The rumor mill has now begun to spin with regard to offensive coordinator opportunities at the pro level.
He has had coordinators and coaching assistants interview for jobs while the New England Patriots make a playoff push toward the Super Bowl.
"So if he goes, who takes over for McDaniels?"
The Kliff Kingsbury era at USC is off to a freakish start, and it could be over before the new offensive coordinator even coaches a game with the Trojans. "I'm told he might quit, pay a very low buyout and pursue National Football League opportunities", Florio said on NBC's Sunday Night Countdown. The New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals expressed interest in Kingsbury for their head coaching vacancies, but were turned away by Athletic Director Lynn Swann. He was hired as USC's offensive coordinator on December 5 and is tasked with managing an offense that will include a lot of young talent in 2019.
The 39-year-old Kingsbury was most recently the head coach of Texas Tech, but was sacked after leading the team to a 5-7 record in 2018.
If autonomy was a draw for taking the USC job, it may be a tough sell to suggest the Patriots would be a better landing spot.
At Texas Tech, Kingsbury coached Patrick Mahomes and briefly coached Baker Mayfield before the latter transferred to Oklahoma to end his college career. They played together when Kingsbury was drafted by the Patriots in 2003. He was a quarterback at Texas Tech and spent time as a QB with the Jets, New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints. Kliff has done a great job at Texas Tech, and I know he's at USC, but it doesn't surprise me that a lot of teams are interested.