Lane Kiffin

Lane Kiffin could be a viable candidate to coach an opponent of USC in the near future. (Chris Carlson / Associated Press)

Since college football’s coaching carousel is in full swing, and it’s great sport to predict where the dominoes might fall, here’s a compelling scenario for USC fans to consider:

Fresno State’s Tim DeRuyter, one of the hottest names in coaching after leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record, is hired by a larger program after Saturday’s Mountain West Conference championship game against Utah State.

Fresno State quickly hires alum Lane Kiffin, who was fired by USC in September. (Or Fresno State hires Jeff Tedford, who makes Kiffin, a former protégé, the offensive coordinator).

Kiffin coaches against USC in the Dec. 21 Las Vegas Bowl.

Kiffin coaches against the Trojans in the 2014 season opener at the Coliseum.

Yes, it might be far-fetched.

Of course, Fresno State could hire Ed Orgeron, who was passed over by USC for Steve Sarkisian.

Now that would be compelling.


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