Less than two hours ago Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported that University of Southern California head coach Pete Carroll has agreed to leave the Trojans and become the next head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
According to the report, Seahawks CEO Tod Leiweke denies the news, but it appears that the denial is lip service in order to bring in a minority candidate for an interview without making the candidate feel as if they are a mere formality in the hiring process of Carroll.
It is believed that Leslie Frazier, the Minnesota Vikings’ defensive coordinator is scheduled to interview with the Seahawks’ management for the head coaching position today. If Frazier does this, it will put Seattle in compliance with the National Football League’s Rooney Rule and would clear Carroll to officially sign with Seattle.
Schefter also writes that Chris Mortensen, his fellow N.F.L. insider at ESPN, received news Friday that Carroll is attempting to bring his offensive coordinator from USC, Jeremy Bates, to the Pacific Northwest to take over the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator duties. Bates’ name has also come up for the same position for the Chicago Bears.