An NFL executive said that David Shaw, Gary Patterson and Kliff Kingsbury should be candidates for the USC head coaching job.

NFL executive lists 3 names for USC head coaching job

Steve Sarkisian was fired by the USC Trojans after concerning reports came out about his alcohol issues. He was reportedly drunk when he showed up at the team facility this past Sunday and there were reasons to believe that he had been drunk during games at different times as well.

Players had also seen him drunk on the team plane following games.

Now, the Trojans have to switch their attention to finding a new head coach that can take over the program.

An NFL executive shared his thoughts on three candidates in particular that USC should look into hiring as their next head coach.

An NFL executive recommends #USC pursue Stanford coach David Shaw, TCU coach Gary Patterson and Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury

— InsideUSC (@InsideUSC) October 13, 2015

David Shaw and Gary Patterson seem like the best potential candidates on that list. Kingsbury wouldn’t be a terrible pickup, but he isn’t quite as lucrative as the other two.

Patterson has had a lot of success at TCU and his team is currently ranked No. 2 in the country right now. He runs an extremely potent offense and would be a nice fit for the Trojans.

TCU loves him as well, however, and prying him away from the Horned Frogs wouldn’t be an easy task.

Shaw is much more likely to leave Stanford to go to a program like the Trojans that could offer him an easier job recruiting top-notch prospects.

There are quite a few other candidates that could be in play for the USC job as well. These are just three names that were mentioned with an executive on the spot. All three of them would be solid additions and would be able to help turn the USC football program back around after the disappointing demise of Sarkisian.

Expect to see the Trojans play the remainder of the season with interim head coach Clay Helton and take a look at the rest of the candidates in the offseason.

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