PALO ALTO, CA - OCTOBER 09: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Stanford Cardinal walks out through the tunnel for their game against the USC Trojans at Stanford Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Palo Alto, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
The Seattle Seahawks coach downplayed any rivalry with the current 49ers head man and former Stanford head coach.
The two former college coaches had what many perceived to be a heated rivalry after Harbaugh's Stanford Cardinals ran up the score against Carroll's USC in 2009.
In that game, with Stanford comfortably in the lead after scoring its seventh touchdown, Harbaugh ordered his boys to go for a two point conversion late in the game.
The move prompted an awkward handshake between Carroll and Harbaugh after the game where Carroll asked the Stanford coach, "What's your deal?"
Harbaugh responded "What's your deal?"
The term became a catch phrase down on the Farm and a marketing campaign for the Cardinals, much like the 49ers "I want winners," except Stanford actually had winners.
Many who are anticipating the college rivalry to continue now with both Carroll and Harbaugh coaching in the NFC West may be a little disappointed.
Carroll tells the Sacramento Bee's Matt Barrows that there is no beef between himself and Harbaugh. In fact he went so far as to say anyone that writes that, only does so because they think so.
"Because it's not true," he says.
In fact Carroll says he doesn't even remember the awkward exchange at midfield. That's just fine with 49ers' fans, who are only concerned with Harbaugh remembering and running up the score on the Seahawks next season and for seasons to come.