The University of Southern California has a new head coach. And it’s a coach with no current NFL ties.
Other than, you know, at one point being the favorite to become the head coach of the Raiders.
Via Joe Schad of ESPN, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian has returned to USC, where he will take over the program where he spent seven seasons as an assistant. Sarkisian was interviewed by the late Al Davis. Sarkisian’s former colleague, Lane Kiffin, became the Raiders head coach. And Kiffin was the most recent head coach at USC.
The move means, obviously, that Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio won’t be leaving for USC. But Del Rio, who went 3-1 as the interim head coach of the Broncos, could be inching toward the radar screen for other NFL jobs, depending on how many jobs come open.
With Andy Reid thriving (notwithstanding that three-game losing streak) in Kansas City, former NFL head coaches who had sustained success, or something close to it, could generate new interest. Del Rio spent nine years in Jacksonville, arguably making chicken salad from the players that others were signing and drafting.
Regardless, Del Rio won’t be leaving the Broncos for USC. Whether he’ll be leaving Denver for an NFL team depends on plenty of factors — including how deep the Broncos play into January, or February.