Kliff Kingsbury’s hiring as the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals was met with ire in USC football social media circles with blame to go around.
USC football has had a rough go of it over the last few months, but Tuesday’s news that offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury was set to take the head coaching job for the Arizona Cardinals without ever coaching a practice for the Trojans may have finally broken USC Twitter.
The Kingsbury saga dragged on for over a month, with rumors of NFL courtship swirling even before he took the job at USC. When he did put pen to paper for the Trojans, it seemed like a major victory for the program.
Instead, it was just set up for a fall.
Kingsbury’s decision to leave so soon, or more accurately, the Cardinals’ decision to offer their head coaching position to a man who had just been fired by Texas Tech with a losing record, has put USC in a bind. The Trojans must now find a way to replicate the enthusiasm of the Kingsbury hire by finding a new offensive coordinator with the skill to revive a flagging, but talented, offense.
It won’t be easy. Many of the top names on the board have already moved on to take new jobs during the busy December period. USC may have a fight on their hands to entice the best candidates away.
Before the search for a new OC can begin, here’s a look at the best of the social media reaction to Tuesday’s news, from media members trying to make sense of the hire to USC fans blasting their blame cannons.
A few current and former Trojan players also let their opinions be known about Kingsbury, USC and the NFL.
It will no doubt take a while for USC fans to cool off after this latest setback for the program.
In the meantime, focus will shift to the search for a new offensive coordinator. Will the Trojans be able to find someone to ease the soreness of losing their top choice?