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Del Rio the betting favorite to replace Kiffin

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If one gambling website is accurate, USC’s next head coach will be one that would come to Troy with no coaching experience whatsoever at the collegiate level. has set former USC linebacker and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as a 3/1 favorite to replace Lane Kiffin as the Trojans head coach.  While we still find it highly doubtful that Del Rio is the choice, there’s a buzz nationally — especially among those on the NFL beat — that Del Rio is at or near the top of athletic director Pat Haden‘s coaching to-do list.

A pair of current FBS head coaches, Boise State’s Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt’s James Franklin, are next at 5/1.  At least as far as Petersen is concerned and given his past propensity for eschewing big-time jobs to stay in Boise, those odds seem too high, although there’s a growing buzz that he might be as open as he’s ever been to taking a step “up” the coaching ladder.

Former Stanford assistant and current San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who some view as the realistic favorite if a current head coach cannot be wooed, is at 6/1.

Ed Orgeron, who was named interim head coach by Haden yesterday, has 20/1 odds to have the interim tag stripped and remain on as Kiffin’s permanent successor.  Orgeron, though, is not even the favorite on the current staff to land the job; that honor falls to defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, whose odds are surprisingly high at 7/1 and ahead of the likes of Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian (both at 8/1), Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris (9/1) and Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin (12/1).

And, before you ask, yes, Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards are listed.  The former is at 8/1 and the latter at 15/1.

One name mentioned even before Kiffin’s firing who’s not included in Bovada‘s odds?  Former Trojan and current St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher.


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30 Responses to “Del Rio the betting favorite to replace Kiffin”
  1. soundsofsuccess7 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:02 PM

    Pat Narduzzi

  2. Deb says: Sep 30, 2013 1:08 PM

    Del Rio would be a mistake. But I don’t put much stock in the oddsmakers.

  3. vanmorrissey says: Sep 30, 2013 1:12 PM

    Del Rio = FAIL. No way. I’d bet Gruden before anyone else mentioned above, not saying he’d take it since he’s got a cushy job, but none of the others are real ‘names’ that LA would like that I think would leave their current gigs for.

  4. whitdog23 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:15 PM

    it will be NONE of the names listed

  5. pacific123ocean says: Sep 30, 2013 1:19 PM

    If you actually bet money on this, you are an idiot!

  6. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 1:26 PM

    Hiring an NFL coach with no college coaching experience us risky. They have never recruited, and there are so many tikytac NCAA rules. Look at Kiffen’s gaffs when he took the UT job. I think USC takes a run at Sumlin first. After him, Franklin, Morris, or Smart. College football has changed, these big programs can’t just pick and choose who they want. It’s a hard process now.

  7. mogogo1 says: Sep 30, 2013 1:46 PM

    One thing that may hurt Del Rio’s chances is the fact the Broncos will likely be playing deep into 2014. That’s a long time for USC to wait, especially now that Kiffin is already gone. And if anything went wrong with negotiations, they’d be out in the cold where the best candidates are concerned.

  8. scbaby2013 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:09 PM

    Whomever it is I pray they can weather the one yr left of scholarship loss and then build usc back up

  9. halbert53 says: Sep 30, 2013 2:28 PM

    If Haden doesn’t interview Mike Gundy, he’s a fool. The only thing keeping Gundy at OK St. is that’s his alma mater. Both OU and OSU recruit heavily in Texas. With the rise of A&M, Baylor, TCU and good programs at Houston and Tech, recruiting there is getting tougher. Sooner or later, UT is going to get its act together with a new coach, but it’s unlikely Gundy would want to go there and face his alma mater.

    USC, on the other hand, would be a great fit for Gundy. He has been HC at OSU nearly a decade with a big time program in a big time conference, his track record is far better than some of the betting favorites. Gundy is offensive minded, relatively young and is not prone to job hopping.

  10. gatorguru says: Sep 30, 2013 2:34 PM

    Arrogant and never accepted accountability in Jacksonville.He was constantly firing assistants,making him a poor administrator as well as a lousy coach.Fight on!

  11. Rabid PIcks says: Sep 30, 2013 2:44 PM

    Reblogged this on Rabid's Picks and commented:
    This is an interesting write up from our friends at College Football Talk. Who do you think will be the next coach at USC?

  12. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 30, 2013 2:45 PM

    The guy I would want if I lost my head coach is Art Briles.

    He recruited Kevin Kolb, Case Keenum, and RG3. He got Seastrunk away from Oregon.

