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Carroll talks USC on SportsCenter

The Pete Carroll book tour rolls on, as the former USC coach travels to New York, Southern California and Seattle over the next 10 days to promote the recent release of his second book, "Win Forever."

Released Tuesday, the book has already climbed to the No. 1 spot on Amazon.com's football coaching book list and is already listed as 263rd most popular selection among all books available on the site. Wednesday, the Seahawks coach was a guest on SportsCenter, where he talked about both Seattle and USC but still appeared to be very passionate about his former Trojans.

Asked about the sanctions, Carroll took responsibility for what happened but told ESPN anchor Rece Davis that they did not tarnish his experience over his nine-year tenure at USC at all.

"I loved our time at USC and I loved every bit of it," Carroll said. "And I feel terrible that everybody has to deal with it. It's the responsibility of the head coach."

Taking on a very similar tone to the one he exhibited in the video released on the day USC's sanctions were announced last month, Carroll maintained his position of complete surprise at the extent of the sanctions.

"Never in our wildest dreams did we think -- with the facts and information that the NCAA had -- that the sanctions would be this severe," he said. "That's what we had to deal with."

He also seemed to say that the sanctions may have came because of USC's 2000s-era success.

"I haven't read all the stuff that's out," Carroll said, "but I do know that they thought that we just went so far and won so much and did so well that maybe there was reasons why, that that was all enhanced -- outside of all the hard work and the ethics and the recruiting and all of the involvement of everybody involved in the program."

Carroll went on to say that he believed the NCAA took offense to the way USC held its practices but personally disputed it, saying, "I don't know where that came from. There's so many great rewards that came from the way we dealt with the community around us..."

The full video of Carroll's appearance on SportsCenter is currently on the front page of ESPNLosAngeles.com. He is scheduled to appear in the Los Angeles area on Friday — and again on Monday — for book tour appearances.