Pete Carroll To Seattle (most likely)

That’s the buzz on the street.  And I hear USC athletic director Mike Garrett has already returned from a trip during which he met with a prospective replacement.

The smart money is on Oregon State’s Mike Riley (a former USC offensive coordinator) to take over for Carroll.

In the span of three weeks, we’ve seen Urban Meyer retire and unretire, Mike Leach and Jim Leavitt fired and now this.  What a crazy season (and post-season) it has been!

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5 Responses to Pete Carroll To Seattle (most likely)

  1. Dawgy January 11, 2010 at 9:00 am #

    I heard that Riley just renewed his contract with OS?

    I also heard that the USC players found out about Carroll leaving by a text message from an assistent coach? Tell me this isn’t true.

    Also, do you think USC will have problems filling the position as probation may be just around the corner for USC?

  2. Stephen January 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow USC is in shambles. It’s embarassing when the Oregon State head coach says no to you. AD Mike Garrett needs to be fired ASAP. He’s done a horrible job despite hitting the lotto with Carroll.

  3. Roby January 11, 2010 at 5:40 pm #

    While the job Carroll has done at USC is impressive, it is worth pointing out that both his entrance and exit from USC has been timely. When he came in, the Washingtons and Oregons were dominating the conference. Any USC recruiter with any kind of charisma could swoop all 90% of recruits on the Pacific coast away from those schools. Who in their right mind would choose the Pacific Northwest over sunny SoCal?

    Now he leaves USC with a mess that, in all likelyhood, he helped create. The funny thing is that Seattle is overpaying him even though he has been a very average head coach in the NFL (albiet in short stints). It’s easy to win games when you have more talent than everybody else, now let’s see how good he really is in Seattle.

    My prediction: he lasts a little longer in the NFL than Saban did, but not by much. And I do expect him to leave Seattle in better shape than Saban left Miami.

  4. Anonymous January 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Lane Kiffin

  5. sportsratings January 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    oh no HP, this has to be your worst nightmare!!!! my condolences…