When the USC Trojans fired head coach Clay Helton back in early September, athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement that the school is conducting a "national search" for candidates. At the moment, the process is still ongoing.
Who's best suited for the high-pressured Pac-12 job? This question has yet to be answered. But former NFL head coach Jeff Fisher wouldn't mind receiving a phone call from his alma mater in the coming days or weeks. He's more than open to a career in the college ranks.
"I've spent most of my time since I left the NFL with my brain in the college game," Fisher told The Zach Gelb Show on Tuesday. "There's always people who say, 'This guy's a good college coach, but he won't translate to the NFL' and vice versa. If you're coaching ball, you're building a program, relating to players. When they say NFL guys can't recruit, reality is, those who stepped into the college game have chosen not to recruit, not that they can't recruit.
"I've prepared myself for the college game, and if it happens, great. If I get an opportunity, I'm going to make sure it's right. The opportunity ahead of me doesn't have to be a Power 5 program -- it can be the right fit... I'm in a good space right now. I'm really fortunate that I've been able to take a step back, evaluate everything, watch everything really closely. And if the opportunity comes up, I'll make the decision."
According to a recent report from Action Network insider Brett McMurphy, Fisher is in the mix for USC's job. When asked if the Trojans have spoken to him about the position, Fisher wouldn't confirm it to CBS Sports Radio.
Fisher, who turns 64 next February, spent 22 seasons in the NFL, compiling a 173-165-1 record with the Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams from 1994 to 2016. In December 2016, the Rams fired Fisher, just one day after he tied Dan Reeves for the most losses by a head coach in NFL history. Since April, Fisher has served as a senior advisor with Tennessee State's program.