Known gambling website Bovada has listed Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly and Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio as two of the favorites for the newly established head coaching vacancy at USC. Bovada tweeted the odds out itself.
Let’s discuss both candidates. Kelly seems like the more likely option, as he is currently in his third season in Philadelphia and first with total roster control. Thus far, with Philadelphia 2-3 and in a three-way tie for second place in the NFC Eastern Division, results have been far from consistent and there is every chance that Kelly could be dismissed by season’s end if the team misses the playoffs. Given his experience in the Pac-12 as head coach of the Oregon Ducks before he made the jump to the NFL, USC could end up being a natural fit.
Del Rio, on the other hand, is something of an odd favorite. Sure, he played linebacker for the Trojans in the 1980s, but that is really his only tie to the school. It just so happens that he also has an emotional connection to the Raiders, having grown up in the East Bay region as a fan of the team, and he already has NFL head coaching experience on top of Oakland, having spent nine years with the Jacksonville Jaguars too. Thus, coaching on the collegiate level could be considered something of a step down for him.
Then again, the Raiders have become notorious for firing coaches over the littlest reasons, so Del Rio’s name is also one to watch.
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