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USC football: Pete Carroll says Seahawks opportunity 'came out of nowhere'

January 11, 2010 |  6:01 am


Pete Carroll is off to the NFL.

He will meet today with USC players and then begin his transition back to pro football, where he last coached in 1999.

I spoke with Carroll early this morning about his decision to leave USC and his new job with the Seattle Seahawks.

On the possibility of landing what he considered a perfect NFL opportunity: “I had given up on it, but it came out of nowhere.”

On whether he left because of possible NCAA sanctions: “Not in any way. Because I know where we stand. It’s just a process we have to go through. We know we’ve fought hard to do right.”

On whether he had any regrets: "I’ve given everything I’ve had. There was never going to be a good time.”

I'll have more later at

-- Gary Klein

Photo: USC Coach Pete Carroll and MVP Damian Williams after USC's win over Boston College at the Emerald Bowl in San Francisco on Dec. 26, 2009. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez / Assocated Press 

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