Report: Eric Bieniemy could emerge as candidate for USC

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Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy long has coveted a head coaching job. He hasn’t gotten one in the NFL, but could he get one in college football?

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Bieniemy has “told confidantes in the past that USC is one of the only college jobs that might interest him.” Schefter adds that league sources expect Bieniemy to emerge as a candidate for the job.

USC fired Clay Helton on Monday, and USC athletic director Mike Bohn said the school will conduct a national search over the next several months.

Bieniemy, 52, has drawn interest from multiple NFL teams the past three offseasons but remains wanting. He is in his fourth season in his current job.

12 responses to “Report: Eric Bieniemy could emerge as candidate for USC

  1. Back in the day when Bill Walsh got “passed over” for the Bengals job, he got hired at Stanford and then to the 49ers. Bieniemy might want to go this route to USC, fix it, and they will be lined up to hire him.

  2. Not sure this is the job you hold out for. This program is in the dumps and in college you have to recruit. If you can’t recruit you won’t be able to fix anything no matter how good your Xs and Ox are.

  3. Wonder if Nebraska was coming open if word would “get out” that it was another job he’s secretly coveted. Or KU, or any other school with an opening…. Meanwhile, it’s not even the middle of September…

  4. So USC fired their coach – who had won a Rose Bowl and won twice as many games as he’d lost over 6 years – 2 games into the season after one bad game.

    Is that really a job anyone wants to set aside their pro career track for? Unless the goal is a big contract buyout like Helton got, it looks pretty iffy.

    Bieniemy should ask himself – who is lining up to hire Helton? That could be me in a few years.

  5. Is he going to have the college talent equivalent of Mahomes, Kelce and Hill on his roster? Coaches and assistants look real good when they are managing generational talents. I hope he does well wherever he does end up, but the odds are against him duplicating the KC success.

  6. BuckyBadger says:
    September 14, 2021 at 8:26 pm
    Not sure this is the job you hold out for. This program is in the dumps and in college you have to recruit. If you can’t recruit you won’t be able to fix anything no matter how good your Xs and Ox are.
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    My only counter to this is that big name coaches dont have to be that great at recruiting. Nick Saban has advantages over just about every coach in college football, because he is Nick Saban. My point is, if you are a player that wants to make it to the NFL, you are going to go where you think best gives you that chance. Bieniemy coming from KC is going to be able to sell that. “I will make you the next Mahomes”. “I will make you the next Tyreek”. Etc. If he is successful in 3-4 years it just keeps feeding itself.

  7. ibewoke says:
    September 14, 2021 at 9:41 pm
    Why would USC hire this dude when he’s never even been a high school Head Coach??
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    He’s the OC on a championship NFL team with the best player and coach currently in the game. Thinking that counts for a bit more than being a Friday Night Lights coach.

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