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Lovie Smith says he didn’t interview with USC and isn’t interested

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The report that Lovie Smith interviewed for the USC head coaching job is being denied by Lovie Smith.

Smith told Jay Glazer of FOX Sports that he was taken aback by the report that he interviewed for the USC job. Smith told Glazer that he absolutely did not interview with USC and has zero interest in the job.

That directly contradicts a report from Jason La Canfora of CBS, who reported that Smith interviewed for the position.

The USC job is considered one of the top positions in college football, and USC is believed to want a big-name coach to take over next year. The school fired Lane Kiffin after the Trojans got off to a 3-2 start, and Ed Orgeron is currently the Trojans’ interim head coach.

Other NFL names including Tony Dungy and Jack Del Rio were previously linked to the USC job, but USC said after those reports surfaced that no one authorized by USC had reached out to either coach.

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14 Responses to “Lovie Smith says he didn’t interview with USC and isn’t interested”
  1. marcuswelby1 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:02 PM

    Which means he probably did, and is interested.

  2. esplife03 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:06 PM

    Lovie is an NFL coach who made it to the superbowl and consistently fielded some of the best defenses year in and year out. His only vice was hiring an OC competent enough. All signs point to him going to Tampa Bay but I’d put my money on Dallas next season

  3. realfootballfan says: Nov 3, 2013 1:09 PM

    That sounds more like it. Lovie doesn’t have to reduce himself to a college job. He’s a professional head coach, and if he gets a good personnel man along with a QB in his next stop, he’ll be even more successful than he’s already been, which is pretty good to begin with.

  4. lennydpocketqb says: Nov 3, 2013 1:16 PM

    Crazy world we live in where Tampa is a better landing spot than Dallas. No one wants to grow old with Jerry Jones.

  5. mantastic54 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he was named head coach this week. Like when he said Marinelli wouldn’t be the new DC after the 2009 season, only to name him DC a few weeks later

  6. serkeljerks says: Nov 3, 2013 1:28 PM

    Had he been interviewed I’m sure the interviewer would’ve fallen asleep midway through the interview.

  7. nflguru12 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:29 PM

    Nobody ever interviews anywhere except Jon Gruden.

  8. abninf says: Nov 3, 2013 1:32 PM

    Chip Kelly will be good to go next season I think.

  9. esplife03 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:39 PM

    Smith is from Texas, Hot Rod is the DC there, and I believe his son is a defensive assistant there. Why wouldn’t Jerry Jones want him? The guy fielded teams with less talent than Dallas currently has with pretty decent records.

  10. serkeljerks says: Nov 3, 2013 1:48 PM

    esplife03 says:
    Nov 3, 2013 1:39 PM
    . Why wouldn’t Jerry Jones want him? The guy fielded teams with less talent than Dallas currently has with pretty decent records.

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    Because Lovie knows the Big-D gig is a lose-lose as long as JJ is there.

  11. mantastic54 says: Nov 3, 2013 1:55 PM

    Smith is from Texas, Hot Rod is the DC there, and I believe his son is a defensive assistant there. Why wouldn’t Jerry Jones want him? The guy fielded teams with less talent than Dallas currently has with pretty decent records.

    If Garrett is fired it will be because of their defense, it wouldn’t make sense to bring in a coach who would be running the exact same defense. With that being said, I could see jerry hiring him

  12. esplife03 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    While Jerry Jones does tend to overstep his boundaries (an oil man playing football man) I will give him credit, he isn’t afraid to spend big and take risks to give the fans what they want. However, as Buddy Ryan once said “If you listen to the fans you’ll be sitting up there with them.” Regardless, Dallas has the talent and they need to finally hire a coach worth something before that talent retires.

  13. jimmysee says: Nov 3, 2013 2:29 PM

    USC actually interviewed Ludie Smith.

  14. macker1283 says: Nov 3, 2013 2:31 PM

    Really? Not at all interested. One of the best coaching jobs in college football? Lovie, take what you can get? You arent exactly Vince Lombardi. He reminds me of the guys in your fantasy league who always overrate their own players in trade negotiations.

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