Why Pete Carroll Left USC for the Seattle Seahawks
There is no surf in Seattle.
No beach volleyball tournaments heating up the summer's sand.
No houses on the Strand.
No Strand, in fact, to ride beach cruiser bicycles.
No hotshot football players easily attainable down the 405 to reload the roster.
So why the heck did Pete Carroll leave USC to become head football coach of the Seattle Seahawks? Vacate the cushy situation he had with the Trojans, who had adopted him as if he were John McKay?
Give up the Southern California lifestyle, which was so fitting for his personality? Locals in Manhattan and Hermosa Beach frequently saw him on his one-speed bicycle – complete with cup holder on the handlebars – cruising the Strand, at the AVP beach volleyball tournaments and even surfing. He lived on the Strand, a concrete path that runs along the beach just steps to the Pacific Ocean.
Carroll actually answered that question himself at his outgoing press conference. He wants a new challenge. Anyone who has ever encountered the highly-energetic Carroll knows he likes to compete. This could be a one-on-one basketball game, recruiting blue-chip players or coaching a pathetic NFL team. Heck, even a race down the Strand on a beach cruiser.
Some are claiming he is leaving one step ahead of the jailer, to borrow a phrase from Jimmy Buffett's "Son of a Son of a Sailor." That a possible NCAA investigation has him leaving while things are good. Or he sees a decline in the program he built, based on this past year's 9-4 record.
Or, perhaps, it's a pure money move, considering the $6.5 million contract.
Well, he made $4.5 million at USC, and when the head football coach is well liked by alumni and boosters (as was Pete) then life with the Trojans is gooood.Continued on the next page