In their ongoing effort to replace Lane Kiffin, USC has reportedly contacted former NFL head coach Tony Dungy to see if he was interested in a return to coaching.
Tony Dungy said on Dan Patrick that USC's people called his people but he has no interest.— Dan Kadar (@MockingTheDraft) October 7, 2013
Perhaps most interesting is the way the Trojans got in touch with Dungy.
USC asked Tony Dungy if he had interest in the head coaching job. USC called Dungy's Pastor to reach him...true story.— Paul Pabst (@PaulPabst) October 7, 2013
Dungy wasn't even included in the Vegas odds on who could take over -- a list that included Herm Edwards.
Born in Michigan, Dungy has no obvious ties to the USC program. He went to the University of Minnesota and played briefly for the Steelers and 49ers before moving on to become a positions coach and coordinator with the Steelers, Chiefs and Vikings.
Dungy's first head coaching stint came with the Buccaneers in 1996, and turned the team from a cellar dweller into a perennial playoff contender. In 2002, he was hired by the Colts, where he made the playoffs all seven years and won Super Bowl XLI.