As we mentioned Tuesday, every chapter in the everlasting Bellevue (Wash.) football saga is as captivating as the last, and once again the latest is no different.
After the KingCo Conference announced a four-year ban of Bellevue from postseason play along with many other sanctions, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll weighed in with his thoughts on Twitter.
The “grownup problems” Carroll refers to here are the allegations against legendary Bellevue football coach Butch Goncharoff, whose program won 11 state championships in a span of 15 years. An independent Washington Interscholastic Activities Association investigation uncovered alleged violations by Goncharoff and his staff ranging from providing false addresses for players to accepting more than $300,000 in coaching stipends from the Bellevue football program’s extremely well-funded booster club. The school can appeal the decision. Goncharoff said he did not do anything that violated district policies and the booster club also has taken issue with the WIAA findings.
While the sentiment behind Carroll’s social media post — that Bellevue players are being punished for their coaching staff’s actions — is commendable, it doesn’t come without irony. After all, he was linked to the NCAA violations that led to USC being stripped of a national title, banned from bowl games for two seasons and losing 30 scholarships over a three-year period in the wake of Carroll’s departure from the school.