Dungy rebuffs USC's (misrepresented) interest

Dungy rebuffs USC's (misrepresented) interest
October 7, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Tony Dungy thought USC reached out to gauge his interest in becoming the school's next football coach, and the longtime NFL coach and current NBC Sports analyst turned them down.

"I coached for 28 years and loved it and had the best job in the world working for Jim Irsay and coaching Peyton Manning, and there was a time when it was just done and over with. I'm on to other things," Dungy explained on The Dan Patrick Show Monday. "And first of all, I don't know anything about college football other than seeing it through my son's eyes and being there as a fan and a dad. College football is so different than the NFL.

"And that's what I think USC needs to do -- they need to get a great college coach."

But then there's this: Apparently, the person who reached out to Dungy wasn't affiliated with USC. The same thing happened with a person reaching out to the Denver Broncos about defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio's interest in the coaching position.

"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."

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Bizarre mixup aside, Dungy rattled off the usual names rumored to be on USC's shortlist: Vanderbilt's James Franklin, Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin and Boise State's Chris Peterson. But he did make an interesting argument for Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton, who previously was the offensive coordinator at Stanford. Watch in the video below:

USC will play its first game under interim coach Ed Orgeron Thursday in Los Angeles against Arizona -- and for Notre Dame fans, that's one worth watching. USC, despite its brutal start under Lane Kiffin, is a roster loaded with talent, and Thursday will be the first look at seeing if a culture change will do the Trojans some good.

Notre Dame plays USC under the lights in South Bend on Oct. 19 -- a game in a similar setting two years ago the Irish lost, crushing any hope of a BCS berth. A loss to USC this year would have the same effect.