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Pete Carroll: 'Almost dreamlike' to be Seattle Seahawks coach [Updated]

January 12, 2010 | 12:01 pm

Pete Carroll
was formally introduced as head coach and executive vice president of the Seattle Seahawks today, telling reporters he was eager to get started on his second tour of duty in the NFL.

"I am so fired up to be here today," Carroll said. "It's really almost dreamlike for me."

Carroll, who coached USC for nine years, said he was looking forward to rebuilding the Seahawks. After making the playoffs for five consecutive years, the Seahawks have won just nine of their last 32 games. Seattle fired Coach Jim Mora Jr. after one season.

Carroll spent 16 years in the NFL before being named USC's head coach in 2001.

We'll have more on Carroll later at

[UPDATED 1:27 p.m.: An earlier version of this post reported the Seahawks had made the playoffs for three consecutive years prior to the last two seasons. They made the postseason for five consecutive years (2003-07).]

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Pete Carroll answers questions at a news conference today announcing his hiring as the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Credit: Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images