Report: USC interviews Lovie Smith

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Former Bears head coach Lovie Smith has been identified as a candidate to become the next head coach at the University of Southern California.

Smith has interviewed with USC for its head coaching position, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS. According to La Canfora, USC is also very interested in former Raiders and Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden, but that interest is apparently not reciprocated. University of Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, a former USC assistant, is also believed to be a candidate for the job.

Smith has no connections to USC and hasn’t coached in college since 1995, when he was the defensive backs coach at Ohio State. Still, he’s a well-known coach who has taken a team to the Super Bowl, so it’s easy to see why USC would be interested.

USC is currently being led by interim head coach Ed Orgeron, and the Trojans are 3-1 with Orgeron at the helm. Lane Kiffin was fired after starting the season 3-2.