAA sanctions looming.
"I don't think SC falls down. We're too good. We do things well," Garrett said. "We've had a great history, 11 national championships, we've produced a lot of excellent student-athletes and I don't think that will stop."
Last week, the school announced a series of self-imposed penalties for the basketball program stemming from allegations that guard O.J. Mayo received cash and other gifts from a prospective agent two years ago. Garrett said he doesn't know whether the NCAA will come down with sanctions for the football program stemming from reports that former players Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight received improper benefits.
"All you can do is address the allegations and go from there," Garrett said. "But we feel we run a good program and we always try to do the right thing."
Garrett said he keeps a list of potential replacements for head coaches in every sport USC competes in, including football.
"We always prepare for every eventuality," Garrett said.
Mark Saxon covers USC for ESPNLosAngeles.com.