Pete Carroll has Reached an Agreement with Seattle Seahawks
The Seattle Seahawks fired Jim Mora on Friday after just one season, and have already reached an agreement with USC coach Pete Carroll
Carroll has reached an agreement with the Seahawks on the major principles in a contract to become coach and director of football operations, but has not signed a contract, according to La Canfora.
Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will interview for the vacant Seattle head coaching job with Seahawks’ officials Saturday in Minneapolis, a source with knowledge of the meeting told NFL.com’s Steve Wyche. Frazier would allow Seattle to satisfy the Rooney Rule, in which teams have to interview at least one minority candidate for the job.
The Seahawks expect an announcement within a few days.
NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi reported that Seahawks chief executive Tod Leiweke and a staff of team executives, including legal counsel Lance Lopes, met with Carroll. The relationship started because of Lopes and his brother, Steve Lopes, who is on the USC staff as a senior associate athletic director, according to Lombardi.
“Pete’s name comes out at this time every year. In the past, he hasn’t commented on such reports,” USC spokesman Tim Tessalone said in an e-mail. “He was not expected in (Friday). … At this point, we have nothing to report.”
A Seahawks spokesman inside the team’s headquarters Friday refused to comment on Carroll. Carroll did not return a phone message left by The Associated Press.
Leiweke did not respond to an e-mail from The AP asking about Carroll, who was 6-10 in 1994 with the New York Jets and then 27-21 while twice reaching the playoffs from ’97-99 with the New England Patriots.
University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, who left his friend Carroll and the Trojans 12 months ago for his first head coaching job, chuckled when asked if he’d like to be a head coach in the same city as his mentor.
“I’m so used to hearing people talk about Pete Carroll going to the NFL, they’ve been saying it for the last seven years when I was with him, so it’s not new to me,” Sarkisian said. “It doesn’t surprise me at all. Every year. You can’t find a year in the last seven years where it hasn’t been brought up.”
Leiweke, acting on the orders of owner Paul Allen, fired Mora during a morning meeting at team headquarters, ending a four-week internal evaluation the CEO conducted of his floundering franchise.
Hours later, the team confirmed the firing in a news release. On Sunday, Mora finished his only season in Seattle 5-11, after taking over his hometown team at the end of Mike Holmgren’s tenure. Mora had three years and almost $12 million remaining on his contract.
“We’ve made a tough decision today,” Leiweke said. “It became apparent after conducting an extensive internal audit that a new direction was needed to provide an opportunity for the organization to be successful. Today’s decision, while difficult, is part of the process in building a franchise with a new vision in 2010.”