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Report: USC using search firm to find next football coach

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USC made the decision to fire Lane Kiffin before October, allowing for plenty of time to properly structure a game plan for hiring a replacement to lead the football program moving forward. Now, according to a report, the Trojans will hire a search firm to help form the search for a new head coach for 2014 and beyond.

According to a report by Jeremy Fowler of, USC is expected to rely on the services of Korn/Ferry International in their search. The same search firm has previously helped the New York Jets hire a general manager and the firm is also currently assisting the University of Texas in their search for a new athletics director.

Search firms are common in coaching searches around college football of course, so USC making use of one should come as no surprise.

It is interesting to make note of the firm’s current project with Texas because there has been plenty of speculation surround the Texas football program concerning the future of head coach Mack Brown. If Texas reaches a point were the school opts to cut ties with the football coach, would the same search firm be helping Texas find a new head coach at the same time they are on the lookout for a head coach at USC?

That may be a bit unlikely, but is worth thinking about. It is probably not all that common for a search firm to be assisting in the searches for similar vacancies at different locations, but considering USC and Texas could be the potential crown jewels of the off-season coaching carousel, it would be interesting to see it play out.

The odds are USC will have narrowed down their search or perhaps even have a new coach hired by the time Texas makes any sort of decision on Brown’s future. Right now though, Brown’s job may be secure with the Longhorns currently undefeated in Big 12 play and in position to win the Big 12’s automatic BCS bowl berth. If that happens, there would be little chance Texas removes Brown as head coach.

The win against Oklahoma may have been enough to save the job for now anyway.

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11 Responses to “Report: USC using search firm to find next football coach”
  1. thefiesty1 says: Oct 30, 2013 9:30 PM

    How did you turn a story about USC’s coaching search into a story about Mack Brown and Texas. Slick move! The new AD at Texas (whoever he/she is will decide if Brown stays or goes). Not some search firm for the AD.

  2. imaduffer says: Oct 30, 2013 9:33 PM

    All I can say is, I hope there is never a University of Wal Mart or we are all screwed when it comes to college football.

  3. scbaby2013 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:07 PM

    I just hope usc gets a coach who can bring in recruits and who can bring sc back to prominence once these crap sanctions are over with

  4. onbucky96 says: Oct 30, 2013 11:36 PM

    I bet Arkansas would let Brett and Jen out of the state cheap. Remember Jen, #KARMA!

  5. pdcooper08 says: Oct 31, 2013 1:02 AM

    I hope P. Haden is looking long and hard at Art Briles at Baylor. The guy knows how to coach an offense and is an awesome QB coach.

  6. whitdog23 says: Oct 31, 2013 8:17 AM

    assisting the University of Texas in ITS search (their is incorrect)

  7. longborer69 says: Oct 31, 2013 11:12 AM

    I’ll save them some money on their search firm. I’d like to recommend my grandma. She’s dead now, but she’d still probably be better than Kiffin.

  8. wild4sports says: Oct 31, 2013 8:34 PM

    You media like stirring controversy. Your article headline is about the University of SC, and You want to throw a match, to try an light a fire, over a coach, that has his team playing good football at another university. I’m not a Texas fan, but do believe Mack Brown has done a fine job, coaching, and keeping his Team focused. He has accomplished more in his years coaching Texas, than You will ever do, being a so called journalist. Maybe You should write for Glamour magazine, or some site where their readers love drama, as that’s what I see Your all about. Better yet, maybe You should be on a search team, as I,m sure You would be great at picking an AD, or Head Coach. NOT

  9. floriorules says: Oct 31, 2013 9:32 PM

    “bring sc back to prominence” Back to prominence? The only time USC has been relevant in the past 4 decades is when Chin Forever Pete was cheating.

  10. scbaby2013 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:36 PM

    @floriorules 11 nat titles most players drafted in 1st rd of nfl 7 heismans. USC will be relaxant again. Coach Carroll never cheated bush did. Stop hating. Fight on!!!

  11. scbaby2013 says: Nov 1, 2013 10:45 PM


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