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USC wanting Pete Carroll to return is now an actual coaching rumor

He might be able to have some success at USC.

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Now that it is 3-3 and hasn't had a national title contender late into the season since 2009, USC needs a proven winner as coach to get back on track. Sure, the Trojans could get someone like Chip Kelly, who would probably be successful. Or they could get someone they know would be successful, like ...

It's not just Dan Patrick saying this. FOX's Bruce Feldman says that Carroll could potentially leave and would be welcomed back with open arms, despite the fact that he got the program in trouble with the NCAA. Carroll left USC with the sanctions about to come down, but he did not receive a show-cause penalty (like Chip Kelly and Jim Tressell did), and it wasn't USC that chose for him to leave. The Seattle Seahawks, the team Carroll currently coaches, are a disappointing 2-4, so maybe he would want to come back.

UPDATE, 8:09 ET: Per ESPN's Sheil Kapadia, Carroll is not interested.

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