At least one national media agency has said that Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio is the favorite to land the suddenly vacant USC job. And maybe he is.
The furor and fire around the Del Rio rumors started with a single tweet late Sunday night. By the University of Houston tennis coach, no less.
Just spotted Jack Del Rio in LAX #USC
That sent everyone in the media to their smartphones, ready to suggest that Del Rio was the instant favorite to replace Lane Kiffin as the Trojans' head coach.
Naturally, Denver media asked Broncos head coach John Fox about it Monday, and Fox provided about as (unintentionally) funny a response as one could have hoped for from him:
John Fox on report last night Jack Del Rio was spotted at LAX: "He was not in LAX. He was actually at Del Frisco's when that came out.'' — Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) September 30, 2013
Judging by the menu options, Del Rio made a pretty wise choice. (We might have opted for the ahi tartare, followed by the veal porterhouse. But that's just us.)
Could he — or the St. Louis Rams' Jeff Fisher, or San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, for instance — end up being a prime candidate? Sure, of course. Del Rio (whose contract is up after this year) is a USC alum, and it would fit the Trojans' M.O. of targeting a former NFL head coach candidate for its vacancy, as the school first did with Pete Carroll, followed by Kiffin.
Del Rio also has done a fine job guiding the Broncos' defense to early-season success without the services of Von Miller or Champ Bailey, although having a supersonic offense led by Peyton Manning certainly doesn't hurt. But reports also since have come out saying that Del Rio plans to remain in Denver through the NFL season.
"I know Jack is committed to the Denver Broncos," Fox said.
For now, Del Rio is in Denver, eating well and enjoying the spoils of the 4-0 Broncos. Where the grass appears a bit greener at this very moment, we might add.
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