To reiterate the title, these are longshot choices from the NFL that may have an outside chance at coaching the University of Southern California Trojans in 2014. There won’t be any of the usual names that have currently surfaced from every news source on earth.
After Lane Kiffin was fired last weekend, there has been an inordinate amount of names thrown into the pile of potential head coaches for the men of Troy. Some of the names mentioned may be shocking, or they may sound too over the top to ever be considered.
I might remind you that Pete Carroll was not high on anyone’s list when former Athletic Director Mike Garrett took a shot at hiring him. And recall that Carroll took the job at USC having not been associated with the college ranks in two decades.
Whether it worked out or not, most of USC head coaching hires have come from the NFL. With the talent the Trojans enjoy year-in and year-out, it makes sense that professional football’s coaches would be the best fit in Los Angeles. Heck, with the fact that so many Trojans end up in the NFL, makes the idea of employing a coach from the professional ranks even more compelling. Plus, don’t forget the heavy media influence in Los Angeles – pro coaches are used to the intense 24-hour news cycle.
When you check this list over, you’ll have to admit, it will give you pause and maybe make you rethink these otherwise longshot picks.
So who is the next Pete Carroll? They’re listed alphabetically.
Sources: University of Southern California, National Football League
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Okay, so technically, he’s in college now as the offensive coordinator for the LSU Tigers. However, this is his first year in college after a decade coaching pro ball. You’re correct in stating his record as a head coach is poor, but his record as an assistant is very good. Still, if Haden is looking at the NFL, Cameron can’t be too far off the list. LSU has looked good offensively this year, so translating that knowledge over to USC would be intriguing at the very least.
Wait a minute. The next Pete Carroll is … Pete Carroll? Didn’t he leave for greener pastures (i.e. dollars) with the Seattle Seahawks? This may sound a bit mad and extreme but bear in mind these are longshot choices. However, think about it: Who better than Pete to bring back the magnificence triumphant years he brought to the school to begin with? Yes, he also brought big NCAA sanctions down on USC as he left for the NFL, but even then, those glory years were a special time in college football lore and let’s face it, the NCAA’s penalties didn’t fit the crime … if there was even a crime.
What?! Why Edwards? The former NFL head coach turned studio commentator is truly a longshot for this job. However, it can’t be said often enough that the USC Trojans job is not unlike an NFL job. Being able to handle future NFL players isn’t easy but Edwards could easily fit that bill. Although he hasn’t coached in over four years, his name has been thrown into the pot by the rumor mill and as a longshot wouldn’t be a bad bet.
Like Edwards, this does appear out there and Jon also hasn’t coached since 2008; but when didn’t you see Gruden’s name on a list of potential coaches? However, this pick might not be as bizarre when you look at it more closely. He’s not unlike Pete Carroll with a rabid personality that could infuse the program with what they’ve lacked: an intense quality. And it’s not like he doesn’t have West Coast ties. Gruden spent a year at University of Pacific and he was an assistant at the San Francisco 49ers. Of course, he coached the Oakland Raiders for four seasons. Fans would probably like a Gruden choice more than the USC administration; but it has to be considered.
The offensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL has surfaced as a legitimate longshot pick. However, his background is with rival Stanford … and yet that could be a good thing. Known as an excellent offensive mind, Hamilton was also a good recruiter while in Palo Alto. He’d be better than a longshot if not for the fact he’s never been a head coach. With so many head coaches on the list, that would be a huge gamble which makes him a very long shot of being the next Trojans head coach.
Chip Kelly? He’s in the NFL: why would he leave? Good question, but can you imagine what the USC Trojans would be like with Chip Kelly at the helm? They would be the team to beat every year. Kelly is new to the NFL and so far, the Philadelphia experiment isn’t going swimmingly. There’s a little bit of baggage from Oregon when the NCAA levied some moderate sanctions on the Ducks that might make Kelly’s re-entry into college football iffy. Hiring Kelly is an intriguing thought nonetheless.