Lovie Smith Interviews for USC Job

By DJ Byrnes on October 14, 2013 at 11:28a
Former Bears Coach Lovie Smith

(WSCR) Former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at USC last week, a source told Mike Mulligan of The Mully and Hanley Show.

Smith has been sitting out the 2013 football season after being fired by the Bears last December.

Smith coached at the college level for 13 years before jumping to the NFL in 1996. He was the linebackers coach at Tulsa, Wisconsin, Arizona State and Kentucky before serving as the defensive backs coach at Tennessee and Ohio State.

Lovie Smith coached at Ohio State? I swear every. single. coach. of. significance. has logged time at Ohio State. #cradleofcoaches.

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Unky Buck's picture

Yeah, I was thrown off by that too...

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DJ Byrnes's picture

Yes, yes. I'm an idiot. Nothing to see here, move along.

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CALPOPPY's picture

Thank you. Officer Barbrady.

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Unky Buck's picture

I actually thought it was some type of Onion article when I first read the headline, lol. Probably would've been a good one. They should get on it.

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DLB1276's picture

And now that it's fixed, it just looks like I have a problem with reading comprehension. Or an immature fixation on condoms.

CALPOPPY's picture

I love that there are so many coaches that have gone through OSU. But it would be interesting to see if this was different/better than other big time programs. Think about how many coaches have been through Notre Dame (with Coach Holtth), Florida (with Spurrier and Meyer), or Texas (under Mack Brown) as examples. Everytime there is a big time coach somewhere, there are assistants that have been there and left for better jobs. And then many of the same coaches go between programs. Lovie Smith was at Tulsa, Arizona State, Wisconsin, Ohio State, Kentucky, Tennessee and three NFL teams. Many teams can claim him as part of their coaching tree.
I guess the nut graf is that these are not really coaching "trees", but rather scraggly bushes that graft onto nearby bushes or are attached by there roots to other bushes. There is no way to separate some of the plants. (sorry for the plant example...botany nerd here).
Not saying OSU isn't better or that this shouldn't be mentioned, I just think about it every time a former coach is hired/interviewed somewhere.

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Chief B1G Dump's picture

Count me in the surprised camp that Lovie had been a coach here...
Anyhow, I see him as more a "meh" candidate.  I'm sure he's tip top X's and O's guy but for personality and recruiting and the whole LA vibe, not sure that's his wheelhouse...although, perhaps thats what they want?  
Pretty boss job for whomever lands it.  When Pete Carroll had the machine greased it seemed like U$C had their pick of the litter from every single player west of the Mississippi.

J.Mo's picture

Lovie would be a great hire but I think he'll find an NFL gig... he needed a new team other than Chicago much like Andy Reid needed out of Philly.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I wonder how Lovie is as a recruiter?  He's a great coach.  To do what he did in Chicago with a team that NEVER has an offense to speak of was amazing.  I still will never forget when they came to Glendale and caused then Cardinals coach to have a post-game meltdown.  "They are who we thought they were...and we let them off the hook!!!!"

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

Nice new icon, but I wish you'd let us know you were changing it in advance.