College rivalries are in the past; they’re in the League now.
Coach Pete Carroll’s first conversation with his newest player — Oregon cornerback Walter Thurmond — set aside any previous Pac-10 rivalries right from the onset. Carroll faced Thurmond three times when USC and Oregon met on the field over the years.
“No more Ducks, no more Trojans — we’re Seahawks now,” a smiling Coach Carroll told Walter Thurmond over the phone immediately after the Seahawks selected the Oregon cornerback with the 111th pick. “Congratulations!”