USC’s job opening has been the No. 1 topic in college football since the program fired Clay Helton on Monday. On Saturday morning, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit mentioned a notable coach who should be in the running for the job.
“I think there’s names — you said ‘make him say no’ — make him say yes,” Herbstreit said on College GameDay. “Matt Rhule, to me, make him say yes. That would be one of the first guys you look at.”
Rhule has shown in the past that he can be very successful at the collegiate level. He turned Temple into a 10-win program before leaving for Baylor.
After a rough first season in Waco, Rhule transformed Baylor into a legitimate contender in the Big 12. In his final season with the Bears, he had an 11-3 record that included an appearance in the Sugar Bowl.
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It’s unclear if Rhule would actually consider leaving the NFL for USC. He signed a seven-year, $60 million deal with the Panthers in 2020.
Herbstreit also mentioned Cincinnati head coach Luke Fickell as a potential candidate for the USC job.
“Luke Fickell, he’s going to deny it. So many big games in front of him,” Herbstreit added. “Those guys [Fickell and Rhule] are guys they should be focusing on.”
All eyes will be on the USC job opening for the foreseeable future, that’s for sure.