Is USC’s Carroll getting off easy?

When a coach signs that seven-figure contract, he knows (or should know) that the amount of scrutiny he faces is equal to the amount of money he makes. That’s part of the deal. Taking criticism is as much a part of coaching as developing game plans and recruiting.
Demanding fans want dividends paid on State U’s huge financial investment. But that’s an old story. Fans demanded success even before salaries escalated into six figures.
Coaches who lose are fired. Coaches who win consistently usually retain their jobs, but they still are harshly criticized in the stands, in columns, on message boards and on talk shows if they don’t win the right games.