RENTON — Strings are attached to a football scholarship at Notre Dame. For instance, from the day a player signs his letter of intent, he is expected — no, it is demanded of him — that he detest USC.
Even Touchdown Jesus hates the Trojans.
So as excited as receiver Golden Tate was to be chosen by the Seahawks in the second round of last spring’s draft, there also was this nagging worry that he would be playing for Pete Carroll, the coach of all of those hated USC teams Tate played against.
“There was just this feeling that this isn’t right,” Tate said this week sitting in his locker stall before practice. “We hated USC. Hated them. So it was kind of a weird thought that I’d ever play for him (Carroll). Ever.”