It's been a while since 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh left Stanford and since Pete "Cheatey Petey" Carroll skipped town before the Trogans' arguably light but undeniably well deserved sanctions hit. But fate has seen fit to pit these two against each other in the same NFL division, and so four years after the infamous "What's Your Deal" postgame fracas, Harbaugh is at it again, according to Shutdown Corner:
Carroll's team has been in the news over the last few years for the wrong reasons more than Harbaugh's, and the cause has been a string of player suspensions related to violations of the league's substance-abuse policy. Defensive end Bruce Irvin became the sixth Seahawks player since 2010 to be suspended in May. Unprescribed use of the ADD drug Adderall has been the primary violation.
''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.
Given the very public way Cheatey Petey left the University of South Central, it's hard to believe Harbaugh is solely referring to what's going on up north. So again, the question must be asked: What's Your Deal?