USC denies NFL access to coach candidate Kingsbury

USC denies NFL access to coach candidate Kingsbury

USC denies NFL access to coach candidate Kingsbury

The University of Southern California has reportedly denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview the Trojans' new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury for National Football League head coaching jobs, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Jets and Cardinals put in requests to interview Kingsbury last week after both teams fired their head coaches on Black Monday, but were denied by USC. Teams must request permission to interview college coaches under contract just as they would have to in the pros and they must respect their wishes or face possible revoked draft picks for "conduct detrimental" to the league.

Other candidates the Jets have interviewed include Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bienemy and former Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase.

Despite the block from USC, according to team sideline reporter Paul Calvisi, Kingsbury is a serious candidate.

Kingsbury has head-coaching experience, as he was the head coach of Texas Tech from 2013 through 2018, going 35-40 overall and posting a 1-2 record in bowl games.

But USC apparently isn't interested in allowing Kingsbury to interview for the job.

Another option for Kingsbury is paying the buyout himself, which would free him up to look for head-coaching or coordinator jobs in the NFL.

It's worth noting Kingsbury hasn't said anything publicly about field any offers and also has added "USC Trojans" to his Twitter profile.

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