As soon as USC Athletics announced on Sunday morning that head coach Lane Kiffin had been fired, the rumors and speculation regarding who would eventually replace him began in earnest. NFL establishments with USC connections Jack Del Rio or Jeff Fisher? Small school miracle workers like Pat Fitzgerald or James Franklin? Chris Peterson, the mid-major over achiever? Steve Sarkisian, the assistant that got away?
Pat Haden indicated on ESPN’ radio’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” that no hire would be made until after the season:
“You can’t forget your current team. I don’t want to be talking publicly about searches for the next three months while we have eight games to play and a senior class that deserves my support and respect and effort and energy.”
Of course, that won’t stop the rumor mill as one of the premiere positions in college football sits vacant. USC has the prestige, the location, the facilities and the money to bring in a top level coach. But the Trojans also have a depleted roster, another year of scholarship reductions and the curse of high expectations to scare away potential candidates. Adding more intrigue, since USC has three-fourths of the college football season left to evaluate potential hires, just about everyone is an option.
Bovada released their odds for the eventual hire on Monday. So here’s a look at how they stack up.