The Broncos confirmed Sunday that interim coach Jack Del Rio interviewed for the coaching job at Southern California during Denver’s bye week Nov. 1.
The next day, Broncos coach John Fox fell ill while golfing in North Carolina and his doctors determined he needed to move up his scheduled heart surgery.
Del Rio was promoted to the interim role with the Broncos and won his debut last week at San Diego. He has steadfastly declined to publicly discuss any possible interest he might have in returning to USC, where he starred as a linebacker in the early 1980s.
USC fired Lane Kiffin earlier this season and Ed Orgeron immediately returned fun to a dour program — and wins, none bigger than a 20-17 win over Stanford on Saturday night.
One thing’s for sure: Del Rio isn’t going anywhere before the Broncos’ season is over.
If the Trojans and Del Rio want each other, USC would have to wait for him to fulfill his contractual obligations to the Broncos, which expire after the Super Bowl.
AROUND THE LEAGUE — Miami Dolphins players have been advised they’ll meet this week with the NFL special investigator looking into the harassment case involving tackle Jonathan Martin and guard Richie Incognito. Players expect to be interviewed beginning today, and the visit by attorney Ted Wells might last several days. … The Baltimore Ravens say General Manager Ozzie Newsome remained in Chicago following Sunday’s game against the Bears because he was not feeling well. The extent of his illness was not clear. … Two men were taken to a Buffalo hospital after one fell from the third deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium and landed on the other. The man who was hit by the falling man sustained a head injury. The man who fell sustained a shoulder injury, which was not considered life-threatening.