Here’s what Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said about Steve Sarkisian’s move to USC after the Seahawks’ victory over the Saints last night, via our Seahawks reporter, Todd Dybas.
Carroll, of course, is Sarkisian’s mentor. Sarkisian used to run USC’s offense while Carroll, then USC’s head coach, ran the defense.
Anyway, here’s what Carroll said when asked about it last night:
“I’m thrilled for him. This is a lifelong dream for him. He was a kid that grew up in southern California. There is no coach they could have hired that understands L.A. better and what that’s all about. That’s my opinion. He has a tremendous sense for the area and the schools and the coaches and the traditions and all of that. That’s why it was such a big deal for him to get this opportunity. He had a great time here in Washington, he loved it, and did a great job with them, but it’s just a chance to go home and do it at a great university. There’s a number of guys that could have got the job and done a great job with it. I think Sark will do an extraordinary job.
“I’d like to say this, too: Eddie Orgeron did an incredible job. I thought it was one of the most incredible illustrations of leadership and direction and amazing ability to turn something like that. I’m so impressed with what he did. It’s unfortunate that he doesn’t get the job, but there’s only one spot there. I’m sure Eddie is going to do something great, too. It’s a great night for S.C. I think they’re going to really benefit from him being there.”