The Kliff Kingsbury saga takes another interesting turn. Per Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer, the offensive coordinator will interview with NFL teams for their vacant head coaching positions. This comes after initial reports of Kingsbury possibly resigning from his position as the Trojans offensive coordinator to interview with NFL teams due to USC blocking NFL teams from interviewing him.
I’m hearing Kliff Kingsbury is interviewing with NFL teams, which likely means he has resigned as USC offensive coordinator. USC was blocking him from interviewing foe NFL head coaching openings @NFLonFOX— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 7, 2019
There’s a lot to digest in regards to the situation. The reports of Kingsbury interviewing for NFL teams likely mean one of two things happened. Kingsbury resigned from his position to interview for jobs or USC athletic director Lynn Swann backed off and gave permission to NFL teams to interview the offensive coordinator. So far he’s still listed on the USC staff, however we’ve seen things like that change in an instant.
Recently the New York Jets and Arizona Cardinals were set to interview with Kingsbury for their head coaching positions last week. Those talks disappeared momentarily after USC blocked them from interviewing him. Soon after Pro Football Talk reported that Kingsbury may resign from USC and interview for NFL jobs.
Adam Maya of Trojansports.com tweeted that Kliff Kingsbury has not resigned from USC. A similar report from Ryan Abraham of USCFootball.com and Antonio Morales of The Athletic followed it up when they were told by a USC spokesperson who gave them a very bland answer.
What does all of this mean? USC likely gave the Jets and Cardinals permission to interview Kliff Kingsbury. It could also mean there’s a chance that he could stay at USC if the Jets and Cardinals go in another direction. We do know that he is meeting with the New York Jets per Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports.
SOURCE #USC OC/QB coach Kliff Kingsbury is meeting with the New York Jets now regarding their head coaching vacancy.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 7, 2019
As of now Kingsbury is the offensive coordinator at USC, however it remains to be seen how much longer he will be there after the interviews.