Former Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury is definitely interested in the USC offensive coordinator position. But he hasn’t been on campus yet, met with USC officials, nor personally talked with USC people to the best of our knowledge. He has no previous relationship with any people inside USC athletics.
Kingsbury likes the L.A. area and usually spends time out here during the summer and after football season. He’s not in town at the request of USC, but there is a chance he might have a meeting with Trojan representatives as early as tomorrow because the wheels are definitely in motion to bring the parties together. A Kingsbury advisor is scheduled to arrive in town on Wednesday.
For now at least, Kingsbury is not looking to land himself in another head coaching position. He wants to learn more about coaching in general, how he can improve and other aspects of the game. This makes the USC position very attractive to him as he could make a huge statement about his capabilities as an OC at a big brand program in need of help.
Money is not expected to be an issue either in terms of Kingsbury’s demand or what USC is capable of offering.
He is not worried about Clay Helton’s shaky position among the USC fan base nor the fact that many perceive Helton as having one more year on the job, absent a complete turnaround in the program. Instead, he views the USC coordinator spot as a great opportunity.
Kingsbury would understandably be seeking an assistant head coach title, and it’s our understanding he would want complete autonomy in setting up his offensive scheme without interference.
He likes all of the USC QBs and will be looking for the best fit for his RPO system, which may or may not be JT Daniels. Whether Helton would be willing to relinquish his preference for Daniels could always be a stumbling block between the parties.
Helton has publicly addressed where Daniels needs to improve the most, and all involve areas an RPO QB needs to excel at: footwork in the pocket, throwing on the run and reading defenses post-snap. Helton has also indicated Daniels needs to improve his core strength.