Update: I have been updating the USC coaching news as often as I can and here is the latest.
Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio will not be taking the job at USC because as reports indicate, he does not want to leave $15 million on the table, which would happen if he quit. This makes three coaches now that USC has apparently contacted that have passed on the opportunity.
Obviously the possible sanctions are contributing to this but it is more about timing in my eyes. Fisher is not in a good place in his contract to leave Tennessee and Del Rio's contract in Jacksonville was obviously a problem as well.
If this opening had happened a month or even three weeks ago, I think USC would have had a bigger pool to choose from. However, as of Tuesday mid-morning the Trojans are reportedly talking with former NFL coach Steve Mariucci.
Mariucci does have college experience and ties to USC. He coached the USC wide receivers a few seasons ago and is a great personality for Los Angeles. In a way, he is very similar to Pete Carroll.
ESPN has reported that Mariucci does have interest in the USC job and would possibly leave his NFL Network job as an analyst.
As of 12 PM West Coast time, Ted Miller of ESPN says that Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh may have been in contact with USC and it may be no coincidence that he hasn't updated his Twitter account in a long time. Personally, Harbaugh may be one of the few coaches that could keep USC's momentum going positive and forward fast. He is a solid recruiter and all you need to do is look at how well he did at the "Harvard of the West," Stanford.
Some people, as am I, are worried that USC is trying to hurry this up in order to save what was once a great recruiting class.
I remind USC staff and supporters though, Carroll started 6-6 with much less talent than we have left on our team now. We don't need a huge recruiting class this year. It is better to sacrifice a season of losing and a few recruits in order to make sure you hire the right guy than to throw together a staff as fast as possible and possibly turn off recruits for several years.
USC is a great program and one of the top academic institutions in the country, so let's get people around the university who really care about it and the kids.
Personally, I think Steve Mariucci is a Pete Carroll type guy...people scratched their heads nearly a decade ago when Carroll was hired, and we all know how that turned out.
Mariucci has a lot of charm and would be a good recruiter. However, the staff he can put together is more of the question that I have.
As this story gets more legs or we have yet another new candidate, I will update this. Stay tuned, it could be a long week. What do you think USC supporters?
UPDATE: According to Scott Wolf and Ted Miller, USC has indeed contacted Boise State's Head Coach Chris Peterson. This would be an incredible get for the Trojans. It may be tough to get him but if he does come to L.A., USC may not be down very long. If any more details come out I will put them below.