Jack Del Rio, the Denver Broncos defensive coordinator and interim head coach, interviewed for the open USC head coaching position two weeks ago, Broncos officials confirmed today.
Via my colleague @arniestapleton in Denver, Broncos confirm Jack Del Rio interviewed with Pat Haden for USC job.
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 17, 2013
The interview took place on November 1st over the Broncos’ bye week and just one day before Denver head coach John Fox suffered complications with his heart and had to undergo aortic valve replacement surgery, according to Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.
Since then, Del Rio has led the Broncos to a 28-20 win over the San Diego Chargers as the interim. In the same period, USC’s own interim head coach Ed Orgeron, previously an outside shot to challenge for the position, has also notched three wins, including a blow out over Oregon State and last night’s 20-17 upset of #5 Stanford.
Del Rio was the Vegas favorite when Lane Kiffin was first fired, but his status in the race seemed to have waned with names such as Texas A&Ms Kevin Sumlin and Boise State’s Chris Peterson cropping up.
Del Rio has clear USC ties and an NFL resume to boost his chances. An All-American linebacker for the Trojans, he also lettered in baseball. He served as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for ten years.