To reiterate the title, these are longshot choices from the NFL that may have an outside chance at coaching the University of Southern California Trojans in 2014. There won't be any of the usual names that have currently surfaced from every news source on earth.
After Lane Kiffin was fired last weekend, there has been an inordinate amount of names thrown into the pile of potential head coaches for the men of Troy. Some of the names mentioned may be shocking, or they may sound too over the top to ever be considered.
I might remind you that Pete Carroll was not high on anyone’s list when former Athletic Director Mike Garrett took a shot at hiring him. And recall that Carroll took the job at USC having not been associated with the college ranks in two decades.
Whether it worked out or not, most of USC head coaching hires have come from the NFL. With the talent the Trojans enjoy year-in and year-out, it makes sense that professional football’s coaches would be the best fit in Los Angeles. Heck, with the fact that so many Trojans end up in the NFL, makes the idea of employing a coach from the professional ranks even more compelling. Plus, don't forget the heavy media influence in Los Angeles - pro coaches are used to the intense 24-hour news cycle.
When you check this list over, you’ll have to admit, it will give you pause and maybe make you rethink these otherwise longshot picks.
So who is the next Pete Carroll? They’re listed alphabetically.
Sources: University of Southern California, National Football League