Pete Carroll (left), and Jim Harbaugh. (Credit: imtribune.com)
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll have had a little rivalry ever since their days coaching against one another in the NCAA, when Harbaugh was at Stanford and Carroll was at USC. This rivalry has translated into the NFL, as the 49ers and Seahawks are both expected to be strong Super Bowl contenders in 2013. Harbaugh, however, isn’t impressed with the Seahawks use of performance enhancing drugs, mainly the ADD drug Adderall. Seattle has had six players violate the league’s substance abuse policy since 2010, and Harbaugh wasted no time getting in a couple shots at Carroll and his team.
Via Yahoo Sports:
”It has no place in an athlete’s body. Play by the rules,” Harbaugh said. ”You always want to be above reproach, especially when you’re good, because you don’t want people to come back and say, ‘They’re winning because they’re cheating.’ That’s always going to be a knee-jerk reaction in my experience, ever since I was a little kid. We want to be above reproach in everything and do everything by the rules. Because if you don’t, if you cheat to win, then you’ve already lost, according to Bo Schembechler. And Bo Schembechler is about next to the word of God as you can get in my mind. It’s not the word of God, but it’s close.”
Pete Carroll has stated that the Adderrall issue is something that needs to be fixed immediately. But, what else is he going to say? It is unclear what kind of control he has over his team because of these repeated violations. Harbaugh, meanwhile, has not had to deal with such issues because he is a stern disciplinarian and has a wonderful relationship with his players. The Seahawks are on the rise in a big way, and the last thing they need is for everyone to think they improved and did well because they were cheating the whole time. Hopefully, this issue gets resolved and the two coaches can settle things on the field this season.