UPDATE: Scott Wolf of the L.A. DAILY NEWS reports:
Pete Carroll did not officially inform USC he was leaving as of Friday afternoon but sources within the university said he accepted a job with the Seattle Seahawks and only needed to agree to final contract details.
USC sources said Carroll agreed to a five-year deal with the Seahawks with the only question how much power he would have in the organization. The Seahawks lack a coach and general manager and Carroll’s often expressed a hope to do both when he returned to the NFL.
Not a good sign Pete Carroll is staying at USC when the head PR guy for the Trojans football team, Tim Tessalone, tells the LOS ANGELES TIMES that, “I’ve put a message out to him (Carroll), but haven’t heard back yet. At this point, we have nothing to report. Perhaps check with the Seahawks.”
Sam Farmer and Gary Klein of the Times report:
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.
I’ve subsequently learned myself that Leslie Frazier will not be interviewing with the Seahawks on Saturday, as was reported earlier today by ESPN.
Additionally I’ve learned that DeWayne Walker has not been contacted about the Seahawks Defensive Coordinator’s position yet by Carroll. SI.com’s Don Banks reported earlier today that Walker was “thought to be” Carroll’s choice for DC of the team.
Banks also reports that Walker could be a candidate for the USC job if Carroll goes to Seattle, but a USC admin source told me today that Walker would not be a leading candidate for the job.