News first broke on Friday that Carroll was being targeted to take over as the Seattle Seahawks next coach after Jim Mora Jr. was fired. Mora was let go after leading the Seahawks to a 5-11 record in his first year as head coach.
Carroll had an amazing run in his nine seasons at USC that included 7 BCS bowl appearances, 2 national championships, 3 Heisman Trophy winners (Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush) and a Pac-10 record 34-game winning-streak.
Overall, Carroll racked up a 97-19 record as the head man at USC and returned the program to national prominence with his unmatched success. He also dominated UCLA and Notre Dame, going 16-2 against the Trojans traditional rivals.
Carroll was named the Coach of the Decade by Lindy's and was widely regarded as the top recruiter in all of college football.
Oregon State's Mike Riley, Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio and Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans have all been mentioned as possible candidates to replace Carroll at USC. All three coaches have ties to the school.
Riley served as USC's offensive coordinator under John Robinson from 1993-1997 and helped lead the Trojans to a Rose Bowl victory. Fisher and Del Rio both played at USC.
The 46-year-old Del Rio was a standout linebacker for the Trojans from 1981-84. Fisher was a defensive back at USC from 1977-80 and was a member of the 1978 national championship team. He played alongside Ronnie Lott, Dennis Smith and Joey Browner.
Pete Carroll is headed back to the NFL.
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