Is Pete Carroll Ready to Bail on USC for the Seattle Seahawks?

James WalkerAnalyst IIJanuary 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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Rumors are circulating that Pete Carroll, current head coach of the USC Trojans, is ready to accept the position as head man in charge of the Seattle Seahawksnow that Jim Mora has been released.

It's no secret that USC is under heavy scrutiny stemming from allegations that former RB Reggie Bush and soon to be former RB Joe McKnight received improper gifts and money from boosters.

Did Carroll see the writing on the wall?

Is Seattle his life-boat?

He's a mediocre history with coaching in the NFL. With the New York Jets, his overall record was 6-10, and he was fired after one season. In New England, he lasted three seasons winning the AFC East in his first with the Patriots. 

Overall, he had a 33-31 record as a head coach in the NFL.

He was also the cornerbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks before taking the head coaching job at USC in December 2000.

One of the sticking points for Carroll returning to the NFL is having complete control of team operations, and Seattle seems ready to give him just that. He would become the head coach and general manager.

Carroll will leave behind a legacy at USC that is incredible. During his nine seasons at USC, Carroll has an overall record of 97-19, 62-14 in the Pac-10, and a 7-2 record in bowl games.

Carroll's USC teams also had three Heisman Trophy winners, finished seven consecutive times in the top four in the AP Poll, and won two national championships.

Possible replacements for Carroll at USC would be Oregon State's Mike Riley and Washington's Steve Sarkisian. 

Would Lane Kiffin consider returning to Southern California?

Clearly this could be a huge story. Stay tuned.