The two hottest jobs in college football are available…well, sort of. USC fired head coach Lane Kiffin and the Trojans are searching for someone to replace him. And while Texas head coach Mack Brown is still employed, everyone has seen the writing on the wall.
Former Ole Miss coach and USC defensive line coach, Ed Orgeron is filling in as USC’s interim head coach. He has a great reputation for recruiting well, but can he succeed at improving the Trojans’ losing season? Kiffin didn’t exactly leave a bed of roses for his replacement to lie in.
Predictions for a permanent replacement include about 11 different names such as Bobby Petrino at Western Kentucky, Jack Del Rio of the Denver Broncos, and Greg Roman of the San Francisco 49ers. But, I think Del Rio is the right man for the job. He’s a former All-American linebacker at USC and has nine seasons of coaching under his belt. Del Rio wants this job and has a personality that will make Trojans fans forget about the mess left by Kiffin.
As far as Texas goes, Brown needs to go. Once he’s fired, the Longhorns will need a solid replacement to bring this historical program back to life. One name that is circulating in Texas is Boise State head coach Chris Petersen. He is looking for a fresh start with a marquee program after being overlooked in the national title discussion for so long after two BCS bowl wins. Who can blame him for wanting to leave a program that didn’t accept an invitation to join a BCS conference?
There is a lot of money on the table for both positions and a lot on the line to get these teams back to where they used to be. But can just anyone handle the pressure of taking over the reins at USC or Texas? We’re about to find out.
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