Pete Carroll Makes LeBron James Seahawks Jersey (Picture)

There’s been a bunch of kooky talk this week about LeBron James playing professional football. It all seemed to be in jest, and a reference to the NBA lockout. He’s also not the first basketball player to talk about flirting with the NFL; Ron Artest and Nate Robinson have too. Pete Carroll, being a master networker, encouraged Robinson to try out. Now he’s flirting with LeBron.

After reminding the Heat forward what the NFL minimum is, Carroll tweeted a picture of a custom-made Seahawks jersey with LeBron’s name on it.

LeBron still hasn’t won a championship in the NBA, so his chances of leaving for the NFL in a Michael Jordan moment are slim. That won’t keep Carroll from capitalizing on a moment for good publicity.

Like we said when Pete asked fans to coordinate the Seahawks’ offense, the man knows how to work the public.

Pete Carroll Wants You to Coordinate the Seahawks’ Offense

Pete Carroll is up to the same tricks that made him immensely popular as a college coach at USC. Earlier this week he invited Thunder guard Nate Robinson to Seahawks camp for a football tryout. Then we learned that his team has a DJ spinning music during practice. Now we’re finding out that he wants a fan to call the first play of the team’s preseason game against the Chargers next week.

“Want to call the 1st play in our game vs SD next week? tweet in your play idea… we’ll pick 1 & call it!” Carroll wrote on twitter Thursday.

He set the record straight in case you thought he was joking. “I’m serious now, we’ll pick one of your plays! but if it doesn’t work, we’re holding you accountable!!”

Seattle obviously isn’t listening to fans when it comes to play-calling (though the other team in town is), but it doesn’t matter. They get 100 submissions, one of them is bound to match what they already planned to do. Plus, it’s a preseason game — nobody really cares what happens. By simply engaging the fans, Carroll is already winning.

Nate Robinson Tweets with Pete Carroll About Trying Out for Seahawks

Earlier in July Nate Robinson talked about trying to play football during the NBA lockout. Robinson played football in college at Washington before switching exclusively to basketball, so he has talent. Turns out he may be serious about the venture.

Robinson tweeted at Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll Tuesday to ask for a tryout and Carroll played along.

Carroll responded to Robinson’s request for a tryout saying “I always knew you had skills, that’s why we tried to get you before… you still got em?”

Robinson replied “Yes coach I do.”

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Jim Harbaugh Says There’s No Hostility with Pete Carroll

When Jim Harbaugh accepted his position as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers, one aspect of the news that had me most excited was the continuation of the Harbaugh-Pete Carroll rivalry that was established in the Pac-10. In Harbaugh’s four years at Stanford, he went 3-1 against USC, including a 2-1 head-to-head record against Carroll.

The 2007 win by Harbaugh’s Cardinal was shocking; Stanford was only a 4-8 team and USC was over a 40-point favorite, but the Cardinal nonetheless stunned the Trojans in the Coliseum winning 24-23. Carroll made up for the loss the next year with a 45-23 win at the Farm, but Harbaugh got revenge in 2009 — Carroll’s last season with USC. Stanford didn’t just win that game, they ran up the score to 55-21.

After Carroll got a taste of what he had been doing to the rest of the Pac-10 the previous five years, he infamously asked Harbaugh during their handshake “What’s your deal?” Harbaugh responded with “What’s your deal?” The result was one of the most humorous post-game exchanges between two coaches, and a brilliant ticket plan by Stanford.

Unfortunately, despite what you may be thinking, Harbaugh says there’s no beef with Carroll. According to The Seattle Times, when asked about Carroll, Harbaugh said “Professional. No hostility. Competitive when we coached against each other in college, and I anticipate it will be competitive as we go forward playing each other twice a year. But genuine respect for the job that he does.”

So what do you think? Is Harbaugh just playing nice, or do you think things are smoothed out? If I know Harbaugh at all, he’s dying to beat Carroll, and vice versa. He’s just being p.c., that’s my guess.

LenDale White to Pete Carroll: F*** You

LenDale White is still pissed off at the world — especially you, Pete Carroll.  Remember when White unloaded on Carroll a few months ago after the Seahawks cut him?  It would seem he’s still mad about that and a lot of other things.  In fact, there aren’t very many people in the world LenDale likes at the moment.

TMZ caught up with the not-so-successful Broncos running back during All-Star Weekend and asked him about the new Concept 1 shoes that have been banned in the NBA because of what they are made with.  White did what any normal person would do and responded by giving the world a big “f*** you.”  You can check out the video here.  This is just a guess, but he seemed hammered to me.  Here’s what LenDale had to say about the sneakers:

If it ain’t Chauncey Billups or Kobe Bryant … f*ck ‘em. Or if it ain’t the Denver Broncos or Chris Johnson … f*ck ‘em. Or D-Byrd … or the Trojans … minus Pete Carroll — f*ck you.”

That’s exactly how I feel about the Concept 1 sneaker situation.  Screw Pete Carroll.

Pete Carroll to Tempt Fate, Punt to Devin Hester in Playoff Game

Maybe Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is just talking here, because I can’t believe he would be this dumb. The Seattle coach, whose 7-9 team advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs after upsetting the Saints last weekend, has a rematch with the Bears in Chicago Sunday. The Seahawks actually beat the Bears at Soldier Field in week six despite allowing a punt return for a TD by Devin Hester late in the game. Apparently that wasn’t enough to keep Carroll from kicking to the game’s finest returner:

“We’ve got to kick the ball to him,” Carroll said on “The Afternoon Saloon” on ESPN 1000. “There’s nothing we can do about it. “We want to try to minimize his factor. … We’ll do the best we can,” Carroll said. “You have to be very disciplined about the way you play him. He’s just too good. And he’s so explosive.”

Actually, there is something you can do about it — not kick to the man! On punts, you can boot the ball out of bounds without being penalized. On kickoffs, try to put it through the back of the end zone (easier said than done). I just can’t believe that after being burned by Hester once already that Carroll would give him the chance to repeat his success. I won’t believe sneaky Petey until I see it on Sunday.

Charlie Weis: Pete Carroll’s Living with a USC Graduate Student in Malibu

Charlie Weis may have been fired by Notre Dame but he’s not going down quietly. In the first part of a lengthy interview with Irish Illustrated, Weis blew the lid off a Pete Carroll affair with a graduate student. Check out this parting shot from Weis when talking about the difference in media coverage between him and Carroll, as passed along by LBS contributor Botros:

Let me ask you this question: You guys know about things that go on in different places. Was I living with a grad student in Malibu, or was I living with my wife in my house? You could bet that if I were living with a grad student here in South Bend, it would be national news. He’s doing it in Malibu and it’s not national news. What’s the difference? I don’t understand. Why is it okay for one guy to do things like that, but for me, I’m scrutinized when I swear. I’m sorry for swearing; absolve my sins.

Well my friend, you may have broken some sort of unspoken “man codes,” but now you have the national media talking about this. Putting aside any questions about the ethics of dating a student, Carroll is a married man. If he’s having an affair and living with a graduate student, then we’re looking at another Rick Pitino story minus the extortion. Having a story like this get out in the media could be damaging for Pete in recruiting; some parents might not want to send their son to play for a known adulterer, particularly mothers or single mothers. Carroll, as you would have expected, has already denied Weis’ allegations: “It’s untrue, it’s irresponsible, and it’s incredible he’d be talking about me like that.” If it’s so untrue, then where the heck is Weis getting his information? I’m guessing there has to be at least some truth to the story, partial truths at the least. Combine USC’s season with this story and the heat certainly has been turned up on the USC program.