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Pete Carroll on return-to-USC rumor: ‘That’s not happening’

It’s been just a week since USC fired Steve Sarkisian and opened its head-coaching job up again to wild innuendo and wishes.

So of course the patriarch of the Trojans’ most recent dynasty, Pete Carroll, is getting mentioned as a potential candidate — from the producer of the Dan Patrick Show on national radio:

And from Fox national college football writer Bruce Feldman.

Perhaps that will now end almost as soon as it began, with what the Seahawks coach said Monday at the NFL team’s headquarters in Renton.

“I would say this: I love USC. It’s a great place,” Carroll said. “Flattered. I appreciate it, Dan. But that’s not happening. We’re in good shape here.”

Carroll went 97-19 as USC’s head man from 2001 through the 2009 season, after which he accepted the Seahawks’ job. He won four Rose Bowls and two national championships with the Trojans. The NCAA later vacated the title for the 2004 season for violations surrounding extra benefits to USC star running back Reggie Bush in that era.

As he walked off from behind a podium to end his weekly Monday press conference, Carroll laughed at the USC question and said, “I don’t know that ‘flattered’ is the right word.”