Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Southern California has reportedly targeted Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio in its search to replace Pete Carroll, who officially resigned Monday to take the vacancy with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Los Angeles Daily News has reported that USC has sent a contract offer to Del Rio, a former Trojan linebacker who has spent the past seven seasons as the Jaguars’ head coach.
Del Rio has a regular-season record of 57-55 with Jacksonville with a pair of playoff appearances. The Jaguars were 7-9 in 2009 and missed the postseason for a second consecutive year.
Prior to meeting Tuesday with Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, Del Rio was asked about the LA Daily News story as he was entering the team’s headquarters and said he has not been contacted by his alma mater.
“That’s all speculation and hype,” Del Rio told local reporters who stopped him before entering the building. “All of those things are manufactured. The only thing I can tell you is I’ve been busy working on the Jaguars for 2010. We’re busy at work, trying to build this team strong. All of those other things are a figment of other people’s imaginations.”
Del Rio was an All-American at USC during his playing career with the Trojans from 1981-84, then played in the NFL with four teams from 1985-1995 before entering the coaching ranks in 1997. He has no college coaching experience.