Reports in the last few days have stated that Texas will explore the ranks of NFL coaches as they search for a replacement for Mack Brown, with Seattle’s Pete Carroll among those on the school’s wish list.
But as the report liked above also states, there’s no indication that any of the NFL coaches are interested.
And there’s zero reason to think that Carroll specifically would be.
Carroll turned 62 in September and after four years in Seattle has built the Seahawks into a team that figures to be a legitimate Super Bowl contender for the next handful of years — has any sitting head coach ever walked away from that sort of situation? (Someone might say Jimmy Johnson, but there were lots of extenuating circumstances there).
Carroll is in the fourth year of the five-year $35 million contract he signed when he left USC to take over here in January, 2010.
Contracts in the NFL are typically guaranteed, and the NFL is unlike in where there’s a value in always having 3-5 years left on a contract for recruiting purposes. So the fact that he has just one year remaining on his deal doesn’t necessarily mean much other than that it is expected that there will be talks to extend his deal after this season.
Texas has the money to throw around to get a listen from just about any coach out there. But given Carroll’s current situation with the Seahawks, and what the future looks like, hard to see why he’d be the one to take a leap.