Pete Carroll has responded to the growing-like-wild fire rumors that he will leave his Southern Cal kingdom for Seattle and NFL riches. Well he’s kinda responded. Sorta.
Actually, not really.
ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen, who first broke the Carroll-to-Seahawks story, was able to reach the current Trojans head coach about the possibility of him heading back to the big boy football league.
“You know I haven’t responded to a NFL question in two years,” Carroll said in a text. And, in effect, his non-answer gave this story even burlier legs than it did when it first came to light a couple of hours ago.
Additionally, an unnamed source close to Carroll offered up this ominous tidbit to Mortensen.
“You’re about to see a big headline that shakes up the major college football world.”
(Cue dramatic symphony music… wait for it… now!!!)
As expected, USC officials are downplaying these latest reports linking Carroll to the NFL.
“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, according to the Associated Press. “He was not expected in [Friday]. … At this point, we have nothing to report.”
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, Carroll is already assembling a coaching staff so he’s prepared if/when he lands the Seahawks gig.
Now, I’m no recruiting expert, but do you think Neuheisel, Harbaugh, Kelly and other Pac-10 coaches are already using this latest rumor against the Trojans on the recruiting back channels?
Nah, I didn’t think so either…