I wrote back in January that former USC player Kris Richard was a candidate to be hired as defensive coordinator.
But a source now tells me the former NFL defensive coordinator was contacted by USC with a plan to bring him aboard and eventually make him the head coach. Richard was offered the defensive coordinator’s job and told he would be the USC head coach-in-waiting.
So what happened?
“Kris wanted the head-coaching job now, he didn’t want to wait,” the source said. “So ultimately, he turned them down.”
Personally, I think it would be awkward for Richard to be defensive coordinator while knowing if the team loses it would help him become a head coach. There is a school of thought, however, that Mike Bohn will make a move even if USC has success this season.
I’m sure Graham Harrell is happy Richard turned down USC because he probably envisions himself as a head-coach-in-waiting with his three-year contract.