Though the folks at Southern Cal hired a former Raiders coach to succeed Pete Carroll, another former Raiders coach was even higher on their list.
We received a tip earlier in the week that Jon Gruden was contacted by the Trojans to gauge his interest in the USC job. We didn’t follow up on it before the news broke that Lane Kiffin had the job.
We’re now told that, indeed, the Trojans contacted Gruden, who again reiterated that he won’t be coaching in 2010.
So look for Gruden to be back on Monday Night Football in 2010, saying great things about all the worst teams in the league.