Nothing is official yet, but according to Sport's Illustrated writer Peter King, the Jacksonville Jaguars' Head Coach Jack Del Rio is "...making calls to folks who possibly would join him at USC."
Now, comes the tricky part. Updated at just after 10 PM, USC insider Scott Wolf is reporting that USC has sent Del Rio a contract to become USC's new Head Coach.
If Del Rio resigns with the Jaguars, he gets no money, if he is fired, he gets the rest of the $15 million he is owed. Should make an interesting Tuesday and hopefully USC can move forward and get to work on the recruiting trail.
UPDATED in the past hour around 9 AM West Coast time, Del Rio has apparently informed USC he will NOT leave the 15 million he is owed in Jacksonville. Scott Wolf from the L.A. Daily News says this most likely means Del Rio will not be the next coach at USC, unless of course he is fired from the Jaguars.
With Del Rio possibly out, the two hottest names right now seem to be Tennessee's Lane Kiffin and former NFL coach Herm Edwards.
Obviously, this has a long way to go before it is final, but there is no doubt that Del Rio is a favorite. USC players, recruits, alumni, and fans are all waiting for a selection to be made and would like it as soon as possible. However, USC needs to not make a mistake here and select a guy who is either in over his head or will not do the Trojan family justice as a head coach.
Del Rio is a great coach and has a wonderful resume. If, indeed, Del Rio is hired, it will be interesting to see how his coaching relates to the current SC players because of the contrasting coaching styles that he and Carroll have. Del Rio is much stricter in his approach and more about business than having fun, as Carroll was. But as far as development goes and the kind of staff Del Rio can assemble, this could be a great fit for SC.
Del Rio's talent pool has never been great in Jacksonville, yet he has done a marvelous job. I personally would call Coach Sarkisian in Washington as well as a few other NFL guys like Gruden and Dungy before I make a hire. But Del Rio will be a big name the type of guy that recruits will gladly flock to!
Stay tuned...the more information that comes out, the more I will update this. What do you think, Trojans fans?