Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pac-10’s Nightmare Basketball Season

Did you notice how many Pac-10 men’s basketball teams are ranked this week?

The answer would be zero.

The Washington Huskies, over-hyped and over-rated, have lost three in a row and sit on the bottom of the conference. And they were supposed to be THE team in the conference. What’s going on? Can the Huskies rev it back up? Can they find anyone to pick up the scoring slack? Can Isaiah Thomas figured out a way to score without dominating the basketball?

While you ponder those questions, here’s a pretty good post by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. He makes a strong case that the only Pac-10 team that will be playing in March Madness will be the Pac-10 champion.

Can the Huskies bounce back to win it? Of course. The conference is that bad.

What They’re Writing About Carroll and Seahawks

Here’s a couple links to stories about Pete Carroll and the Seahawks job.

This one says the Seahawks like Carroll’s ability to coach players and they think his energy and charisma will reignite fan interest. It’s from the Los Angeles Times.

Ted Green of the Los Angeles Times says Carroll will lose credibility if he takes the Seattle job.

Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times says Carroll would only make things worse in Seattle.

This USA Today blog says all signs point toward Carroll being a serious candidate. This story is loaded with links.

Is Pete Carroll the Answer for Seahawks?

When the USC Trojans flew north to take on the Washington Huskies this past fall, they looked across the sidelines and saw a couple of former USC assistants — UW head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt, both seven-year veterans of the Trojans’ coaching staff.

When USC looks north to Seattle next fall, will they see Pete Carroll walking the sidelines at Qwest Field? ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is reporting that Carroll, the highly-successful head coach at USC, is reportedly a candidate to become the Seahawks new head coach. The names of Tony Dungy, Bill Cower and Jon Gruden have also been tossed around as everybody scrambles to get the story after finding out that the Hawks had fired Jim Mora earlier on Friday.

I’m a little surprised the Seahawks didn’t give Mora another season, but the man who was named to be Mike Holmgren’s successor back in 2008 didn’t have a very good season. It wasn’t the record (5-11) so much as the lopsided losses late in the season that did him in. 

Carroll makes sense from the standpoint that USC could get hit with some serious penalties by the USC for violations regarding past players such as Reggie Bush and McKnight. He’s also got four years of NFL head coaching experience under his belt — a year with the Jets and three with New England. He was 33-31 overall. No doubt, he’s a better coach now than he was during his previous NFL days. He’s charismatic and has enough connections that he should be able to put together a formidable coaching staff.

From the outside, he looks like he’d be a good hire to me.

But what if you could entice Cower or Dungy out of retirement? What if you could lure Gruden away from  his MNF gig?

Remember, money doesn’t seem to be an obstacle with the Seahawks. The Seattle Times reported that owner Paul Allen made the decision to get rid of Mora, who still has three years and $11 million left on his contract.

If anybody can lure Cower or Dungy out of retirement, it’s Paul Allen.

That said, who would you rather have coaching the team: Cower, Dungy, Gruden or Carroll?

ESPN also reported that the Seahawks asked Vikings defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier to interview for the job but he turned them down, feeling the Hawks were only trying to satisfy the league’s requirements to interview a minority candidate.

 

Story of the Decade: It’s Not Too Late to Vote

In the Dec. 31 editions of the Kitsap Sun, we ran a list of the top local sports stories of the decade. Our staff concluded that the top two stories were Marvin Williams —  Bremerton’s NBA player — and Kitsap’s impact on the world of swimming. Four Kitsap swimmers competed in the past two Olympics and three came back with medals. Here’s list of other stories that were considered.
It’s still not too late for you to weigh in with your opinion of the top story of the decade. Vote here.