Jack Del Rio has nothing to say on USC speculation

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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.

21 responses to “Jack Del Rio has nothing to say on USC speculation

  1. The way he conducted himself in his final year with the Jags, I don’t know why anybody would this guy to represent their franchise.

    Maybe there was more to the story than we got at the time.

  2. Del Rio was a failure as a HC in the NFL but that doesn’t mean anything really. Saban was a huge failure at Miami and he’s seemed to do well. Petey Carroll was a failure at the Jets and he did well. His ability to recruit would be the primary determination of his success at USC. All else is just a shell game.

  3. I just don’t see USC waiting that long. The Broncos season will likely go well into 2014, leaving USC hanging without any good backup options if negotiations with Del Rio didn’t go well.

  4. “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.”

    See ya, Jack.

  5. If Del Rio is really the HC the Trojans want..they will let him finish out the season in Denver. They already have 2 losses so it’s not like they have a shot at a major bowl game anyways.

  6. Del Rio is a good coach and his guys play hard for him. Yes he comes off as arrogant and the smartest guy in the room (just ask him), and I would imagine most people in that position of power and celebrity would be capable of the same.
    But look at what happened to the Jags after he left and the state they are in now.
    He can spot and coach talent, but he is no more a magician than any other coach.
    I remember how much skepticism and ridicule he caught for bringing in Dirk Koetter as their OC. Dirk has done pretty well in the same role for the Falcons (2013 record notwithstanding).

  7. Before Kiffin was hired I never heard of any Jack Delrio coaching “speculations” before…This dude has never been a “hot” coaching candidate by any means. Hmmm, it kinda sounds like maybe Jack leaked out he’d be interested to me.

    Really doesn’t matter, Jack’s an overrated coach in the NFL and if the Trojans want to hire him based on this year alone, lol, when his defense gets spotted 44 points a game then be my guest;)

  8. You guys are amazing.

    If Vince Lombardi himself could come back to earth and coach the Jags, they might win 4 games.

    Would that make Vince Lombardi a “bad coach”?

  9. HA! I love how the top two candidates for the South Central job are Jack Del Rio (who ran the Jaguars into the ground) and Jeff Fisher (who’s currently running the Rams into the ground). FIGHT OFF!! lol

    The reality is, it doesn’t matter who South Central hires. If the new coach can’t flout the rules like Cheatey Petey, he’s not going to win like Cheatey Petey. It’s a UCLA town now, Trojan honks should just get used to it.

    USC, where “Tradition” = “Lack of Institutional Control”

  10. When the original poster spoke of the way JDR conducted himself, he was pointing out that Del Rio would arrive to work sometime after 9 am and leave before 5 pm.

    Have the Jags gotten worse since JDR was pushed out? Yes, but that’s because Gene Smith was possibly the worst talent evaluator ever paid to select players and free agents.

  11. When the original poster spoke of the way JDR conducted himself, he was pointing out that Del Rio would arrive to work sometime after 9 am

    And also his refusal to accept responsibility for things that went wrong on the field, telling reporters they’d have to ask the coordinator about that.

    That’s a weasel right there.

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