Pete Carroll returned to the USC campus for the first time as a Super Bowl champion on Wednesday night.

While Carroll has been cultivating a culture conducive to winning NFL titles up north, USC has been slowed by some of the heaviest sanctions ever imposed by the NCAA. Despite his success at the next level, he's still not happy about it.

"I never felt it was dealt with properly," Carroll said of USC's case with the NCAA while speaking inside Bovard Auditorium on campus Wednesday night. "I thought it was dealt with poorly and very irrationally and done with way too much emotion instead of facts."
Immediately after Carroll's departure from USC to Seattle, the NCAA handed down a two-year bowl ban against the program and 30 fewer scholarships over three seasons as a result of extra benefits received by the family of former USC running back Reggie Bush and the tailback himself. 2014 marks the first season for recently hired Steve Sarkisian and the last of the scholarship reductions.

Carroll has watched from afar and viewed this period as a "tremendous challenge" for the USC football team.

Now four seasons into his tenure as the Seahawks head coach, Carroll has implemented a program in the Pacific Northwest akin to what he ran as USC's head coach. He says that program is based on "doing the right thing (and) taking care of people." Yet, it's Carroll's belief, the NCAA didn't know what his program was all about.