posted on Jan, 9 2005 @ 03:19 PM
Lott, McDonald want USC's Carroll to lead Niners
Southern Cal and San Francisco 49ers alumni Ronnie Lott and Tim McDonald are among those trying to convince Trojans coach Pete Carroll to become the
Niners head coach, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday.
Lott and McDonald are serving as intermediaries in an effort to bring Carroll back to San Francisco, where Carroll grew up and where he once served as
Lott and McDonald are also attempting to sell Niners owner John York on the idea of turning over the entire operation to Carroll.
Carroll, however, said last Thursday he had no interest in the job.
"I have not been contacted, I don't expect to be contacted and I'm not interested," Carroll said.
A former 49ers assistant and later head coach of the New York Jets and New England Patriots, Carroll has guided USC to consecutive national titles.
Others on San Francisco's list of candidates include current Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren, a former 49ers offensive coordinator, and Jim Fassel, who
took the Giants to the Super Bowl.
But there are some intriguing coordinators who have captured York's attention, as well. York met with Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel on
Saturday, and the Niners are also to interview Ravens defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, son of former San Francisco caoch Dick Nolan.
Two potential sleepers are defensive coordinators Jerry Gray of the Buffalo Bills and Tim Lewis of the New York Giants. The Jets' Donnie Henderson and
Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger are also in the mix.