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Pete Carroll on Jim Harbaugh: Great coach, we love beating him

Pete Carroll, Jim Harbaugh

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, left, shakes hands with San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh before an NFL football game in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)


The rivalry between the Seahawks and 49ers extends to their coaches. In fact, it begins with their coaches.

Although most football coaches are tight-lipped types who say nothing more about their rival coaches than that they share mutual respect, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh have always had a barely concealed contempt for each other. They didn’t like each other when Carroll coached USC and Harbaugh coached Stanford, and they don’t like each other now, either.

The latest salvo comes from Carroll, who, according to the Seattle Times, said at an event for Seahawks fans that Harbaugh is “a great coach and we love beating him.”

We have to wait until Thanksgiving to see Carroll and Harbaugh go at it again when the Seahawks and 49ers meet in Week 13. That’s 26 weeks away. Can’t wait.