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As USC does everything in its power to keep Kliff Kingsbury, he could leave his post as offensive coordinator to interview with NFL teams.
Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Kingsbury could resign from USC after athletic director Lynn Swann blocked multiple NFL franchises from speaking with the 39-year-old.
Florio added Kingsbury’s contract with USC has a low buyout, which may cause him to pay the school to get out of his deal and interview for potential NFL head coach and offensive coordinator jobs.
ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reported Saturday that USC declined requests from the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets to speak with Kingsbury about their head coaching vacancies.
USC hired Kingsbury as its offensive coordinator Dec. 5. Texas Tech fired him Nov. 25 after three straight losing seasons, including a 5-7 record in 2018.
Despite a mediocre 35-40 mark at Texas Tech, Kingsbury has been one of the most discussed coaching candidates in the NFL.
Per Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, one reason Kingsbury is so attractive to NFL teams is because “everyone’s looking for one of these passing guys” who can follow in the footsteps of recent hires such as Matt Nagy (Chicago Bears), Sean McVay (Los Angeles Rams) and Kyle Shanahan (San Francisco 49ers).
Kingsbury, who is a former quarterback at Texas Tech, coached multiple high-profile college quarterbacks, including Patrick Mahomes, Johnny Manziel and Case Keenum.