Pete Carroll on USC’s ‘short list’ of coaching candidates

As the USC Trojans’ search for a head coach continues, it seems that there’s a good chance that a familiar face will return to the Coliseum. As Dan Patrick said on his radio show, two USC sources have confirmed that Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is on a “short list” of coaching candidates.

Pete Carroll is on that short list right now,” Patrick said, as transcribed by Business Insider. “Not that Pete would leave Seattle. But the alumni are all in on trying to get Pete back … The people who help make decisions there, they think Pete Carroll is in play. This what I was told, before the loss [on Sunday], if it goes south in Seattle, they think there is a chance that Pete would listen to go back to USC.”

This is certainly an interesting development, as Carroll coached USC for nine years and won two national titles, though two seasons ended up being vacated due to NCAA sanctions regarding improper benefits to players.

Just the same, there’s no denying that Carroll is a USC institution and fans were sad to see him leave for the NFL.

That bring us to the other side of the coin: Why would Carroll leave the NFL and a nice situation with the Seattle Seahawks? Sure, the team is 2-4 on the season, but they still have a strong defense and the ability to bounce back in the blink of an eye. Carroll has gone 50-32 in five-plus seasons with Seattle and won Super Bowl XLVIII. He would have won another one last year, but the New England Patriots intercepted quarterback Russell Wilson’s pass in the end zone in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.

But the fact remains that at age 64, Carroll could end up welcoming a return to the collegiate scene. The travel isn’t as extensive during a shorter season, and there’s also every possibility that he misses the recruiting trail.

His going back to USC is all speculative at this point, but Campus Sports will update Carroll’s situation and the USC coaching search as new information becomes available.

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