Pete Carroll, who led USC to two national championships during his nine years as head football coach, will receive an honorary degree in May, the university announced Wednesday.
Carroll left USC in 2010, just prior to NCAA sanctions being imposed on the team over improper benefits provided to star running back Reggie Bush in 2004-05. Carroll is now head coach of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, who won the 2014 Super Bowl.
The Seahawks reached the Super Bowl again this year, but lost to the New England Patriots.
“Carroll returned USC football to national prominence during his nine- year tenure as head coach at the university,” according to a university announcement. “His ‘Always Compete’ philosophy has led to a successful four- decade career in football. Carroll is one of just a few coaches in football history to have won a Super Bowl and a national college championship.
“He is also the founder of A Better LA and A Better Seattle, two gang- violence prevention and community-building organizations that empower inner- city youth and forge relationships with service organizations.”
Carroll will be one of six people receiving honorary degrees during the commencement ceremony on May 15.
Other recipients are Attorney General Kamala Harris; health-care policy expert Leonard Schaeffer; conductor-composer Michael Tilson Thomas; Nobel Prize- winning chemist Ada Yonath; and Mellody Hobson, president of the Chicago-based money-management firm Ariel Investments. Hobson will deliver the commencement address.
— City News Service