More thoughts on Carroll, Seahawks

If you can't get enough of the Pete Carroll-to-Seattle story, we're here to help.

The LA Times: "A Seahawks contingent including CEO Tod Leiweke interviewed Carroll in Los Angeles earlier this week to gauge his interest in replacing [Jim] Mora."

The LA Daily News already made a list of potential Carroll replacements: "1. Mike Riley. 2. Jeff Fisher. 3. Jack Del Rio."

Scott Wolf reports further: "We hear Pete Carroll's already putting together a coaching staff if he can reach a deal with the Seattle Seahawks."

The Orange County Register is taking a poll on potential Carroll replacements. Nick Daschel made his own list.

Oregon State fans need to be prepared for Mike Riley getting mentioned a bunch. The only way Riley can end such talk is by releasing a statement saying, "I'm not interested in being USC's next head coach. I will not talk to any USC representatives about the job. My Beavers are going to whip USC next year in Corvallis."

(I added that last part for Beavers fans who are mad that Riley's name keeps coming up).

Mark Wicker has this insight: "Carroll certainly has the right to pursue whatever dreams he has, and he has given USC perhaps its best football run in history. But when he goes out of his way to discourage [former quarterback Mark] Sanchez from pursuing HIS dreams, it might seem a little disingenuous for him to even be discussing jobs with the NFL"

This is from USC's sports information director, Tim Tesslaone: “Pete’s name comes out at this time every year. In the past, he hasn’t commented on such reports. He was not expected in today. I’ve put a message out to him, but haven’t heard back yet. At this point, we have nothing to report. Perhaps check with the Seahawks.”

Conquest Chronicles, a USC blog, has a fairly measured take here: "Pete Carroll owes us NOTHING! He has given us more than anyone could have expected for all the great games and awards. Pete Carroll has done plenty for USC. He put us on a run that won't ever be matched in college football. But nothing lasts forever and now may be the time."

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, Carroll's former offensive coordinator, talked to reporters about Carroll potentially joining him in Seattle. Sark said he hasn't talked to Carroll about the situation.

Danny O'Neil's blog for the Seattle Times is worth checking out.