February 19, 2014 |
The reigning Coolest Guy on the Planet is on the phone, sounding a lot like your old man. What? "I think when an employer pays you $2, you ought to give him $3 worth of work," Pete Carroll is saying from Seattle. Gather 'round, folks, for I'm about to pass along a gateway to the future - shiny as a Lombardi Trophy - where you make the most of every moment, don't whine, never quit, and refuse to worry about what your opponents are up to. It's a liberating new approach based on some fatherly old advice.
January 2, 2010
Bill Plaschke is unfair to Pete Carroll. Pete doesn't get paid over $4 million a year to build character. He gets all that money for winning football games, and that requires that he hire the biggest and the best. But he has to do that on the sly, because the NCAA wants to perpetuate the myth that the game is amateur. FOR THE RECORD: Lava Man's trainer: A reader's letter in Saturday's Sports section took trainer Doug O'Neill to task for racing Lava Man after the horse had recovered from ankle injuries, accusing the trainer and Lava Man's handlers of greed as motivation for running the horse again.
April 24, 2010 |
Observations in the wake of the 2010 NFL draft, which ended Saturday: Pete Carroll has long contended the Patriots and Jets teams he coached would have been better had he been given personnel control. Now, he has it in Seattle, and the Seahawks had what looks to be the NFL's best draft weekend. Not only did they get the two players they'd targeted in Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung and Texas safety Earl Thomas — having the No. 6 and No. 14 picks sure helped — but also Notre Dame's Golden Tate was a value pick in the second, and Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond is a fourth-rounder who'll probably start.
November 7, 2012 |
RENTON, Wash. - An entire wall is consumed by three massive televisions, each with the volume turned up. On the left, it's Lions versus Bears on "Monday Night Football. " In the middle, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are going head to head in the third debate. On the right, the San Francisco Giants are securing a World Series berth. Glued to all three at once is Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll, his eyes darting from screen to screen. He's positioned behind his desk in his corner office with three more glowing distractions in front of him: oversized computer monitors for breaking down game film.
January 1, 2009 |
Pete Carroll is leaving the practice field wearing a gray sweatshirt, khakis, athletic shoes. Joe Paterno is headed to the practice field wearing a gray sweatshirt, khakis, athletic shoes. One difference. The cuffs. True to his legend, even on a stroll through a hotel lobby when next to nobody is watching, Paterno's cuffs are rolled up above his shoes, the quintessential 1920s hipster. Says Carroll: "I love those cuffs, I really love them.
November 3, 2009 |
Two months into the season, Steve Sarkisian needs a thesaurus to describe his first try at being a head coach. Amazing. Disappointing. Hard to explain. "I feel like every game gets crazier and crazier," he said recently. Hard to deny that Sarkisian has done a reasonable job of leading Washington back from last year's winless debacle. But with the 3-5 Huskies visiting the Rose Bowl to face UCLA on Saturday, he gets measured by another standard. It's the same benchmark facing Lane Kiffin at Tennessee and DeWayne Walker at New Mexico State.
December 10, 2011 |
Back when he was USC's coach, Pete Carroll had high hopes of recruiting Tim Tebow. Tebow and his father visited Los Angeles and went to the 2004 UCLA-USC game at the Rose Bowl, where Reggie Bush punctuated a 66-yard touchdown run with a flip into the end zone. "They were phenomenal," recalled Tebow, who was hosted by Mark Sanchez, Patrick Turner and Jeff Byers on his visit. "It was exciting. It was a good trip. " That's what Carroll thought. So he was optimistic when he made a trip to the Tebow family farm outside Jacksonville, Fla., bringing assistants Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian with him. "Everything was going great, and we were real excited about the home visit," Carroll said.
January 18, 2013 |
As Atlanta's left tackle and a former four-year starter at USC, Sam Baker catches a lot of good-natured grief around Falcons headquarters about his unwavering admiration of Pete Carroll. That was ramped up last week as the Falcons prepared to play Carroll's Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round of the playoffs. So Baker playfully fired back at teammates and coaches by carrying around a copy of Carroll's book and making reference to it, whether the reference was legitimate or not. Dirk Koetter, Falcons offensive coordinator, wanted to put in a new wrinkle?
June 18, 2012 |
Pete Carroll is back in town and onstage. He's sitting beside Lou Zamperini . They are here in the Clive Davis Theater in the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. It's a "Winforever" event, Pete Carroll's approach to achieving success, which probably should be called "Winoccasionally" since he moved to Seattle. Uncle Pete is not amused, and right away it's like old times. Zamperini is 95, a former USC student and inspirational speaker now. He's telling everyone what it was like to be stranded on a raft in the Pacific Ocean for 47 days during World War II, no drinking water after a while, wrestling sharks and eating a four-footer's liver to remain alive.
November 20, 2010 |
From Seattle It's dark outside the Seahawks' practice facility, Uncle Pete working all day on a plan to keep Reggie Bush from hurting him. Now isn't that funny, if not a little late. The two will be together Sunday in New Orleans, two of the most dynamic sports figures to hit Los Angeles, Bush known best for his (family) moves and maybe pushing Pete Carroll to live elsewhere. Carroll, as competitive as he was relentlessly enthusiastic, majored in fun at USC. But when it all ended, there was more talk about what went wrong than what had gone so right.