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College coaches eyeing NFL hurt recruiting
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says college coaches flirting with NFL jobs can hurt their recruiting efforts.(Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports)
Story HighlightsSeattles Seahawks coach Pete Carroll only interviewed with the Seahawks while at USCPenn State Bill O and Oregon Chip Kelly had multiple interviews before staying putCarroll says flirting with NFL jobs cheap nfl jerseys can hurt a college coach recruiting effortsSeattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows what Bill O'Brien, Chip Kelly and Brian Kelly are up against now that they've openly flirted with the idea of leaving their universities to coach in the NFL.
Carroll faced the same problems as Southern California's coach for nine years despite only once interviewing with an NFL team, the one he ultimately picked.
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Penn State's O'Brien and Oregon's Chip Kelly interviewed with multiple clubs over the past few days before sticking with their schools. Notre Dame's Brian Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles and has yet to decide.
"It does hurt you some because your recruiting opponents are going to make it look like you're not going to be there. They sell against you," Carroll told USA TODAY Sports. "It's certainly going to be a factor for the guys recruiting against Oregon and against Notre Dame.
"Everybody's got the right to go to the place that's best for their future, but there is some fallout, some repercussions when you get involved in that stuff, and you're seeing it happen right now with these two guys."
The coach spoke to USA TODAY Sports while promoting his WinForever philosophy and accompanying "self discovery" program.
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In contrast with O'Brien and Kelly, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano's interest in the pros wasn't reported (leaked) until Schiano had already made the switch last year. It goes to show that secrecy can be achieved, and supports the notion that college coaches Wholesale NFL Jerseys dip their toes into NFL waters in part to create leverage with their current schools.
But such a strategy which O'Brien has vehemently denied can create distrust among recruits.
Carroll, who has the Seahawks primed for cheap nfl jerseys a divisional playoff visit to Atlanta this weekend, says during his nine years at USC before joining the Seahawks in 2010, one of the most common concerns of recruits and parents was whether he would stay at the school for the duration of the scholarship.
All of this despite his insistence on not interviewing with NFL teams.
"Absolutely, kids' parents would ask me all the time, are you going to stay?" said Carroll, who coached the Patriots before taking his first college head coaching job in 2001. "People that they kind of trust, other coaches are telling them, 'he's not going to be there, he's leaving, you can't count on that.' "
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The worries didn't exactly hurt the Trojans' bottom line: USC appeared in two BCS Championship Series title games during his tenure.
O'Brien interviewed with the Eagles and Browns before sticking with Penn State. Kelly met with the Eagles, Browns and Bills before committing to stay at Oregon. Since Brian Kelly met with the Eagles, a top linebacker recruit, Alex Anzalone, has backed out of his verbal commitment.