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Spearit
01-09-2008, 09:09 PM
Southern California coach Pete Carroll is interested in the Falcons' head coach opening and spoke with Atlanta owner Arthur Blank via phone Wednesday, sources at the American Football Coaches Convention in Anaheim told ESPN's Joe Schad.

Blank, who has also been searching for a general mangager, was expected to offer full control of personnel decisions to Carroll, and the sources said that is what intrigues Carroll most. The coach is currently on vacation in Hawaii. The Falcons' interest in talking to Carroll about their opening was first reported Tuesday night by ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli.

Carroll spoke with USC sports information director Tim Tessalone on Wednesday and reiterated the he "understands that his name is going to come up for NFL jobs, as it has in each of his past years here, but that he was not going to comment about NFL openings because it would just lead to speculation."

Carroll, who has previously been a head coach in the NFL with the New York Jets and New England Patriots, is the biggest name on the list of Atlanta candidates. Carroll, 56, recently completed his seventh season at Southern California with a resounding victory over Illinois in the Rose Bowl. He has led the Trojans to two national championships and compiled a 76-14 record. The 14 defeats have been by an average of just 4.1 points.

Southern California was 11-2 this season and many observers felt that, had it not been for injuries, the Trojans might have vied for the national title. Carroll's .844 winning mark at Southern California is the best in the nation among active coaches with at least five seasons of experience.

Over the past few seasons, there has been rampant speculation that Carroll might be lured back to the NFL, but he has rebuffed all overtures to return to the pro game. Conventional wisdom is that Carroll would only consider an NFL job if he had full control over the football operation. In his first NFL head coaching stint, Carroll lasted just one season with the Jets, taking the team to a 6-10 record in 1994. He coached the Patriots for three seasons, 1997-99, and was 28-23, with one division title and two playoff berths.

The Falcons suffered a bad experience this season with a coach hired from the college ranks, when Bobby Petrino, formerly of Louisville, resigned with three games remaining to fill the Arkansas vacancy. But unlike Petrino, who had been an NFL assistant for three seasons, Carroll has prior head coaching experience in the league and was an assistant coach and defensive coordinator for 12 years as well.

In the past, Carroll has listened to NFL interest from Miami, San Diego, San Francisco, Arizona and Houston.Former general manager Rich McKay was offered a two-year extension to remain as president through 2010. Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed with team officials Monday.

The Falcons have interviewed at least three coaching candidates: Dallas offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and two assistant head coaches, Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis and Tony Sparano of the Cowboys.

The Falcons plan to interview Jaguars defensive coordinator Mike Smith and Tennessee defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.

onedummy
01-09-2008, 10:27 PM
In my opinion, Pete Carroll is just trying to get more $$ out of USC and I don't blame him. I think it would be a very dumb move for him to head to Atlanta. He's got it made at USC and he's failed in the NFL before.

harold_bush
01-09-2008, 10:32 PM
story has already been challenged.

NFL Network's Adam Schefter reports that Pete Carroll has no interest in becoming the Falcons' next head coach.
Schefter quotes a source close to Carroll who says that Pete is "not even entertaining the idea" of going to Atlanta, and that he has similar disinterest in the opening in Washington. "It's the wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong guy," said the source. Still, Schefter thinks there's a chance Arthur Blank could make a "recruiting" trip to Los Angeles to let Carroll know just how much money he'd be willing to drop on the silver-haired Trojan.

harold_bush
01-09-2008, 10:36 PM
In my opinion, Pete Carroll is just trying to get more $$ out of USC and I don't blame him. I think it would be a very dumb move for him to head to Atlanta. He's got it made at USC and he's failed in the NFL before.

Maybe splitting hairs, but I wouldn't necessarily say he was a failure. He was 34-33 with a division title and two playoff appearances in 4 years. I'm not defending him, b/c he was given a very good team in NE, but there are a lot of other coaches that wish they failed that badly.

I do agree w/ you that he is just trying to pinch some more money from USC. The only thing I wonder is if Blank was willing to double his salary, and if there is any concern about the Reggie Bush stuff getting USC on some type of probation.

***THA FIX***
01-09-2008, 10:43 PM
Maybe splitting hairs, but I wouldn't necessarily say he was a failure. He was 34-33 with a division title and two playoff appearances in 4 years. I'm not defending him, b/c he was given a very good team in NE, but there are a lot of other coaches that wish they failed that badly.

I do agree w/ you that he is just trying to pinch some more money from USC. The only thing I wonder is if Blank was willing to double his salary, and if there is any concern about the Reggie Bush stuff getting USC on some type of probation.


I heard that if and its a HUGE IF Pete leaves that Mark Richt is top of their list!!! I personally dont think he'll ever leave GA.

harold_bush
01-09-2008, 11:04 PM
I heard that if and its a HUGE IF Pete leaves that Mark Richt is top of their list!!! I personally dont think he'll ever leave GA.

You like to give me a hard time, so I hope that you are making this up. Richt has got that Georgia's program stocked, especially for the next two years. He will get whatever money he wants, but USC is one of the very few jobs I could see him considering.

DDP713
01-10-2008, 07:32 AM
Just a thought.. but does anyone else think Pete Carroll would leave SC for SD if the chargers job opened up after the chargers lose @ colts this week. <br />
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I think Carroll would give the NFL another...

***THA FIX***
01-10-2008, 08:35 AM
You like to give me a hard time, so I hope that you are making this up. Richt has got that Georgia's program stocked, especially for the next two years. He will get whatever money he wants, but USC is one of the very few jobs I could see him considering.


Nope not clownin ya. I think it was on 790 cant remeber it was either on there or XM Sports Nation.

harold_bush
01-10-2008, 09:42 AM
Nope not clownin ya. I think it was on 790 cant remeber it was either on there or XM Sports Nation.

FIX, you in Atlanta?