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Kliff Kingsbury Reveals He Was "Close" To Taking Another Major Job

A closeup of Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury.

LUBBOCK, TX - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Kliff Kingsbury of the Texas Tech Red Raiders during game action against the Kansas Jayhawks on October 18, 2014 at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech won the game 34-21.(Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

USC's new offensive coordinator, Kliff Kingsbury, revealed this morning that he was "close" to taking another major job before joining the Trojans.

The former Texas Tech head coach said on The Dan Patrick Show that he nearly accepted an offer from Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams.

“I really have a ton of respect for Coach McVay and what he’s done. Great dude who treats people the right way, innovative on offense, high energy. I would’ve loved to see, on a daily basis, how he does things and would’ve tried to contribute anyway I can. But just felt like this was the right spot for me at the right time," he said.

Kingsbury has been linked to other NFL jobs, too.

FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer reported on Sunday that NFL teams might try to pluck Kingsbury from USC before he coaches in a game.

Kingsbury, though, says the USC opportunity was too good to pass on.

"I played in [the NFL.] I've been fascinated by that League... But this opportunity was too great to pass up with the talent we have [at USC.] It's a great city to work and live in," he said.

We'll see if that ends up being the case.

If NFL teams are actually really interested in Kingsbury, it'll be tough for him to stay put.