Pete Carroll just got a new contract and seems like he will be in the NFL for the rest of his career.
Last week, he was asked about Steve Sarkisian returning to college football at Alabama and made this comment.
“The details that we’re able to go through in the NFL relative to the details you can reach in the college game are different just because of the timeframes that you have to work with the guys, so it’s somewhat frustrating when you go back to college ball that you just can’t get to all the stuff that you know they need to hear.”
This does not sound like a coach who ever wanted to return to college football. Frankly, if he said this at a press conference at USC, the fans would have gone nuts worrying about his return to the NFL.
It reminded me of when USC played Hawaii in 2005. After the game, I walked with Carroll across the field at Aloha Stadium back to the team buses. Even though USC won, 63-17, Carroll was irritated with Hawaii’s pass-happy offense.
“This is the kind of stuff that will drive me back to the NFL,” Carroll said.
That is why I constantly teased Carroll about when he would return to the NFL. I always felt he would and a lot of fans used to argue with me about it.
There was a little bit of a movement from some close to Carroll that he might consider a return to USC last fall when the Seahawks were struggling and USC looked like it might make a move. But it doesn’t seem like Carroll really wants that.