Originally posted by SunDevilNiner79:
What? Pete Carroll wants to leave the NFL already? I don't think I trust your source, at least not yet.
And not sure I'd even want Carroll, he left USC with sanctions. Bringing him here would dirty our reputation and we would be under a microscope. Remember our basball program is in the doghouse already and if our football program starts committing violations, the NCAA will come down on us BIG time.
The colleague of mine is on the athletic department's budgetary board, so he has a vote and is in on all of the financially focused meetings.
Love asked for $5M specifically to go after Carroll. She did not mention, nor gain approval, to go after anybody else at that dollar figure. Evidently, she made it known that Carroll was open to coming back. Why, I'm unsure. Maybe he just prefers the college game. But that's just a guess.
I agree it's a risk, given his track record. But ASU is trying to make a big splash to save their recruiting base, immediately energize fans, and maintain superiority in at least one major program over U of A. They've conceded basketball. Love said if they need to replace Sendek at season's end, she will unlikely be able to replace him with a similarly high profile candidate. Football is their focus.
ASU has been labeled as cheap and uninspired in recent years. Internally, Crow has acknowledged as much. So they're trying to turn heads, even if it's a risk.