Pete Carroll Point of Interest for Seattle Seahawks

Mark RudiCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans listens to a question from a member of the media at a post game press conference following the game against the UCLA Bruins on November 28, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 28-7.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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After firing head coach Jim Mora, league sources says that the Seattle Seahawks are interested in USC head coach Pete Carroll, according to ESPN.

The sources are also reporting that Carroll is interested and is trying to bring Trojans offensive coordinator Jim Bates with him.

"You're about to see a big headline that shakes up the major college football world," a source close to the situation told

Mora was fired Friday morning after going 5-11 in his first and only season in Seattle.

If reports are true, and Carroll is hired, this wouldn't be his first stint as a head coach in the NFL.

Before coming to Southern California, Carroll was the head coach of the New York Jets in 1994 and the New England Patriots from 1997-99. Carroll went 6-10 with the Jets in 1994, but led the Patriots to the AFC East Division in 1997 after going 10-6 in New England. The Pats would lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC divisional playoff game.

Carroll led New England to a return trip to the playoffs in 1998, but was fired by the Patriots after going 8-8 the following season in 1999. Carroll has a record of 33-31 as an NFL head coach.

He has been the head coach of USC since 2001 and has 97-19 as head of the Trojans, along with National Championships in 2003 and 2004.