Stanford Coach Jim Harbaugh has found a way for his team to beat USC - have Pete Carroll leave the program. Harbaugh told CBS Sportsline's Dennis Dodd that Carroll would depart the program after the 2007 season.
"He's only got one more year, though. He'll be there one more year. That's what I've heard. I heard it inside the staff."
He heard it from inside the staff? Really Jim?
"I've heard it from multiple people secondhand, from people that have talked to people on the SC staff," Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh added that he was "simply stating what I heard from a lot of other people," and also said, "I don't claim to be the definitive source on what Pete Carroll is going to do."
Harbaugh is obviously no journalist. Basing facts on secondhand sources just doesn't fly. Maybe while he's up on the farm he can audit a journalism class or something like that.
Coming off a 1-11 campaign, Harbaugh needs all the help he can get. But it will take more than just Carroll departing for Stanford to have a chance in the Pac-10. Has he also heard from an inside source that Jeff Tedford is leaving Cal? Mike Bellotti leaving Oregon?
Jim Harbaugh's hopes of a Pete Carroll departure are nothing but wishful thinking. He's up in the clouds, and even Carroll himself agrees.
"If he's going to make statements like that, he ought to get his information right," Carroll said. "And if he has any questions about it he should call me."