Pete Carroll all but confirmed on Monday morning his resignation as football coach of USC to join the Seattle Seahawks in the same position.
Talking with the Los Angeles Times, Carroll said his pending move wasn’t in reaction to possible sanctions the Trojans’ program faces as a result of an ongoing investigation over whether players may have received improper benefits.
“Not in any way,” Carroll told the newspaper. “Because I know where we stand. It’s just a process we have to go through. We know we’ve fought hard to do right.”
Carroll, a longtime coach and coordinator in the NFL before joining USC in 2000, said he had for a while “given up” on a return to the pro ranks.
“But it came out of nowhere,” he told the Times.
Carroll had earlier reached an agreement in principle with the Seahawks, multiple NFL sources confirmed to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter on Saturday morning.
“I’ve given everything I’ve had,” he said. “There was never going to be a good time.”
Seahawks chief executive officer Tod Leiweke was in Los Angeles on Sunday to finalize the deal, the Times had reported.
The newspaper also reported that USC players received text messages Carroll would resign. A USC spokesperson told ESPN.com on Sunday night that the school had nothing official to announce.