    He’s built powerhouse offenses at UH and Baylor. He’s a guy whose offenses can compete all day with Oregon’s.

    He may do what many thought would NEVER be possible and win the Big 12 this year for Baylor.

    Problem is, he’s from Texas and I really get the feeling he doesn’t want to leave Texas. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s the next Longhorns coach or, should Sumlin jet to the NFL, the next Aggies coach.

  13. classyjacklambert says: Sep 30, 2013 2:54 PM

    Why would anyone not want to leave Texas?

  14. Rabid PIcks says: Sep 30, 2013 2:55 PM

    Great write up. USC should take a long look at Art Briles.
    reblogged on

  15. sfsugator says: Sep 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    Coach Peterson are you ready to leave Boise???

  16. dmarado says: Sep 30, 2013 3:40 PM


  17. 11inthebox says: Sep 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    Del Rio would do fine. Like any college coach, he just needs two really good coordinators, and a great team of recruiters.

  18. princeopus says: Sep 30, 2013 4:13 PM

    art briles baylor

  19. normtide says: Sep 30, 2013 4:22 PM

    Art Briles and Mike Gundy are guys you have to talk to. However, I doubt either would go out west. Even for a great USC job. If Briles isn’t hired at Texas, I’ll see that as a fail. I really don’t see Gundy leaving OSU. Just like Shaw and Stanford.

    To my A&M friends, lock down Sumlin now. He will be the hottest name come the off season. You owe your success to him, more then Johnny. If I’m USC, he is the first coach I call.

  20. skwackquackwoof says: Sep 30, 2013 5:11 PM

    80 Texans should write a comedy blog. That is funny stuff.

  21. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2013 6:36 PM

    I think JT should apply. He has college experience AND the attitude to get it done!

    For completely obvious reasons

    JT – HC – lord his white Ohio legs need some sun
    Deb – Defensive Coordinator – ; ) nuf said
    GatorProf – Offensive Coordinator – regularly
    SoutherPatriots – Special Teams – cuz there’s so DANG many of ’em!!!

  22. bajagopher says: Sep 30, 2013 6:55 PM

    Orgeron is destined to become the coach at Oregon, it has to happen at some point.

  23. alligatorsnapper says: Sep 30, 2013 7:16 PM

    Del Rio was my thought as soon as I heard the job was open, but now that a gambling site agrees I may change my choice…ha.

    polegojim: Once at a LSU game, I was introduced to the family members which came…with the nephews and nieces and grandchildren they numbered 11! I told them the had a team…ha. And a few more stayed a home for the reinforcements…ha. D0c will get a kick out of your post, especially after LSU lost to UGA by the fumble of their special team (punt receiver).

  24. polegojim says: Sep 30, 2013 8:03 PM

    alligatorsnapper… ; ) yes, hope so.

  25. txstatebobcats1868 says: Oct 1, 2013 3:09 AM

    @ classyjacklambert
    Texas > wherever the hell you’re from

    It might have something to do with the state gaining a 1,000 new residents a day(we’re doing something right), or the fact of having the best economy in the Union right now. Still plenty of open land so you dont have to live on top of people.

    12 division I football playing schools. 7 of those being in a BCS conference. More than any other state

    Texas Tailgating(every school goes hard, even the smaller, newer ones)
    Cheap Labor

  26. txstatebobcats1868 says: Oct 1, 2013 3:13 AM

    OOPS, pushed enter too early, left out two important ones

    Tubing the Texas Rivers
    them beautiful Texas Women

  27. huck222 says: Oct 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    Hue Jackson is the best fit for USC, because he knows all of Cali’s hot spots for recruiting…. North, South and Central! He has a great offense and knows how to have people buy into his system. UCLA and Jim Mora couldn’t out recruit USC and Hue Jackson, because the Burins are about to come on strong on the national stage and SC needs a high energy guy like Coach Jackson! I’m hoping Pat Hadden is thinking about all his option.

  28. classyjacklambert says: Oct 1, 2013 9:45 AM

    So what I’m getting from txstatebobcats1868 is that he’s never left Texas and he’s very pro-immigration.

  29. waynefontes says: Oct 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    If anything, Art Briles is going to be the next coach at Texas, not USC.

    I don’t think Del Rio would be a bad hire, but I don’t think that’s where they’re going to go.

    They should seriously consider James Franklin.

  30. tigersfandan says: Oct 1, 2013 6:41 PM

    Serious question: What about Bronco Mendenhall?

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