Saturday, January 9, 2010

Pete Carroll to trade Sunshine and Sushi in L.A. for Showers and Starbucks in Seattle?

USC head coach Pete Carroll is rumored to be the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. He is said to accept a 5 year $32.5 million dollar deal to become the teams head coach and president.

This news has come as a shock to most everyone in the country. The reason why it’s a shock is that Carroll has got a lot going for him at USC. He is looked upon as a celebrity in a town full of them. He is the leader of one of the most prestigious football programs in the country. Since he became coach of the Trojans in 2001, he has earned 2 national championships, countless Pac-10 championships, and has coached 3 Heisman Trophy winners. He consistently is able to bring in top high school players from around the country to keep his team competitive.

So why would a coach leave a successful program located in the warm weather of Los Angeles for a job with a struggling franchise in a city where it rains all of the time?

After mulling this question for a bit, I’ve come up with a couple of different reasons.
1. Even though he makes a lot of money at USC, he can’t pass up $6.5 million a year AND the ability to make decisions as the team president.

- Even though many of his coaching colleagues have failed at this dual role (Mike Holmgren, Joe Gibbs, Rick Pitino, and Isaiah Thomas just to name a few), I’m sure that Carroll would like to be considered the exception. Besides, even if he fails miserably he gets $6.5 million a year!)

2. Carroll fears that the NCAA will be ruling on USC shortly and he wants to get out of town before they drop the hammer on his program and their cheating ways.

- Reggie Bush and his family allegedly accepted benefits from a sports marketing firm back when he played at USC. This past season, Joe McKnight was supposedly seen driving a Land Rover around campus that is not registered to him (he suddenly decided that he is going to turn pro last week, but states that his leaving school has nothing to do with the investigation involving him).

So which one is it; the lure of being “the man” in Seattle, or is it him running away from the problem at USC that he turned the other cheek on?

My guess…it’s a little bit of both.

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