Jack Del Rio 3/1
One of the first names thrown out when Kiffin go the ax, Del Rio was also heavily mentioned during USC’s last coaching search. Now the defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos, he is the odds on favorite to get the job. He played for USC in both baseball and football and earned All-American honors at linebacker for the Trojans. He was the defensive coordinator for the Caroline Panthers before being hired as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2001. He was fired from that post in 2011.
Why he’d work: He’d upgrade Kiffin’s visor to a suit. More importantly, he’d bring an emphasis on defense and legitimate NFL credentials.
Why he wouldn’t work: His only head coaching experience was his less-than-stellar stint with the Jaguars and he’s never had to recruit.
What he’s saying: “There isn’t anything to say. It’s all speculation at this point, I’ve got a job to do here, my focus is right there.’’