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Del Rio Says USC Offer a ‘Figment of Other People’s Imaginations’


Now that USC is without a coach, there’s been a lot of rumors about possible NFL coaches that may have an interest or be the target of the college program. There was talk early on about Titans coach Jeff Fisher, but that has cooled, and over the last 24 hours, another NFL name has popped up.

That name is Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio, who reportedly got an offer from the school last night. Del Rio, whose Jags ended the season with a four-game losing streak and missed the playoffs going 7-9, would still be owed $15 mil if he was let go by owner Wayne Weaver.

Del Rio said that the report is “a figment of other people’s imaginations.” The Los Angeles Daily News reports Del Rio, who starred at USC as a linebacker, hasn’t accepted the job yet because of his contract with the Jaguars.

“That’s all speculation and hype,” Del Rio told WJXT-TV as he arrived for work Tuesday morning. “I’m getting ready to go in, we’re working on our offseason plan right now. Met with my coaching staff yesterday, (general manager) Gene Smith yesterday, gonna meet with Mr. Weaver later. Got our player evaluations taking place tomorrow. It’s business as usual in terms of going through our offseason, making plans for building this team stronger going forward.”

Weaver declined to speculate on Del Rio’s future.

“Look, you know I’m not going to get into those things,” he said. “Jack Del Rio is our coach right now.”


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