Has USC Football Lost Kingsbury?

Barrett Sallee (CBSSports.com)  —  The Kliff Kingsbury era at USC is off to a bizarre start, and it could be over before the new offensive coordinator even coaches a game with the Trojans. The former Texas Tech coach has begun interviewing for NFL head coaching positions, according to Fox’s Jay Glazer. USC initially blocked Kingsbury from taking such interviews, but that is apparently no longer the case. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports that Kingsbury remains in his position with the Trojans, which have now opened the door for him to take interviews.

The NFL recently started enforcing an old rule that requires organizations to request permission from college athletic directors.

“If permission is denied, the NFL club should respect that decision just as it would respect a similar decision from another NFL club,” the rule states, according to ESPN’s report. “NFL clubs that fail to follow these protocols may be subject to disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the League.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets have showed interest in Kingsbury.  

Kingsbury was fired on Nov. 26, 2018, after six seasons as the coach of his alma mater. He went 35-40 as the coach of the Red Raiders, finishing under .500 during his final three seasons, including a 5-7 record during his last campaign in Lubbock, Texas.

Even though his tenure at Texas Tech came to an abrupt end, his pedigree as an air raid quarterback and coach is desirable in the rapidly-evolving NFL. Young, successful quarterbacks like Pat Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs and Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams will take the field this weekend in the NFL playoffs, and their success has many general managers clamoring for coaches who can identify talent and replicate their success.

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Gotta love Dabo. Has his priorities in order.

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I am at the point where I just want KK to decide if he wants to stay or go. We need a staff set so we can start preparing the offense for next season.

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Alabama looked like USC on those last four goal line plays. Clemson is too physical tonite for Alabama. They’re punching them in the mouth.

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This is what happens when the championship game is held in Pac-12 country. Alabama looks like every team would look like against Clemson.

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What a totally shitty half time show.

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Agree. And I bet I am whole hell of lot older than you. lol

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70.

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I stand corrected Sir. 65 here.

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IMO it matters very little. Bringing in a coach that produced two years barely above 500 out of six is not impressive. Just a smokescreen by Swann to confuse the fan base and pretend like progress is being made. Until Helton leaves its all a dumpster fire.

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Watching Alabama and Clemson. Can you imagine for one moment USC playing these guys this year? The mercy rule would have to be applied starting the second quarter. We are screwed if KK leaves or stays. Hope he does leave now. Helton will be further exposed leading to a early exit mid 2019 season.

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At this point I hope he leaves. No point in having a one year rental if he stays. I thought he wanted to take over as head coach, so the plan would be getting his foot in the door by being OC. We need a talented coach who WANTS to be the USC head coach for years to come. We are not a stepping stone.

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KK is a goner , in my opinion. If he really felt this was the best fit, like he said, he wouldn’t be interested in interviewing. I think what happened was there was back-channeling interest through his agent, with the Cardinals for the head coaching gig, with at the least firm offers as an offensive coordinator with other teams. It wouldn’t have mattered if we gave approval or not. The Arizona job would keep him close to the west coast, and his girlfriend, giving him the climate he desires. As many mistakes as Swann and the administration have made lately,… Read more »

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Helton knows KK was hired for a reason, KK’s offense doesn’t suck, Helton’s does. If CH takes back over the offense, we can be assured of a new HC end of 2019. If not then there might be six people in the coli to see them play because nobody will care anymore.

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I still want to believe KK is going to stay. Latest is NE Patriots may want to talk to him about the possible opening for their OC job. The media is in a frenzy. Good thing the NCAA Championship is tonight to overshadow all the rumors flying from every irresponsible blogger in the country. The experience he gains from interviewing will help him down the road plus increase his leverage with USC.

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Packers hired the Titans OC, so McDaniels is expected to remain on the Patriots staff.

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Kingsburry is like a spoiled brat on a candy store. The next Kiffin not the next McVay. I hope he gets his next gig soon because we already have a 5&7 coach. I don’t see the need for two.
Helton and Kingsburry would not make a good combination. The minute Kingsburry doesn’t get his way he’s bolting for the door? This is not a good situation for anyone. Hire a real man please.

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Thing is all we hear is media hype at this point. Can’t be pissed off at KK if you haven’t heard the story from all the parties involved. We know very little and there is a lot more to come out.

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But two 5-7 coaches added up equal 10 wins.

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No doubt that we are a train wreck, but at least there is some new to follow. I would hate to stink and be boring. USC football is not boring. It’s like a jerry springer episode, you don’t feel great watching it, but you still watch it.

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Yeah, kinda like the Lakers. You feel a little dirty afterwards.

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Lynn Swann is flailing. More of the trouble with hiring an AD who has never been an AD before. First he says “no” to KK talking with the NFL, then he relents. Why piss off KK to the point of threatening to resign, and then relent? Are their ANY grounding principles going on in SC football at all? Sure doesn’t feel like it. Swann is supposed to be the grounding by making his best decision and then sticking to it. What, did KK burst into his office and say he just wanted to chat with some GMs and wouldn’t leave?… Read more »

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I do think we have lost Kingsbury. Honestly I wasn’t too sure how much we would improve with him on the staff considering all the other problems with the team. We lack toughness and overall leadership, we have made no changes to either of those. It would have been nice to see if Kliff could have added life to the offense, but I fear he is gone. And who could blame him? If Kliff is actually gone I would not expect to see any more quality recruits to sign on this year. Or next without a complete staff overhaul.

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https://twitter.com/Rapasheet/status/1082373962938634248
Ian Rapoprt reports “the now former” on his tweet, regarding Kingsbury.
KK seems to have the leverage, USC needed him more than he needed them.
We’ll see what happens.

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Forgive me for being negative, but Kingsbury (along with many of us) have just become aware of how f-ed up the university is right now. Internecine battles on the BOT, the interim president acting like Madame Napoleon with PMS, the guy I thought would be a great presence in the mix for the troubles that SC is going through (Rick Caruso) has been one of the primary factors in railroading a popular business school dean…. If SC football (which is at its lowest point in nearly 20 years) is the stable island compared to the rest of the mess going… Read more »

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There is no negativity on your part Doc. You just see things clearly, and it hurts and rubs against what you want to see and have seen for decades. As my O.D. brother-in-law would say, your vision is 20-20. I posted on this site soon after the Dec 5th debacle regarding keeping Helton, that Swann made a tactical bad decision, and not a sound strategic one. I also said something to the effect that the very best tactics will not overcome a flawed strategy. That chicken has come to roost sooner than I expected, but that chicken certainly has come… Read more »

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USC or better said Lynn Swann has more than likely screwed the pooch on KK. IT Just looks bad…
Not letting a man interview for a job with only 32 possible vacancies on the planet is petty and just is bad form.
They have hitched the football train to senor Helton.
The only thing left is to watch the program fall deeper into mediocrity and watch the program go over the Kliff. Bad pun intended.
Maybe it still works out with KK? Good Luck to him and His future. USC needs some grown up administrators at the controls.