Could Darrell Bevell be a first-time head coach -- very soon?
The Deseret News in Salt Lake City on Friday listed the Seahawks offensive coordinator as a possible candidate to fill the head coaching vacancy at Brigham Young University in nearby Provo, Utah.
Since then, national reports are saying BYU could indeed be interested in Bevell to replace Bronco Mendenhall, who left last week to lead Virginia.
That was news to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Monday.
“Just heard that walking down the hall. Is the job open? I didn’t know that,” Carroll said.
“I’ve talked about ‘Bev’ in the past. He’s a great football coach. He can run the whole thing. I don’t know. I don’t even know if he’s interested. I haven’t talked to him or anything. I don’t know anything about it.
“He’s a fantastic candidate to be a head coach someday, there’s no question.”
Bevell, 45, has no known direct ties to BYU. He is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has served a two-year LDS mission, in Cleveland. That was between his time attending Northern Arizona University and then transferring and becoming the quarterback at Wisconsin.
While no one really knows if BYU requires its head coaches to be Mormon and a member of the LDS church, it’s commonly believed that’s the school’s strong preference.