The Seattle Seahawks today fired head coach Jim Mora, Jr., and Chris Mortensen of ESPN is reporting that it is highly likely that USC coach Pete Carroll will take the vacated position:
“Pete Carroll is the guy Seahawks are targeting. It is expected to happen, according to sources. Just reported to ESPN 10 minutes ago.”
A source close the USC coaching staff confirmed Mortensen’s report. That same source though gave me news last week that seemed so improbably that I didn’t post it. Perhaps I should’ve.
My source told me that Carroll had been considering resigning as USC coach, in part because of his non-existent relationship with frontrunning USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett. Garrett has been hiding from the media since the latest allegations of NCAA rule breakage by Carroll’s charges popped up. A fact not lost on Carroll and the media.
Also consider that USC is likely to lose a huge chunk of talent to the NFL, with Joe McKnight already having declared for the NFL draft. I was told by two sources today that Damian Williams and Everson Griffen will also soon declare for the draft.
All that makes leaving for the NFL a lot easier for Carroll, who Mortensen reports is trying to convince USC Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates to join him in Seattle.
I’ll have more on this as it develops.
UPDATE: Florio at PFT has this:
With no coach and no G.M., Carroll would likely be given full control of the football operations. Many believe that one of his first orders of business would be to hire Pat Kirwan of Sirius NFL Radio and CBS to handle contract negotiations and player evaluations.
Let’s be real folks, Carroll’s as good as gone.