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Pete Carroll excited to give Brian Banks a chance


Pete Carroll was the USC head coach who offered Brian Banks a scholarship when Banks played at Long Beach Poly High School, and Carroll is the coach giving Banks a tryout now that Banks has been cleared of the false rape charge that cost him his college scholarship and landed him in prison.

Although Thursday’s Organized Team Activity session was canceled because the Seahawks violated league rules about contact at offseason practices, the scheduled tryout for Banks will go on as planned. And Carroll says he’s excited about that.

He’s a young man that has an opportunity to get a second chance at his dream,” Carroll said. “I just think he deserves it and we’re going to give him a really good look and a serious look, and if he does well and we like him we’re going to try to get him to come to minicamp [next week].”

Carroll acknowledged that the odds are against Banks — as they’d be against anyone trying to make it in the NFL without playing college football — but he said he’s thrilled to give Banks a chance to prove he belongs.

“I’m excited for him,” Carroll said. “I’ve talked to him a couple of times this week leading up to this. He’s really excited about the opportunity, very serious about it. And I think the way he came across was special for what he’s been through and just gave me more confidence that we’re doing the right thing by giving him this opportunity.”

It’s a long overdue opportunity for Banks, and giving him that opportunity is something for which the Seahawks should be proud.

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39 Responses to “Pete Carroll excited to give Brian Banks a chance”
  1. sd5547 says: Jun 6, 2012 8:28 PM

    Love the story but somehow I think the reason Pete Carroll is doing this is to get his name in the press. Just a hunch. I hope the kid makes a team he deserves it.

  2. blackandyellow71 says: Jun 6, 2012 8:37 PM

    I’m really pulling for this guy. After what he’s been through, I hope he sticks around on some team.

  3. eastsideballa says: Jun 6, 2012 8:42 PM

    Somebody needs to tell Pete Carroll that “rah-rah” stuff doesn’t work in the NFL…this is the big leagues not the awful monopoly of competition in the pac-12.

  4. rickyspanish says: Jun 6, 2012 8:48 PM


    Pretty cynical comment. If Slippery Pete was concerned with being in the press, don’t you think he would’ve accepted the Hard Knocks gig?

  5. radrntn says: Jun 6, 2012 9:01 PM

    well if anybody deserves a chance it’s this guy….classy move Pete

  6. realitypolice says: Jun 6, 2012 9:03 PM

    sd5547 says:
    Jun 6, 2012 8:28 PM
    Love the story but somehow I think the reason Pete Carroll is doing this is to get his name in the press. Just a hunch. I hope the kid makes a team he deserves it.


    Yes, I am sure you’re right. After all, Carroll was having a devil of a time getting “his name in the press” before.

    Carroll recruited him at USC, so he obviously saw something in this kid. What’s wrong with giving him a shot now?

    I suppose you’re the same guy that rolled his eyes when Schiano signed Eric LeGrand.

    Some seriously ugly souls on this site.

  7. stoptrippn says: Jun 6, 2012 9:06 PM

    won’t make up for the treatment of other players

  8. 49ers73 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:13 PM

    Seaguls are getting better but will still get spaknked by the niners

  9. randallflagg52 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:14 PM

    eastsideballa says:Jun 6, 2012 8:42 PM

    Somebody needs to tell Pete Carroll that “rah-rah” stuff doesn’t work in the NFL…this is the big leagues not the awful monopoly of competition in the pac-12.


    Didn’t Seattle send something like 5 or 6 players to the pro bowl last year? Don’t they have a very young, very fiery team that was the thick of it against almost every team they’ve faced?

    Not an ex-USC fan nor a Seahawk fan but he’s done a great job in Seattle in turning a laughing stock under Mora into a solid group of players. Pretty good considering he inherited one of the oldest teams in football and got younger and better. He’s had the youngest OL in the NFL and a washed up Matt Hasselbeck and Tarvis Jackson to work with. He’s not the horrible coach most make him out to be.

  10. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:23 PM

    hopefully next time, Banks will listen to BBD and dont trust a big butt and a smile, that girl was POISON!!!!

  11. allnightdwight says: Jun 6, 2012 9:24 PM

    Hawks will dominate the NFC West

  12. shieldsisland37 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:38 PM

    I hope he makes a team so bad.

  13. gorilladik81 says: Jun 6, 2012 9:39 PM

    I’m glad he’s getting this chance he deserves it, and someone should the person who accused him, the lawyer that prosecuted him and the judge that sentenced him, they should all die. Thanks

  14. prosourcetalk says: Jun 6, 2012 9:44 PM

    Pete Carroll leads the league in smiles & high-fives

  15. norcalmafia says: Jun 6, 2012 9:52 PM

    Who are the Seahawks?…..oh that team from up there in ..whats the name of that place again?

  16. ruthlssjag says: Jun 6, 2012 10:08 PM

    I don’t agree that Carroll is doing this to get his name up there, considering his past experiences with Brian.
    I’ll give Pete that much benefit of the doubt.
    Brian deserves every chance he can get to fulfill his dreams. IMO, if this guy can’t latch on in Seattle, I believe he’s definitely worth a hard look & deserves 31 other chances.

    Brian’s story is a tragic one. I can’t imagine how he feels now that he’s on the outside. IMO, if Brian can’t wow a team prior to TC, he might wanna consider sitting out a year, recondition & simply concentrate on getting back into NFL shape & come back ready to thrive next year. I wish him well & the best of luck!!

  17. discosucs2005 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:13 PM

    As a 49ers fan I hate most Seahawk related activities, but this is awesome that this guy is getting a chance, good for Carroll.

    I know it’s probably a long shot since he’s been away from the game for so long, but I hope he makes a team.

