The Southern California Trojans have denied that anyone authorized by the school has had any contact with current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator and former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio or former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach and current NBC analyst Tony Dungy.
On The Dan Patrick Show Monday, Dungy told Patrick that he was contacted by the Trojans about replacing the recently fired Lane Kiffin.
“Representatives of the organization have called — your people called my people, just to see if you’re interested,” Dungy told Patrick via Pro Football Talk. Dungy followed up by saying he wasn’t interested in the job.
The Trojans, who have also reportedly put out feelers to Del Rio, denied that anyone associated with the school was authorized to contact either coach and that at least one man falsely identified himself as a USC representative and attempted to contact the Broncos to discuss Del Rio.
“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,” Haden added.