Kliff Kingsbury could resign from USC to pursue National Football League opportunity

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Since firing Todd Bowles, the Jets have shown interest in an extensive list of names as they search for a new head coach.

The Jets and the Cardinals are interested in talking with USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury about their head coaching vacancies.

At last month's NFL owners meetings in Dallas, league officials informed team executives that they now had to request permission from college athletic directors to interview college coaches. "NFL clubs that fail to follow these protocols may be subject to disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the League". He got fired, though, and USC quickly hired him to be the team's offensive coordinator.

Both the Cardinals and the Jets will continue to interview other candidates unless USC decides to reverse their refusal.

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Kingsbury has head-coaching experience, as he was the head coach of Texas Tech from 2013 through 2018, going 35-40 overall and posting a 1-2 record in bowl games.

Another option for Kingsbury is paying the buyout himself, which would free him up to look for head-coaching or coordinator jobs in the NFL.

Now comes this report from Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noting that Kingsbury is prepared to resign from his post as the Trojans OC in order to pursue an NFL job.

The NFL's new enforcement has made interviewing college coaches this offseason more challenging, certainly for teams that are interested in candidates such as Kingsbury.