Carroll's Coaching Roots Trace Back to Arkansas

Published 02/01 2014 01:42PM

Updated 02/01 2014 01:53PM

Carroll from the Arkansas Razorbacks staff in 1977
Carroll from the Arkansas Razorbacks staff in 1977
NEW JERSEY - Pete Carroll sits atop the world of football coaching tonight as his Seattle Seahawks vie to become champions of the National Football League. Long before he found success in Seattle, he got his foundation learning on the sidelines at the University of Arkansas.

Back in 1977, Lou Holtz hired a 26-year-old Carroll as a graduate assistant to work with the secondary. Carroll earned $182 a month.

In Fayetteville, Carroll formed relationships that would help mold him as a coach. He worked with one of his future offensive line coaches, Pat Ruel, and eventual mentor Monte Kiffin.  Kiffin was most recently the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.

Monte Kiffin served as a mentor to Carroll. Interestingly enough, there's an old story that Carroll's wife babysat Kiffin's son Lane. Lane would eventually become Carroll's offensive coordinators at USC.

While at Arkansas, Carroll helped the Razorbacks win the 1978 Orange Bowl. The next year, Carroll moved on to Iowa State.

32 years later, Carroll would be named the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks -- eventually landing a spot in tonight's Super Bowl.

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