USC said a fake representative made overtures to ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy. (Ben Cohen/NBC/Getty Images)
USC says that there have been individuals posing as representatives who made overtures to two coaches regarding the Trojans vacant head coaching position.
In a statement released by the school, USC says that a person falsely identified himself as a high-ranking member of the USC athletic department attempted to make contact several times with the Denver Broncos' coaching staff to discuss the position. USC said that person has been identified. There have been reports linking Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio to the job.
Another person claiming to be from USC reached out to a contact of former NFL head coach and current NBC broadcaster Tony Dungy. Dungy said he had no interest in the job.
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That person also has been identified and USC is in the process of contacting that individual.
USC fired coach Lane Kiffin last week after the Trojans were routed 62-41 by Arizona State. The team named former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron the interim head coach.
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"Tony's discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us," USC Athletic Director Pat Haden said. "So were the calls made to the Broncos. I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.
"As I said last week, we will not comment on every name that comes out. It would be a disservice to our players and coaches, who are devoting everything they have into the remainder of our season. We have a head coach right now in Ed Orgeron. We have not offered the job to anyone."