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Monday Whispers: News On A Key Coaching Candidate

Monday Whispers: News On A Key Coaching Candidate

There is going to be a lot of speculation this week about coaches being contacted for the USC job.

So here is where things stand with one coach who is a prime candidate for the job: Jack Del Rio, who makes every list, has not been contacted yet.

Whatever you hear or read, Del Rio has not yet been contacted by Lynn Swann. He probably will be at some point but right now it is just speculation.

I’m not a fan of hiring someone with USC ties. But Del Rio will be in the mix. When Lane Kiffin was hired, Del Rio was actually sent a contract by USC but this was done with several candidates and he was not interested in leaving the NFL at the time.

There is media speculation USC would be interested in Penn State coach James Franklin. He was vetted by USC when Kiffin was fired in 2013 but Pat Haden never interviewed him.

Franklin would cost a lot of money so Swann would have to overcome any perceived financial restraints at USC to land him. Franklin’s outspoken nature might not fit with Swann either. He would be high maintenance and interfere with Swann’s golf time.

Before any coaches really get contacted, Swann needs to make the right decision on USC coach Clay Helton. Let’s see if he can pull it off without screwing it up.

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