Seahawks’ Pete Carroll says Darrell Bevell isn’t available for BYU job

Dec 9, 2015, 3:08 PM | Updated: 5:05 pm
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had been linked to BYU’s head-coaching vacancy....
Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell had been linked to BYU's head-coaching vacancy. (AP)
(AP)

RENTON – Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell isn’t going anywhere, at least not anytime soon.

On Wednesday, coach Pete Carroll put an end to speculation that Bevell could be a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy at Brigham Young University, saying that he’s not available for the job. Bevell later said that while he wants to become a head coach eventually, any opportunities that come his way will have to wait as his focus remains on another playoff run.

“I want to be here and I’m focused on what we’re doing and the Baltimore Ravens is the next game on tap,” he said.

Bevell was first linked to the BYU opening on Monday in a column by FOXSports.com’s Bruce Feldman, who noted that he met one of the university’s requirements as an active member of the LDS Church. Carroll said Monday that he had yet to talk to Bevell about the matter and had only just became aware of the rumors linking him to BYU’s opening.

Carroll said Wednesday that he has since talked with BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe, whom he knows from their time together on the 49ers’ coaching staff. That would seem to confirm that BYU has or had at least some degree of interest in Bevell. But as Carroll noted, programs typically don’t wait long to fill head-coaching vacancies as to not waste precious recruiting time.

“We’ve got a long season going on and they’ve got to go do their job and get ahead and get their decisions made, so Tommy’s going to keep working at it,” Carroll said. “Darrell would be an awesome choice for them, but he’s not available. He’s going to run with us and do what we’re doing. They’ve got recruiting and all kinds of stuff, so just the timing isn’t going to fit for them.”

Timing has been an issue for Bevell in the past. He’s interviewed for NFL head-coaching vacancies the last three years, but back-to-back trips to the Super Bowl have complicated his availability. He was asked if that has been a difficult reality.

“Well, I know if I do my job at a high level then those things will come,” he said. “So that’s what I focus on the most. Some time that opportunity is going to come and I’ll be able to get a chance to do it.”

Asked if he’d be interested in a college job, Bevell said: “Some. Yeah, some. I’d be selective.”

And the timing would have to be right, which it wasn’t in this case.

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