LOS ANGELES, CA (The Spread) – Following the firing of Lane Kiffin over the weekend, who will be the next head coach of the USC Trojans?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, current Boise State head coach Chris Petersen is a 4/1 favorite to replace Kiffin as the next head coach of the USC Trojans. Current Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin has the same odds at Petersen at 4/1, while current Denver Broncos assistant coach Jack Del Rio is 5/1. Del Rio was an All-Pro linebacker for the Trojans back in the mid-80s.
Continuing with the odds, Greg Roman is 6/1 to replace Kiffin at USC while Clancy Pendergast is 7/1. Kirby Smart, Jon Gruden and Steve Sarkisian are all 8/1, respectively, while Chad Morris is 9/1 and current Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin is 12/1. Former Chiefs and Jets coach Herm Edwards is 15/1, while USC’ interim coach Ed Orgeron has the longest odds at 20/1.
Del Rio opened as the favorite but a source stated that that he wouldn’t leave the Broncos during the 2013 season. “There isn’t anything to say. It’s all speculation at this point, I’ve got a job to do here, my focus is right here,” Del Rio said of the Broncos, who are currently undefeated at 4-0 and are a 4/1 Super Bowl favorite.
Jeff Fisher, meanwhile, has also shot down speculation that he would leave the St. Louis Rams in order to coach at his alma mater. Of course, Fisher’s stock has also gone down since the Rams were crushed by the Cowboys and 49ers in back-to-back weeks.