Carroll agrees to become Seahawks' head coach

Posted Jan. 09, 2010 @ 9:46 a.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated Jan. 9, 2009 @ 11:30 p.m. ET

USC head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to a deal to be the Seahawks' new head coach, according to multiple sources, and is in the process of finalizing the details with the team before signing a contract.

Although the early indications were that Carroll would be head coach and club president, it now appears more likely that Carroll will hold only the title of head coach.

Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke is expected to travel to Los Angeles to finalize contract details with Carroll on Sunday or Monday. Carroll is expected to sign a five-year contract that would pay him $32.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Meanwhile, Leiweke reportedly traveled to Minneapolis to interview Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier on Saturday. That interview would put Seattle in compliance with the Rooney Rule, which requires that each team looking to hire a new head coach must interview at least one minority candidate. Frazier is African American. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told reporters prior to Saturday's Jets-Bengals game that the Seahawks had, in fact, complied with the Rooney Rule.

It's unclear how much power the Seahawks would give Carroll. The team reportedly assured the Fritz Pollard Alliance, which monitors compliance with the Rooney Rule, that Carroll would not be given total control of the franchise.

One month ago, Seattle GM Tim Ruskell resigned under pressure, and the club fired head coach Jim Mora on Friday after only one year in the position, a disappointing 5-11 season. The Seahawks are said to be continuing their search for a general manager.

Carroll has had two previous coaching stints in the NFL, going 6-10 with the Jets in 1994 and 28-23 with the Patriots in 1997-99. His three-year stint in New England included a division title and two playoff appearances, with the Patriots advancing as far as the divisional playoffs in '97 before being eliminated by Pittsburgh.

In nine seasons Carroll returned USC to national prominence, recording a 105-23 record, although the 2009 season ended in a disappointing 9-4 mark.


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