BY Art Thiel 04:35PM 12/09/2015

Carroll tells BYU Bevell unavailable for vacancy

BYU had interest in Darrell Bevell for its head coach vacancy, but Pete Carroll said he didn’t give the Seahawks offensive coordinator permission to interview.

Darrell Bevell didn’t get permission to interview for the BYU head coaching vacancy. /

Responding to interest in offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell by BYU to fill its head coaching vacancy, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said nope, we’re busy here. Bevell’s name came up in the search because he’s an LDS church member and has daughters in Utah schools.

Carroll said Wednesday he told BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe, a friend from their days together on the staff of the San Francisco 49ers, that the timing doesn’t work.

“We’ve got a long season going on and (BYU has) got to go do their job and get ahead and get their decisions made, so Tommy’s going to keep working at it,” Carroll said. “Darrell would be an awesome choice for them, but he’s not available. He’s going to run with us and do what we’re doing. They’ve got recruiting and all kinds of stuff, so just the timing isn’t going to work for them.”

Bevell said he was good with the decision.

“I want to be a head coach,” he said. “That’s definitely true. But right now, there’s no good time for us. We’re doing things here that are unprecedented — going to two Super Bowls and making a push to continue — and I want to be part of it.

“If I do my job at a high level (a head coaching opportunity) will come. I’ll get a chance to do it.”

Asked if he has interest in a college job, Bevell said, “Some — I’d be selective.”

Bevell, 45, is an Arizona native who played quarterback at Wisconsin, where he helped beat UCLA in the 1994 Rose Bowl.  He’s been Carroll’s OC in Seattle since 2011. The Seahawks offense is ranked seventh in the NFL at 378.8 yards per game.




  • jafabian

    Most clubs would allow the interview. Just shows how committed the Hawks are as an organization to their mission. I believe if the Hawks continue as they are Bevell will be a head coach in a few years. Especially if they at least get to the SB again.

    • art thiel

      I don’t think any pro club in contention would allow a week 13 interview for a college job.

      • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

        And for good reason. Its no secret that there are clubs that have not even MADE IT to a Superbowl. Being a contender is an opportunity that has huge ramifications to the success of your ballclub .
        No club would want to upset the continuity of that success. Their coaches are under contract and their job is to get that org to a super bowl.
        As Bevel hinted…get this team another Lombardi and his name will be bantered about. Horse before the cart as they say.

        • art thiel

          Pete amended his remarks Friday to say that it was Bevell’s choice to decline, says he wanted to stay.

          • Its onlySports(DavidWakefield)

            Yes , I just read an ESPN report stating that.

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