Pat Haden, the USC athletic director said Monday that two people claiming to represent USC have contacted two coaches, including the former NFL coach Tony Dungy, in attempt to discuss the coaching job with them.
As fans of USC Trojans should know, Haden fired former coach Lane Kiffin at the Trojans' private airport terminal in Los Angeles last Sunday following the 62-41 loss in Tempe. Ed Orgeron, one of the most popular assistant coaches in the USC history (according to USC Trojans), was hired as the interim head coach for the USC Trojans. Yesterday, two "helpful" imposters contacted two popular coaches about the vacancy.
In the first case, someone claiming to be a high-ranking member of the USC athletic department offered the job to a member of the Denver Broncos' coaching staff. The second imposter contacted the Tony Dungy through his pastor. He stated during Monday's Dan Patrick Show that he had turned down the USC representative and talked about what the Trojans needed in a new coach.
"Tony's discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us," Haden said, according to ESPN.com. "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," Haden said, according to Daily Trojan. "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."