College football fans were treated to a rebroadcast Thursday of the 2006 Rose Bowl classic between Texas and USC. Some who were involved with the game might not have been eager to watch.
Like, maybe, Pete Carroll, because the game reminded a lot of people of the two crunch-time decisions that follow the coach around.
Carroll was about two minutes away from leading the Trojans to a third consecutive national championship, only to have Texas and Vince Young complete a huge fourth-quarter rally for the win. But Young only got the opportunity after Carroll tried to ice the game with LenDale White instead of Reggie Bush and Texas stopped White on fourth down.
Naturally, video evidence of the play in 2020 flew around and acted like a boomerang that landed on the end of Super Bowl 49 between Carroll's Seahawks and the Patriots. (Short version, which you already know: Beast Mode, Russell Wilson, Malcolm Butler, yada yada.)
FLASHBACK: Carroll defends not giving Marshawn the ball
Twitter, take it away:
THIS IS WHY PETE CARROLL THREW IT IN THE SUPER BOWL pic.twitter.com/CKa0SEXplH— Jeremy Rushing (@JeremyGRushing) April 3, 2020
Patriots source texted me tonight after watching White come up short on fourth down for USC and Pete Carroll: “No wonder he threw it against us.”— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) April 3, 2020
Pete Carroll going to Lendale White over Reggie Bush in crunch time of the Natty will forever be a fail. He did it again in Seattle with Marshawn and He showed Kyle Shanahan the blue print.— Iran blew a 3-1 lead (@deezylowe) April 3, 2020
Fans of Pete Carroll teams when crucial 4th down plays come up pic.twitter.com/M65xkoNPrO— Devices Down Faces Up (@zjla88) April 3, 2020
Pete Carroll wasn’t smart enough to give the ball to Reggie Bush, cost his team a NC. Wasn’t smart enough to give the ball to Marshawn Lynch, cost his team a Super Bowl.— Shawn Stewart (@shawnstewartKC) April 3, 2020
Amazing that Pete Carroll was two horrible play calls away from two more championships. Some of the worst clutch play calls you’ll see.— BeatinTheBookie.com®️ (@BeatinTheBookie) April 3, 2020
2006 Pete Carroll to 2015 Pete Carroll pic.twitter.com/ZHDGddeZXC— jaen (@EverDilettante) April 3, 2020