Apparently even people who don’t work for Southern California are trying to hire the Trojans’ next football coach.
USC athletic director Pat Haden said Monday that two people pretending to be representatives of his school have contacted two coaches and attempted to discuss the Trojans’ coaching vacancy with them.
USC has identified the posers and is taking “appropriate action,” the school said in a blog post on its official website.
The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12) fired Lane Kiffin on Sept. 29 and installed Ed Orgeron as their interim coach while Haden looks for a new leader for one of the nation’s highest-profile programs.
Haden said somebody pretending to be a USC official repeatedly tried to speak to an unnamed member of the Denver Broncos’ coaching staff about the opening.
Many reports have listed Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio as a candidate for the USC job.
Another phony school representative contacted Tony Dungy, the former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts coach.
Dungy talked about his apparent contact with USC on a national radio show Monday, saying he turned down the representative and outlining what the Trojans need in a new coach.
“Tony’s discussion on the radio today of being contacted by USC was a complete surprise to us,” Haden said. “So were the calls made to the Broncos. I can assure you no authorized representative of USC or our athletic department made these calls.”
MORE SHUTDOWN DRAMA FOR SERVICE ACADEMIES
The service academy football teams are preparing to play this weekend’s scheduled games while still facing some uncertainty because of the partial government shutdown.
Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said Monday that he and Naval Academy officials were providing more information to the Defense Department that shows the academy will not use government funds to play at Duke on Saturday.
“Today (Monday) I know that the Department of Defense is again reviewing additional information as it pertains to expenses and travel and no government spending. Hopefully we’re gaining even more confidence in the fact that we’re financially independent,” he said.
Gladchuk added, “No one has told us we can’t play.”
Air Force plays a home game against Mountain West Conference rival San Diego State on Thursday night. Army is at home against Eastern Michigan. Spokesmen for both academies said the teams are preparing to play.
North Carolina tight end Jack Tabb will be suspended for the first half of next week’s game against No. 13 Miami following his ejection for throwing a punch in last week’s loss at Virginia Tech. … All charges have been dropped against a former member of Temple University’s football team who was accused of rape. A woman told police Praise Martin-Oguike assaulted her in May 2012 in his dorm room.