Is Utah's Kyle Whittingham the favorite for USC's coaching vacancy?
With Steve Sarkisian officially out as the head coach for USC, speculation begins as to who will replace him. Could USC grab a coach from within the Pac-12?
Clay Helton, USC's interim head coach, says he's interested in the position if it were offered to him. But the folks in Las Vegas don't believe that Helton is very likely to get the job. Instead, USC's leading candidate (according to the odds makers) is Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham. He's listed as the favorite, with 7 to 2 odds.
"After Monday's firing of Steve Sarkisian at USC," writes KSL.com's Josh Furlong, "the rumor mills have begun and Whittingham's named has been linked as a possible suitor, or at least a candidate on a glorified wishlist of sorts."
Whittingham has been with the Utah program since 1994. The coach with the second-best listed odds to get the USC job is Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, at 6 to 1. Bryan Harsin, from Boise State, also has 6 to 1 odds.
Other coaches mentioned: Tom Herman (Houston), Justin Fuente (Memphis), Clay Helton (USC), Jack Del Rio (Raiders), Chris Petersen (Washington) and Brian Kelly (Notre Dame).