On Tuesday, the NCAA confirmed that a Pac-10 coach violated rules "for retaining a paid consultant to attend practices and watch games," or, an identical situation to when former USC head coach Pete Carrol quietly hired NFL veteran Pete Rodriguez to help with the kicking game. It should be noted that the report does not specifically mention Carrol (a USC spokesman would neither confirm or deny anything), but, it doesn't take much to read between the lines.
A Pacific 10 Conference head coach has been found in violation of NCAA rules for retaining a paid consultant to attend practices and watch games - circumstances identical to those surrounding former USC football coach Pete Carroll's hiring of an NFL veteran to help with the Trojans' punting and kicking teams - according to an internal Pac-10 report.
The document does not name the coach or the sport, but the Pac-10 sent it to the conference's schools after The Times reported last summer that Carroll had quietly employed Pete Rodriguez to monitor practices and games throughout the 2008 season, in apparent violation of NCAA limits on the number of coaches each team may hire.
The NCAA meetings with USC was just over nine weeks ago regarding the basketball and football teams and if these alleged violations are linked to USC the football team may actually receive some type of punishment from the NCAA.