No, it is not like me to comment on the subject of American football. I don’t really follow it, though it’s nice when the home team wins. It’s just that somewhere in the bizarre recesses of my mind, the announcement of the USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll being hired to the same position with the Seattle Seahawks just reminded me of a story in there somewhere.

Now, since I rarely do sports stories here, I need to tell you my qualifications to be commenting on NFL football.  I watched 10 minutes of a football game this season.  In a doctor’s waiting room, and it may have been a college game.  I don’t know.  I just looked it up to see whether the Super Bowl had been played yet this year.  It hasn’t.  In other words, I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Nevertheless, let me tell you this:  The management of the Seahawks thinks that somehow they are going to take a wildly successful college football coach and turn him into a wildly successful NFL football coach.  For the sake of the team, I hope it works out for them.  But as a student of history, I have a story to tell.

Once upon a time, there was a college football coach named Dennis Erickson.  He was a great college coach, taking Idaho to the I-AA playoffs, turning Washington State University’s team from a mediocre team into a bowl team, and winning multiple national titles with the University of Miami.  Yeah, that Dennis Erickson.  So, some team called the Seattle Seahawks hired him, and he failed with them miserably.  Yup.  So, he went back to college football, took Oregon State University from being perennial losers and turning them into a bowl team, and one that could win into the future.  So another NFL team stole him away (the San Francisco 49ers) and, predictably, he did miserably again.

There’s a moral to this story.  A great college coach doesn’t necessarily make a great NFL coach.  And all too often, history tends to repeat itself if we don’t bother to learn it’s lessons.  I, for one, won’t be holding my breath.  But I will still wish Mr Carroll luck.

Not that I care.