Del Rio to Coach USC?

David NelsonCorrespondent IIIJanuary 11, 2010

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks on against the Tennessee Titans during their game at LP Field on November 1, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Before I start writing, just know that this is a possible scenario heard on ESPN. 

With Pete Carroll leaving USC to coach the Seattle Seahawks, speculation is everywhere concerning the opening left behind.

The name seemingly making the most sense at this point is Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio, who attended USC, is the hard-nosed head coach that USC may possibly be looking for. 

From rumors and analysts, it looks like USC is going to be looking for a coach with head coaching experience in the NFL or the NCAA at a big name program. 

Del Rio would give USC a credible, defensive-minded coach that could come in and continue where Carroll left off. 

The question in my mind is, where would this leave Jacksonville?  If Jack Del Rio left the Jaguars tomorrow, who would replace him?

Although it is incredibly early to even begin thinking of who may replace him (Del Rio might just say tonight that he has no interest in the USC head coaching job), it is hard as a Jaguars fan not to.

The top candidates that I would possibly want to see replace Del Rio in Jacksonville would be Bill Cowher (a long shot), offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, and Tony Dungy (an incredibly long shot). 

Realistically, the Jaguars don't have the market that both Cowher and Dungy would want, and Koetter would end up going with Del Rio to USC if he actually accepted the job. 

All just speculation, but what would the sports world be without it?

Del Rio is not said to be on the hot seat, but it is hard to imagine that Wayne Weaver is completely happy with the 7-5 possible playoff-birth season, that turned into the 7-9, back to under .500 season.

With the media catching grab of Del Rio's possible interest in the USC head coaching job, I'm sure we will hear within the next few days about the actually possibility of whether or not it may happen.