On Fox’s NFL show this morning, Jay Glazer reported that Denver Broncos interim head coach Jack Del Rio interviewed for the vacant USC head coaching job during the team’s bye week.
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) November 17, 2013
There is an important detail to note in terms of timing, as Mike Klis of the Denver Post writes:
USC athletic director Pat Haden had called the Broncos to seek permission to interview Del Rio, even though college administrators are not obligated to. The Broncos were impressed by Haden’s courtesy and allowed Del Rio to interview at the convenient time of the bye week.
“Del Rio played his college ball at USC and was the 1985 Rose Bowl co-MVP. A day after Del Rio interviewed with his alma mater, Broncos head coach John Fox had an episode on his home golf course in Charlotte, N.C. and wound up needing heart valve replacement surgery.”
It seems safe to assume that the interview might not have taken place if Del Rio had been the interim head coach at the time. Even though it took a while for this story to emerge, it serves as a reminder that this story-line is not going anywhere for the Broncos. It appears that USC and Del Rio continue to have mutual interest in one another, and the resurgence of USC in recent weeks will only make the job more appealing.
For now Del Rio and the Denver Broncos will focus on their two showdowns with the Kansas City Chiefs. But beyond that, the future of the defensive coordinator will likely be fluid and in the news.