It looks like he's willing to take a couple zero's out of the program's budget, too. According to Travis Haney of ESPN, USC is prepared to pay its next head man close to $6 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid coach in the country—Nick Saban makes $5.6 million.
“This hire means that much to them,” an inside 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.”
While Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, Boise State's Chris Petersen and Vanderbilt's James Franklin are still among top candidates, Denver Broncos defensive coordinator—and current interim coach—could be the Trojans' guy.
Denver confirmed on Sunday that Del Rio was interviewed by USC during the Broncos' bye week. The former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach didn't shoot down the idea of changing levels of profession, either. In fact, he kind of hinted the opposite:
"Jack Del Rio said he was honored that USC reached out to him," tweeted Michael Lev. "Focus is on Broncos for now. But 'down the road, who knows where that goes.'"
For those who don't know, Del Rio was a two-sport athlete during his collegiate days—at Southern California. One of those sports happened to be football, and USC helped him become the 68th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, where he then spent 11 seasons as a linebacker for five teams.
It'd be a new experience for him, but coaching college football at USC would be his dream job—which isn't saying much, as it would probably be 99.9 percent of everybody's dream job.
This would be ideal for both parties, but there is a conflict. The Trojans' season will be over by late December, whereas Del Rio could be coaching Denver into late February. It would be interesting to see how that played out.
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