Pete Carroll met with Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga in Costa Rica over the weekend and faced reporters today. When asked about the job, Carroll said the he doesn’t “know where it sits.” Which, you know, is kind of vague. He might even be interested, but that doesn't mean he is gone.
That, however, didn’t stop ESPN 710 in Los Angeles from packing Carroll's bag and anointing him as the Dolphins new head coach.
If Carroll can get a contract that pays him $7M/a year, then he would be crazy not to take the job. Even with a quarterback combination of Daunte Culpepper and Joey Harrington. The window of opportunity for these coaches closes pretty quick. Another two or three-loss season and Carroll is Bob Stoops. If they offer Carroll ridiculous money, he needs to take. It's not like he couldn’t get another college job if it doesn't work out.
But you really have to question what Huizenga is thinking in this situation. Didn’t he just go through this with a college coach? Carroll did pretty well in his stint with New England, but there is no guarantee that he will have similar success in Miami. Hiring Carroll doesn't make sense. Huizenga should concentrate on hiring an NFL assistant, or better yet, how about Jim Mora who has proven that he can coach in the league? Carroll would be a risky hire for the Dolphins and they would likely find themselves in a similar position in two or three years.
A couple of more college notes.
No wonder Boise State wanted a shot at Ohio State. Is there any doubt that the Broncos also would have beaten the Buckeyes, too? Boise State finished fifth in the AP poll. That figures. This vote would have gone to the only undefeated BCS bowl winner. (So much for fair and square.) But Ohio State as the No. 2 team? There is no doubt that Boise State, USC and possibly LSU would have abused the Buckeyes. What game where the AP voters watching?
Michigan was right, they did deserve that rematch with Ohio State—in the Humanitarian Bowl. It's time to treat undefeated Big Ten teams in the same vain as an undefeated team from the WAC, Mountain West, etc.