Pete Carroll Leading Candidate To Coach Seahawks: What Happens to USC?

Jay NicolsCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2010

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Southern California head coach Pete Carroll stands on the sidelines during the Citi BCS National Championship game between the Texas Longhorns and the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Pete Carroll looks to be the leading candidate to head north and coach the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. They say that for a month, there has been mutual interest between Carroll and the Seahawks.

Rumors are swirling as Stewart Mandel of retweeted a @mortreport (Chris Mortensen) tweet, which said, "Pete Carroll is the guy Seahawks are targeting. Expected to happen."

Mandel just tweeted, "Unlike previous Carroll/NFL rumors, I think this time he's gone unless he gets cold feet. Working on a column now."

Pete Carroll responded to Mort's report via text, "You know I haven't responded to a NFL question in two years." They are also reporting that Carroll is trying to persuade his OC to come with him, according to .

Bruce Feldman of also is reporting that USC boosters and insiders reached out to Mike Riley from Oregon State to see if he would be interested in the job if indeed Carroll left for the Seahawks.

Former USC WR, Keary Colbert tweets, "This could be a SAD day in TROJAN land ... (fingers crossed)." He went on to tweet a few minutes later "About to call my boy Rob Knox to get Tank on the phone to sing the hook to "please don't go" to Coach Carroll. (no homo)."

Is that a smart move by Carroll? Does he have what it takes to motivate NFL millionaires as he does with college hotshots?

Many would say he does. He is the big shot in LA. His USC Trojans are football in LA. His players are spoiled like NFL'ers, so maybe it wouldn't be that bad of a move!!

So, how does this affect national signing day? Who do they go after as next coach if this does happen? Will they lose any current players to NFL or to transfer? Speculation is in full force for USC.

I don't know, but they just lost Joe McKnight to the NFL and now with possibly losing their head coach to the NFL, will the second and third-rated recruits stay on? What are USC commits thinking at this time?

So many question, not many answers. What do you all think about USC and who they should seek to replace Carroll if he does in fact leave for the Seahawks job? Would they reach out to Steve Sarkisian? How about an assistant?

It's a sad day in college football when you could lose such an outstanding college coach who gets what college football is about. He understands motivation, gameplan, and recruiting. In many ways I don't like the USC program, but I have grown to respect what they do—and they do it very well.

Can it continue without Carroll?

USC FC's will cover more on this, but I just wanted to see what Bleacher Report nation thinks of this stunning turn of events, if it goes through.