  18. savannahrose44 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:19 PM

    Good for Pete and good for Banks. I’m glad they are giving him a shot the guy deserves redemption.

  19. Deb says: Jun 6, 2012 10:19 PM

    sd5547 says:

    Love the story but somehow I think the reason Pete Carroll is doing this is to get his name in the press. Just a hunch.
    I’m neither a USC nor a Seahawks fan, but am guessing your hunch is wrong. Whatever else he may have done at USC, Carroll also worked with inner-city kids throughout his time there. He got a lot of kids involved in sports and helped those who qualified get into college programs. Giving Banks a chance fits in with the other work he’s been doing for years.

  20. rcali says: Jun 6, 2012 10:19 PM

    I’m actually more surprised that Carroll didn’t try and use a draft pick on him.

  21. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 6, 2012 10:25 PM

    I’m glad he’s getting an opportunity but I think he would be much better off not being invited to training camp. He has no chance of making a team, so it would be great if he started a college football career now. Then he could get a degree and maybe have a shot at the NFL in a few years.

  22. skinsrock says: Jun 6, 2012 10:27 PM

    Weren’t too excited to give him a chance when he was out of jail as a registered sex offender.

  23. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jun 6, 2012 10:51 PM

    The Seahawks should just sign him since rosters are now allowed to have 90 players on the initial roster and let him get a feel for football again because there is no way he can be anything but rusty and not in football shape and even if he doesn’t make it to be on the roster he will have the experience and learn what he might have to do to make the team or any team because so many years away from football can’t be good for his football instincts.

  24. cfrs15 says: Jun 6, 2012 11:15 PM

    Let me know when Carroll isn’t excited about something.

  25. hillbillyjim says: Jun 7, 2012 12:04 AM

    Everybody gives Carroll a lot of crap for the sanctions, or always being rah-rah. If you look at some of the things he’s done, he’s actually a really good guy. Anyone remember when he was at USC and his kicker Tom Malone died from a cliff diving accident in the offseason. After USC’s first TD in the first game of the season they went to kick the extra point and they went out with 10 guys… No kicker, and took a delay of game penalty to honor Malone. Nobody is perfect but Pete has done some really good things and this is one of them.

  26. sd5547 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:56 AM

    Shouldn’t the headline read Brian Banks given a shot by Seattle Seahawks? No it clearly draws attention to Pete Carroll who is an awful NFL coach. He wanted TJackson and Charlie Whitehurst to be his starting QB in the NFL? This guy just loves himself and it shows, probably the only coach in the NFL with his own hair stylist. Not a fan of a guy who bails when the #### hits the fan i.e. RBush NCAA investigation.

  27. sd5547 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:00 AM

    The story is about Brian Banks not Pete Carroll lay off the coffee Seattle you a bit too hyped up especially for an 8 and 8 team.

  28. rukkus1 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:15 AM

    No disrespect to majority of niner fans, the team, or the city… but you fans that blast off on the hawks and seattle are all over every seattle thread. We understand where youre coming from. Seattle has been getting all the buzz and you dont have your own threads to comment on. Its 2012, and if you dont have haters, you aint doin it right. Keep comin around its fun to watch you whine b itches

  29. lukedogg087 says: Jun 7, 2012 1:39 AM

    Go Blanks!

  30. joetoronto says: Jun 7, 2012 6:41 AM

    Keep running, Pete!

  31. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jun 7, 2012 7:39 AM

    Great that Banks is being given this chance. Good luck to him, I say.

    Sad statement about commenters here that they’re still desperate to throw mud. Immature.

  32. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 8:12 AM

    last time i checked this article didnt say by pete niner idiots should shut up..he made a statement and someone wrote about it so what is your deal??? hes rah rah for sure but id take that over whatever harbaugh is(hot headed moron) close your mouths and enjoy the 8-8 season your about to experience this year. you guys just hate to hate….last i checked you’ve been putting a garbage qb out on the field for 8 seasons

  33. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 8:29 AM

    norcal i know when you think up these statements they most likely sound really awesome in your head but when i read the comments i fear you may be suffering from a serious mental disability. you back up none of your statements you are simply a fool. but thanks for all the attention.
    maybe you should consider reading and poorly commenting on your own team….idiot

  34. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    p.s.…hahahaha I guess I can understand why you get so upset.

  35. norcalmafia says: Jun 7, 2012 11:25 AM

    Seahulk…You forgot to put the 7 before the 9 at the end of your name

  36. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:43 AM

    oh sweet must have been an early dismissal…good one norcal

  37. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 11:45 AM

    classic norcal.

  38. seahulk9 says: Jun 7, 2012 12:09 PM

    you know i was looking at niner news and didnt spot any comments from you….do you exclusively read up on the hawks?????have you by chance checked your teams stats over the past decade and compare it to the seahawks……you will find that in the relevant recent past the seahawks have been a far better team(probably why you are so bitter toward the seahawks).. stop listening to daddys stories about the glory days of montana and steve young. Im assuming you were probably not even born last time your team was in the superbowl(at least judging by your writing skills) but keep your fingers crossed this could be the year…..that alex smith is really really good from what i hear. i will anticipate more of your well researched comments.

  39. Deb says: Jun 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    sd5547 says:

    The story is about Brian Banks not Pete Carroll lay off the coffee Seattle you a bit too hyped up especially for an 8 and 8 team.
    You’re the guy who made it all about Pete. The focus should be on someone who suffered an excruciating injustice finally getting a chance to pursue his life’s dream. Since Seahawks’ head coach is the guy who recruited Banks out of high school and he’s the same guy giving him a chance now, it makes sense–at least to the sensible–that reporters would quote him on this topic. Geez, give it a rest 🙄

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