Pete Carroll has resigned from USC, CBSSports.com has confirmed.
A source close to Carroll confirmed the move after the L.A. Times reported that staff members texted players late Sunday about the coach’s departure. Carroll is expected to take the Seattle Seahawks job in the next couple of days.
“We had a good run,” said a source close to Carroll
The program is in a state of flux with national signing day three weeks away. Several prominent recruits have expressed uncertainty and have opened their recruiting. USC’s reported top choice, Oregon State’s Mike Riley, signed a three-year extension late Sunday.
USC’s attention now may turn to Jacksonville Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio and Washington’s Steve Sarkisian to replace Carroll. Sarkisian, USC’s former offensive coordinator, said Washington is his “dream job.” However, a source within the conference said Sunday night that Sarkisian would be interested.
New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker, a former USC assistant, also has been mentioned.
“I think Pete Carroll has been so good for college football, his energy, his enthusiasm,” said Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. “We’re going to miss him. I think he probably had that itch too. [for the NFL]”