Posted October 08, 2013

USC: Fake representatives made overtures about football job

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USC said a fake representative made overtures to ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy. (Getty Images)

USC said a fake representative made overtures to ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy. (Ben Cohen/NBC/Getty Images)

USC says that there have been individuals posing as representatives who made overtures to two coaches regarding the Trojans vacant head coaching position.

In a statement released by the school, USC says that a person falsely identified himself as a high-ranking member of the USC athletic department attempted to make contact several times with the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff to discuss the position.  USC said that person has been identified.  There have been reports linking Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to the job.

Another person claiming to be from USC reached out to a contact of former NFL head coach and current NBC broadcaster Tony Dungy. Dungy said he had no interest in the job.

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That person also has been identified and USC is in the process of contacting that individual.

USC fired coach Lane Kiffin last week after the Trojans were routed 62-41 by Arizona State.  The team named former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron the interim head coach.

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“Tony’s discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us,” USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said.  “So were the calls made to the Broncos.  I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.

“As I said last week, we will not comment on every name that comes out. It would be a disservice to our players and coaches, who are devoting everything they have into the remainder of our season.  We have a head coach right now in Ed Orgeron.  We have not offered the job to anyone.”


12 comments
joeshine730
joeshine730

Tony Dungy looks like an alien who hasn't been fed in 3 years.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

Sounds like boosters.  Notice the key words "no authorized representative".  He never denies that it wasn't someone tied to USC. 

Cool
Cool

I know that AD's don't like any info being released, but in the case of Pat Haden... who believes anything he say's now?  

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Does anyone else think that Lane Kiffin could be behind this? It sounds like his kind of behavior.

joeshine730
joeshine730

USC has some nice options but the failled Jack Del Rio isn't one of them.  Nor is Jeff loser Fisher. Del Rio imploded the Jags. Hire a Franklin or a Sumlin and get it going.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

This is called "plausible deniability."

And if Dungy had shown interest, USC would have thanked their motivated boosters.

Sleaze.  Pure sleaze.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

Screwed that up.  Should of been never denies that it was someone tied to USC. 

WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

@joeshine730 wait until johnny arrogant all about me football is gone and so is Sumlin. he's the token uncle tom at A&M

Daniel19
Daniel19

@joeshine730 How exactly is Fisher a loser? The guy spent 17 years with the Oilers/Titans. and was 20 games over .500. Also had then in a position where had they gotten 1 more yard, the Super Bowl goes to OT. He took over an absolute crap Rams team last year and won 7 games. I'd say there's alot worse coaching choices USC could make...for instance....Del Rio....

joeshine730
joeshine730

@Daniel19 @joeshine730 Fisher is mediocre maybe and his meager record shows it. Fisher failed at marriage and father hood also big time. Weak family values and average coaching make Fisher a diluted washed up nothing.