Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Boston College Eagles during the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT&T Park on December 26, 2009 in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images)more pics »
Head coach Pete Carroll
has had an amazing run at the University of Southern California. While he ended this season at a disappointing, 9-4, it was the first year the team didn't finish in the BCS Top 10. He's created a legacy at the USC and arguably made the Pac-10 a better place. Pete Carroll at the Rose Bowl on Jan. 7 (Getty)
But it's looking more and more like Pete has his sights set on going back to the NFL. The Seattle Seahawks
just fired Head Coach Jim Mora and ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Friday
that there's a mutual interest between the Seahawks and Carroll. Carroll did not return calls seeking comment Friday, but Mortensen says sources in the league have said that Seattle is interested in the coach.
Pete Carroll might be looking to rewrite his NFL legacy. He lasted four seasons coaching the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, but he's primarily known as a college coach who has repeatedly said that college ball is where he belongs. He has the charm and charisma to draw top recruits and he's been a great fit for USC.
But with the head coaching job wide open in Seattle, Carroll might be looking to up his pay grade from the $4.4 million annual salary he draws from USC. After all, there's nothing more prestigous in football than being a successful NFL coach.Emerald Bowl - Boston College v USC