Eagles coach Chip Kelly faced questions on Thursday about people linking him to the vacancy created at USC by the school’s decision to fire head coach Lane Kiffin and Kelly responded that he was “not entertaining” talk about the job.
Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio has also been linked with the job at his alma mater, although reports out of Denver indicate that Del Rio would not leave the team during the season in order to take over at USC. Del Rio was also asked about the reports on Thursday and said that he only wanted to talk about the team’s game against the Cowboys this Sunday.
“I’m not in a position, nor do I have a desire to comment on speculation,” Del Rio said, via Mike Klis of the Denver Post. “I’ll leave it at that.”
If Del Rio is a leading candidate for the job and if he is going to fulfill his contractual commitment to the Broncos, USC may have to wait quite a while before they can name their next coach. The Broncos are a good bet to extend their season into January and would be busy into February if they advance to the Super Bowl, which would be a long time for the school to go without a coach.