“There’s only one person he quotes,” Hasselbeck said. “John Wooden.”
And when I went to Seattle to sit down with Carroll I found out why.
Wooden’s book provided a watershed moment, which I explained in Thursday’s story on Carroll, in the coach’s career after he’d been fired by the Patriots. The fact that the legendary UCLA coach (pictured to the left with Carroll, by the Palisadian Post’s Rich Schmitt) didn’t win a national title until his 16th year in Westwood inspired the twice-fired Carroll to evaluate himself and revived his resolve to make it as a head football coach.
“I closed the book and it hit me immediately that he had been a really successful coach before then, but once he got it all together and got it nailed, nobody could beat him,” Carroll said. “It just struck me, I don’t have my act together like I need to. And I knew if I had another opportunity, I wasn’t going to get another 16 years. I thought I’d already done this. I mean, I knew the importance of it. But then it hit me – Nah, I really don’t know.
“And so I went back to figure out precisely everything I could figure out about the work you have to do to be a head football coach.”
Ten years later, everything’s changed. Carroll was a two-time national champion at USC and arrived to much fanfare in Seattle.
Anyway, with Wooden’s passing the other day, I’m sure a lot of people have stories about the “Wizard”. Figured I’d share the most recent of mine.Seahawks 12th Man Army has now gone mobile! Go to http://www.noticeorange.com/r/Seahawks12thManArmy to get an app for your phone. It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever Seahawks 12th Man Army has anything new. What could be better?
Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..