Posted: January 8, 2010 in Uncategorized

The Seattle Seahawks, who today fired coach Jim Mora, have targeted USC’s Pete Carroll as their next coach, The Times has learned.

A Seahawks contingent including CEO Tod Leiweke interviewed Carroll in Los Angeles earlier this week to gauge his interest in replacing Mora. Carroll has long been considered a candidate to return to the NFL, where he coached the New York Jets (1994) and New England Patriots (1997-1999). However, Carroll’s greatest success has come at the collegiate level.
The Seahawks are owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the league’s richest owner, so money is not expected to be an obstacle.

Carroll has not returned numerous phone calls and texts this morning seeking comment. Mora coached the Seahawks one season, finishing 5-11. The organization has also contacted Minnesota defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier about the job. He is thought to be a serious candidate, and his interview would satisfy the Rooney Rule, which requires that a minority be interviewed for each opening.


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