USC Football: Lane Kiffin Delaying Defensive Coordinator Interviews Creates Options

Nov 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Southern California Trojans coach Lane Kiffin at a press conference after the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Notre Dame defeated USC 22-13. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday, Trojans’ head coach Lane Kiffin spoke to the media about everything from Robert Woods filing NFL paperwork to his coordinators, or lack thereof. Kiffin maintained the idea that he’ll keep dialing up single back dives into the line on third and goal calling plays for the Trojans in 2013, and mentioned that he won’t be conducting interviews for a new defensive coordinator until after the Sun Bowl, which is played on December 31st.

Ironically enough, the Trojans take on Georgia Tech in El Paso on Black Monday, the day in which plenty of coaches in the NFL could find themselves being handed pink slips.

Plus, the timing works out nicely for current Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker, possibly the favorite to land the job, as he finishes his season with the Beavers on December 29th in the Alamo Bowl.

While prolonging interviews could give Kiffin the most clarity in terms of who is available and who is not, especially at the NFL level, a resolution will have to come rather quickly, with Signing Day coming just 37 days after the Sun Bowl.

Plus, there is the risk of losing out on college-level options like New Mexico State head coach DeWayne Walker, who has been mentioned by new Cal head man Sonny Dykes in his defensive coordinator search, and might not be available come New Years. The Bears ultimately hired Andy Buh as their defensive coordinator, but if Kiffin is interested in Walker and the interest with Calwas mutual, you can bet that Kiffin will at least open up the idea of getting his feet wet before the bowl game. He has to be, at least in some capacity, as Walker is too obvious of a candidate for the position.

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Topics: DeWayne Walker, Football, Lane Kiffin, Mark Banker, USC Trojans

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  • RallyMonkeyUSA

    we want Randy Shannon…If we lose this bowl game, I think the boosters need to put serious pressure on Pat Haden to fire Kiffin. In that case, I would like to see Gary Patterson, or Chris Peterson. Those 2 guys can coach with inferior talent. Imagine what they’d be capable with top 5 recruiting classes…Watch out! Lane’s seat is burning hot.