From Profootball talk, they are predicting that Pete Carroll is heir apparent to Marty.. Carroll just had won the recruiting sweepstakes.. better do it soon there is a lot to do, assemble a staff, prepare for the draft etc. http://www.profootballtalk.com/rumormill.htm Early speculation in some league circles is that the Chargers already have a wink-nod deal in place with USC coach Pete Carroll to succeed Marty Schottenheimer. Consider the evidence. After it was announced that Schottenheimer would return to the Chargers, John Czarnecki of FOXSports.com reported that the Chargers would have cut Schottenheimer loose if they could have lined up the guy that they wanted to take his place. Czar didn't name the mystery candidate, but our guess was/is that it is/was Carroll. Four weeks later, Carroll was able to lock up another class of recruits, who signed their letters of intent on February 7. Also, remember how Steve Sarkisian abruptly pulled out of the running to coach the Raiders? He said at the time that he wants to be a head coach at the college level, prompting speculation that he'd been given a wink-nod of his own that, if/when Carroll leaves, Sark gets the Trojans' gig.