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Impostors posed as USC reps, contacted head coach candidates Dungy, Del Rio

Jan. 31, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Tony Dungy of NBC sports appears in a press meet and greet at the Motorola Media Center at the JW Marriott. Mandatory credit: Michael Hickey-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier today, Tony Dungy appeared on the Dan Patrick radio show and revealed that he had been contacted by USC representatives inquiring about his interest in the Trojan’s head coaching position.

Dungy, currently an NFL analyst at NBC, answered that he was not.

Unfortunately his answer never made it to USC athletic director Pat Haden’s desk…because Haden never sanctioned the inquiry.

In fact, according to the USC athletics department, the questions were posed by impostors.

Apparently two fake calls, one to Dungy and the other to the Denver Broncos presumably to discuss Jack Del Rio’s availability, were perpetrated by two different individuals. Both have been identified by USC athletics.

“Tony’s discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us,” Haden was quoted on the USC Ripsit blog.  “So were the calls made to the Broncos.  I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.”

Haden had this to say about the way he plans to handle his coaching search going forward:

“As I said last week, we will not comment on every name that comes out. It would be a disservice to our players and coaches, who are devoting everything they have into the remainder of our season.  We have a head coach right now in Ed Orgeron.  We have not offered the job to anyone.”

It is not yet known if other potential candidates were contacted falsely.

Topics: Jack Del Rio, Pat Haden, Tony Dungy, USC Trojans

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