Despite the success that the USC Trojans football team has enjoyed since they gave former head coach Lane Kiffin his walking papers and handed the reins over to current interim head coach Ed Orgeron, many still believe that the Trojans will still go on a nationwide coaching search following the season to land that hot name, as opposed to just sticking with Coach O.
What makes this potential happening most intriguing is that fact that USC can have virtually any coach that they want, given the resources they have to work with. A variety of names have already made their way to the mainstream media surface including Monday Night Football broadcaster–and former NFL head coach–Jon Gruden, current Boise State head coach Chris Petersen, current Washington head coach–and former USC assistant–Steve Sarkisian and–most notably–Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.
I’m sure that as time moves on, more names will be brought up to take over in Los Angeles.
Now, for some of the names that are being mentioned, you might as yourself why they would leave their current positions to take over the Trojans program.
According to a report by ESPN’s Travis Haney, the simple answer to that is the USC administration is prepared to pony up about $6 million to get whomever they set their sights on. The source that spoke to Haney went on to briefly explain:
“This hire means that much to them,” the source said. “There’s only one USC. I talk to a lot of people who have worked there and they say it’s the best place they’ve ever coached.”
And, yes, for those wondering, that is more than Nick Saban makes at Alabama at the moment. The hire does mean that much to them.