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5 Potential Coaching Candidates For USC

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5 Potential Coaching Candidates For USC

Lane Kiffin
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The Lane Kiffin circus that has been ongoing at USC for the last four years finally came to an abrupt end this morning after the Trojans were destroyed on the road by Arizona State.

Kiffin, who is one of the most polarizing figures in college athletics and whose decision making is constantly in question, finally has been fired by athletic director Pat Haden. Kiffin’s hire was never backed by the USC fan base, and was doomed from the start.

Haden and the USC athletic department are now in a make-or-break situation for their football team, and they have absolutely no option but to hit an "out of the park" home run with their next hire in order to save the program.

Since Pete Carroll bolted for the NFL and the program was hit hard with NCAA sanctions, the image of USC football has been tarnished and they are now becoming somewhat of an afterthought.

The recruits are starting to take notice of how unorganized things are and if the image isn’t restored soon, the program could be in for a world of hurt. It’s even more concerning with the limited scholarships they have due to the current sanctions, so they need to hire a top coaching candidate.

The good news is that they are still USC and are one of the most storied programs in all of college athletics. USC always is and always will be a top coaching destination for anyone in the coaching ranks, so USC has that to their advantage.

Here is a small list of coaches who would be great hires for the Trojan football team. Left off this list are people who might be too much of a long shot, like Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M and Jeff Fisher of the St. Louis Rams.

Also, no list of potential coaching candidates would be complete without Jon Gruden. There is almost zero chance he would take the job, but it’s still fun to throw the name around.

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5. Greg Roman, Offensive Coordinator/San Francisco 49ers

Greg Roman
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Roman is currently the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers and has been with Jim Harbaugh since they were at Stanford. He runs a pro-system, but also has shown what he can do with players like Colin Kaepernick.

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4. Chris Petersen, Head Coach/Boise State

Chris Petersen
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Boise State head coach Chris Petersen’s name comes up almost every time there is a major coaching position open, and with good reason. He has made Boise State a national power despite their limitations. He has turned down job after job, but USC might be the one to pull him away.

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3. Bobby Petrino, Head Coach/Western Kentucky

Bobby Petrino
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Football wise, Petrino would be a great hire. He has won everywhere he has been and turned Arkansas into an SEC power in just three years. He runs the pro-style system USC fans would love and is a great coach. The downside is he has lots of baggage, which USC might want to stay away from after the Kiffin debacle.

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2. Jack Del Rio, Defensive Coordinator/Denver Broncos

Jack Del Rio
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Jack Del Rio is currently the defensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos and has had a long tenure in the NFL, including nine seasons as the head coach in Jacksonville. He is from California, played at USC and brings a great attitude to coaching. He has never coached in college, but this would be the perfect job for him.

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1. James Franklin, Head Coach/Vanderbilt

James Franklin
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James Franklin might be the safest pick for USC in terms of a solid coach. He has made Vanderbilt competitive, which is near impossible. He is a phenomenal recruiter and he is a winner. He is competitive and will bring the intensity to the Trojan sideline that Kiffin couldn’t.