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It's Official: Pete Carroll Is The New Seahawks Coach

We already knew this was a done deal, but the Seahawks made it official Monday afternoon that Pete Carroll will be the team’s next head coach. Carroll is expected to hold a press conference at USC Monday evening to say his goodbyes.

Here’s the statement
about the hiring from Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke:

“We are excited to add Pete as our coach. He brings a great passion for winning and a positive attitude that is contagious. We now turn our full attention to the hiring process for a general manager. Our intended structure is for Pete and the new GM to work in a collaborative capacity on football matters.”


According To Reports, Pete Carroll Resigns From USC And Accepts Position As Seahawks Head Coach

According to sources, Pete Carroll handed in his resignation to USC Sunday evening, clearing the way for him to become the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. The LA Times is reporting that he has in fact accepted that offer.

USC blog Conquest Chronicle is already a little worn-out by the news. They’ve passed denial, anger, bargaining and depression and find themselves on acceptance already.

I am not upset…this all makes perfect sense. When you look back on the season you could see the the toll being taken. Pete Carroll has said in the past that a coaches message tends wear thin within 5-7 years…Carroll has been at USC for 9. It is clear that it was time for him and time for USC.

The reasons at this point are immaterial…people will and have already drawn their own conclusions. That is fine, but we must move on…

Let the head coaching rumor mill and interview process begin! Then again, they both already have…


Sources: Carroll, Seahawks Agree To Contract In Principle

It’s not quite official, but all signs point to Pete Carroll bolting from USC and becoming the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Multiple sources have reported that both sides have agreed in principle to a contract that would pay Carroll $7 million-per-year for five years.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports:

Carroll was fully expected to be introduced by the Seahawks as early as Monday, assuming they comply with the Rooney Rule this weekend.

The hangup could be locating a candidate to interview that would put the Seahawks in compliance with the rule, which requires teams to interview a minority candidate for head-coaching and senior-football-operations hires. […]

But the bottom line is, Carroll’s agreement with Seattle is “100 percent done,” one NFL source close to the situation said.

Bear in mind: the last time Pete Carrol coached in the NFL, it was… not spectacular. In college, Pete Carroll was excellent at running a program, and indeed, his USC teams consistently had superior talent to their opponents. That’s part of the game in college, and part of what made Carroll one of the game's true titans.

In the NFL, however, it’s a level playing field, and Carroll’s track record is far less glamorous. At 33-31, he’s been solid, but his Jets and Patriots teams were famous for late-season swoons. Will Carroll’s third stop in the NFL be the charm for Seattle?

Maybe, but at $35 million it’s a big, big gamble.


Report: Carroll Nearing Deal To Become Team President As Well As Head Coach

The Los Angeles Times is reporting an interesting development in the Pete-Carroll-to-Seahawks story: in addition to head coaching duties, Carroll wants to be named team president as well.

Although the Seahawks and Carroll are close to a deal, which is believed to be a five-year contract to become president and head coach at $7 million a year, nothing has been signed, said sources close to the situation who are not authorized to speak on his behalf.

Pro Football Talk weighs in on why Carroll might be so interested in the position of team president:

Carroll has often attributed his mediocre record in New England to his lack of control over personnel.  That wouldn't be a problem in Seattle, where the president tag indicates Carroll would run just about everything.

To read about this story from the pespective of possibly-jilted Trojans fans, check in with our USC blog Conquest Chronicles. To read more about what this might mean for Seattle, visit our Seahawks blog, Field Gulls.


Seahawks Reportedly Interviewed Pete Carroll Earlier In Week, Before Firing Jim Mora

If you think the Seahawks are moving quickly on the coaching front after firing Jim Mora this afternoon, there’s a reason — they surreptitiously laid the groundwork the past few days. According to the LA Times, the Seahawks — including CEO Tod Leiweke — interviewed Pete Carroll earlier this week to assess his interest in their head coaching job before they fired Jim Mora.

Fox’s Jay Glazer further reports that the Seahawks are prepared to extend Carroll an “exorbitant” and “very substantial” offer to become their head coach.

Given that the Seahawks apparently tested the waters before firing Mora, it seems likely that Carroll will join the Seahawks imminently. Reports from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen that Carroll is supposedly trying to persuade his offensive coordinator at USC, Jim Bates, to follow him to Seattle certainly corroborates these reports.

Stay tuned.


Report: Pete Carroll Expected To Replace Jim Mora As Seahawks Head Coach

Pete Carroll is expected to leave USC for Seattle to be the next head coach of the Seahawks, according to a report from Chris Mortensen. “It is expected to happen,” Mortensen wrote in a tweet Friday afternoon.

Carroll has plenty of NFL experience. Along with spending several years as an assistant, he was also a head coach for the Jets and Patriots for four seasons in the late 90’s. His record as an NFL coach was 33-31.

At USC, he’s obviously had massive success, although this season was a down year for the Trojans, who lost four games.

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