EppsNet Archive: Pete Carroll

Tedford Relieved of Duties, i.e., Fired

20 Nov 2012 /
Cal head coach Jeff Tedford at the 2009 Cal Fa...

Cal head coach Jeff Tedford at the 2009 Cal Fan Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley, California.

BERKELEY – Jeff Tedford, who has overseen the Golden Bear football program for the past 11 seasons, has been relieved of his duties as head football coach at the University of California, Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour announced Tuesday.

Tedford must have seen this coming back in August when he put his house on the market for a cool $5.35 million.

He was saddled with a doofus quarterback as a throw-in on the Keenan Allen deal and the team’s 3-9 record speaks for itself.

Tedford did a lot of good things at Cal. He took over a 1-10 team in 2002 and won seven games his first season. In 2004, Cal went 10-2, finished ninth in the final AP poll, and in 2006, the Golden Bears went 10-3.

Tedford was getting NFL offers during that time and turning them down. He was loyal to Cal. Rumor has it that Pete Carroll was recommending Tedford for NFL jobs, hoping to get him out of the Pac-10 Conference.

Bleacher Report has a list of the top 5 candidates to replace Tedford. The San Jose Mercury News has a longer list.

Cal 43, UCLA 17

6 Oct 2012 /

We’re up here in Berkeley for Parents Weekend. I was saying since we arrived that this looks like a winnable game for Cal and couldn’t find one person — student or parent — to agree with me. Cal was 1-4, UCLA was 4-1.

Cal fans are conditioned for disappointment. I’m a USC guy and USC fans were the same way in the pre-Pete Carroll era. Fans showed up for games not to cheer on the team but to bemoan another disappointing performance.

This is a nice wakeup call for the Bruins. Despite their record and ranking coming into the game, they’re not very good.

UCLA Hires Jim Mora

21 Dec 2011 /
Jim Mora Jr.

ROSE Bowl?! Are you kiddin’ me? ROSE Bowl? We’re just trying to win a GAME!

Okay, I know it’s not that Jim Mora.

First I want to say for the record that the firing of Rick Neuheisel was a bad move. Despite the naysayers, he had the program moving in the right direction. Pac-12 Southern Division champions. He closed the gap with USC.

Yeah, I know they lost to USC 50-0 but just imagine what the score would have been if he hadn’t closed the gap.

I heard Coach Mora on the radio this afternoon. I wasn’t impressed. I’m not as elated as I was about the Neuheisel or Karl Dorrell hirings, but I just don’t think UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero has any idea about how to hire a football coach.

He’s tried to copy the Pete Carroll model, first by hiring Carroll assistants as coordinators, and now by hiring a former NFL defensive coordinator with a spotty record as a head coach, most recently in Seattle, where he was fired and replaced by — Pete Carroll!

Twitter: 2010-01-13

13 Jan 2010 /

USC 28, UCLA 7

29 Nov 2009 /

It hasn’t been a great season for Pete Carroll and the Trojans — but they’re still three touchdowns better than UCLA.


Allen Bradford stiff-arm

Twitter: 2009-10-20

20 Oct 2009 /
  • RT @LAMase: #USC Coach Carroll press conf: "It was nice to beat Notre Dame twice." #

Bud Grant is Still Alive?!

18 Oct 2009 /
Pete Carroll and Bud Grant

Pete Carroll and Bud Grant

USC 34, Notre Dame 27

17 Oct 2009 /
USC Trojans

We hope to keep this thing going. It’s a big deal to us. It’s special. So we’ve got to hang onto it next time around when they come to our place. We have to get after it and see if we can keep the thing going. Because it’s very special for the SC family to continue to be on top of this rivalry.


Matt Barkley

5 Sep 2009 /

We saw Matt Barkley play his first college football game today, a 56-3 win over San Jose State. If he turns out to be as good as a lot of people think he is, that will be a cool thing to remember . . .

