No contingent was larger, and more top-heavy, than the one from the Seahawks. Pete Carroll was there, the only head coach in attendance. John Schneider was there, the only general manager on hand.
Not surprising. The Seahawks are the local NFL team and there is that connection between Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian, who left USC for the UW last year, and Carroll, who left USC for the Seahawks this year.
So, how does Sarkisian feel about Carroll “stalking” him to the Pacific Northwest?
Coach Sark laughed before offering, “I’ll take it. As long as he’s out here watching our guys, I’ll take it.”
Carroll and Sarkisian combined to leave the USC coaching cupboard pretty bare. Eight members of Carroll’s Seahawks staff were with him at USC last season. Sarkisian hired former USC assistant Nick Holt to be his assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.
“It’s a great resource for us,” Sarkisian said of having Carroll just across the lake. “Obviously the resource of the National Football League, being able to tap into that. And to have him here, we’re very comfortable with his coaching staff and they’re comfortable with ours.
“So I think it’s a win-win for both of us.”