Buckle up, Steelers fans. One of the biggest jobs in college football could be Mike Tomlin’s for the taking this coming off-season.
The Steelers head coach has been in Pittsburgh since 2007. It’s not crazy to consider he might want out after this season considering Ben Roethlisberger might end up retiring in 2022 and the Steelers as a whole are on a downward trajectory.
Palmer told Patrick on Monday morning that Tomlin is in the mix for USC’s head coach discussion.
“You’ve got Penn State, you’ve got Iowa State, you’ve got Cincinnati,” Palmer said regarding potential candidates for the USC job. “You’ve got a wild card like Mike Tomlin.”
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) October 25, 2021
When Patrick pressed Palmer on the Tomlin mention, Palmer clearly regretted dropping some inside information.
“Is that the first you’ve heard of that?,” Palmer asked.
“Yes,” Patrick responded.
“Uh oh,” Palmer continued.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard a major NFL head coach mentioned for a major college football job.
Still, it’d be pretty shocking to see Mike Tomlin leave the Steelers for USC.
Hard to see Tomlin leave for USC but that would be wild. https://t.co/534B1KCy6y
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) October 25, 2021
Mike Tomlin isn’t going anywhere. https://t.co/VmQjhCtebj
— Jarrett Bailey (@JBaileyNFL) October 25, 2021
We all know this is never going to happen, but for kicks, what would USC have to offer Tomlin to even get this going? Like is there enough money in the world for him to do this? https://t.co/amBkDWonXU
— David Fucillo (@davidfucillo) October 25, 2021
Sure, his name could be in the mix, just like Bill Belichick, John Harbaugh, Andy Reid and Sean McVay's names could also be in the mix. https://t.co/leBF6IutjD
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) October 25, 2021
— Bradley Givler (@BradleyGivler22) October 25, 2021
Mike Tomlin would probably pick LSU over USC in the event he does leave Pittsburgh after the 2021-22 season. The Tigers have much more to offer than the Trojans at this point. But it’s still highly unlikely Tomlin leaves the Steelers. Why would he?
At least USC is going all in on its coaching search. ‘A’ for effort, right?