Jim Harbaugh vs Pete Carroll Round 2

Jan 07, 2011 3 Comments

The NFC West just got a lot more interesting. The San Francisco 49ers announcement of Jim Harbaugh as head coach on Friday sets the stage for Round 2 of the Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh rivalry.

Jim Harbaugh

These two former Pac-10 rivals have had well documented clashes in the past. In 2007, the Cardinal pulled off one the greatest upsets in college football history (Stanford was a 41 point underdog) by defeating Carroll’s seemingly indestructible Trojans 24-23 in Los Angeles. The following offseason, Harbaugh told CBS Sportline.com that the 2007 season was going to be Carroll’s final season at USC. That didn’t sit too well with Carroll, who at the time was rumored to be in the running for the Miami Dolphins job. Carroll responded by telling the L.A. Times “If he’s going to make statements like that, he ought to get his information right. And if he has any questions about it he should call me.”. Yep, it was officially on!

The following season in 2008, the Trojans got their revenge by defeating the Cardinal 45-23. The UCS  rushed for 243 yards in the second half of that game and it was obvious that Carroll was trying to send a message to the Stanford head coach. Believe me, Harbaugh got the message loud and clear.

Pete Carroll

In the 2009, what would ultimately be their last Pac-10 matchup, Jim Harbaugh got the last laugh. In what was later dubbed the “what’s your deal” game, Harbaugh stuck it to Carroll in a major way. The Cardinal dismantled the Trojans by a score of 55-21. The 55 points were the most ever allowed by a USC team.

To add injury to insult, Harbaugh gave Carroll one last parting shot. With the game seemingly out of hand at 48-21, Harbaugh would attempt a two-point conversion. Carroll didn’t appear to be all too thrilled during the post game hand shake, uttering the infamous words “what’s your deal”. Harbaugh fired back at Carroll saying the exact same thing.

During Friday’s press conference, one reporter asked Harbaugh how excited he was to have a chance to beat Pete Carroll two times a year. Harbaugh smirked and gave a politically correct answer.

Did I mention the NFC West just got a lot more interesting?

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3 Responses to “Jim Harbaugh vs Pete Carroll Round 2”

  1. Todd says:

    Carroll always had the superior talent in college and Harbaugh still found ways to “outgameplan” pompous Carroll. Harbaugh will instantly inherit the team with the most talent in the NFC West, so I have no doubts that he will run roughshed over Carrols’ weak Seattle roster. The What’s your deal comment was always so ironic to me, coming from a jerk who would go for it on 4th and 5 in the 1st qtr with his team up by 20 already and the ball on his side of the field.

  2. Sportsgrinder says:

    Totally agree. You know Carroll was praying Harbaugh stayed on the farm. And so it begins….

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