During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Tomlin vehemently rejected recent rumors linking him to the USC opening, scoffing at the speculation and stating that "there's not a booster with a big enough blank check" for him to leave what he called "one of the best jobs" in all of professional sports.
"When it comes to the USC job, you hear a lot of names. It's one of the most sought-out jobs in college football, and of course, a lot of the big names are always going to be attached," NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest told the Tiki and Tierney show on Wednesday. "So, I can't say I hadn't heard [Tomlin's name in rumors]. But hearing Mike pretty much clear the air... he was adamant about being happy where he is. And it was true.