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Pete Carroll to Seahawks? [Updated]

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ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported on Twitter that USC football head coach Pete Carroll could be filling the recently vacated head coaching position at the Seattle Seahawks saying that it is expected to happen.

In the story Mortensen filed for ESPN.com, he included a quote from an inside source close to Carroll:

"You're about to see a big headline that shakes up the major college football world," in reference to the Seahawks' development. The Seahawks did not confirm Carroll as a leading candidate but also did not deny it.

Fox Sport's Jay Glazer is also tweeting that the Seahawks are dangling a lot of money at Carroll.

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ESPNLosAngeles.com's Arash Markazi tweeted that a rift developed between Carroll and USC athletic director Mike Garrett over the handling of the Joe McKnight SUV situation.

If Carroll goes to Seattle, he wants to take offensive play caller Jeremy Bates with him according to Mortensen.

While I'm still skeptical about this rumor just as I was with the Arizona Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers, this story has a little more traction due to the NCAA's ongoing investigation of USC athletics. While Carroll said in the past that he wanted full control of the football operations if he went pro, if he were to go to the Seahawks it wouldn't be a requirement since it would be an easy out of the investigation.

Update: As time has gone by to digest all of this information I'm now less skeptical about the validity of this rumor. LA Times' Sam Farmer is reporting that Carroll met with representatives from the Seattle Seahawks including CEO Tod Leiweke (brother for AEG big wig Tim Leiweke) earlier this week.

Also a list of possible replacements for Carroll: Oregon State's Mike Riley, Jacksonville Jaguars' Jack del Rio and Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher.

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