USC stopping NFL teams from talking to coaching candidate Kliff Kingsbury, report says

The Jets and the Cardinals are interested in talking with USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury about their head coaching vacancies. The Trojans, however, have other ideas, and according to ESPN are denying NFL teams permission to meet with Kingsbury.

The impasse is over an NFL mandate that stipulates teams must request permission from college athletic directors to interview their coaches. Bypassing permission, a source told ESPN, would be considered “conduct detrimental” to the NFL and teams violating the ruling could lose draft picks.

According to ESPN, the rule states, “If permission is denied, the NFL club should respect that decision just as it would respect a similar decision from another NFL club. NFL clubs that fail to follow these protocols may be subject to disciplinary action for conduct detrimental to the league.”

Interestingly, Kingsbury has yet to coach in a game for the Trojans. He joined the team in December after being fired by Texas Tech following a 5-7 season. In six seasons in Lubbock, Kingsbury, a former quarterback at Texas Tech, was 35-40 with only two winning seasons.

Kingsbury has never coached in the NFL. He was a sixth-round draft pick by the Patriots in the 2003 NFL Draft, and he appeared in one game with the Jets in 2005.