Kliff Kingsbury is now reportedly interviewing with NFL teams for a head coaching position, according to multiple reports.
The school had reportedly blocked Kingsbury from interviewing for NFL head coaching jobs after hiring him last month. But NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport said the school had granted approval for Kingsbury to interview with the Cardinals. A school official told Rapoport Kingsbury is still employed by USC.
According to ESPN, which cited league sources, Kingsbury shares a “strong mutual interest” with the Cardinals and has also drawn attention from the Jets. Todd Bowles was fired by New York after its regular-season finale, while Arizona let Steve Wilks go one day later on Black Monday.
Before joining USC in December, Kingsbury was fired as Texas Tech’s head coach in November after a 5-7 season. A former quarterback at Texas Tech, he was 35-40 with only two winning seasons over six years with the Red Raiders.
Kingsbury, 39, was selected by the Patriots in the sixth round of the 2003 draft and went on to appear in one game with the Jets in 2005.
While he has played in the NFL, he has never coached.