ESPN is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks have all but closed a deal for USC coach Pete Carroll, and will finalize things Monday if they can find a minority coach to interview this weekend and satisfy the Rooney Rule.
The report said that Carroll is trying to convince his offensive coordinator, Jeremy Bates, to follow him to the Pacific Northwest, rather than interview for the same position with the Bears. If that happens, you can knock off one team that could swipe Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer, who has already been rumored to be Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier's choice if he gets the Bills job.
Carroll has been tight-lipped about the head coaching offer. But it would make sense. He'd be getting out of USC one step ahead of the NCAA sheriff, who could impose sanctions if they find out junior running back Joe McKnight was indeed caught driving an SUV that belonged to a booster. He's also had some problems keeping players academically eligible.
The biggest effect on the Giants, however, could involve its director of college scouting, Marc Ross. He's interviewing for the open GM's job there next week. But the ESPN report said that Carroll will be given full control, which means Ross wouldn't wield nearly the power of a typical general manager. Might not be the right situation for him now. Then again, coaches don't last forever in the NFL, as Carroll's previous stints with the Jets (1994) and the Patriots (1997-99) prove.
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