Pete Carroll Resigns, Ken Norton Jr. Too

Jonny SAnalyst IJanuary 11, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Coach Pete Carroll (L) of the USC Trojans talks with Ken Norton Jr., Assistant Head Coach of the Defense/Linebackers during the fourth quarter of the NCAA college football game against Arizona Wildcats at the Los Angeles Coliseum on December 5, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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The Pete Carroll era has officially ended at USC. According to several sources including the L.A. Daily News, Carroll has reached an agreement with the Seahawks and has handed in his resignation to USC.

First of all, thanks for the memories Pete and for doing a wonderful job around the community! I wish it didn't end this way and I wish the AD Garrett would have gotten his act together and handled the situations better within the program. However, I am very disappointed with how you handled this whole scenario and now USC is in a very tough place with recruits unless they can pull the trigger on some big named coach.

All in all Pete, you are one of the greatest and your record speaks for itself. We will miss you but thanks for all that you did, best of luck with Seattle!

The bad news got worse with this announcement though, linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. will also head to Seattle with Pete. Other than Carroll, Norton was USC's best recruiter and an incredible coach at USC. The work he has done with SC linebackers speaks for itself... Brian Cushing 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year, Clay Matthews Jr. 2009 runner up Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Norton will be missed a ton but if there is one bit of good news coming from this, it is that USC's offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates will also be heading north with Carroll and Norton.

All good things must come to an end and it is time for USC to start a new era. Pete did all he could have done here and he always wanted to prove the NFL people he could coach. 

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