The USC Trojans already have an offensive coordinator, but following the firing of head coach Lane Kiffin, they are apparently looking for another one.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, USC reached out to former California head coach Jeff Tedford and offered him a position as an "offensive consultant" and recruiter. The offer also came with a suggestion that Tedford would be considered in the search for Kiffin's replacement as head coach.
Tedford declined the proposal, saying that he is looking for a full-time head coaching position and that he would be interested in the opening as USC's head coach.
For the Trojans, it makes sense on the surface to enlist the assistance of another offensive coach. However, already five games into the season, the move would likely be too little too late to completely fix their offensive struggles.
Does Jeff Tedford as USC's offensive consultant make sense?
Rome wasn't built in a day, and Tedford wouldn't be able to rebuild the Trojan offense in a day, either.
USC has averaged just 21.2 points per game and ranks No. 88 in the nation in total offense. Theoretically, Tedford could help out the USC passing attack, which ranks 100th nationally despite the presence of college football's best receiver from 2012, Marqise Lee.
It is clear that first-year offensive coordinator Clay Helton is having a bit of trouble lifting the USC offense off the ground.
However, USC's struggles have mostly come because of its quarterback play, and adding another voice into the ear of first-year starter Cody Kessler could prove to do more harm than good.
Adding Tedford as a head coach-in-waiting would make sense. Giving him guaranteed time to rebuild USC's offense could prove to be a beneficial situation.
However, after Tedford declined, USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron told Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News that he would be open to hiring another coach.
Ed Orgeron said he called Jeff Tedford about joining staff but Tedford declined. Orgeron said he is open to hiring another coach #USC— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 4, 2013
With that comment, it seems like USC is looking for a quick fix this season rather than just cutting its losses and building for the future.
If that is the case, it makes sense for Tedford, a proven head coach, to decline a non-traditional role in Los Angeles.
Tedford coached USC's upstate rival Cal for more than a decade, leading the Bears to two 10-win seasons and five bowl wins in eight appearances before being fired after a 3-9 campaign in 2012. As Garafolo noted, the Bears had just 13 bowl appearances before Tedford's arrival in 2002.
He left Berkeley as the school's longest-tenured and winningest coach.
With those accolades, why would Tedford want to be a consultant to a first-year offensive coordinator?