Former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is one of the names that has been linked to the USC head coaching vacancy. Del Rio was spotted in Los Angeles shortly after Lane Kiffin was fired, leading to speculation that he was meeting with USC about the job. A report from FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer on Sunday lent credence to that theory.
According to Glazer, USC athletic director Pat Haden flew to Denver two weeks ago — during the Broncos’ bye week — to interview Del Rio for the USC coaching job. Glazer also noted that the meeting took place the day before John Fox was taken to the hospital with a heart issue.
We don’t know how the interview went, but Del Rio appears to be a leading candidate at this point. His name was mentioned several years ago when Pete Carroll left for the NFL. Del Rio was an All-American linebacker at USC and also played baseball for the school. His contract with the Broncos expires after this season. Del Rio is currently serving as Denver’s interim head coach while Fox recovers.
St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has also been listed as a potential candidate for the USC job, though he seems uninterested. Del Rio has downplayed speculation that he could coach at USC next season, though all signs point to mutual interest between him and the school.