It seems like the coaching search at USC has just gotten a bit more bizarre.
According to ESPN, USC athletic director Pat Haden said that two people have called two different coaches about the Tojans’ coaching vacancy pretending to be representatives of the University of Southern California.
Apparently, USC knows the identity of the imposters and will take “appropriate action,” the school said on its website.
Haden said that someone pretending to be a USC official contacted a member of the Denver Broncos coaching staff. Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, who played linebacker at USC, was linked to the coaching job when Pete Carroll left and is now considered the number one prospect now that Lane Kiffin has been fired.
Another fake representative contacted former Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy. Dungy said on a radio show that he had been contacted by USC and had turned them down. He later tweeted an apology to Haden saying he had been mislead.
Can you imagine a prospective coach like Jack Del Rio essentially being catfished into a discussion for the USC job. I can’t believe that helps USC in its search, especially if the two coaches contacted were legitimate prospects, and seems like they may have been. And it certainly doesn’t help sports media, knowing that any coach allegedly contacted by USC could have actually been contacted by an imposter, since the two biggest names allegedly contacted were.
For now, the 3-2 Trojans will be coached by interim coach Ed Orgeron, who will coach for the rest of the season. It is not likely that he will be the head coach going into next year, but maybe an imposter will contact him as well.