Pete Carroll is going back to Southern California — as a member of the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
The former Trojans football coach is one of 16 people who were named to the hall’s 11th class. They will be introduced at halftime of USC’s game against Oregon State on Sept. 27.
Carroll, who won the Super Bowl this year with the Seattle Seahawks, coached the Trojans from 2001-09. They won two national championships, going 13-0 in 2004, and won seven straight Pac-10 titles under him. USC won a record three straight Rose Bowl games during his tenure, when he had a career mark of 97-16. But the Trojans also were given severe NCAA sanctions for violations committed during Carroll’s tenure.
• A Boston city council committee is considering whether to pass a bill of rights for college athletes.
Among the provisions in the proposal is one that requires schools in the city to offer four-year scholarships, instead of the renewable one-year grants the NCAA currently allows. The bill of rights would also require schools to cover athletes’ medical expenses for any sport-related injuries — for the rest of the player’s life.
City Councilor Josh Zakim proposed the bill of rights. He also introduced a bill that would create a head-injury protocol that would apply to any games played in the city.
• The University of Miami reacted swiftly after sexual battery charges were brought against two of its football players, dismissing both from the team and suspending them as students.
JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa, both 20-year-old sophomore linebackers, are accused of getting a 17-year-old girl drunk the night of July 5 and then repeatedly raping her at an on-campus residential hall. Each is charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim, and Figueroa is also charged with possessing a stolen or forged driver’s license.
Blue and Figueroa were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail each and, if released, they will be banned from the Miami campus.
• Receiver Will Mahone has no chance of returning to Notre Dame while facing felony charges of assault on a police officer, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism in Mahoning County, Ohio, his attorney said.
Attorney James Gentile said he hopes to get the felony charges against Mahone reduced to misdemeanors before a July 23 preliminary hearing.
• Illinois trustees are about to consider changes in basketball coach John Groce’s contract.
The trustees’ Governance, Personnel and Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, and its agenda includes an item to “amend” Groce’s contract.
Groce makes $1.6 million a year, and his contract runs through 2018.
The university has already given Groce one raise and a contract extension in the just-over two years he’s been on the job.