For the foreseeable future, the most happening place in Los Angeles is likely to be the airport.
USC fired football coach Lane Kiffin in the early-morning hours Sunday, pulling him off the team bus at USC’s private terminal to deliver the news. Ed Orgeron quickly was named interim coach, but it’s off to the races in speculation about who will get the gig long-term. Already there’s been one reported sighting, with University of Houston tennis coach Patrick Sullivan thinking he’d seen Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio at LAX.
Del Rio, who played football for the Trojans, may well be the front-runner for the job, but nothing is going to happen until the conclusion of the season — the NFL season. Del Rio, the Denver Post reports, won’t be allowed t break his Broncos contract before it expires in February.
“I know Jack is committed to the Denver Broncos,” Broncos Coach John Fox said.
The speculation won’t end with Del Rio, though. Among other possibilities, from NFL.com’s Gil Brandt: Washington’s Steve Sarkisian, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Chip Kelly, Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and Texas Tech’s Kliff Klingsbury. And don’t even mention Nick Saban. The Alabama coach already has been approached by Texas, which still has Mack Brown on the job. Of course, Saban says he’s closed the door on the NFL.