USC has denied the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals permission to speak to new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, according to a report from ESPN insider Adam Schefter.
Kingsbury was fired by the Texas Tech Red Raiders earlier this fall after failing to lead the team to a bowl game. He wasn’t on the open market for long, as the Trojans scooped him up for their vacant offensive coordinator position.
Despite recently signing a contract with USC, several NFL teams are interested in interviewing the offensive mind for their head coaching vacancies.
So far, USC has said no.
USC so far has denied the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury for HC jobs, per league sources.https://t.co/rAyB5IDIvB
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 5, 2019
Schefter revealed a new NFL rule states teams must request permission from college athletic directors to interview college coaches. If the school denies an NFL team’s request “the NFL club should respect that decision just as it would respect a similar decision from another NFL club.”
It’s an interesting start to the Kingsbury-USC relationship.