Former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer is considered to be USC's top choice to take over the football program, according to Stadium's Brett McMurphy.
USC's alleged interest in Meyer follows a report that the university is set to hire Cincinnati's Mike Bohn as its new athletic director.
McMurphy reports USC will do "whatever it takes" to hire Meyer.
"We think the guy that can do it is Urban," a source told McMurphy. "He did it at Utah, Florida and Ohio State, but the question is if he's really interested."
Meyer has previously said that he hasn't completely closed the door on possibly returning to coaching. When asked last week what he would do if the Dallas Cowboys offered him a job, he said he "absolutely" would accept the position.
Rumors have swirled since the summer over possible changes with USC's athletic director and head coach. Former Trojans AD Lynn Swann resigned in September, and coach Clay Helton has been on the hot seat all season after the team finished 5–7 last year. The Trojans entered Saturday with a 5–3 record while sitting in first place in the Pac-12 South.
Meyer's name has been connected with the potential coaching opening at USC all season. He has also been linked to taking over the helm at Tennessee next year. Meyer retired from coaching at the end of 2018 after seven seasons with Ohio State.