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January 9, 2010 at 10:03 AM

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Seahawks interview Leslie Frazier in Minnesota

Posted by Danny O'Neil

Seattle CEO Tod Leiweke was in Minneapolis Friday night and Saturday morning, and indications are that he interviewed Leslie Frazier, the defensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings.

Frazier is African-American and interviewing a minority is a league requirement before filling a head-coaching vacancy in the NFL.

John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance that monitors compliance of the rule, said that indications from Seattle were that Carroll was not getting general-manager duties as part of the job offer.

"They laid out to us that have been in conversation with Pete Carroll, which they have every right to do," Wooten said. "Pete Carroll will come to them just like "most" of the coaches in the National Football League."

Wooten said that when he spoke to Seahawks representatives, the concern from the Fritz Pollard Alliance was that a deal had been struck with Carroll that would give him full control over all aspects of the football operation. If that were the case, Wooten said, the Fritz Pollard Alliance would not recommend candidates to sit for interviews.

"Our whole thing was this, if you have a deal with Pete Carroll that gives him the right to run your ball club like Holmgren did a few years, go back to that deal, then we're not going to recommend that our guys take your interview for head coach nor will we recommend it that our guys take your interview for general manager," Wooten said.

Wooten said he was assured by the Seahawks that would not be the case, and that if Carroll were to reach an agreement to coach the team, he would not have control over aspects of personnel such as drafting and trades. The extent of his final say in terms of football would not extend beyond who made up the 53-man roster.

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