Given Meyer’s history, it may be easy to roll your eyes at the idea that the three-time national champion would remove himself from consideration for any opening, especially for one at the longtime West Coast powerhouse and Football Bowl Subdivision blueblood. Nonetheless, it’s very hard to picture Meyer stepping away from Trevor Lawrence and his nascent rebuilt with the Jaguars.
Rumors will swirl instead around a bevy of notable college coaches, potentially triggering a rippling effect of moves in every one of the FBS leagues and serving as the dominant off-field storyline of the regular season.
Just days after firing Clay Helton, the biggest question in coaching doesn’t ask who is an option for USC but instead who isn’t — a very short list consisting only of those coaches with a recent national championship on their resumes.
With so many names pegged as candidates — and the high likelihood that even more pop onto the radar, at least some motivated by the opportunity to extend or rework existing contracts — the USC opening will be the thread that links together the biggest coaches and best teams in the chase for the College Football Playoff.
“I want to be exceptionally clear: our university and its leadership are committed to winning national championships and restoring USC to football glory,” Bohn said.
There is obvious attractiveness in the position, particularly given the school’s major investment in the program since Bohn’s arrival in 2019; USC has spent millions to entice stronger assistant coaches and upgrade its recruiting efforts. Added to the Trojans’ 30-mile talent base and national draw, this investment bolsters the argument for USC being considered one of the top five jobs in college coaching.
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For the Trojans, however, taking aim at many of the defining figures in the sport comes at a possible cost: How can USC land a coach with a team in championship contention when his season may extend deep into December and January with high stakes?