Report: new USC OC Kliff Kingsbury expected to interview for two NFL head coach openings


Despite having landed a job after his firing at Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury continues to find his name as a part of the coaching carousel rumor mill.

In early December, USC made official the hiring of Kingsbury as the Trojans’ new offensive coordinator.  Since then, Kingsbury has reportedly interviewed for the vacant Houston head-coaching job that will ultimately go to West Virginia’s Dana Holgorsen.  It had previously been speculated that Kingsbury could also be a head-coaching target for NFL teams; with Black Monday in the books and eight openings at that level, the interest in Kingsbury is reportedly heating up.

From Yahoo SportsCharles Robinson:

Team sources familiar with the head coaching searches of the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets told Yahoo Sports both franchises are expected to conduct formal interviews with Kingsbury for their openings.

The number of teams in play for Kingsbury could potentially increase as Robinson writes that “two other teams with vacancies told Yahoo Sports the former Texas Tech coach is on their candidate lists but not currently targeted for an interview.”

The 39-year-old Kingsbury was the Red Raiders’ head coach for seven years from 2012 through this season.  Prior to that, he was the coordinator at a pair of different FBS programs for a total of three seasons — Texas A&M (2012) and Houston (2010-11).

Kingsbury is viewed as one of the brightest offensive minds at any level of the sport, although that didn’t translate to much on-field success in Lubbock as he went 35-40 overall and 19-35 in Big 12 play.