Following last week’s 62-41 loss to Arizona State, University of Southern California head coach Lane Kiffin was fired. It was inevitable as USC fans themselves were leading the charge to fire the extremely unique head coach, who made previous stops at the University of Tennessee and Oakland Raiders. Immediately following the release, a few names were mentioned as potential Kiffin replacements. Apparently, USC wasted no time to reach out to two of those potential candidates to gauge their interest.
Or so we thought.
Monday morning, during his appearance on Dan Patrick’s radio show, former Indianapolis Colts head coach, Tony Dungy shared he was contacted by USC officials regarding the vacancy. He was not alone as current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator and former Trojan All-American linebacker, Jack Del Rio was contacted as well. Should these phone calls be a surprise to Athletic Director Pat Haden, as he calls the shots, does the hiring, etc.? The answer is no.
But that is not the case this time.
“Tony’s discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us. So were the calls made to the Broncos (regarding Del Rio)”, according to Haden after hearing Dungy’s comments. He would go on to say no authorized representative of USC or the athletic department made these phone calls. Somebody has some explaining to do. And they have found that somebody. They actually found two of them.
According to the USC, two people posing as school officials have been identified. “Appropriate action” regarding one of them is being taken and attempts to contact the second person are being made. Not far-fetched to believe the former will most likely be out of a job. Even though this latest episode is not their fault, you have to feel sorry for the Trojan program a little bit. They are 0-2 in the Pac-12, unusally low home game attendance, and less than stellar play the past couple of seasons. In addition to this latest Catfish, Manti Teo-esque incident and the circumstances surrounding Kiffin’s firing, SC fans start to miss the stability under former head coach Pete Carroll when the Trojans were dominant and in National Championship contention.
Hopefully, the next coach will improve the environment around campus, the play on the field, and the mood in the athletic department. Stories like these are funny, but an increased win total for the Trojans would be a bigger laugh for the USC community.
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