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Not so fast on Carroll hiring

Here's the latest on the Seattle Seahawks search for a new head coach and general manager.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times is reporting that according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the organization that makes sure NFL teams hiring coaches and/or executives abide by the "Rooney Rule" and give minority candidates a fair chance to compete for those jobs, Pete Carroll will not be offered the position of president of the Seahawks.

According to the report, Wooten would not agree to let team CEO Tod Leiweke interview minority candidate Leslie Frazier unless he gave his word that Carroll was not in the running for that position. Wooten's group felt that if Carroll was being pursued as president and coach of the Seahawks, then Frazier did not have a fair shot at the job.

Gregg Bell of the Associated Press is now reporting that according to a source with direct knowledge of the coaching search, Carroll does not have an agreement with the Seahawks, despite reports that have him already headed to Seattle.

Bell also adds the the Seahawks will hire a coach and a general manager separately. This reports confirms what I've been hearing about the coaching and general manager positions over the last 24 hours, which is that the Carroll situation is not a done deal, and the two positions will be hired separately. It makes sense, considering the Seahawks seemed unwilling to give Mike Holmgren similar power, which led him to taking the job with Cleveland.

ProFootballTalk.com is reporting that Frazier's interview lasted for over four hours.

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