Matt Barkley and Pete Carroll

Twitter: 2009-08-27

27 Aug 2009 /

Twitter: 2009-06-17

17 Jun 2009 /

Tweets on 2009-03-28

28 Mar 2009 /
  • Staccato signals of constant information… #
  • At the rink for WIHA tournament #
  • FIGHT ON! RT @PeteCarroll: First day of spring ball at SC…. Football is back!! Gotta love it! #
  • RT @KathySierra: Dressage Olympian Robert Dover to talented young riders, on focus: “Because U dint have a vision, U created something avg” #

Tweets on 2009-03-20

20 Mar 2009 /
  • RT @VJnator: The only time Obama is not using the teleprompter is when he uses the word “Look” beginning his sentence.That is the indicator. #
  • Forgot my sunglasses, had to drive 2 work w/out them. Turns out to be overcast, no sun. It’s a good day… #
  • Buy Ichiro’s house – $1.75 million: http://tinyurl.com/ddvkqj #
  • @VJnator He does…it’s an arrogant way to start a sentence. in reply to VJnator #
  • RT @PeteCarroll: Best of luck to Coach Floyd and the Trojans in Minneapolis! Beat the eagles!! #
  • My brother’s visiting from the Pentagon. Not on official business. Nephew’s wedding this weekend. #
  • Building credibility by admitting that you don’t know the answer: http://tinyurl.com/ctyq6s #

A Tradition Returns

1 Dec 2008 /

When I was growing up in Southern California, USC and UCLA both played home football games at the Coliseum. And every year, when the teams played each other, they both wore their home uniforms — the Trojans wore cardinal jerseys and the Bruins wore blue.

That tradition ended in 1982, when UCLA began playing home games at the Rose Bowl, because NCAA rule 1-4-3-a states that “the visiting team shall wear white jerseys.”

Twenty-six years later, the tradition returns.

Pete Carroll announced today that when the Trojans come out of the locker room at the Rose Bowl this Saturday, they’ll be wearing cardinal jerseys, in violation of NCAA rule 1-4-3-a.

They will then be assessed a penalty of one timeout per half.

Wait, what — they lose two timeouts?! OMG, they might NEED those timeouts! Oh sure, USC is heavily favored but it’s a RIVALRY game! Throw the record books out the window!! Anything can happen!!!


God bless Pete Carroll! FIGHT ON!

Rose Bowl 2008: USC 49, Illinois 17

3 Jan 2008 /
Kaluka Maiava and Juice Williams

The conventional wisdom in recent years has been that USC has trouble defending spread offenses and mobile quarterbacks, like Illinois’ Juice Williams.

I’m not sure that’s true. They’ve had trouble defending some mobile quarterbacks — Vince Young, Dennis Dixon — but so has every other team in the country.

We took it to a real personal nature because we wanted to figure the spread-thing out, defend it really well and take the mystery out of it. We practiced so beautifully that it had to work out well. That’s a big deal. A really big deal.

— Pete Carroll

A total systematic beatdown.


A Missed Opportunity

17 Nov 2007 /
USC Trojans
USC coach Pete Carroll and UCLA assistant Eric Scott were both at Thursday’s Crenshaw game.

Interesting . . . I would have thought Eric Scott would be out robbing the houses of people attending the Crenshaw game . . .


Oregon Nancy Boys

22 Dec 2006 /
We designed these ourselves!

Before BYU’s 38-8 pasting of Oregon in last night’s Las Vegas Bowl, ESPN ran a feature on how the Oregon players and coaches work with Nike to design those gawd-awful uniforms.

Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ on a moped, how fruity is that?! Why not change the team name from the Ducks to the Battling Halstons? Then they go out and get waxed by a Mountain West team — that’s got be great for recruiting!

Hey boys, if you want to be fashion designers, sashay on up to Eugene, Oregon!

I’m a proud USC alum, but if I ever hear Pete Carroll talking about threads per inch, I swear to god I’m going to renounce my allegiance . . .

God as Pete Carroll

12 Oct 2006 /

I heard the UCLA scout team uses God to simulate Pete Carroll in game preparations.