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Charles: Carroll 'was mad'

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

No doubt USC coach Pete Carroll is a complicated man.

Few question his commitment to helping people in the Los Angeles area. And to those few who do, this is a big cup of hush.

But Pete is a competitive son of a gun in all things and certainly doesn't like it when things don't go his way.

We saw that when quarterback Mark Sanchez went against his advice and opted to enter the NFL draft a year early.

And now we have this from touted prep tight end Orson Charles, a Tampa product who chose Georgia over USC and Tennessee last Friday.

Charles was asked how Carroll reacted when told he'd come in second:

"He was mad," Charles said. "He just thought I would have a better chance of playing on a winning team and for a national championship if I signed with USC. He also was upset that he went to a lot of trouble with [heralded quarterback prospect Matt Barkley] to get the No. 7 jersey. [Carroll] kept me on the phone for awhile."

Carroll's reasoning about national championship surely will inspire hoots among the Georgia faithful, and I'm not sure many will muster much sympathy for the long hours of trouble it must have taken Carroll to wrestle away ole No. 7 from Barkley.