Falcons interested in interviewing USC coach Pete Carroll

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons are interested in Southern
California coach Pete Carroll for their head coaching job.

A person familiar with the team's coaching situation told The Associated Press today that the Falcons want to speak with Carroll,
who is on vacation in Hawaii. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity because the Falcons have not officially met with Carroll.

Carroll told USC sports information director Tim Tessalone that there are no developments worthy of comment.

Last week, Carroll told reporters his name would be mentioned in speculation for NFL jobs. Carroll said then he wouldn't fuel speculation by making comments.

Falcons owner Arthur Blank is looking for a coach for the second straight year. After firing Jim Mora a year ago, he hired Louisville coach Bobby Petrino. But Petrino lasted just 13 games before quitting to become the coach at Arkansas.

Atlanta, also currently looking for a general manager, might be willing to offer Carroll control of player personnel decisions. That could be enough enticement for Carroll to talk with Blank or other team officials.

Former general manager Rich McKay was offered a two-year extension to remain as president through 2010.

Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed with team officials Monday.

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