Forever’s a long time … can we just get Pete Carroll back in SoCal for the summer?


The upcoming release of his new book, “Win Forever: Win, Work and Play Like a Champion” (linked here)” puts former USC head football coach Pete Carroll on a nation-wide signing-and-apparence gig that will include at least one stop in Orange County and the South Bay next month.

Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach has him locked in for 7 p.m. on Friday, July 16; he’s then set to appear at the Borders in Torrance on Monday, July 19 at 7 p.m. In both places, he’s scheduled to talk and sign copies of his books.

Prior to that, he’ll be in New York and New Jersey — it’s touted as the former New York Jets coach comes back — on July 13-14, and on July 15, he’s at Warwick’s book store in La Jolla. The tour for the current Seattle Seahawks coach goes to Bellevue, Wash., on July 22.

The book, which lists endorsements from former President Bill Clinton, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, Jets QB Mark Sanchez, new Seahawks boss Paul Allen and the late John Wooden, will be released July 13.


What else has Carroll still rooted somewhat in L.A.? He’s launched what’s called the “Win Forever Academy,” and according to its website (linked here), there’s three camps launching events on Monday at the Home Depot Center — one for players from 5th to 8th grade (sold out), another for 9th to 12th graders and even one for song girls (3rd to 12th grade, headed up by USC song girl coach Lori Nelson).

The camps will give each “a chance to develop the mental and physical skills necessary to be an elite competitor … (it will be) an unforgettable experience.”

Aside from that, Carroll’s “A Better L.A.” plans a July 4 celebration outside the Coliseum (linked here) starting at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m.

Although if a few USC alums show up at one of his booksignings locally next month, expect more fireworks.

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